For the fourth year in a row, The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited is hoisting The Marquee, in the impressive Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown designed grounds surrounding the magnificent Petworth House in Petworth, West Sussex, ready for the 48 exhibitors to fill it with the finest and most diverse selection of quality treasures for interiors and other irresistible items. The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair takes place from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 May 2018. This event boasts a great relationship with the market town of Petworth, home to a number of antiques and fine art businesses, and the National Trust, which runs Petworth House and Park, all of whom will be putting out the proverbial welcome mat for the fair.
As well as traditional and country furniture, lighting, glass, jewellery, Tunbridge ware, clocks, silver, ceramics, vintage watches, the fair combines a wide variety of both contemporary and antique art, from sculptures to oil paintings, original illustrations and watercolours. The exhibitors are mainly members of the UK’s two leading professional associations – BADA and LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers.
Ingrid Nilson, director of The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, said, “Our Petworth Park event has been full from the start and this year is no different. As usual, we are working closely with the town, via the Petworth Business Association (PBA) and Petworth Antiques And Decorative Arts association (PAADA) which is home to a number of art and antiques dealers, many of whom will be putting on a special exhibition timed to coincide with the fair. We are continuing to give National Trust members free access to the fair and the National Trust generously offers antiques fair ticket holders complimentary entry to the Park and House, over the three days, where they can see a number of the nation’s impressive treasures including works by Turner, Reynolds and Chippendale.”
Joining the regular exhibitors at this year’s fair are a number of newcomers bringing fresh ideas for the international visitors, who range from interior designers to collectors and discerning individuals seeking something unique. Art of the Imagination specialises in original book illustrations and contemporary sculpture, as well as producing their own limited edition books through its publishing arm – Books Illustrated. 19th century naive animal art is Blackbrook Gallery‘s speciality. Combining their two passions, the gallery is owned and run by John and Pat Stanley, well-respected and award winning breeders of pedigree English Longhorn cattle in Leicestershire. Other first time exhibitors include experts in 18th to 20th century ceramics, prints, silver and small collectables S&J Abbott Ceramics Plus, dealers in English and European late 19th century and 20th century decorative arts Titus Omega and Flaxman Fine Jewellery. Another newcomer is dealer in fine period British furniture and fine English clocks with a large selection of 19th, 20th and contemporary paintings Millington Adams, as well as floral jewellery expert from Antwerp Precious Flora, Roger Lamb Antiques & Works of Art, and Art Nouveau and Art Deco sculpture and glass as well as Arts and Crafts specialist Solo Antiques. Distinctive and desirable fine art paintings, with an emphasis on the best established Scottish artists, are on the Flying Colours Gallery stand.
Art at this year’s fair comes in many different guises with Portrait of a bewigged Gentleman by John Clostermen (1660-1711), which bears a striking resemblance to Samuel Pepys. Closterman is known to have painted or attempted to paint the diarist, who was notoriously fussy about his appearance and turned many down. This oil on canvas has a ticket price of £28,000 from The Canon Gallery. Lucy B Campbell Gallery is devoting the whole stand to the work of Anna Pugh, one of England’s leading folk artists who lives in West Sussex and whose paintings are collected all over the world. Having just reached the great age of 80 years, she is allowing her first solo exhibition and this honour is taking place at the Petworth Park fair. A highlight on Ottocento‘s stand is a set of five woodcut prints by Edward Burra (British, 1905-1976), £4,500 the set, which was printed in 1971 by Nicolas Treadwell Gallery (the original edition was from 1928-1929). Art of the Imagination‘s original book illustrations and sculptures including a 3’6″ bronze of Mister Toad by Rachel Talbot, which coincides with the publication of Wind In The Willows with illustrations by Angel Dominguez. Cambridge Fine Art concentrates mainly on the work of British Victorian artists of repute. One watercolour on the stand is Waiting by the Stile by Sheffield artist Charles Edward Wilson (1854-1941), who settled in Godalming in Surrey.
The Hunt Gallery specialises in the work of the English figurative painter and etcher, Michael John Hunt, who will be at the fair to discuss his topographical paintings, landscapes and evocative interiors with interested visitors. Local exhibitor Moncrieff- Bray Gallery returns, previewing some of the artists’ paintings and sculpture that will be for sale in the art exhibition opening at the Gallery later in May. Amongst the contemporary sculpture and paintings for sale are oils by Stephen Palmer, two of which are Copse, Petworth Park, £1,650 and nearby Chanctonbury Ring, £1,300 and further afield is Winter Cove, Cornwall by Hannah Woodman in graphite, oil, watercolour and gesso on paper, £2,200.
Fileman Antiques brings all things glass – from a Baccarat butterfly over clematis paperweight, £2,000 to an elaborately cut pair of Regency lustres, c.1820, £1,750 and a fine six light cut glass ormolu mounted chandelier, attributed to John Blades, c.1825, £8,500. Mark J West also has a wide selection from drinking glasses to vases. In keeping with the recent buying trend for Art Nouveau items Hickmet Fine Arts is bringing an early 20th century glass cream jug, etched and enamelled with a purple floral decoration against a white field, signed Daum Nancy and with the Cross of Lorraine, c.1900, £2,850.
With vintage watches proving popular last year, Timewise is returning with another impressive selection, amongst which is a gentleman’s Rolex watch in a solid 18 carat gold case with rare engine turned bezel and dark brown alligator strap, c.1952, £6,800. A plethora of jewellery from a number of jewellery specialists includes a silver and gold tremblant flower brooch comprising rose diamonds and a central old cut diamond, c.1840, £4,000 and a late 20th century woodcock or snipe brooch by Georges L’Enfant for Hermès, £8,500 from Markov. In Precious Flora’s plant nursery there is a great variety of different pieces of jewellery, cleverly growing out of small terracotta plant pots. One highlight is Syringa vulgaris (lilac), a clip brooch signed by the king of jewellers, Cartier, comprising blue Montana sapphires and pink sapphires set in gold, c.1945, £10,600.
Television antiques personalities exhibiting include Antiques Roadshow clock expert Richard Price with his impressive stock of French and other European clocks that are not only functional but decorative, and Mike Melody. Melody Antiques has a late 17th century walnut escritoire with inlay, c.1690, £8,995. Other returning furniture dealers include Guy Dennler Antiques & Interiors with good quality Georgian pieces, Hugh Leuchars who virtually sold all the pieces of furniture on his stand last year, Tim Saltwell with a Hepplewhite period yew wood cylinder bureau, English, c1785, £10,950 and Petworth based Augustus Brandt with a rare Regency gilt mounted occasional table with painted top, c.1790-1810, £2,750.
With the royal wedding the weekend after the fair, dealers are bringing some regal pieces, including King of Prussia (£695) and King George II bell shaped mugs (£1,095) on Jupiter Antiques‘ stand. The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited is continuing its alliance with the Royal Warrant Holders Association’s charitable arm, the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST).
Tickets to the fair cost £10 each on the door or in advance through Eventbrite. Light refreshments are available within the fair or visitors can take advantage of the many restaurants and cafés in Petworth itself. A courtesy shuttle runs between the antiques fair and the town of Petworth. Parking is free for antiques fair visitors. AA signposted to the dedicated entrance at Cricket Lodge.
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