As usual we arrived early on Tuesday for set up day, a formality now, after so many events it usually runs like a swiss watch, then into Wednesday for final stand preparations and of course the vetting process, in readiness for doors opening at 11am Thursday morning.
There was however a slight twist to our stand layout for this particular fair, we had recently been invited to purchase a large quantity of Silver from a single owner collection, as well as mixed Oriental and European items from an estate in the North of England, this event was a perfect opportunity for Ryan to host these none Japanese items under our Stagshead antiques.com brand.
Onto Thursday 11am, and It came as no surprise to be greeted with the usual rush of dealers, collectors and regular visitors from home and abroad, by the time we had a chance to grab our first coffee break it was around 3pm and the cabinets had been stripped of all manner of goods, and across all price ranges, with multiple sales to Japanese, German & Australian visitors as well as UK based dealers and private collectors, the event remains an enigma, and like no other opening day at any other fair we have experienced, I would like to personally thank all of our visitors during the four day event, and many thanks to our fellow dealers and of course the organisers who help this fair maintain its unique position in the market place, in what are quite testing times.
Our next visit to the NEC will be in the cooler Winter months on the 15th-18th November, complimentary tickets will follow later in the year.
In last month’s members area we featured a huge mixed metal lidded Vase attributed to the Ikeda Gomei company.