Buxton’s annual antiques bonanza is just days away

Jo Bentley of Steve Bentley Decorative Arts & Lighting, specialists in late 19th and early 20th century Arts & Crafts furniture, lighting, silver, coper and brass
Jo Bentley of Steve Bentley Decorative Arts & Lighting, specialists in late 19th and early 20th century Arts & Crafts furniture, lighting, silver, coper and brass
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Buxton’s annual antiques fair returns next week, bringing great opportunities and rare treasures for the town’s best bargain hunters.

Art and antiques specialists from across the UK will descend on the Pavilion Gardens from May 12-15.

The event, which will be housed in a temporary building while the Octagon undergoes restoration, promises to offer a superb selection of rare and high quality pieces for sale.

Organiser Sue Ede said: “Visitors will find all our regular exhibitors back as usual and everyone bringing fresh stock.

“The restaurant is open as usual for lunches and refreshments, so visitors can enjoy their visit as much as ever.”

The fair features more than 40 leading trade specialists, and is widely recognised as one of the most important antiques fairs in the calendar of the British art market.

Traditional 18th and 19th century furniture will line up alongside 20th century and decorative pieces, early folk art, paintings, jewellery, silver, pottery, porcelain and much more.

Among the local exhibitors will be Jim Dickinson, an antiquarian map specialist who always draws a crowd with collectible Derbyshire maps and, historic engravings.

Buxton dealers Steve Bentley Decorative Arts & Lighting, specialists in late 19th and early 20th century arts and crafts furniture, lighting, silver, coper and brass, are also guaranteed to illuminate your day.

Bakewell dealer Peter Bunting Antiques returns too, with an esoteric range of 16th, 17th and 18th century furniture, paintings and metalwork.

Other highlights will include a collection of rare and unusual perfume bottles belonging to dealer Richard Hoppé; Mark Buckley Antiques’ late Victorian and Edwardian walnut and mahogany furniture; and Mike Melody Antiques offering farmhouse kitchen tables, ladder-back chairs, dressers, cupboards, coffers and occasional items.

The fair will be open from 11am to 7pm on the Thursday, then 11am to 5pm from Friday to Sunday. Admission £5.