Antique fans in for a treat at garden fair

DERWEN Fairs will hold its newfair in the Norman Foster - designed glasshouse within the National Botanic Gardens of Wales on Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and 13. This fair proved a resounding success last year with more than 7,500 visitors over the weekend.

This broke all records at the gardens. They were treated to a wonderful spectacle of displays of fine Welsh art and pottery, quality jewellery and 17th century Welsh oak in a framework of tropical and Mediterranean fauna.

It proved to be a recipe for success and the National Botanic Garden has indicated that this event will become a bi-annual affair.

This is a very exciting addition to Derwen Fairs’ portfolio and it will be the first time that the Welsh National Botanic Gardens has staged an antiques fair since it opened its doors in May 2000.

The gardens spread over 560 acres of the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside.

Here you will find the best display in the northern hemisphere of Mediterranean plants. It is in this impressive glasshouse that the fair will be showcasing the antiques fair.

Following on from this success Derwen Fair will be repeating this recipe for success but this time the fair will have substantially increased in size with the use of the Principality House which is a stunning Georgian Mansion next to the Glass Dome.

The fair will also be showcasing Welsh areas of collecting including welsh pottery, Welsh art and furniture. Richard Bebb will be showcasing his rich array of Welsh paintings including artists such as Kyffin Williams. Welsh textiles will also be a main feature at the fair. There will be a huge range of tapestry b lankets on display with their extensive colour range and intricate patterns.

There will be more than 40 stands showing off a variety of themes from ancient Chinese to the retro 60s and country farmhouse.

Also on display will be stands displaying gorgeous Victorian linen, vintage clothes, fans and costume jewellery, and an appealing display of nostalgic interior designs.

There will also be fishing reels, militaria and collections of Moorcroft pottery If you want to invest in a special piece of glass or a good item of jewellery or silver then you will be spoilt for choice.

A stunning collection of exquisite French clocks and an impressive Lalique glass will be among items on display.

David Jones will also be showing off his extensive collection of fine quality sponge ware, some early Pratt ware and rare Chinese porcelain David has an extensive collection of miniature pottery to include some rare children’s plates and mugs dating back to the 18th century. A stand not to be missed!

Doors open at 10am and close at 4.30pm on each day. Admission is £2 and there is ample free parking.

The venue is just outside Carmarthen and 15 minutes away from the end of the M4.

●For more information about the fairs contact Brita Rogers telephone: 01267 2202601.

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