Buxton antiques fair celebrates 50th year

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The Annual Buxton Antiques Fair is celebrating!

This year marks its 50th, and a sumptuous occasion is planned in Buxton with exhibitors promising a superb display of treasures to fill the Pavilion Gardens’ famous Octagon building from May 15-18.

“We are looking forward to a wonderful fair,” said organiser Sue Ede. “This is now the longest running antiques fair outside London.

“Its endurance is a credit to the many exhibitors who have shown over the years, always providing a wonderful collection of pieces set to attract buyers from across the country.”

And this year the organisers of Buxton Festival have joined the famous Buxton Opera House to lend their support, further emphasizing the importance of the fair in the cultural landscape of the Peak District.

The fair offers something for everyone, from classic jewellery, silver and ceramics to fine paintings, period furniture, copper and brass, bronze Art Deco statuary, Persian rugs, fine glass, impressive mirrors, medical and scientific instruments, antiquarian maps and prints; Chinese and Japanese collector’s items and much more.

From Derbyshire, Peter Bunting Antiques promises a selection of early English and continental furniture from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, plus rare portraits, carvings and statuary.

Buxton dealer Steve Bentley will be specialising in arts and crafts from the late 19th and early 20th century, including stylish furniture, lamps and silver.

Many of the exhibitors having been showing at the fair for more than ten years, some much longer.

Ashleigh House Fine Art have been regular exhibitors for more than 30 years.

“It’s always a pleasure to show at such a prestigious and popular event,” explained Ron Hodgson, who is promising a range of 19th and 20th century works of art, including a number of Derbyshire subjects.

A landscape view around Matlock, in oil on canvas, by Frederick William Watts (1880-1860), a contemporary of Constable’s, is sure to attract interest. Offered in its original frame, it is priced at £8,500.

Admission to the fair will be £5 and the opening hours will be 11am-5pm daily.