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SPLENDOUR IN THE PARK
Tim Saltwell Antiques - Pair of Napoleon III gilt bronze and champlevé enamel vases, possibly by Barbedienne, French, c1870, £1,250
Petworth House is home to a magnificent collection of art and antiques including works by Turner and Van Dyck and for 3 days in May a purpose built marquee in the famous Capability Brown designed grounds will swell that magnificent collection when the Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair returns from 6-8 May 2016, following a successful debut in 2015.
Life echoes art at this fair because a painting hanging in Petworth House is the William Frederick Witherington (1785-1865) Fête in Petworth Park, 1835. The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair appears to be a modern day version of this scene with the added attraction of jewellery, fine furniture, ceramics, silver, objets d'art, glass, clocks, paintings and sculpture.
A Japanese Meiji period bronze figure of a walking elephant by Seiya.Circa 1900 Priced at £3850
Many of the exhibitors from 2015, keen to re-engage with contacts made last year, are returning to take part in the fair again and they will be joined by newcomers Dickson Rendall, Filemans Antiques, Kaye Michie Fine Art, Roger Dade Antiques, Shapiro & Co, Stephen Kalms Antiques and Wakelin & Linfield.
Local Sussex dealers are very well represented with Augustus Brandt, Garret & Hurst Sculpture, Richard Gardner Antiques, Jonathan Knight Sculpture, Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, John Bird Antiques, Tim Saltwell, Thomas Fine Art and Wilsons Antiques. PAADA is showing a variety of items from the 28 antique shops and its 70 members.
Highlights include a stunning ten light William IV cut glass and silver mounted chandelier, £28,000 from Fileman Antiques; Cheval Turc, an important 19th century bronze by renowned animalier sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875), £48,000 from Hickmet Fine Arts; Study for Head of a Moorhen by Joseph Mallord William Turner RA (1775 - 1851), watercolour, 5" x 4", priced in the region of £100,000 -£150,000 from Haynes Fine Art of Broadway and Samburu Warriors depicted in oil on canvas by Emily Lamb (b. 1985), who was granted permission to paint the warriors, courtesy of Kingsley Holgate Foundation, £14,500 from Rountree Tryon Galleries, Augustus Brandt has an unusual 19th century Dutch rosewood, ivory and marquetry six-leaf screen, selling for £11,500.
Clock and barometer specialists Olde Time have an attractive French porcelain and ormolu mounted mantel clock, c1860, £8,500. Moncrieff-Bray Gallery has a display of work by eight tutors from the acclaimed Newlyn School of Art in Cornwall, the first group exhibition of their work to be held outside Cornwall. Other art dealers include Baron Fine Art, The Jerram Gallery and Kaye Michie Fine Art. Richard Ogden Ltd is returning to the fair with a tantalising selection of antique jewellery such as an Edwardian French bulldog brooch, c1900-1910, £1,900 and a Victorian gold, diamond and cabochon garnet snake necklace, c1850-70.
Visitors to the fair will be granted free entry to Petworth House, and the Lancelot "Capability" Brown exhibition in the grounds to celebrate the 300th anniversary of his birth. "Capability" Brown, the most famous landscape designer in the mid-18th century, transformed the Park and the Pleasure Grounds of Petworth Park. During the three days of the fair, upon production of the fair's ticket or programme. In return, National Trust members and holders of Petworth House tickets can take advantage of complimentary access to the fair.
For tickets and times see The Antique Dealers’ Fair Limited