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Westonbirt’s Summer Decorative Antiques Fair

Posted on 10th June, 2019

THE COTSWOLDS DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR

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

2 – 4 August 2019

Art and antiques specialists with an eye for the decorative, collectable, unusual and simply fabulous gather for The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair at Westonbirt School, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire from  2 – 4 August 2019.

Featuring art and antiques specialists from across the UK, this popular summer 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.’

There will be many highlights, such as a fabulous range of 20th century decorative ceramics by Somerset designer Sally Tuffin, from Brian Ashbee Antiques; vintage handbags and Hollywood style costume jewellery belonging to Twentieth Century Glamour and Modern British paintings from Granta Fine Art.

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……

For the full press release see: The Cotswolds Decorative , Antiques and Art Fair , Westonbirt School, Gloucestershire 2- 4 August 2019 …





The Annual Buxton Decorative Antiques & Art Fair Returns to the Pavilion Octagon Hall

Posted on 13th May, 2019

THE 54th BUXTON DECORATIVE ANTIQUES & ART FAIR

The Buxton Pavilion Gardens, St John’s Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6BE

16 – 19 MAY 2019

The Annual Buxton Decorative Antiques & Art Fair returns from 16th – 19th May 2019, three years after the Pavilion’s Octagon Hall closed for extensive refurbishment. In 2016 and 2017 the fair took place in a plush marquee adjacent to the Octagon, though reduced in size and scope and last year, when the venue was expected to be open on time, was forced to cancel after the refurbishment ran late. ‘Now at last we’re back where we belong,’ explains organiser Sue Ede of Cooper Events. ‘We know our regular customers and our exhibitors have missed the building, where the fair took place for the previous 51 years. In the newly refurbished and redecorated Octagon the fair looks set to re-establish its place as one of the most eminent antiques fairs in the UK.’

In this special setting in the famous spa town in the heart of the Peak District, the fair has always been a major fixture in the calendar. This year the fair will commence with a special visitor: Mark Hill, (right) the author and antiques expert from the BBC Antiques Roadshow. Mark will be welcoming visitors and providing guidance on purchases.

The majority of regular exhibitors will be returning to the fair, promising a wide range of traditional antique furniture, ceramics, silver, jewellery paintings and accessories. In addition, the fair will reveal a more modernised feel with the addition of several decorative specialists, adding extra dimensions to the range of exhibits on offer. Showing for the first time will be Shine on Design, specialising in Art Deco walnut furniture, lighting and accessories from the 1920s and 30s. They will be joined by Paul Burnett Antiques & Interiors with vintage interior furnishing pieces; and Thomas Spencer Fine Art specialising in Modern British and contemporary art. Among the well-known regular exhibitors will be Melody Antiques, Mark Buckley Antiques and Brian Ashbee & Wes Wotruba with English furniture and accessories; art specialists Ellis Fine Art with British oil painting from the 18th & 19th centuries, Granta Fine Art with 20th century works; Art of the Imagination specialising in contemporary illustrative artists; Timberhill Gallery with watercolours, Balmain Antiques showing drawings, Continental paintings and sculpture, Jo Bennett with Northern and contemporary oils and watercolours; and returning exhibitor Walker Galleries from Harrogate who have not shown at Buxton for more than ten years ……

For the full press release see: The Annual Buxton Decorative Antiques & Art Fair Returns to the Pavilion Octagon Hall 16th-19th May 2019 …





Yorkshire Paintings Feature at Harrogate Pavilions Antiques Fair

Posted on 30th April, 2019

THE PAVILIONS OF HARROGATE DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR
Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ

3rd – 5th May 2019

Paintings of Knaresborogh Castle (right) and the Pontefract races (below) will feature in a display of paintings by the artist Gordon Radford at The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, 3rd – 5th May 2019.

The collection of paintings, which come direct from the artist’s studio, are being sold by his son, Paul, will be exhibited by Sutcliffe Contemporary, the Harrogate gallery who show regularly at the popular Pavilions of Harrogate fair together with other leading Yorkshire galleries and specialist antique dealers.

A highly respected painter, Gordon Radford (1936-2015) was born in Oldham and a member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts. He exhibited at the Royal Society of Arts in London. And was widely acclaimed for his impressionistic style. He was widely travelled and often painted the classic views of Venice and Majorica. On sale at the fair will also be views of Knaesborough Castle and Pontefact Castle, Cafe Florian, Venice, the Bridge of the Rhine and Soller, Majorca. Prices will range from £750 for the smaller works to £2,500 for the larger pieces.

The Pavilions of Harrogate Fair brings together many dealers from the north of England. From Harrogate, English antique furniture specialists Elaine Phillips returns to the fair with a fine collection of 18th and 19th century pieces; and other Yorkshire dealers include Chris Holmes Antiques from Knaresborough offers all kinds of unusual decorative; Mark Buckley Antiques shows fine English furniture and bronzes, John Newton Antiques specialising in 19th and 20th century porcelain and studio art pottery; and Walker Galleries, from Harrogate, with 18th, 19th and 20th century paintings.

Newcomers showing for the first time include Hispanic Antiques showing Spanish antique and decorated furniture and unusual objet’s d’art.

For the full press release see: The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair 3rd – 5th May 2019





Brynmawr Furniture Makers feature at The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair

Posted on 14th February, 2019

THE COTSWOLDS DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR
Westonbirt School, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 6QG

12th – 14th April 2019

The story of a group of Quakers working in South Wales who produced a range of furniture inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement will be recalled at The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques and Art Fair at Westonbirt School, near Tetbury from 12th – 14th April 2019.

Exhibitor Martin Lister of InVogue Antiques will be offering for sale a distinctive oak dining table and set of chairs made by the now famous Brynmawr Furniture Makers in South Wales. Set up in the wake of the Great Depression of 1929, which badly affected
Brynmawr, formerly a prosperous mining town, the story of the furniture factory has gone down in history.

In 1928-29 a group of Quakers arrived in the town to encourage industry & employment. In 1930, they were joined by Paul Matt, the son of a German cabinet maker. A trained designer and a man of vision and energy, he raised £6,000 to establish a furniture business. The local workers lacked skills, so Matt designed a range of simple, sturdy furniture. Soon a Quaker school in York ordered 200 chairs and production began.

Matt designed a variety of pieces for the dining room, bedroom, sitting room and study and drew on his experience as a designer in London during the 1920’s. During that time, he had worked with followers of the Russell Brothers and he was greatly influenced by the simplicity of their designs which were in keeping with the fashion of the day.

Says organiser Sue Ede: ‘This is where people come to decorate and furnish their homes in their own personal style. Mixing and matching antique and contemporary with Mid-Century accessories, fine art, sculpture and furniture from the past centuries. The fair has something for everyone.’

Collectors wanting a special treat will also find specialist jewellers offering fine traditional pieces and a range of 20th century glittering costume accessories.

For the full press release see: The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair 12th – 14th April 2019





Decorative Arts Feature at Harrogate Pavilions Antiques Fair

Posted on 22nd January, 2019

THE PAVILIONS OF HARROGATE
DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR

Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ

25th–27th January 2019

A fabulous display of Decorative Arts including a rare Lalique glass car mascot from the Jazz Age will be a major attraction at The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, 25th–27thJanuary 2019.

Exhibitor Janice Kehoe who trades as Solo Antiques has been selling Decorative Arts for more than 20 years in a career that has taken her around the country and onto TV as an expert in her field. She will be showing a range of glass, bronze sculpture and other pieces at the winter Pavilions fair.

Says Janice: “The craftsmanship, design and style of this period is stunningand the quality of workmanship superb. The skill used to make such beautiful and detailed pieces is incredible.I am often asked for advice on starting a collection. Decide what you like, find out about it and talk to a dealer you trust –dealers are always happy to talk about their stock. The piece of advice I would give to a collector starting out is to buy the best –if you have £500 to spend, don’t buy a lot of small items, wait until you find the really good piece and buy one item for the whole amount, whether its for a piece from specific artists like Galle, Daum, Loetz, Moser, and Rene Lalique or sculpture from Chiparus, Preiss or Lorenzl or Arts and Crafts from Newlyn, Liberty or Keswick.”

For the full press release see: Decorative Arts Feature at Harrogate Pavilions Antiques Fair 25th–27th January 2019.





Bristol’s Famous HMS Daedalus Features at Cotswolds New Year Antiques Fair

Posted on 23rd November, 2018

THE COTSWOLDS DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR

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

4th – 6th January 2019.

Memories of the old Bristol training ship HMS Daedalus will be revived when a famous painting by a much admired Bristol artist goes on sale at The Cotswolds Decorative,
Antiques & Art Fair at Westonbirt School, near Tetbury from 4th – 6th January 2019.

The oil painting is by Bristol artist Arthur Wilde Parsons (1854-1931) and measures 5-feet 7-inches wide by 4-feet high. It arrives on the market on the market for the first time in forty years and will be offered by Bristol dealers Brian Ashbee & Wesley Wotruba with a price of £12,500.

The 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 : Bristol’s Famous HMS Daedalus Features at Cotswolds New Year Antiques Fair 4th – 6th January 2019.





Important French Painting Highlights Pavilions of Harrogate Antiques Fair

Posted on 4th October, 2018

THE PAVILIONS OF HARROGATE
DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR
Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ

2 – 4 November 2018

A rare and important painting by a French artist whose work foreshadowed the French impressionists 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, 2nd – 4th November 2018.

Titled ‘Moonlight’, the picture is by Henri Joseph Harpignies (1819-1916) and depicts a lake surrounded by tress, probably in the south of France. Painted in black and grey ink, it is typically atmospheric. Harpignies was a key member of the Barbizon School, the group of artists that began the artistic journey towards the Impressionists. The Barbizon School is the name given to a community of mid-19th-century painters who worked in and around the village of Barbizon in the forest of Fontainebleau, south-east of Paris. They painted landscapes and scenes of rural life, occasionally working in the open air. They took their lead from the Suffolk artist John Constable, who was painting from life landscapes and were important precursors of the Impressionists.  This picture is a wonderful scene showing all the characteristics of the Barbizon School.

‘Moonlight’ will be shown by The Timberhill Gallery from Norfolk with a price of £1,450.

The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Art Fair brings together many dealers from the north of England. Harrogate dealers Chris Holmes Antiques offers all kinds of unusual decorative pieces and Sutcliffe Galleries promise paintings by local artists, old and new. Mark Buckley Antiques shows fine English furniture and bronzes, so too W.R.Harvey Antiques who specialise in Georgian and Regency period pieces. John Newton Antiques has 19th and 20th century traditional and studio ceramics and Jack Shaw & Co. makes a superb display of fine English silverware….

For the full press release see : The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair 2nd – 4th November 2018.





Westonbirt School Hosts Cotswolds Summer Decorative Antiques Fair

Posted on 2nd July, 2018

THE COTSWOLDS DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR
Westonbirt School, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 6QG

10-12 August 2018

Fabulous, eye-catching, unusual and even bizarre antiques go on sale at The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair at Westonbirt School, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire from 10-12 August 2018.

Featuring art and antiques specialists from across the UK, this popular summer fair is the place to buy everything including 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. Mixing and matching antique and contemporary with Mid-Century accessories, fine art, sculpture and furniture from the past centuries. Our Cotswolds Fair has it all!’

And anyone wanting a special treat will also find specialist jewellers offering fine traditional pieces and a range of 20th century glittering costume accessories.

The 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 : Westonbirt School Hosts Cotswolds Summer Decorative Antiques Fair 10-12 August 2018.





Rare Chinese Snuff Bottle Collection at Harrogate Antiques Fair

Posted on 18th April, 2018

THE PAVILIONS OF HARROGATE
DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR
Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ

4-6 MAY 2018

An extremely rare and important collection Chinese snuff bottles including one made from tangerine peel will be a major attraction when they go on sale at The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, 4th – 6th May 2018.

Belonging to York antique dealer Bob Copley, this rare set of some forty 19th century Chinese snuff bottles includes examples in glass, jade, quartz, porcelain, amber and, most extraordinarily, the dried skin of a tangerine. These miniature bottle shaped flasks, often of astonishing beauty and tactile appeal, were made for the Chinese court and popular use during the Qing Dynasty. Snuff bottles are small, made as accoutrements for a pocket or silk pouch attached to robes, ready for immediate use. They formed an essential part of everyday life and were also objects to be admired. Bob Copley’s collection will be for sale, with items from £250 to £5,000 for the rarest. Bob Copley is a member of The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society based in USA.

The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair always offer exquisite Georgian dining furniture, Edwardian leather settees, silver candelabra, English Studio pottery, Arts & Crafts, Art Deco vases and Art Nouveau bronze sculpture, with plenty of choice for interior designers, the seasoned collector and first-time buyer. In addition, there is a range of exquisite antique jewellery, watches, mid-20th century designer jewellery and accessories.

For the full press release see : Rare Chinese Snuff Bottle Collection at Harrogate Antiques Fair 4-6 May 2018





Beryl Cook Paintings Feature at Cotswolds Spring Decorative Antiques Fair

Posted on 12th February, 2018

THE COTSWOLDS DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR
Westonbirt School, Westonbirt, nr. Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 6QG

13-15 APRIL 2018

Rare paintings by the popular and well-known artist Beryl Cook (1926-2008) go on sale at The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair at Westonbirt School,  near Tetbury, Gloucestershire from 13-15 April 2018.

During her lifetime, Beryl Cook OBE was called Britain’s favourite artist. Her vivid depictions of social life and its characters encapsulate joy; her style totally original, warm and instantly recognisable. Today, her works can be seen on display in Plymouth, Durham and Glasgow art galleries.

At the popular Cotswolds Fair, art dealer Freya Mitton from Somerset will be showing two charming preparatory sketches for a book Beryl Cook wrote with Edward Luci-Smith titled Bertie and the Big Red Ball. ‘Bertie on the Stairs’ and ‘Bertie in a Basket’ (shown here) are both painted in oils on paper and will be on sale for £1800 and £2200 respectively. Freya Mitton will also be showing a range of exciting 20th century British art including works by Julian Trevelyan, Bridget Riley, John Nash, Elizabeth Frink, Mary
Fedden, Sir Terry Frost and Ruskin Spear among others.

The 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 : Beryl Cook Paintings Feature at Cotswolds Spring Decorative Antiques Fair