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The Fine Art and Antiques Fair runs from 13-19 November at Olympia, London (0171-244 2219) pounds 10 (inc catalogue)

THE GOODS

English and continental furniture, metalware, maps, globes, barometers, rugs, snuff boxes, armour, textiles, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and animalia are just some of the categories on show from next week. Prices range from pounds 50 to over pounds 100,000.

THE DEALERS

Forget dodgy Lovejoys and house-clearance bootleggers - the traders attending this event are all professional collectors, so you can buy that Old Master confident in the knowledge that its previous owner was awake when it was removed from the wall. Objects are carefully vetted for quality and authenticity.

Among the 250 stalls from the UK, Holland, France and USA you will find Oriental dealer, Katie Jones, whose stand is devoted to Japanese and Chinese root wood objects dating from the 17th century, Sandra Lipton's collection of coronation medals amassed over 20 years and the internationally renowned. Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art.

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

Teaspoons, cufflinks and other small things are good tips. Otherwise, you might like to purchase an 18th-century English Delft tile (priced from pounds 50) or choose from a good selection of drawings, etchings, prints and framed Victorian watercolours. If you're feeling ultra generous, you could splash out on an understated little gewgaw like N Bloom and Son's Victorian ruby and diamond scroll ring, a rare Elizabethan posy ring, or an Art Deco bracelet made in Paris in the 1920s and priced at a cool pounds 110,000.

OBJETS D'ART

Watch out for a fine screen in the style of the Aesthetic Movement of the 1880s, originally owned by Winston Churchill, and a pair of 1920s cufflinks set with butterfly wings. Among the exquisite Chinese and Japanese antiquities on display is a Ru Ware dish from the Northern Song dynasty of the early 12th century. Made for the imperial court between 1085-1127, Ru Ware is one of the rarest ceramics ever produced. There are only 60 or 70 pieces extant of which the Percival David Foundation holds 14.

CURIOSITIES

Dealer Jonathan Horne will be displaying a selection of rare Staffordshire teapots shaped like exotic fruits and vegetables which date from around 1765. Elsewhere, there's a commode which has arms that swing out to accommodate those broad of beam, and a handy little drinks cabinet craftily disguised as a church.

Times: Wed 6pm-10pm, Thur 11am-9pm, Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-7pm, Mon 11am-8pm, Tue 11am-5pm

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