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To the uninitiated Bruton might be seen as a sleepy Somerset town and it was exactly that until a couple of years ago when Hauser & Wirth, a leading player on the world stage of Modern Art, decided to open their UK HQ there, instantly lighting a media fire under this untouched corner of leafy Somerset and drawing an influx of City money second home owners and celebrities to the area. 

The Oscar Collective

The Oscar Collective - an Italian gilt wall sconce.

It was around this time that Sue & Peter Ede had decided to give in to pressure from exhibitors at their hugely successful Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, and start looking seriously for a venue to hold a second decorative fair in the West of England and they found the perfect site - the £6million extension to The Haynes International Motor Museum, with its luxury interior and extraordinary raspberry red futuristic facade, just outside Bruton which is where The Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair makes its debut from 14-16 October 2016.

Appledore Antiques

Appledore Antiques - a very rare Staffordshire elephant,c 1885, titled 'Jumbo' priced at £1550

Sue Ede told ANF: “We had such a long waiting list for our Bath fair this year we decided we had to find a second venue and we could not be more delighted with The Haynes International Motor Museum just outside Bruton.  The superbly equipped conference halls offer us a spacious and stylish venue for our exciting new event.”

Elizabeth Lee Interiors

Elizabeth Lee Interiors - A French farmhouse dining table

Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair will be redolent of the revered Bath event, and a solid bedrock of regulars from Bath will be joining the new event including Appledore Antiques and Erna Hiscock & John Shepherd Antiques with Folk Art, country furniture, pottery and glass, No 1 Lewes with decorative furniture, lighting, textiles and antiques for the garden, Waterfall Antiques with country furniture, leather luggage and mirrors, Simon Wharton Decorative Antiques and John Wiseman Antiques with architectural reclamation and antiques for the garden.

Alchemy Bruton

Alchemy Bruton - a fine early C19th giltwood mirror with vine and grape decoration, price £4500.

CMid furniture and accessories will be out in force with Scandinavian by Design with CMid furniture and lighting from Scandinavia, Not Wanted on Voyage with CMid furniture and accessories and paintings and Scarab Antiques with Art Deco, the Decorative Arts and Studio Pottery, Macintosh Antiques with Country House and Arts & Crafts furniture, mirrors and accessories, Guy Dennler Antiques with Country House furniture, Michael Holt Antiques with French fireplace accessories and mirrors.

Scandinavian by Design

Scandinavian by Design - This is an original model 35 Bookcase or Storage Unit designed by Gunni Omann in the 1960’s. It is made from Rosewood and has significant amount of storage space within. £1200

Chris Holmes Antiques with large scale rustic pieces for the home and decorative antiques for the garden, Linda North with garden antiques and decoration, Paul Drewett with marine antiques and paintings and advertising ephemera and William Morris Antiques dealing in decorative antiques and library furniture, Brian Ashbee with small Country House furniture and accessories, Candice Horley with Boudoir Art and named costumer jewellery, Larkhall Fine Art, C19-C20th Master Prints, Heatons Antiques with posters, artwork and prints, John Hugo with C19-C20th paintings and desks, and Paul Gaffney of Walton House with decorative objects and accessories.

Jerram Gallery

The Jerram Gallery - On the Allotment Oil on card, Vanessa Bowman 17¾" x 19¾" Overall Signed and framed, priced at £1200

A number of dealers from the Bruton area are joining the fair including The Factory in Castle Cary home to seven leading dealers from the decorative trade founded by David Tupman Antiques. Sharing the beautiful former dairy house factory in Castle Cary are Brighton dealer Jill Palmer, Pimlico dealer Christopher Butterworth, London dealer Derek Greengrass and Ashburton, Devon dealer Roger Organ. Together, they will be exhibiting an eclectic mix of decorative antiques for the home and garden. 

John Wiseman Antiques

John Wiseman Antiques - a Regency garden seat, priced at £1650

Alchemy from Bruton will also be on board with French and English upholstery, dining tables and chairs, C20th century glass tables, beautiful English and European mirrors, textiles, and a selection of contemporary art and sculpture, Quillon House Antiques with fine country furniture and accessories, Elizabeth Lee Interiors with French and English decorative antiques for the home and garden, The Jerram Gallery, British Contemporary pictures and sculptures and Neptune Fine Art with sculpture and some exciting and very suitable for the venue, rare acquisitions from the world of Formula 1 Racing including the race worn uniform Michael Schumacher wore in the Grand Prix 2005.

Chris Holmes Antiques

Chris Holmes Antiques - Late 18th Century Leather Fire Bucket with family crest and initials both painted and engraved. Priced at £495

Other new exhibitors coming on board include Violet Grey Decorative Antiques with a range of vintage and antique pieces for the garden and conservatory, The Oscar Collective with a Hollywood Regency themed collection, Domani with period and decorative furniture and accessories, Mark Blower Antiques from the Channel Islands with Country House furniture and paintings and Granta Fine Art Ltd, C29th Art.

Macintosh Antiques

Macintosh Antiques - A large Danish ash three seater sofa circa 1840 in regency classical style  £2200

There will also be a debut exhibition from photographer Lorna Noble whose collection of black and white images range across a contemporary architectural and metallic studies through to studies of orchids in an organic Georgia O’Keefe style.

Lorna Noble

Lorna Noble Photography - Orchid Study

Cover image: 

The Factory Castle Cary, a pair of Italian puppets, c 1800, priced at £1750.

For tickets and times see Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair