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ANTIQUES FOR EVERYONE
Antiques for Everyone at the NEC - it’s big, it’s varied and it’s been going for 31 years – and the boundaries have been relaxed to allow Mid C20th design and Contemporary & Modern Art to enrich their recipe for success at the event dubbed the biggest indoor antiques fair in England. Mary Claire Boyd, the Fair’s Director says: “We are always seeking out new exhibits and new stories to excite visitors to the fair and to inspire them with fresh ideas. The addition of contemporary pieces and 20th century specialists ensure that the fair reflects the latest trends.”
With more than 200 specialist dealers, the Spring Antiques for Everyone from 7-10 April 2016 brings together collectors, interior designers, decorators, home furnishers and leading dealers for four days of buying, selling, knowledge exchange and great enjoyment for all things cultural. With many thousands of exhibits for sale, at prices from less than £20 to more than £20,000, and added diversions such as a special feature exhibition and daily celebrity talks the fair offers a complete package for novice collectors through to experienced connoisseurs, regularly attracting more than 2000 visitors on the opening day.
In addition to the panoply of collectors’ trouve – the Decorative Arts, glass, silver, bijouterie, vintage fashion and textiles, jewellery, sculpture, clocks and barometers, period arms and armour, pottery and porcelain, art of all periods, expect to see furniture from fine period oak to Art Deco through to hip Scandinavian design.
The special loan exhibition for Spring 2016 will be from The Lace Guild Museum, Stourbridge, West Midlands. The display will feature a wide range of rare lace of all kinds plus bobbins, shuttles, netting needles and threads and will feature lace from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries together with more recently made pieces from across the world. Staff from the museum will be on hand to speak about lace and its history and Honorary Curator, Gwynedd Roberts, will present a lecture on the Museum Collection and the items in the exhibition.
The Honiton - Devonian, bib collar
Judith Miller and Will Farmer are key attractions at the well attended expert talks at the fair three times a year and in the Spring the 2 BBC Antiques Roadshow experts will be sharing their top tips on what’s hot and getting started in collecting.
Top picks at the Fair from Antiques News & Fairs:
Art World Gallery - David Jamin “Le Salon Vert” Oil Canvas
Scarab Antiques - Lawrence Vrba contemporary necklace
Scandinavian by Design - An original Elaine Peto stoneware horse sculpture., £950
J E Hollick – An English Chinoserie Box. A box with an Oriental theme of people in a landscape. The heavy base wood has been lacquered on all sides in cream and then lacquered again in gold with etching for extra detailing. The lock and hinges are English so this little box is following the craze for all things Chinese in the early 19th century. The interior is also lacquered in cream. £375
For tickets and times see Antiques for Everyone