One of the largest dates on the European arts and antiques
calendar is coming up between March 25 and 28 the Art and Antiquities Fair in
the Provencal town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
This will be the hundredth edition of the event, and is
expected to attract around 100,000 visitors.
The first fair took place back in
1966, when there were just 14 stands selling art and antiques, but today
includes over 200 exhibitors as well as the 250 art, antique and decoration
shops that can be found in the town year-round. While the many shops that have
accumulated over the years are the main reason that the town has become a
popular centre for antiques, the fairs are special events that attract some of
the best art and antiques dealers from all over Europe.
Split into four different areas: antiques, old books,
contemporary art, and design and décor, the fair is filled with fantastic items
and treasures with something to please everyone, from furniture to Provencal
quilts and earthenware.
Each exhibitor at the fair has also had to follow the
quality guidelines put into place by the town and the French Company of Experts
in Antiques, meaning the antiques and artworks featured are authentic and of a
high quality. Experts will also be on hand to seek advice about any item
featured in Gautier Park.
If youre staying at our villas in Provence this March, this
may be an event to add to your to-do list you wont want to miss out on
finding your next antique treasure!
Image: Guillaume Baviere,
available under Creative Commons
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