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Chester’s Popular Racecourse Antiques Fair Returns

Posted on 31st August, 2022

The CHESTER Decorative ANTIQUES & ART FAIR

County GRANDSTAND,
CHESTER RACECOURSE, CHESTER CH1 2LY

7th – 9th October 2022

A year and a month after the last Chester Decorative Antiques & Art Fair, the popular Northwest event returns to the Grandstand Pavilion at Chester Racecourse from 7 – 9 October.

‘We are delighted to be back,’ says organiser Sue Ede ‘This fair has been running since 1989 and is very popular with collectors across the region. We provide a high-quality event with leading specialist dealers offering everything from traditional art and antiques to interior design pieces, jewellery, collector’s items and so much more.’

The Grandstand at Chester Racecourse has been extensively refurbished in the past three years and now the fair will benefit from an additional exhibition room on the ground floor. The room will provide space for several exhibitors, now including F.E.Anderson from Welshpool, the well-known, will be returning with a fine selection of English and Welsh oak and country furniture.

Also showing for the first time will be Gladwells Rutland, the fine art specialists who promise a range of 19th and 20th century works including pictures by the French impressionists.

Among the regular returning dealers will be local Chester furniture specialist Mike Melody Antiques, Rowles Fine Art from Ludlow with fine late 19th and 20th century paintings, watercolours and sculpture, and Church Street Antiques from Altrincham with designer interior pieces including sofas and mirrors…….

Download the full press release for The Chester Decoartive Antiques & Art Fair, 7th – 9th October 2022





Bristol Artist Featured at The Cotswolds Summer Decorative Antiques Fair

Posted on 24th June, 2022

THE COTSWOLDS

DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR
Westonbirt School, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 6QG
12 – 14 August 2022

A painting by Frank Shipsides, a member of the famous ‘Bristol Savages’ group pf artists, will be a major attraction at The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair at Westonbirt School, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire from 12 – 14 August 2022.

The impressive oil on canvas painting depicts the German four-masted ship ‘Passat’, a steel barqueand one of the Flying P-Liners, the famous sailing ships of the German shipping company F. Laeisz. It is being towed into Bristol harbour. The painting will be shown by Bristol dealers Brian Ashbee & Wes Wortruba at the popular Cotswolds antiques fair with a ticket price of £675.00.

Frank Shipsides (1908-2005) is remembered for his marine paintings and illustrations of Bristol, where he lived. He was a leading member of the ‘Bristol Savages’ group of artists, showing widely in the West of England. He held also held series of solo exhibitions at Alexander Gallery in Bristol. Today, his paintings hang in the Bristol City Council House, numerous collections and appear in as illustrations in numerous books on Bristol and its maritime history.

Featuring art and antiques specialists from across the UK, the popular summer fair at Westonbirt School is the place to buy everything from the most traditional antique pieces to the latest in decorative chic style.

Among the many highlights will be a superb display of Art Nouveau and Art Deco European sculpture from specialist dealer Hickmet Fine Art, with works by such renowned artists as Josef Lorenzl, Bruno Zach, Ferdinand Preiss, Demetrie Chiparus and Franz Bergman.

Also exhibiting will be Andy Maule Antiques who promises automobilia, railway and transport collectables, scientific instruments and unusual works of art.

Says organiser Sue Ede: ‘This fair is wonderful for people to come along and find all kinds of decorative and unusual pieces to furnish their homes in their own personal style. The fair offers a special mix of vintage, antique and 20th century pieces with fine art, collector’s pieces and personal items such as jewellery, silver, watches and vintage fashion……

Download the full press release for The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair 12-14 Aug 2022





Antique York Silver Teapot at Pavilions of Harrogate Antiques Fair

Posted on 25th May, 2022

THE PAVILIONS OF HARROGATE
DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR
Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ
10th – 12th June 2022

A superb silver teapot made in 1838 will be a major attraction at The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair at The Great Yorkshire Showground, from 10th – 12th June 2022.

Belonging to specialist silver dealer Mike Wilson (right) from Highland Antiques, the teapot came from the York silversmiths James Barber & William North. James Barber was a busy silversmith working in the mid 19th century during which time he formed business partnerships with other silversmiths working in York. This fine and rare teapot will be priced at £2995.00.

The assaying of plate at York ceased in 1716 and restarted, around 1776 when demand from local goldsmiths increased. By 1858, however, there was only one remaining goldsmith and the assay office closed due to lack of business, thereby making York assayed pieces more collectable.

The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair features many more fascinating collector’s items including a superb painting by Harrogate artist Brian Shields, also known as BRAAQ, titled ‘I’ll bring my own boat then!’ depicting a large public boating pool with children playing in the foreground with a smoky industrial scene in the distance. Painted in oil on board it will be for sale from Rowles Fine Art.

Among other exhibitors will be Shapiro & Co specialising in 19th and 2oth century British and European jewellery and silver including pieces by Faberge; ceramics specialists John Newton Antiques, showing Continental porcelain including silver-overlay pieces, plus East German studio pottery. Mark Buckley Antiques returns with fine late Victorian and early 20th century walnut furniture and bronzes, and Melody Antiques with country furniture, ceramics and collectables….

Download the full press release for The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair 10th-12th June 2022





Collectors Prepare for The Annual Buxton Antiques Fair

Posted on 4th May, 2022

THE 56th ANNUAL BUXTON ANTIQUES FAIR
The Octagon, The Pavilion Gardens, St John’s Road,
Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6BE
19th – 22nd MAY 2022

The Annual Buxton Antiques Fair returns to the Octagon at the famous Buxton Pavilion Gardens from 19th – 22nd May 2022. With a strong emphasis on quality, style and superb presentation, the Buxton Fair is a major event in the calendar of the art and antiques market.

Sue Ede, fair organiser, explains: ‘We are looking forward to our annual visit to the popular spa town. We have a fair bursting with a sumptuous selection of the finest pieces available on the art and antiques market today’. More than forty specialist dealers will be exhibiting.

Held in its special setting in the famous spa town in the Peak District, the Buxton Antiques Fair has been a major attraction for collectors across the Midlands and North of England for the past fifty years. Featuring more than forty specialist dealers from across the country, the fair offers a wide range of fine art and antiques from the 16th to 20th century. Prices range from less than £25 for a Victorian silver spoon to more than £10,000 for the finest oil paintings, antique furniture, ceramics, silver, jewellery paintings and accessories.

Among the well-known regular exhibitors will be Mark Buckley Antiques and Brian Ashbee & Wes Wotruba with English furniture and accessories; fine art specialists Granta Fine Art with 20th century works; Jo Bennett with Northern and contemporary oils and watercolours; and E-Stacy-Marks, Walker Galleries and Rowles Fine Art from Shrewsbury with fine English and Continental paintings.

A superb range of French and European 19th and 20th century sculpture will feature from Garret & Hurst; rare and vintage watches will be shown by Timewise while Richard Glass promises 18th and 19th century engravings, early carvings and collector’s pieces.

New to the fair will be William Cook Antiques showing a fantastic collection of antique and 20th century furniture, including lighting, mirrors and decorative accessories, and Dansk Silver with fine Scandinavian silver and jewellery.

Others include John Newton Antiques with fine 19th and 20th century porcelain and studio pottery, Solo Antiques specialising in Art Nouveau glass and bronzes, J. Dickinson Antiquarian Maps & Prints; The Antiques Bazaar specialising in silver; and jewellery specialists Plaza, Shapiro & Co, Billy Rae and Terry Robert.

Widening the appeal and breadth of the fair more than ever will be several new exhibitors. Hispanic Antiques promise a range of historic pieces from Spain’s rich history including ceramics, small furniture and objets d’art; and Julia Dinkhall Antiques & Interiors from Scotland with country house pieces and jewellery.

Download the full press release for The 56th Annual Buxton Antiques Fair, The Pavilion Gardens 19th-22nd May 2022





Collectors Prepare for The Annual Buxton Antiques Fair

Posted on 27th April, 2022

THE 56th ANNUAL BUXTON ANTIQUES FAIR
The Octagon, The Pavilion Gardens, St John’s Road,
Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6BE

19th – 22nd MAY 2022

The Annual Buxton Antiques Fair returns to the Octagon at the famous Buxton Pavilion Gardens from 19th – 22nd May 2022. With a strong emphasis on quality, style and superb presentation, the Buxton Fair is a major event in the calendar of the art and antiques market. Sue Ede, fair organiser, explains: ‘We are looking forward to our annual visit to the popular spa town. We have a fair bursting with a sumptuous selection of the finest pieces available on the art and antiques market today’. More than forty specialist dealers will be exhibiting.

Held in its special setting in the famous spa town in the Peak District, the Buxton Antiques Fair has been a major attraction for collectors across the Midlands and North of England for the past fifty years. Featuring more than forty specialist dealers from across the country, the fair offers a wide range of fine art and antiques from the 16th to 20th century. Prices range from less than £25 for a Victorian silver spoon to more than £10,000 for the finest oil paintings, antique furniture, ceramics, silver, jewellery paintings and accessories.

Among the well-known regular exhibitors will be Mark Buckley Antiques and Brian Ashbee & Wes Wotruba with English furniture and accessories; fine art specialists Granta Fine Art with 20th century works; Jo Bennett with Northern and contemporary oils and watercolours; and E-Stacy-Marks, Walker Galleries and Rowles Fine Art from Shrewsbury with fine English and Continental paintings.

Widening the appeal and breadth of the fair more than ever will be several new exhibitors ….

Click here for the full press release for The 56th Annual Buxton Antiques Fair 19th – 22nd MAY 2022





Renaissance for Art & Antiques at Spring Westonbirt Fair

Posted on 18th March, 2022

THE COTSWOLDS
DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR
Westonbirt School, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 6QG
22 – 24 April 2022

Art and antiques fashionistas, collectors, connoisseurs and decorators will be gathering at Westonbirt School near Tetbury for The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair from 22 – 24 April 2022.

This popular spring event is the place to buy everything from the most traditional antique pieces to the latest in chic interiors and decorative style. Says organiser Sue Ede: ‘This is where people come to decorate and furnish their homes in their own personal style. The fair offers a special mix of decorative pieceswith fine art, collector’s pieces and personal items such as jewellery, silver, watches and vintage fashion.’

Among the many highlights will be fabulous Georgian traditional furniture from WR Harvey Antiques who specialise in 18th and early 19th century pieces. Now often undervalued, fine English furniture is undergoing a renaissance as home furnishers once again appreciate its ever-lasting quality.

Among views of the Cotswolds to be shown by art specialists will be a superb painting by Charles March Gere, (1869-1957), a member of the Birmingham Group of Artist-Craftsmen formed in the 1890’s who lived in Painswick by 1902, the small Cotswold town with which he is long associated. It will be offered for sale by Newman Fine Art with a price tag of £2,800.

Returning to the fair after an absence of more than ten years will be Jim Dickson Antiquarian Maps and Prints. Collectors will find a mix of academic and decorative maps and prints, many of Worcester and the local area and dating back more than 300 years.

In addition to antiques and fine art, the fair always offers silver, jewellery, glass and ceramics…..

Approximately 40 dealers will be exhibiting at this popular event that began in 1989.

Click here for the full press release for The Cotswolds Dceorative, Antiques & Art Fair 22nd – 24th April 2022.





Renaissance for Art & Antiques at Spring Westonbirt Fair

Posted on 13th February, 2022

THE COTSWOLDS
DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR
Westonbirt School, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 6QG
22 – 24 April 2022

Art and antiques fashionistas, collectors, connoisseurs and decorators will be gathering at Westonbirt School near Tetbury for The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair from 22 – 24 April 2022.

Says organiser Sue Ede: ‘This is where people come to decorate and furnish their homes in their own personal style. The fair offers a special mix of decorative pieces with fine art, collector’s pieces and personal items such as jewellery, silver, watches and vintage fashion.’

Among the many highlights will be fabulous Georgian traditional furniture from WR Harvey Antiques who specialise in 18th and early 19th century pieces. Now often undervalued, fine English furniture is undergoing a renaissance as home furnishers once again appreciate its ever-lasting quality.

Works by 19th and 20th century artists will feature from Carns Fine Art. The major Modern British painters featured will be Donald McIntyre (1923-2009), Mary Fedden (1915-2012) and Dorothea Sharp (1874-1955) among others.

Showing for the first time at Westonbirt will be Hispanic Antiques who specialise in Spanish historic and decorative objets d’art. Their eye-catching exhibits include a painted 19th century Hispano-Moresque dish at £850 and an extremely rare hand coloured example of Munster’s map of Spain and Portugal from the 1540 edition of Geographia, measuring 38cm x 31cm, priced at £1,200.

In addition to antiques and fine art, the fair always offers silver, jewellery, glass and ceramics ……..

Approximately 40 dealers will be exhibiting at this popular event that began in 1989.

Click here for the full press release for The Cotswolds Dceorative, Antiques & Art Fair 22nd – 24th April 2022.





The Pavilions of Harrogate Antiques Fair

Posted on 24th November, 2021

THE PAVILIONS OF HARROGATE
DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR

Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ

28th – 30th January 2022

The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair takes place from 28th – 30th Jan 2022.

This popular event will be the first major art and antiques fair of the New Year in the North of
England and a highlight of the winter season for collectors, connoisseurs and interior designers.

With a vast range of high-quality pieces for sale belonging to more than 45 specialist dealers, the fair
has something for everyone. Prices range from £20 to £20,000 and the fair brings together many
dealers from Yorkshire and the north of England. Jack Shaw and Highland antiques sells fine English
and Scottish silver; John Newton Antiques specialises in fine porcelain and studio pottery; Mark
Buckley Antiques offer English country furniture and Ellis Fine Art has oil paintings and fine furniture.
From Harrogate, Sutcliffe Galleries show fine paintings. Other specialists offer jewellery, ceramics,
20th century glass, Mid-Century Modern art and designs, period lighting, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

‘The antiques market is extremely busy,’ says fair organiser Sue Ede. ‘and this fair is very popular
because we provide such a wide range of pieces, from the 16th to the 20th century …..

Click here for the full press release for The Paviliions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair 28th-30th January 2022.





Faience Plaque Recalls Role Played by Women Artists in Arts & Crafts Movement

Posted on 12th October, 2021

THE PAVILIONS OF HARROGATE
DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR
Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ
29th – 31st October 2021

An important faience plaque painted by Catherine Sparkes, a major contributor to the development of Faience pottery for Doulton Lambeth, will be going on sale at The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair at The Great Yorkshire Showground, from 29th – 31st October 2021.

Belonging to Tom Parry of Chester’s Farm Antiques from the Midlands, the plaque is described as a fine example of the quality of work being produced by women artists in the 1870’s. Catherine Adelaide Sparkes (1842-1910) played an important role in the history of the Doulton Lambeth Art Pottery and women’s art of the late 19th century.

The earthenware charger is painted with an Arts and Crafts style border, with a scene showing entitled The Cowslip Ball and depicting children constructing a cowslip ball made from cowslip flowers bound tightly together into a ball. The charger is signed by Sparkes with her monogram and is dated 1877 on the painting, her full name on the back with the title of the scene. The charger measures 52.5cm in diameter and will be on sale at £675.00.

The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair features many more pieces including a fine collection of English furniture belonging to Harrogate dealers Elaine Phillips Antiques. Proprietor Louise Phillips, currently Chairman of the BADA, will be showing several eye-catching pieces including an unusual 19th century ladder-back armchair decorated with rural scenes painted on each ladder (£650; a late 18th century Italian carved pediment with fine foliate carving and decorated with silver-leaf, 104cms wide (£1,450) and an impressive set of four Carolean period walnut side chairs, circa 1860 (£2,500).

This will be the second antiques fair of the year for the The Pavilions at the Great Yorkshire Showground following a very successful reopening in June. ‘Collectors are back in force,’ says fair organiser Sue Ede.
‘The fair is very popular because we provide such a wide range of pieces, from the 16th to the 20th century, from classic and traditional art, antiques and jewellery to Mid-Century Modern and decorative designer pieces.’

With a vast range of high-quality pieces for sale, at prices from £20 to £20,000, the fair has something for everyone. Several Yorkshire dealers always take part, including several from Harrogate.

Click here for the full press release for The Paviliions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair 29th-31st October 2021.





Award Winning Yorkshire Loom Makers Recalled at Pavilions of Harrogate Antiques Fair

Posted on 24th September, 2021

THE PAVILIONS OF HARROGATE
DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR
Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ
29th – 31st October 2021

This unique example of Yorkshire history recalls the leading role played by the George Hattersley textile factory in the history of loom making and design. Formed in 1789 at Stubbings Mill by George Hattersley, the company initially manufactured nuts, bolts, screws and small parts for textile machines. In 1834 the first innovative loom was made and the company went on to great success making a large range of looms over 120 years for all sectors of the market, from the narrow band looms to sheeting looms. At one time, they had about 26 basic models in their catalogue. After great success in the 20th century, the company finally closed in 1983 after the decline in loom manufacturing processes.

The impressive panel was designed by the Italian maker Egido Boninsegna (1869-1948) and shown at The Milan international World Exhibition of 1906 where it was presented to the well-known Keighley textile manufacturers. Belonging to exhibitors Brian Ashbee & Wes Wotruba, the panel is now a very decorative piece and fine example of Art Nouveau Italian design. It will be on sale for £1750.00.

The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair features many more fascinating collector’s items including an extremely rare original carved wooden figure of a bishop that dates from the late 1500s. Decorated in its original paint, it stands approximately 30 inches tall and is a fine example of ecclesiastical art and very decorative. It will be on sale for £4,650 on the stand of Richard Glass Antiques.

With a vast range of high-quality pieces for sale, at prices from £20 to £20,000, the fair has something for everyone. Several Yorkshire dealers always take part, including several from Harrogate ….

Click here for the full press release for The Paviliions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair 29th-31st October 2021.