The coronavirus outbreak has resulted in antique fairs and auctions being cancelled or postponed in the UK and Europe.
Among the events to be suspended include the Chelsea Antiques Fair, and Art and Antiques for Everyone in Birmingham. Phillips Auction House in London has postponed all scheduled sales.
Some antique shops remain open. Antique dealers acquire their stock from various sources including estate sales, auctions, flea markets and individuals who want to sell their antiques. The restriction on people gathering together will reduce an antique dealer’s range of sources, but most Lancashire dealers still have a wide range of antiques for sale.
Antique dealers are hoping that things will be back to normal by the end of April or May 2020, but there is a lot of uncertainty about when the coronavirus crisis will be over.