Spring was in the air and the daffodils were out for the Spring staging of the Antiques for Everyone Fair from 6th to 9th April.
Although it is not the prettiest of establishments, the National Exhibition is the most central and easiest to get to of all the venues we attend throughout the year and this helps guarantee a strong attendance.
This Spring Fair was no exception, and whilst we would probably prefer April Showers to the glorious sunshine we enjoyed throughout the four days, the number of visitors was markedly up on last year.
Steve is fast becoming one of the most sought after modern sculptors with an appealing range of subjects that he experiences first hand on his regular trips to Africa.
As usual, the opening day was eagerly anticipated with collectors running through the hall as soon as the doors opened to be first to peruse and buy from their favourite dealers. This is quite an amusing and regular occurrence at the NEC but on this opening day we were further entertained by the enhanced horsepower of ‘turbo-charged’ mobility vehicles!
I must say it is always a pleasure to see and chat with our regular clients whom we have got to know both as customers and friends and this helped us achieve a record number of sales with 25 items finding new homes on the first day!
The most popular were animal subjects from our ever present ‘menagerie’ and some of my favourite pieces sold include the guinea pig, panther and starling pictured above.
Friday and Saturday also proved very popular days with international buyers particularly interested in Art Nouveau sculptures.
I would suggest that Sunday was more difficult as the sunshine reached an astonishing 25 degrees C outside and visitor numbers were down as a result. However, this sometimes focuses the mind, and those clients who did attend were certainly an interested and discerning crowd with one Lalique collector, in particular, acquiring the four major items below.
In addition to this, we were delighted to welcome our contemporary artist Steve Winterburn to our stand for the last day to talk about and discuss his works with the clientele. This led to sales of his works, including those pictured below.
Despite losing around 20 dealers to the Battersea Antiques Fair which clashed with exactly the same dates, the Antiques For Everyone Fair was a great success, proving its strength and resilience by attracting a huge number of visitors over the four days.
We very much look forward to the next staging for the Summer Antiques for Everyone from Thursday 20th July to Sunday 23rd July 2017.