The first of Lomax Fairs’ three-day biannual spring/summer high-end antiques fairs in Southwold under the new baton of furniture dealer and restorer Anthony Keer at Easter, went well, he reported.
“We had 1600 people through the door and I now have a waiting list of dealers wanting to stand. We have 40 dealers exhibiting which is near capacity”, said Keer.
He is helped in the enterprise by his wife Jennifer and four adult sons and the next fair, staged at St Felix School in the picturesque Suffolk town, will run on Friday-Sunday, August 25-27.
Speaking before the April fair, Keer said that he was hoping to expand this event across East Anglia.
The update now is that he does indeed plan to add a similar high-end fair in Norfolk next year, “to grow it organically, as it were”.
Among the dealers standing at Lomax Fairs’ August edition in Southwold is regular Tom Parry of Chester’s Farm Gallery in Nottinghamshire.
“We have always sold good quality traditional antiques to collectors at this fair but are seeing fewer collectors now with more people looking for attractive statement pieces to display at home”, he said.
“Age seems to be less important or irrelevant. We now sell a lot more art from when British art schools were flourishing in the post-war revival, particularly with a wildlife theme or coastal flora and landscapes.
“Names make a huge difference to price but there is plenty of studio pottery and wall art by lesser-known late 20th century artists which is still great quality at reasonable prices.”