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Dealer Oli Barling.

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He takes part in his first event on Saturday, August 28, organised by LAPADA members and dealers Rebecca and Jonny Ralfe of Ralfes Yard. Five dealers are taking part at the one-day event at Upton Noble, Somerset. The other exhibitors are JMR Antiques, Mary Hossack Antiques, Wilkie Antiques and organiser Ralfes Yard.

1 How do you define the field you trade in?

I recently turned collecting into dealing and my passions lie across English regional furniture, ceramics and country furnishings. I live with a lot of what I buy until it moves on. If it’s good enough for home then it’ll end up on the website.

2 What is one little known fact about your field? Or dealing in general?

I wouldn’t say it’s a little-known fact but not being able to switch off is real. The world of antiques offers limitless amounts of information and once the ball is rolling, you’re gone.

3 One great discovery you’ve made?

Two Windsor chairs that were highly likely fashioned by a group of subcontracted Windsor chair makers following a strict design for Gillows. They will be coming with me to the Ralfes Yard sale [mentioned above].

4 What is encouraging about the art and antiques market this year?

The resolute nature of the trade during a very strange time. Resourcefulness is exciting.

5 Real ale or espresso martini? Real ale is a safer bet.


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