Cothay Manor’s 10th Fine Art, Decorative and Antiques Fair, held over 3 days in the ideal setting of one of Somerset’s finest medieval houses, attracted both dealers from all over the country and many prospective buyers. Cothay holds two Antiques Fairs each year, in May and October.
Organiser Charlie Campbell, whose family have owned Cothay since 1993, reported a busy fair: “It’s gone well. We have 28 exhibitors here – which is not quite as many as in the summer fair in May but it’s been busy.”
Exhibits are displayed in all the rooms in the manor, including the magnificent Great Hall, Screens Passage and Great Chamber as well as the courtyard. Nick Trigg, a dealer from Hertfordshire, said, “People are preferring these smaller, more select venues now.”
Asked whether the fair had been a success one dealer said, “Yes, definitely. I have been coming here for 3 years now. It’s a valuable event which gives us an opportunity to do business but it also gives us a chance to make contact with other dealers – and that’s very important. This is quite a well-hidden venue so it’s good to see so many people coming here.”
Cothay Manor’s next Antiques Fair is in May.