If you are at all serious about antiques, collectables, architectural salvage or vintage then you really should take time to visit Europe’s largest antique fair at the Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground in England’s East Midlands
I met a fellow treasure-trawler who is currently enjoying life in the Aude and, between us, we fairly forensically rummaged through a portion of this vast venue.
It’s not glamorous (take wellies and waterproofs) they mostly don’t take cards (take cash) some of it is overpriced (that tiny Italian plaque, B?) and delivery prices are eyewatering (take vans!)
But if you are prepared to spend a whole day, start at 7 am and spend the next seven hours or so traipsing around it’s 84 acre site, I’m pretty confident you will find whatever you deem to be treasure amongst the usual overpriced tat.
I got there late and only saw a fraction, but it’s ALL there. Some standout pieces were this Italian handpainted relief ceramic plaque-Violetta Antiques And this stunning antique velvet pelmet for much grander windows than mine.
We could see it mounted over tumbling raw linen drapes in a grand salon.