About the Event
A treasure trove of the unusual and unique with a strong Welsh flavour is set to transform the National Botanic Garden of Wales, as the Derwen Antiques Fair prepares to return.
Antiques, collectables, retro and vintage will take centre stage among the rare and endangered blooms at the Carmarthenshire attraction on January 28 and 29.
The Derwen Fairs flagship event has increased from just 23 stalls in the early days, to more than 100 dotted around the site including Theatr Botanica, the Garden Marquee and the impressive Regency-era Principality House.
Visitors can view Welsh art, Welsh pottery and Welsh oak furniture among the Mediterranean plants in Lord Norman Foster’s Great Glasshouse, and a vintage market will take over the entire courtyard.
Organiser Brita Rogers said: “There are fewer antique fairs in Wales these days. We want to cater for everyone, from those interested in collecting traditional antiques to others looking for something a bit retro. We thought we would go with the times.”
A large range of country pine furniture, rare books, Treen and Ewenny pottery will be on show along with taxidermy and the exotic. The Vintage Market houses smaller marquees showing off vintage toys, clothing and retro furniture plus numerous up-cycled furniture and quirky items.
Brita added: “The fair will showcase Welsh areas of collecting including Welsh pottery, Welsh art and furniture. Richard Bebb will be displaying a 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 welsh tapestry blankets on display with their extensive colour range and intrinsic patterns.”
A selection of militaria stands will display unusual items, including rare medals, military swords and vintage fire arms. From furniture to fishing reels, Persian carpets to exquisite jewellery, most areas of collecting will be included, plus some rare items.
One important collection to be showcased is an interesting collection of Wemyss ware. This line of pottery hailed from Kirkcaldy in Fyfe, Scotland and is popular with collectors, with some rarer items commanding four figure sums. BBC TV’s Bargain Hunt programme recently filmed their at the Botanic Garden fair, with one contestant picking a rare Wemyss piece decorated with a daffodil to take to auction. Helen and Alistair, who sold the pot, are back to display their impressive Wemyss collection, including a rare heart-shaped inkwell.
The Garden and the fair are open from 10am to 4.30pm (last entry is 3.30pm). Admission to the garden is £3, with free parking.
For more info about Derwen Antiques, visit www.derwenantiques.co.uk