Antiques for Everyone opens its doors at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham this week, with more than 200 dealers set to return for the major spring event, from 6th to 9th April.
The event will feature specialist dealers from across the full range of the art and antiques market, including everything from collector’s pieces to innovative 20th century design and unique, contemporary works of art.
The fair will also include a series of free talks from well-known experts, authors and TV celebrities from the antiques world, including BBC Antiques Roadshow experts Judith Miller and Will Farmer. Judith says, “Antiques for Everyone is always busy and thousands of interested people from all areas of life come here to buy.”
In addition, the fair hosts a Special Exhibition, and this time around the English Ceramics Circle will be mounting a display of pieces from members, alongside three talks. They will be exhibiting a fine display of diverse ceramics including a previously unrecorded, 56cm high vase, the largest ever made by the Worcester Flight & Barr factory, circa 1820, and signed by one of their foremost artists, Samuel Astles.
Elsewhere at the fair will be specialist dealers from across the UK. “This is the one fair that constantly delivers the customers,” says John Stanley from The Blackbrook Gallery, Leicestershire, dealers in 18th, 19th and early 20th century naive animal art paintings and portraits. “I look forward to meeting appreciative collectors who always spend,” says James Strang, Glasgow, showing Scottish Decorative Arts. “This is always a reliable fair for me with sales including furniture, treen and metalwork,” Mark Seabrook, Mark Seabrook Antiques from Cambridgeshire, specialising in country furniture.
Fair Director Mary Claire Boyd says, “With its rich diversity of pieces with varying price points to suit all
pockets, Antiques for Everyone always surprises and delights. It’s a very friendly and approachable fair,
offering visitors the chance to engage with and buy from knowledgable, specialist exhibitors who provide a dazzling array of highly desirable items.”