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There really is a distinct variety to the line up at Easter’s Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Westonbirt School, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire from 25-27 March 2016.  Newcomers both hailing from Oxfordshire, W R Harvey Ltd, who will bring some serious English period furniture and Zuleika Gallery showing exciting Modern and Contemporary art from some of the most important names of the 20th century.

Among the highlights on David Harvey’s stand will be a stunning Regency period mahogany and cross-banded sofa table, with a twin flap rectangular top with rounded corners and cross-banded in rosewood, the frieze with two drawers, with well-shaped sabred-legs and brass lion’s paw feet and casters, priced at £5,950.  Also eye-catching will be a fine and small Regency carved gesso gilt overmantle mirror with decorative columns featuring Corinthian carved capitals and a leaf-work moulded cornice and a hatched flower head frieze, priced at £3,350.

WRHarvey Antiques Ltd

WR Harvey Ltd, Georgian bowfront chest of drawers.

At the other end of the art and antiques industry spectrum and proof that the fair has something to inspire a very diverse audience, Zuleika Gallery will bring work from the Italian artist Matteo Negri (b.1982), with his Lego inspired series of work ‘L’Ego Map’ from 2012. Negri conceived of the L’Ego series in 2009 from which the present work is part of a continuation on this theme. The paper is shaped into the familiar circles of the lego bricks and the colours of the world map are created using the lego palette. Like Warhol whose work focused on objects of our times elevated to a new status, Negri has found inspiration in the humble yet ubiquitous lego brick. Zuleika Gallery also have works by David Hockney; Julian Trevelyan, Bridget Riley, Dame Elizabeth Frink, John Piper and Patrick Caulfield.

Zuleika Art Gallery

Zuleika Gallery - Matteo Negri, L'Ego Map, 2012.

Other exhibitors making a debut: Derbyshire furniture dealer Peter Bunting Antiques specialising in oak and country items, plus carvings, early figures and unusual collector’s items such as an early lime wood carving of a monk, probably European in origin, priced at £2,650. Furniture includes an early oak dresser originating from North Wales, with small proportions, priced at £9,500, Coscombe Fine Porcelain, Chipping Camden – porcelain figurines from around the world, including Germany, Austria, Denmark, Wedgwood, Royal Worcester and Sue Brown, London – fine jewellery. Sue has been exhibiting at fairs for more than 20 years and a well-known international dealer, just back from Palm Beach fair in Florida.

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Freya Mitton - The Gardener, James Fitton, RA, from The Leader Magazine, 1950.

Returning exhibitors include West Country art dealer Freya Mitton with works by Mary Fedden RA (1915-2012), including two watercolours: ‘Butterflies’, dated 1977 and ‘Two Magpies’ from 1980. Most colourful is a work by James Fitton RA (1899-1982), titled ‘The Gardener’, which was the design for the cover of Leader magazine, April 1950 and related to ‘The Anatomy of Spring’, an article by A.J.Marshall.

Freya Mitton Art Ltd

Freya Mitton Art - Mary Fedden, RA (1915-2012) Two Magpies, signed and dated 1980, priced at £3800

Scarab Antiques will no doubt draw their usual crowd with their selection of glass, watches and jewellery. Other regular exhibitors will be Brian Ashbee & Wesley Wotruba with 19th and 20th century furniture and objets d’art; Scandinavia by Design specialising in Mid-Century Modern furniture and lighting; Simply Decorus with Art Deco and 20th century decorative arts; and The Antiques Bazaar with Arts & Crafts silver and English Art Deco pieces. Richard Glass specialises in Old Master drawings, European artworks and objets d’art, Jewellery dealers Plaza, Terry Robert, Trivette and Shapiro & Co, while Candice Horley shows a range of designer costume jewellery from the 1930s and 40s. English and Euopean silver will be shown by Elizabeth Nicolson. Also specialising will be Roger de Ville with early English pottery, and Hassan Alabaf with Persian rugs and carpets.

Scarab Antiques

Scarab Antiques - Red torch work paperweight by Mike Hunter for Twists Glass in 2005. The torch work design is of a multi coloured bee eater perched amongst inter twining branches of exotic pink flowers and leaves. It is signed "M Hunter Twists 05 Bee Eater" and has Mike's personal cane ("MH") in the side.  Priced at £325

Cover image:  Coscombe Fine Porcelain:  Fairyland lustre bowl detail.

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