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Derek Newman Fine Art

Derek Newman Fine Art - A View of Bath, artist unknown, priced at £696

Once a fairly traditional fair, held in the majestic Gothic Westonbirt House, just outside Tetbury, The Cotswolds Decorative & Art Fair 12-14 August, 2016, as it is now known, has attracted a new seam of exhibitors, many drawn from the canon of the other Cooper Events' fairs the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, and the fair has now established a new persona as a source of decorative antiques from a number of dealers including Chris Holmes of Harrogate, Molly & Maud’s Place of York, Elham Antiques of Kent and Waterfall Antques of Bath, English and Scandinavian CMid design from Not Wanted on Voyage and Scandinavian by Design of Somerset, and Modern British Art from Neil Schofield of Worcester and Granta Fine Art of Cambridge.

Chris Holmes Antiques

Chris Holmes Antiques - large rectangular terracotta planter adorned with scrolling Greco-Roman stylised foliage and lion head masks c.1880. Priced at £1,200

The foundations of the fair have not been entirely air brushed though and tradition is still upheld from the likes of Melody Antiques with period oak and country furniture, Ashleigh House Fine ArtDerek Newman Fine Art, Eastdale Antiques with fine early spoons, Carlyon Silver, Carnes Fine Art, Lancashire, Fine Persian rugs from Hassan Alabaf, period glass from Jeannette Hayhurst, fine porcelain and silver from Mynster Antiques and fine English furniture and works of Art from WR Harvey & Co of Witney.

Scandinavian by Design

Scandinavian by Design - An original cream leather and brushed chrome “Supreme” chaise lounge from Berg Furniture, Denmark, most likely from the late 1980’s. Priced at £1200

Naive Art, country furniture and treen will be a draw for serious collectors from Cherrie & Michael Todd of Somerset, Just Old Wood from Devon and Hiscock & Shepherd of Kent.

Neil Schofield Fine Art

Neil Schofield Modern British Art - Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979) Flowers in a Majolica Jar. Lithograph. 1938. Edition approx 100. (NB. His only hand drawn lithograph). 620 x 470mm. Framed. £1,800. 

Fine jewellery from C19th -C20th and named costume jewellery will be well represented from Scarab Antiques, Anderson Jones, Plaza, Brieve and Shapiro.

Melody Antiques

Melody Antiques - Small narrow mid 18thc oak pad foot serving base ,c1770 with original low back,handles etc. Wonderful colour and a rare small size. Length 175cms/69" 46cms/18"deep 98cms/ 38" high inc back.  Price at £2450

Of local interest, a painting “A viDerek Newmanew of Bath” as Jane Austen would have seen it will be a feature on the stand of exhibitor Derek Newman Fine Art from Gloucestershire, who specialises in watercolour paintings and drawings. Seen from a distance, Bath Abbey and outline of the city can be seen, circa 1800, in a charming depiction. Whilst the artist is unknown, it is clearly by a professional painter from the time. This rarity is priced at £695.

Mynster Antiques

Mynster Antiques - a Lowestoft Chesnut Basket - from a selection on the website

Derek Newman also has another watercolour painting of local interest showing the well-known Painswick Beacon on the edge of the Cotswold Escarpment above the Severn Valley by the well-respected artist Philip Wilson Steer (1860-1942). This dates from 1915 when Steer stayed nearby in Painswick. It is priced at £1,750.

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Molly & Maud's Place - A fine carousel horse Fredrich Heyn, circa 1890. Priced at £7950.