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Rare Satirical Cartoon On Sale at Pavilions of Harrogate Antiques Fair

Posted on 8th June, 2021

THE PAVILIONS OF HARROGATE
DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR
Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ
11th – 13th June 2021

One of the longest ever engravings produced in the past 300 years goes on sale at The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair at The Great Yorkshire Showground, from 11th – 13th June 2021.

The 18th century engraving measures more than seven feet in length (88½” 224.5cms) and is a famous work of social commentary by the artist and caricaturist Henry William Bunbury (1750 – 1811). It was engraved and published by William Dickinson in 1787 and is one of few surviving originals.

The engraving is titled “A Long Minuet as Danced at Bath, 1787” and features drawings of ten caricatured couples engaged in various stages of dance poses.

More than a year after the previous event, the popular Pavilions of Harrogate at the Great Yorkshire Showground are once again the venue for the popular art and antiques fair run by Cooper Events.
Says fair organiser Sue Ede, ‘We are delighted to be returning to Yorkshire and the Pavilions of Harrogate to stage our usual antiques fair. More than forty specialist dealers will be taking part and I know many collectors are really looking forward to viewing and buying a whole range of art and antiques once again.’
She continued: ‘Of course, when we return, all the necessary rules and regulations will be in place to ensure we are complying with the latest guidelines in the aftermath of the pandemic.

The fair is widely regarded as one of the premier events in Yorkshire. It first ran at the Pavilions of Harrogate in the early 1990’s and has been a regular fixture ever since, attracting collectors from across the country and far beyond. With a vast range of high-quality pieces for sale, at prices from £20 to £20,000, the fair has something for everyone.

For the full press release see The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques and Art Fair 11th – 13th June 2021





THE 55th ANNUAL BUXTON ANTIQUES FAIR

Posted on 19th March, 2021

The Octagon, The Pavilion Gardens, St John’s Road,

Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6BE

20th – 23rd MAY 2021

Just A Minute! It’s The Annual Buxton Antiques Fair

The Annual Buxton Antiques Fair returns to the Octagon Hall, the Buxton Pavilion Gardens from 20th – 23rd May 2021. This will be the first prestige art and antiques fair to take place in a public venue in the UK in 2021.

‘We are delighted to be back at last,’ says organiser Sue Ede of Cooper Events, who has been staging the famous Annual Buxton Antiques Fair at the Pavilion Gardens for more than ten years. ‘Visitors can be assured the Fair will be fully compliant with the latest Government Covid guidelines. And we are very pleased to have have a very special treat in store – a collection of antiques that belonged to the late Nicholas Parson which includes his fascinating showbusiness diaries.’

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, the fair offers a wide range of fine art and antiques from the 16 th to 20 th century. Prices range from less than £25 for a Victorian silver spoon to more than £50,000 for the finest oil paintings.

New exhibitor WR Harvey from Witney, who specialise in fine period furniture, will be showing pieces that belonged to the late Nicholas Parsons CBE (1923-2020). Proprietor David Harvey’s father Walter was a personal friend of Nicholas Parsons for many years……

For the full press release see The 55th Annual Buxton Antiques Fair 20th -23rd May 2021.





Latest dates for Cooper Fairs in 2021

Posted on 24th February, 2021

In light of the current situation and hopefully the lessening of restrictions in the near future we are hoping to swing back into operation with our first event at Buxton in May 2021.

2021 Calendar of Events

May 20 – 23 The Annual Buxton Antiques Fair

June 11 – 13 The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Art Fair

August 13 – 15 The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Art Fair

October (dates to be confirmed) The Chester Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair

October 29 – 31 The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Art Fair

All admission £5.00pp.

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Please check back to this website for all future updates.





New Fair dates for Cooper Fairs in 2021

Posted on 11th November, 2020

In light of the current situation and Government restrictions all remaining events for 2020 have sadly been suspended. However we are happy to announce new dates for 2021 when we hope to swing back into operation starting in April 2021.

2021 Calendar of events.

April 16 – 18 The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Art Fair

April 30 – May 2 The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Art Fair

May 20 – 23 The Annual Buxton Antiques Fair.

August 13 – 15 The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Art Fair

October (dates to be confirmed) The Chester Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair

October 29 – 31 The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Art Fair

We look forward to seeing you all next year .

Please check back to this website for all future updates.





All remaining Fairs for 2020 have been suspended until further notice.

Posted on 24th September, 2020

In light of the current situation and Government restrictions all remaining events for 2020 have been suspended until further notice. This is a huge disappointment to us all.

As soon as the situation changes we will make any announcements here. Please check back to this website for all future updates.





New Work By Renowned Sculptor Philip Blacker To Be Unveiled at Chester Fair

Posted on 31st January, 2020

The CHESTER Decorative ANTIQUES & ART FAIR
County GRANDSTAND,
CHESTER RACECOURSE, CHESTER CH1 2LY

7th – 9th FEBRUARY 2020

A superb sculpture by the renowned artist Philip Blacker will be unveiled at The Chester Decorative Antiques & Art Fair, 7th – 9th February.

Rowles Fine Art from Ludlow will be showing ‘Mare & Foal’,a half life-size bronze sculpture signed and numbered from an edition of 6.

Philip Blacker (b.1949) is one of the world’s leading equestrian sculptors. He is best known for his life size and over life size horses which can be seen worldwide.

For the first 14 year of his adult life Philip Blacker rode as a professional jockey, riding 350 winners and being placed in the Grand National. It was during this time he acquired his love of sculpture and through the guidance of his mentor Margot Dent, and developed his style and technique.

In 1983 Philip retired from the saddle to concentrate on his sculptural career. Since then he has carried out many large and small scale commissions worldwide, starting with Red Rum at Aintree Racecourse in 1988, followed by bronzes of many championship racehorses around the world.

Speaking about the new work to be shown at the Chester Fair, Philip says:

‘The mare and foal has been a favourite source of inspiration for me for years. Not only does it make a wonderful composition of harmonious maternity, but the subject also conjures up an image of optimism. Who knows what this foal will turn out to be? Maybe a future champion.
I have for a long time wanted to create a half-life size bronze of this subject, as it is to my mind a perfect scale. Large enough to go in an outside setting, but not so large that it overpowers its surroundings.’

The sculpture will be for sale.

Taking place at the County Grandstand, Chester Racecourse, from 7th – 9th February, the Chester Antiques Fair brings together leading specialist dealers from across the country ………

More than fifty dealers will be exhibiting and once again the fair will take place over three floors of the County Grandstand building. The top floor has been restyled to incorporate the Antiques Arcade where visitors will find a greater variety of exhibits than for many years.
For regular visitors, the fair will be livelier, more interesting and with more variety …

For the full press release see The Chester Decorative Antiques & Art Fair 7th – 9th February 2020.





Antique Watch Recalls Story of Florida’s Mayor’s Famous 15-Minute Reign

Posted on 28th January, 2020

The Chester Decorative Antiques & Art Fair

County Grandstand, Chester Racecourse CH1 2LY

A pocket watch that goes on sale at The Chester Decorative Antiques & Art Fair recalls the fascinating story of Speed Menefee from Florida, America’s shortest serving city mayor.

Taking place at the County Grandstand, Chester Racecourse, from 7th9th February, the Chester Antiques Fair brings together leading specialist dealers from across the country. Exhibiting for the first time will be Karen Bradley from Heanor, who trades as Antique Karen and specialises in watches, silver and jewellery.

Karen is offering collectors a pocket watch that belonged to Speed Menefee (1879-1968). Well-recorded in newspapers and journals, Menefee served in the Spanish American War and was widely believed to have settled in Naples, Florida in 1905 to recover from his war experiences. He belonged to a prominent Kentucky family and was known as the most eccentric person known to the city. In spite of his idiosyncrasies, Menefee was immensely popular, often called the perfect Southern gentleman and known for his stories, his humour and good manners …..

The Chester Antiques Fair was relaunched in October last year by the new organiser, Sue Ede of Cooper Events, who brought many new faces to the list of specialist exhibitors.
The forthcoming fair will once again be full of exhibitors over three floors of the prestigious County Grandstand. Since the fair was relaunched, there is now a strong emphasis on decorative pieces.

The fair will feature exhibits from £25 to £25,000, from decorative furniture and mirrors to classic Georgian and Victorian country pieces, English silver, oil and watercolour paintings, pottery, porcelain, glass and jewellery. More than fifty dealers will be exhibiting and once again the fair will take place over three floors of the County Grandstand building. Ther top floor has been …..

For the full press release see The Chester Decorative Antiques & Art Fair 7th – 9th February 2020.





Superb Silvered Glass Features at Harrogate Pavilions Antiques Fair

Posted on 23rd January, 2020

THE PAVILIONS OF HARROGATE DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR

Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ

24th – 26th January 2020

Glass decorated with silver will be an eye-catching attraction at The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair at The Great Yorkshire Showground, from 24th – 26th January 2020.

Yorkshire antique dealer Michael Lines of John Newton Antiques from East Yorkshire is pointing collectors towards a new major collecting area when he exhibits at the fair. Michael specialises in fine English and European porcelain and studio pottery with pieces by many of the major factories. As he explains, collecting trends are changing many younger collectors are looking for interesting, decorative pieces by known artists and makers from the mid-20th century.

‘Silver overlay is proving very popular with a range of collectors,’ says Michael, ‘From those who admire Mid-Century Modern to others who find it fits most comfortably into a modern home, more minimalist than the chintzy look of some antique collectors, and others who see its Art Deco appeal.’

Porcelain and glass makers such as Rosenthal, Hutschenreuther, Lenox Belleek, Plankenhammer and Krauthiem & Adelberg sent their vases, cups, saucers, coffee pots and other pieces to the silver overlay specialist studios of Friedrich Deusch & Co, Friedrich Wilhelm Spahr & Co and others who added the silver decoration to produce stunning beautiful pieces. The cut glass comes from The Josephine Glassworks, also known as “Josephinenhütte” in Silesia. All of these pieces are decorated in silver overlay by Friedrich Deusch and date from 1925 – 1935.

The Pavilions of Harrogate Fair brings together many dealers from the north of England. Jack Shaw sells fine English and Scottish silver; Melody Antiques offer English country furniture and Mark Buckley shows Victorian and Edwardian walnut and mahogany pieces for the drawing-room. Rowles Fine Art offer paintings and sculpture; jewellery specialists include Plaza and Shapiro & Co; while Roger De Ville has early English pottery.

For the full press release see The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair 24th – 26th January 2020





Asian Art Features at Westonbirt’s Winter Decorative Antiques Fair

Posted on 14th November, 2019

THE COTSWOLDS
DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR

Westonbirt School, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 6QG

3 – 5 January 2020

Asian art and antiques will be a major attraction at The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair at Westonbirt School, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire from 3 – 5 January 2020.

Exhibitor Andy Lambert  trades as Fu Ts’ang Lung Oriental Antiques and will be showing a range of artifacts, art and collectables acquired during his travels in China and Tibet. Many have religious theme, others are decorative items, useful household pieces and works of art. As Andy will explain, the interest in Asian art is currently very high as more pieces emerge from the region and collectors and decorators begin to appreciate their appeal.

Also specializing in Asian art will be Paul Burnett of Paul Burnett Antiques & Interiors. Among decorative pieces, Paul also shows rare Chinese earthenware and pottery figures of horses, camels and tomb attendants. Amelie & Melanie Caswell from Bristol specialize in smaller Japanese collectables including carvings and jewellery.

Featuring art and antiques specialists from across the UK, this popular winter fair is the place to buy everything from the most traditional antique pieces to the latest in decorative chic 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 antique and 20th century pieces with fine art, collector’s pieces and personal items such as jewellery, silver, watches and vintage fashion.’

Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair takes place in the atmospheric setting of Westonbirt House, now a prestigious school, occupying the Great Hall, Orangery and adjoining rooms. Stylish antiques, superb paintings, decorative delights and all kinds of rare and unusual antique treasures go on sale with prices from less than £20 to more than £20,000. Approximately 40 dealers offer plenty of choice for interior designers and the seasoned and first-time collectors. In addition, there is a range of exquisite personal gifts including antique jewellery, watches, mid-20th century designer jewellery and accessories.

For the full press release see The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques and Art Fair 3-5 Jan 2019





Art Pottery Features at Harrogate Pavilions Antiques Fair

Posted on 30th October, 2019

THE PAVILIONS OF HARROGATE
DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR

Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ

1st – 3rd November 2019

A collection of art pottery from the late 19th and early 20th centuries will be a major attraction when it goes on sale at The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, 1st – 3rd November 2019.

Belonging exhibitor Brian Ashbee, the collection includes examples from such famous factories as Pilkingtons, Della Robbia, Burmantofts, Moorcroft and Ruskin.

Says Brian: ‘There is a strong demand for good quality designer pieces from the Decorative Arts era, a period in which designers excelled in Britain. It is a delight to offer such a fascinating, colourful and decorative collection of pieces at the Harrogate Fair. Prices will range from an affordable £25 up to £3,000.’

The Pavilions of Harrogate Fair brings together many dealers from the north of England. Garrett & Hurst specialise in 19th and 20th century bronze sculpture; Rowles Fine Art offer paintings and sculpture; jewellery specialists include Plaza and Shapiro & Co; while Roger De Ville has early English pottery.

For the full press release see The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques and Art Fair 1st – 3rd November 2019.