13th-15th October 2017
Trade Preview Friday 13th October, 11am–2pm
Haynes International Motor Museum
It’s that second novel or hit record feeling! How to follow up a smash hit? The very first Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair in October 2016 at the luxury laden Haynes International Motor Museum was indeed a smash hit with buyers flooding in from across Somerset and the rest of the world!
But there are no jitters in 2017 at Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair HQ in Burnham on Sea in Somerset because the organiser are already running a waiting list for hopeful dealers with some brilliant new names on board, Bombe Interiors, Branching Out Antiques and Elham Antiques all from Kent; Kore Purchase, Tetbury; John Read Smith, Herefordshire; Molly & Maud’s Place and Chris Holmes Decorative Antiques, both Yorkshire; and The Archives from The Netherlands. And with a big sister like the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair just up the road in the Georgian City, running at an all-time high in March 2017, after 28 years, the traction is red hot and the Bruton Decorative Fair is getting ready to motor back to the Haynes International Museum for a spectacular return from 11th-15th October 2017.
Decorative dealers pull out all stops at this show and there will be choreographed displays from some of the most exciting decorative dealers in the UK, Europe and the Channel Islands with C18th – C20th decorative trouve for the home and garden, English Folk Art – early pottery, samplers, walking canes, CMid furniture and accessories, lighting, textiles, grand painted furniture from local country houses, lighting, mirrors, dazzling jewels and even vintage desirable designer handbags.
Owners of the fair, Sue and Peter Ede of Cooper Events, who also own the madly successful Shepton Flea, had been trying to find a location for a companion fair for Bath Decorative Antiques Fair with exhibitor pressure mounting for a second event on the calendar.
The transformation of the sleepy Somerset town of Bruton into the ‘Notting Hill of the South West’ with the arrival of the internationally renowned Hauser & Wirth Gallery, which instantly lit a media fire under this untouched corner of leafy Somerset, drawing an influx of city money, second home owners and celebrities to the area which created a light bulb moment for Sue and Peter and they found the perfect site - the £6million extension to The Haynes International Motor Museum, with its luxury interior and extraordinary raspberry red futuristic façade, just outside Bruton and very hi-viz from the adjacent A303.
A number of notable Somerset dealers will exhibit again in 2017 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 based dealer Jill Palmer, Pimlico dealer Christopher Butterworth, London based Derek Greengrass and Ashburton, Devon dealer Roger Organ. Expect to see a highly charged eclectic mix of decorative antiques for the home and garden. Alchemy from Bruton will also be returning 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, also Bruton based, with fine country furniture and accessories; Wharton Decorative Antiques based between Frome and Bath, dealing in French fireplaces, architectural reclamation and decorative antiques; Elizabeth Lee Interiors from Frome with French, Swedish and English decorative antiques for the home and garden; and just across the border into Dorset, Sherborne based Macintosh Antiques with painted country house furniture and upholstery from the leading furniture makes of the C18th – C19th, and English mirrors; and The Jerram Gallery, British Contemporary pictures and sculptures.
Sue Ede: “We had such a fantastic Bruton debut at Haynes International Motor Museum last year – the superbly equipped conference halls offered us a spacious and stylish venue for our exciting new event and we cannot wait to return in October 2017.”
Complimentary tickets and full information via the website.
Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair 13th-15th October 2017.
Trade Preview: Friday 13th October, 11am-2pm.
Public: Friday 13th, 2pm-5pm. Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th, 11am-5pm.