The Indian Art Centre gallery is delighted with their first fair experience and the outcome of the NEC Antiques for Everyone fair that took place in Birmingham this month (31 Oct- 3 Nov 2013).
This was The Indian Art Centre first fair and what a fair! The Antiques for Everyone fair is a tri-annual antiques fair held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham and is Britain’s largest vetted and datelined antiques fair.It counts about 250 exhibitors and around 4,000 visitors a day.
We managed to sell a few pieces including an unusually large Indian carved ivory group of Krishna and Arjun on the chariot from the 19th century that sold within a few hours of the opening on Thursday.
We received lots of positive comments from visitors including collectors, dealers and the general public who were all impressed with the quality of our pieces. Some of them described our stand as “like in a museum”.
We also bought a beautiful Anglo Indian wooden carved octagonal table from the 1920s that will soon be added to our online gallery with high resolution images and full description. This was brought to the fair by antiques dealer based in Scotland.
The Indian Art Centre stand, number C7, was on the Antiques Young Guns pavilion. The Young Guns movement started several months ago on Twitter, where younger dealers using new technology came together to promote their businesses and campaign to generate new and younger interest in the trade. The motto is “Brilliant old things from bright young things”. The official website was launched at the occasion of the Antiques for Everyone fair. Here is a link to our member’s page that will be updated very soon.
We would like to thank the organiser of the fair and the founder of the Antiques Young Guns (Gail McLeod of Antiques News & Fair, Mark Hill of Mark Hill Publishing and George Johnson of Lady Kentmores) for giving us the opportunity to be part of such an exciting event.
We are more than motivated to grow the Indian art centre to the next level. Our goal is tobring a fresh approach to the Indian art trade and make it more accessible to buyers.