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The Harrogate Antique & Fine Art Fair, organised by Louise Walker for more than 30 years, which returns to the Harrogate International Centre for its Spring fixture from 14-17 April, 2016, is proud to fly the flag for the traditional antiques and art dealer, many being members of BADA and LAPADA and the addition of respected names in the C20th Decorative Arts arena adds another dimension to the Fair.

Joining the bedrock of regular exhibitors this time will be SAC & Company, owned by Francis Raeymaekers – a big name in London's West End and New York's Park Avenue antiques coterie in the 80s and 90s and later in Mount Street, Mayfair, when in 2003 he opened The Metal Gallery, focusing on contemporary metalwork and was the first contemporary art gallery to be invited into the BADA and to exhibit at Grosvenor House Antiques & Fine Art Fair.  Following a sabbatical due to ill health since 2005, SAC & Company now return to the fray with a more broad based inventory, covering objects, furniture and paintings.

Also making a debut will be The Parker Gallery, London, with fine art from the nineteenth century and Paul Hodson Antiques from the Ribble Valley.

SAC & Company Antiques

SAC & Company - image from a selection on website:

Fine French ‘Directoire’ mahogany Sofa Table signed by Jean-Joseph Chapuis. Crafted in Brussels, circa 1800 and stamped on both drawers, “CHAPUIS”. Chapuis was an important cabinetmaker from Brussels. Born in 1765, he established his workshop in 1798 at Rue de Borgval. He was included in the ‘Almanachs du Commerce’ during the Premier Empire until 1824 and remained active until 1830, year the Kingdom of Belgium was created. Needless to say, both French and Belgians claim him as their own. A classic example of Directoire cabinet making and design. Stripped of all frivolous ornamentation and gilt bronze fittings of the previous era, it still manages to exude a degree of sober sophistication through the quality of the materials used and the high level of skill in the execution of the design. The years between the revolution of 1789 and Napoleon’s coronation in 1805 were very difficult for French craftsmen. Most of their clients and patrons had either lost their heads or fled! Slowly the vacuum was filled with a new class of administrators with simpler and more sober tastes.  Price £12500


Haynes Fine Art, Helen Bradley

Haynes Fine Art - Helen Bradley - "Goodness Cried Aunt Frances"  Oil on board. POA.


Timms Antiques

S&S Timms Antiques - A very attractive Mid 19th Century Papier Mache Tray

having delightful painted and gilded decoration housed on later ebonised and gilded turned tapering leg stand.  Price £1650

Returning exhibitors include: showing fine art: Baron Fine Art, Walker Galleries of Harrogate and Haynes Fine Art.  Jewellery will be shown by Licht & Morrison, Howards of Stratford and Saul Greenstein of London.  Silver will be shown by Jack Shaw & Co from Yorkshire and there will be pottery and porcelain from Roger de Ville, John Newton, Philip Caroll Antiques and Valerie MainThere is an impressive line up of furniture dealers including S&S Timms Antiques, Millington Adams and Mark Buckley.

Peter Carroll Antiques Wedgwood

Philip Carrol Antiques - A rare and large Wedgwood pottery 'America's Cup' jug, c. 1920.

The jug printed in black with titled scenes of sloops that were connected with The America's Cup . 'The Fanny, On The Port Tack' and 'The Illie, Off Telegraph Hill' Within printed borders of graphing vines. The simple loop handle printed with a stylised floral scroll. Medium: Earthenware Signed/Inscribed: Printed and impressed marks to the base.  Price £980

On Thursday 14 April, a seasonal talk from Patrick Conner, from the Martyn Gregory Gallery, as part of The BADA Lecture at the Fair, will be From Hahas to Hermits -  a lecture on the great gardens of the C18th which will cover the notion of the natural garden introduced by William Kent with examples drawn from leading English gardens – Rousham, Claremont, Painshill, Stowe and Stourhead. 

Entrance Free - via the Art & Antiques Fair Hall M Harrogate International Centre- seating in the Royal Hall.

Walker Galleries Harrogate

Walker Gallery Harrogate - Maximilien Luce (Paris 1858 - Paris 1941) Le Déchargement
Oil on board, signed , 11½ x 9 in.
Price: £ 12500
Jean Bouin Luce and Denise Bazetoux,
Maximilien Luce, Catalogue de l’oeuvre peint, Paris 1986, Vol. II No. 861
Artist biography:
Maximilien-Jules-Constant Luce was born in 1858 in Paris and trained under Froment. Luce joined the Société des Artistes Indépendants and participated in their third spring exhibition, where Paul Signac purchased one of his pieces, La Toilette. Camille Pissarro and critic Félix Fénéon were also impressed by the seven Luce works displayed in the show. Fénéon characterized Luce as a "coarse, honest man, with a rough and muscular talent". In addition to Pissarro and Signac, he met many of the other Neo-impressionists, including Seurat, Henri-Edmond Cross, Armand Guillaumin, Pillet, and Pissarro's son Lucien.

For tickets and full exhibitor list see Harrogate Antique & Fine Art Fair