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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.





Chester’s Popular Racecourse Antiques Fair Returns

Posted on 20th August, 2021

THE CHESTER DECORATIVE
ANTIQUES & ART FAIR

County Grandstand, Chester Racecourse, Chester CH1 2LY

17th – 19th September 2021

Art and antiques collectors across the Northwest and Wales will be looking forward to returning to the famous Chester Decorative Antiques & Art Fair at the county Grandstand, Chester Racecourse from 17th – 19th September.

This popular event features a host of familiar dealers joined by a several home interior specialists. Decorative antiques and twentieth century designer items will feature amongst a wide range of fascinating art and antiques for contemporary and traditional homes.

Sue explains: ‘Today’s antiques buyers want a greater variety of objects and especially more twentieth century and decorative pieces. Classic antiques will, of course, still feature, together with traditional silver, ceramics, sculpture and collector’s items, but we are looking forward to specialists in classic vintage pieces, Art Deco, Arts & Crafts and Mid-Century Modern’.

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 forty dealers will be exhibiting and once again the fair will take place over three floors of the County Grandstand building.

Among the local specialists will be Mike Melody Antiques who for many years owned a highly successful antiques shop in the city. Mike and his wife Margaret now trade primarily from antiques fairs and always look forward to exhibiting in their home town with their extensive range of traditional town and country furniture.

For the full press release see The Chester Decorative Antiques and Art Fair 17th – 19th Sepetember 2021





Ready To Furnish and Decorate ? The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques Fair is Back

Posted on 23rd June, 2021

THE COTSWOLDS DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR
Westonbirt School, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 6QG
13th – 15th August 2021

After more than 18 months, the popular Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair returns to Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Gloucestershire from 13th – 15th August 2021.

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

Says organiser Sue Ede: ‘This is where people come to decorateand 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.’

Among the many highlights will be a fabulous collection of historic watercolour paintings of the Cotswolds to be shown by Newman Fine Art from Painswick.

Specialising in traditional English Georgian and Regency antiques will be W.R.Harvey while King George Antiques show architectural salvage, furniture, mirrors, lighting and rugs and Paul Burnett Antiques & Interiors specialises in mirrors, lighting, antiquities and decorative silver and accessories.

There will be a wide range of pieces on sale at the fair, such as a fabulous range of 20th century vintage handbags and Hollywood style costume jewellery belonging to Twentieth Century Glamour and Modern British paintings from Granta Fine Art….

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-20 th century designer jewellery and accessories.

For the full press release see The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair 13th – 15th August 2021





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.