An eclectic mix of top dealers with international reputations has been assembled for the Chelsea Antiques Fair in September.

Just a few stands remain for the historic event that is in its 70th year and will be held between September 21 and 26, with a VIP invitation only preview on the 20th.

The venue will be Chelsea Old Town Hall on the Kings Road, the fair’s traditional and iconic home. Already collectors and buyers from around the world have expressed an interest in attending and trade is expected to be brisk due to a year with few physical events.

Run now by the antique selling platform 2Covet, the fair will be held at the same time as the Chelsea Flower Show which has moved to the autumn from its traditional May.

Sophie Wood, director of the antiques fair, said:

“The relaunch is going extremely well and we have some superb exhibitors. There is a real mix with dealers in furniture, clocks, maritime antiques, Chinese and Japanese works of art, paintings, porcelain, glass and much more besides.

“There are 32 exclusive stands and entry is free via complimentary tickets, aside from the first day which is reserved for an invitation only preview. We have a number of key partners including Altido, which provides hospitality management for homes, serviced apartments, hotels and unique destinations across Europe.

“After a year with virtually no fairs, there really is a demand for one, and dealers and clients are extremely keen to meet in person again. We have just a few stands left for dealers and there will be further announcements as we get nearer to the date.”

Sophie Wood, director of the historic Chelsea Antiques Fair

The fair is the longest continually-running event of its type in the country and attracts dealers and buyers from around the world.

Over the years some very well-known names have opened it, including Sir Cecil Beaton, Sir Alec Douglas Hume, Edward Fox, George Melley, Margaret Thatcher and Dame Diana Rigg.

Britain has a 20 per cent share of the global art and antiques market worth more than £12bn. It is second only to the US.