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Celebrating the Future at Penman Antique Fairs

On a sunny day in the beautiful surroundings of the Palladian Buxted Park Hotel in East Sussex, Caroline and Ricardo Penman celebrated their Golden Wedding and 75th birthdays.

Guests included personal friends from the antiques trade, among them both working and retired dealers and people who have worked with Penman Fairs for the past 30 years. Amongst them Helen Linfield, who can claim to be Caroline’s longest exhibitor, having taken a stand at Lindfield Fair in 1967. Others included close friends, family and neighbours.

Antiques News & Fairs - Penman Celebration at Buxted Park Hotel - 13th May 2019

In addition to an excellent lunch, speeches and a very jolly afternoon, everyone enjoyed nostalgic photo albums of fairs (and parties) past and present, the history of the Chelsea Antiques fair, and photos of the vintage racing cars that Ricardo used to drive. Dealers were also intrigued to see a selection of fair catalogues, from 1951 to 1918.

Among those present were Michael Wakelin & Helen Linfield, Lennox & Sue Cato, John Bird, Rosy Ford, Ben Cooper, David Foord Brown, Sean Barry, Michael & Rosemary Hunt, Duncan Phillips, Barbara Bell, Louise & David Walker, Paul & Ana Nash, Barry & Mandy Cotton, Stephanie Cripps and Stephanie Castell.

Speaking after the occasion, close friend and Petworth dealer John Bird said: "It was a delightful day to celebrate with the unstoppable mother to the trade!"

John's description is apt given Caroline's multi-faceited history in the antiques trade.
Having started running fairs in 1967, the following 50 years saw many successful events that included founding the Ardingly Showground fair, the Shepton Mallet fair at the Bath & West Showground, which were later sold. She also founded The West London Antiques Fair (1976-2007), The 20th Century Antiques Fair, (1998-99), The City of London Antiques Fair at the Barbican (with Raymond Gubbay) (1987-1989), the City of London Art & Antiques Fairs at the Honourable Artillery Company (1996-1999), The Chester Antiques Fair, (1989-2019), the Anglian Antiques & Art fairs (2005-2012), Sussex Antiques & Art Fairs in various venues (1991-2017) and a series of Art Fairs in 1996, the most successful of which was at Chelsea Old Town Hall, running till 2017.

She also took over The National Collectors Fair (1973-1977), The Westminster Antiques Fair at the Horticultural Halls (1986-1995), the prestigious Chelsea Antiques Fair (1984-the present), The Annual Brighton Antiques Fair (1980-1991), The Petersfield Antiques Fair (2000- the present) and The Annual Kensington Antiques Fair alongside Terry Gasson (1997-2005). During the 1990s, the London calendar included nine Penman events annually. In all, she ran over 500 fairs in 48 different venues.

In 2008, Caroline reformed the business as a Limited Company, then in 2014 her long-time assistant Barbara Bell (since 1989) and Ben Cooper joined her as co-directors.  However, Caroline is ready to return to her roots and is now closing the limited company to to run fairs as a sole trader, and will concentrate on the successful long standing Petersfield Antiques Fair - next event 6-8 September 2019 and The Chelsea Antiques Fair, next event 18-22 March 2020 (TBC).  The Burford Antiques Fair, 27-28 July 2019, will be organised by Two Cs Antiques Fairs and The Chester Antiques Fair, 11-13 October 2019, was acquired by Cooper Events (see announcement)







News & Fairs Previews

Celebrating the Future at Penman Antique Fairs

On a sunny day in the beautiful surroundings of the Palladian Buxted Park Hotel in East Sussex, Caroline and Ricardo Penman celebrated their Golden Wedding and 75th birthdays.

Guests included personal friends from the antiques trade, among them both working and retired dealers and people who have worked with Penman Fairs for the past 30 years. Amongst them Helen Linfield, who can claim to be Caroline’s longest exhibitor, having taken a stand at Lindfield Fair in 1967. Others included close friends, family and neighbours.

Antiques News & Fairs - Penman Celebration at Buxted Park Hotel - 13th May 2019

In addition to an excellent lunch, speeches and a very jolly afternoon, everyone enjoyed nostalgic photo albums of fairs (and parties) past and present, the history of the Chelsea Antiques fair, and photos of the vintage racing cars that Ricardo used to drive. Dealers were also intrigued to see a selection of fair catalogues, from 1951 to 1918.

Among those present were Michael Wakelin & Helen Linfield, Lennox & Sue Cato, John Bird, Rosy Ford, Ben Cooper, David Foord Brown, Sean Barry, Michael & Rosemary Hunt, Duncan Phillips, Barbara Bell, Louise & David Walker, Paul & Ana Nash, Barry & Mandy Cotton, Stephanie Cripps and Stephanie Castell.

Speaking after the occasion, close friend and Petworth dealer John Bird said: "It was a delightful day to celebrate with the unstoppable mother to the trade!"

John's description is apt given Caroline's multi-faceited history in the antiques trade.
Having started running fairs in 1967, the following 50 years saw many successful events that included founding the Ardingly Showground fair, the Shepton Mallet fair at the Bath & West Showground, which were later sold. She also founded The West London Antiques Fair (1976-2007), The 20th Century Antiques Fair, (1998-99), The City of London Antiques Fair at the Barbican (with Raymond Gubbay) (1987-1989), the City of London Art & Antiques Fairs at the Honourable Artillery Company (1996-1999), The Chester Antiques Fair, (1989-2019), the Anglian Antiques & Art fairs (2005-2012), Sussex Antiques & Art Fairs in various venues (1991-2017) and a series of Art Fairs in 1996, the most successful of which was at Chelsea Old Town Hall, running till 2017.

She also took over The National Collectors Fair (1973-1977), The Westminster Antiques Fair at the Horticultural Halls (1986-1995), the prestigious Chelsea Antiques Fair (1984-the present), The Annual Brighton Antiques Fair (1980-1991), The Petersfield Antiques Fair (2000- the present) and The Annual Kensington Antiques Fair alongside Terry Gasson (1997-2005). During the 1990s, the London calendar included nine Penman events annually. In all, she ran over 500 fairs in 48 different venues.

In 2008, Caroline reformed the business as a Limited Company, then in 2014 her long-time assistant Barbara Bell (since 1989) and Ben Cooper joined her as co-directors.  However, Caroline is ready to return to her roots and is now closing the limited company to to run fairs as a sole trader, and will concentrate on the successful long standing Petersfield Antiques Fair - next event 6-8 September 2019 and The Chelsea Antiques Fair, next event 18-22 March 2020 (TBC).  The Burford Antiques Fair, 27-28 July 2019, will be organised by Two Cs Antiques Fairs and The Chester Antiques Fair, 11-13 October 2019, was acquired by Cooper Events (see announcement)