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Tiles as decoration form one of the highlights of the Petersfield Antiques Fair at the Festival Hall, Petersfield,organised by Penman Antique Fairs from 4-6 September, 2015.

Richard Hoppe, a regular exhibitor at Penman Antique Fairs in London and the regions, deals in the Decorative Arts, particularly glass and scent bottles. He also deals in a wide range of English and Continental tiles and will mount an exhibition at the fair to highlight the use of tiles as works of art including both single and grouped tiles presented in panels.

Richard told Antiques News & Fairs: “People often treat tiles like works of art and will frame them. Many are really very decorative.”

Other regular exhibitors at this popular event which attracts trade and public alike include Jeanette Hayhurst with Georgian drinking glasses alongside early 20th century designer vases; Pars Rugs, specialising in Persian and Oriental pieces; Wilsons of Worthing and Melody’s Antiques, both returning with a range of practical Victorian furniture; Jupiter Antiques with a range of cabinets full of early English porcelain from most major factories; Plaza, with 20th century jewellery; and Roger De Ville, specialising in early English pottery, original Toby jugs and commemorative ware, Graham Reed and Baron Fine Art, both showing English oils and watercolours; Art of the Imagination with contemporary illustrative works; and Eastdale Antiques, with a fine display of Georgian and Victorian silverware. A single newcomer amongst the many familiar faces will be Lake’s from Ross-on-Wye, specialising in interesting and unusual antique boxes.

Organiser Caroline Penman told us: "The fair has been running for more than forty years and many of our regular collectors have been investing and enjoying the fair time after time, there is always something fresh to discover."


A rare Art Nouveau polychrome tube line set of eight tiles, featuring a squabbling white cockatoo and pale blue parrot against a steel blue ground. Circa 1900, Hemiksem, Belgium. Panel size 60cm/24in long x 30cm/12in high. £750.00

Rescued from a house due for demolition in Belgium (see image) come these spectacular and original Hemixen Art Nouveau iris tiles. Relief moulded with vibrant colours, each panel consists of 12 tiles (3 long x 4 high) which is then repeated, measurements per panel are 18 inches/45cm long x 24 inches/60cm high. All tiles have been professionally cleaned, the backs are as new, completely residue free and ready for installation or display. Circa 1905, the reverse sides all marked for Gilliot Hemiksem. Multiple panels available, price for panels as shown £1,600.00

A relief pressed Art Nouveau polychrome twenty tile pattern, with a stylised floral motif and swirling leaf forms. Circa 1905, marks on the reverse of the tiles for Gilliot Hemiksem Belgium. 60cm/24in square. £855.00

For tickets and times see Penman Antique Fairs website via TRADE INDEX

Tribal Art London from 2-5 September 2015 at the Mall Galleries, London SW1, is the UK’s only specialist event for collectors of fine ethnographic works, revealing the exciting artistry and cultural iconography of tribal peoples the world over.

On show from specialist dealers will be African dance masks, Aboriginal battle shields, decorative house carvings from Papua New Guinea, jewellery and adornment, textiles, rare ethnographic photographs and contemporary works.

The current Indigenous Australia exhibition at the British Museum has seen provoked a huge interest in Aboriginal works recently, and values are rocketing. Tribal works are highly sought after by contemporary and modern art collectors, and interior decorators, as they complement so well many types of abstract art, and artists have long been inspired by tribal forms.

Most importantly, all the artefacts offered by exhibitors are early pieces, made for purpose, and not later ‘tourist’ works which carry no cultural significance.

Among items coming for sale at the Fair are an early 20th century ceremonial dance skirt from the Admiralty Islands of Papua New Guinea, made of small but very valuable snail shell beads, a ‘coiffeured’ carved wooden headdress worn only by women of the Sande Society, Mende peoples (Sierra Leone & Liberia), a rare pair of Nigerian Yoruba Ibeji figures representing twins, which were seen as a blessing and the harbingers of luck and good fortune, a fine chieftan’s stool from the Cook Islands, South Pacific dating to the early 19th century carved from a single piece of wood, an boriginal ‘churinga’ or message board carved with mythological symbols using stone, shell or possum teeth tools

Here is a real possibility of a few hours escapism to browse mystical figures created to give power and protection, ritualistic headwear worn by dancing warriors, beadwork crowns and feather capes worn by chieftans from South American to Southern Africa. Works for sale also hail from India, China, Tibet, S.E. Asia and Northern Europe.


Exhibitor Chris Boylan
Neck Rest
Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
22 cm
Early 20th Century
A fine old neck rest, with traces of orange and white paint.
Provenance: ex-Alex Philips, Melbourne

Exhibitor: Lisa Tao & Reuben Reubens
Early & Rare Carte de visite of Australian Aborigine with Shield & Waddy, By Marquis, Brisbane.
Period: c1866 -1870
Albumen Print. Size 3.5 x 2.25 in.
Price £ 950

Exhibitor: Kapil Jariwala
A Mambila antelope mask
Early 20TH century
Mambila, Cameroon
Pigment on carved wood
35 cm length
£ 4, 850

Lorfords Antiques have confirmed that Anthony Murphy will return to their Tetbury showroom for his Autumn Exhibition from 21 September - 20 October 2015 with an artist's preview on Sunday 20 September.

This will be the third exhibition at the prestigious Lorfords showroom in the heart of the Tetbury antiques hub of Long Street. The two other exhibitions - Christmas 2013 and Summer 2012 were a sell out success for this captivating artist whose life is exhibition worthy in its own right. Award winning child actor, later wild child, then successful barrister followed by a complete turnaround when he turned away from the bright lights to become an acclaimed painter working mainly from the South of France but never losing his connection with his native rural West Coast of Ireland.

His biographer Brenda Maddox echoed these thoughts: The evolution of Anthony Murphy from child actor to lawyer to luminous painter smacks of intelligent design. How could it have happened by chance? His life proclaims purposeful progress. From birth in Argentina through English public school and Oxford, entry into the English bar, then Parisian man-about-town, he has emerged as a sublime painter, notably of the colour and landscapes of his chosen home in south western France.

Murphy has exhibited extensively in London, France, Ireland and the US since 1991 with more than thirty exhibitions at renowned galleries including Barbara Stanley Gallery, Connaught St, London, Gilmore Fine Art, Belfast, Ib Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin, The Orangery, Holland Park, London, Park Walk Gallery, Chelsea, London and The Arts Club, Dover Street, London. In the US Jernigan Wicker Fine Arts, San Francisco, and in France École Supérieure de Commerce, Toulouse, France, Galerie Municipale, Castelnaudary, À la recherche du Comte de Foix,Gaston Fébus, Foix, and L’Hermine, Paris.


Image of the artist Anthony Murphy

Winding Road
Artist Anthony Murphy
Pastel on card 45 x 30 cm

Ballinasloe Fair
Artist Anthony Murphy
Oil 81 x 60 cm

For times and further information see Lorfords Antiques website via TRADE INDEX
Fully booked with a substantial waiting list, The Arley Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair Nr Knutsford, Cheshire
4 - 6 September 2015 will welcome back many of the exhibitors from the last event including Lancaster House of Lancashire, Adrian Harris Antiques of Cumbria, picture dealers Westbery Fine Art Of Shropshire and Plumb's Fine Art of Shropshire. Oriental dealers Amelie Caswell from Bath and Fu Ts’ang Lung from South Yorkshire. Jewellery dealers include St James Antiques, S & A Thomson and Billy Rae.

New dealers joining Galloway's in September will include P.S Antiques of Warwickshire who deal in general antiques, Drove House Antiques of Wiltshire who specialise in Chinese porcelain from the 17th & 18th centuries and Parian figures and busts, Mynster Antiques from Somerset who sell 18th & 19th century silver and contemporary art dealer Granta Fine Art from Cambridgeshire.

Plumb's Fine Art
will have painting of a gypsy dancer by artist Kay Boyce

Drove House Antiques will have a Minton Parian figure of Pandora which was first modelled by Albert Carrier be Belleuse and was first produced in 1851. This will cost £495.

In Greek mythology Pandora was the first human woman created by the gods, she is remembered for opening a box and releasing all the evils into the world, with only hope remaining in the box. This figure captures the moment of decision by Pandora to open the casket in her hand.

Drove House Antiques will also bring along a Chinese export famille rose set, comprising a teapot, tea canister and milk jug, decorated in 'Mandarin' pattern and dating from the Qianlong (1736 - 95) period. The set will cost £685.

For tickets and times see Galloway Fairs website via TRADE INDEX
Sweden, once an impenetrable trade landscape, has now opened up dramatically to trade buyers who wish to export Scandinavian antiques, folk ark, design and collectibles, with both individual dealers and fairs offering affordable delivery options.

The third largest antiques fair in Sweden, Malmö Dekorativa Antiques Fair – 27-30 August, 2015, with more than eighty dealers from all over Sweden and the Copenhagen area, offers an exciting opportunity for international trade a chance to see a large number of dealers under one roof without the need to travel the vast tracts of countryside in Sweden, very beautiful but quite time consuming!

The trade day takes place from 8 am on Thursday 27 August when buyers get a chance to see the vendors as they unpack and set up their stands. Strict entry conditions apply on the trade day so trade need to apply in advance for entry badges. The public have access from 3pm on Friday 28 August.

On the advisory board for the fair this year will be Daniel Larsson who owns D Larsson Interior & Antikhandel in Helsingborg, Sweden. Daniel was the first international member of Antiques Young Guns and a finalist in AYG of the Year 2014 when he walked off with a plumb mentoring award with world renowned folk art dealer Robert Young. Daniel is also the only Divo in the Antiques Diva & Co Ltd cannon of Divas and Toma Haines, owner of Antiques Diva & Co will be attending the fair to meet many of the Antiques Diva client vendors exhibiting at the show.

Antiques News & Fairs will also be attending the fair as part of the international promotion of our new website due to launch in September 2015.

To book trade tickets for Malmö Dekorativa Antiques Fair contact Daniel at D Larsson Interior via TRADE INDEX - Decorative Dealers

For more information about Antiques Diva tours in Sweden see Antiques Diva & Co website via TRADE INDEX - Antiques Shopping Tours


Richard Gardner Antiques will be mounting an exhibition of what is considered to be one of the world's greatest collections of antique dressing, vanity and travelling cases from Tuesday 1 September - Saturday 3 October, 2015 at their Chichester showrooms.

Included will be examples by Asprey, Garrard, Aucoc, Jenner & Knewstub, Thornhill, West, Wilson & Co, Edwards, Leuchars and others.

Rare cases will include the Spencer Churchill vanity case by Garrard, commissioned in 1844 for Jane, Duchess of Marlborough, the great-grandmother of Sir Winston Churchill.

The wedding case of the Duke and Duchess of Montpensier by Aucoc, which was a gift from King Louis Philippe of France to his son, Antoine d’Orleans on the occasion of his marriage to Infanta Maria Luisa Fernanda, sister of the Spanish Queen Isabella II on the 10th October 1846.

An extensive travelling case by Thornhill with silver fittings and fitted with the arms of Davalos of Castile, Marques del Vasto and Marques Pescuera.

A truly outstanding Jenner and Knewstub case with exceptionally fine engraved work to the case and its contents, which has to be seen to be appreciated.

The twenty-five examples available to see in the exhibition are unlikely to be seen again in one place.

For details and opening times see Richard Gardner Antiques website via TRADE INDEX
Continuing our popular feature about the indomitable ladies of the antiques trade who seem to monopolise the fair organising landscape, we have been talking to veteran organiser Caroline Penman of Penman Antique Fairs who started in the business in 1967 and with two new venues for 2016 shows no sign of slowing down.

See Fair Ladies - Caroline Penman for her lively account of the ups and downs of organising fairs across the UK and the changes that have occurred during her career.

The Great Hall, Orangery and adjoining rooms of Westonbirt House near Tetbury will be home to an increasingly decorative group of exhibitors at The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair 14-16 August 2015.

Organiser Sue Ede of Cooper Events has ensured a diverse showcase for visitors with more than ever decorative and Mid C exhibitors including Amy Perry and Linda Townshend Bateson from Tetbury who join Elham Antiques from Kent, both long standing exhibitors at Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, with their collections of painted and decorative furniture and accessories to set the decorative tone of the recently rebranded event.

The fair has also been enlivened with Mid Century Modern furniture from Scandinavian by Design and Not Wanted on Voyage, inspired C20th decorative lighting and industrial chic from Antiques by Design and C20th lighting and decorative accessories from Paul Burnett and vintage and Retro glass and ceramics from Lynways.

Staple draws of the event include Arts & Crafts from Steve Bentley Decorative Arts who will show pieces designed for Liberty and Morris & Co including a rare oak fireside chair designed and made by Arthur Simpson of Kendal, (1857-1922), circa 1925, on sale £2,950.

Contemporary sculpture from Muse: The Sculpture Gallery, illustrative art from Art of the Imagination, 19th and 20th century paintings from Jo Bennett Original Pictures and local Painswick art dealer Derek Newman who will be showing a number of rare watercolour works from his personal collection. Principle amongst these is superb pastoral scene oil on canvas by Bertram Nicholls RBA 1883-1974.

Mid Century glass, from Scarab Antiques, also with fine and costume jewellery joining other jewellery dealers Plaza, Brieve, Trivette. T Robert and Candice Horley. Fine period glass from Jeanette Hayhurst, silver from Jack Straw, textiles from Sallie Ead, English country furniture from Melody Antiques, posters and collectibles from Red Bus Art,

The antiques fairs landscape is quieter in August and this very well attended event with the bonus of the antiques hub of Tetbury just five miles away is a winning combination for collectors, decorators and homemakers.

Newman Fine Art
Painswick Beacon, PW Steer, dated 1915
Antiques by Design Galvanised water tank reclaimed table, priced at £450
Amy Perry & Lynda Townshend Bateson selection of decorative furniture.

For full exhibitor list, times and tickets, see COOPER ANTIQUE FAIRS website via TRADE INDEX

Changing the format of the long standing Carmarthen Antiques Fairs and Carmarthen Flea Markets to a single combined event has worked very well for Towy Fairs duo Robert and Carole Pugh.

Robert Pugh told Antiques News & Fairs: “With stands inside and out, antique enthusiasts continue to be impressed with the range of quality exhibitors at each event, while our regular Flea Market visitors have experienced the same collector’s paradise they always enjoyed.

The Carmarthen Antiques & Flea Market one-day event which takes place on Sunday September 27th and Sunday November 8th is South Wales’ biggest antiques event with up to two hundred stands at each of the Fairs at Carmarthen Showground.”

Welsh pottery enthusiasts will be keen to see one of the exhibits, a Swansea Pottery Plate along with the original botanical print from which it was designed. Made at the Cambrian Pottery plates such as this are of great interest in themselves being more than 200 years old, it is however rare for items such as these to be sold alongside the botanical prints which appear on the plates. The print was originally published in a botanical magazine in the late 18th century. The design was then copied onto the fine creamware plate by Thomas Pardoe in Swansea around the year 1800.

Two Llanelly Pottery Vases are also expected to attract interest. Decorated by one of the pottery’s best known names, Samuel Shufflebotham, they are typical of the sophisticated designs of roses and fruit that he is famous for.

An 18th century caricature of two Welsh peasants by Isaac Cruickshank is one of the many fun items that will be sold. Cruickshank was a Scottish painter and caricaturist born in Edinburgh but who had most of his career in London. Well known for his social and political satire this is a lovely example of his work.

The final date for 2015 is Bank Holiday Monday December the 28th.

Never one to stand still, veteran organiser Caroline Penman of Penman Antique Fairs has announced two exciting new events for 2016 which will take place in outstanding venues in the Cotswolds and East Sussex.

Caroline told Antiques News + Fairs: “Having spent many hours trawling through all the venue listings, my opinion has been reinforced that precious few venues are both suitable and affordable for the kind of two or three day quality events that most exhibitors prefer. There are some lovely venues in the wrong places, and others which are priced out of the running, but eventually we have come up with these two well located events.”

The Firle Place Antiques Fair will take place from 1-3 July 2016. Firle Place is situated near Lewes, between Brighton and Eastbourne, an established area on the antiques trail. Set in 1500 acres of parkland, the 18th century Riding School offers a wonderful space for the fair with timbered high ceiling, located adjacent to the imposing stables (still in use) and close to the lake. Visitors and exhibitors will be offered tours of the house, where cream teas are served.

The fair will cater for approximately thirty exhibitors with the standard of the event reflecting Penman’s Petersfield Antiques Fair with traditional standards and vetting in place.

The Burford Antiques Fair at Burford School Oxfordshire, will take place over the weekend of 30-31 July 2016. Located ideally at the gateway to the Cotswolds and just a few minutes walk from the busy and picturesque
centre of Burford, the fair will take place in two halls on either side of the school’s Art Deco façade. Around forty dealers are expected to exhibit at this venue, which will offer a more affordable event where quality and balance will be maintained.

The fair is run in conjunction with the respected stand fitting and showcase company Casemate, who will be the major contractor for the event.

Editor's note: Caroline Penman will be our next "Fair Ladies" subject at the end of of August 2015.

We are excited to announce that we are moving the offices of Antiques News & Fairs to join the creative hub at Lorfords Antiques collective at Babdown Airfield, near Tetbury, Glos.

The office will be in place from Monday 6 July 2015.

Lorfords Antiques has undergone some exciting changes over the past couple of months with the acquisition of the second hangar at Babdown with a purpose built multi office suite in place. Antiques News + Fairs will move to one of these offices and joining at the same time will be Antiques Diva & Co Ltd and Antiques Young Guns.

Our postal address remains the same but our office phone number will now be +44(0)1666 504651.


There is quite a lot going on at the Summer Antiques for Everyone Fair 23rd - 26th July 2015 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. A 30th birthday to celebrate with more than two hundred exhibitors, a host of events and new features on the improved and embellished event website which now reaches out to engage with the followers of the fair including Question Time format interviews with exhibitors and leading interior designers. A snappy new fair catalogue which now offers exhibitors an enhanced listing – very useful for visitors to keep as a reference for their visit.

The very popular Antiques Roadshow experts Judith Miller and Will Farmer will entertain and inspire with tips and advice on buying antiques in the current market and Jeremy Thornton will discuss the evolving trends on the art market, both contemporary and traditional, and his experiences in areas of prosperity and decline.

The special exhibition for this birthday edition will be a display of Derbyshire Blue John stoneware presented by Fellows, the Birmingham auctioneers. Blue John is a semi-precious mineral, a form of fluorite with bands of a purple-blue or yellowish colour. In the UK it is found only at Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern at Castleton in Derbyshire.

Confirming the “antiques for everyone” status of the fair, new exhibitor James Hallgate of Lucius Books, ABA members, from Fossgate, York, will be showing some exceptional items including an example of New York Counter Culture and Graffiti Art from the late 20th C which James collects. This rare handbag signed by Andy Warhol in marker pen and gold ink on black leather purse, dated 1984 is signed and inscribed to Joy Bouldin by Andy Warhol on the lid and with $ signs drawn to the lid and back. Signed by Basquiat to the front with an additional two crown drawings and 'EYE' design to the sides. This handbag was worn by Joy when she accompanied Basquiat and Warhol to Keith Haring's "Party of Life" at the Paradise Garage on May 16th 1984. The artwork was created by the artists during the course of the party. Ticket price is £10,000.00.

Another eye-popping item from this first time exhibitor will be a first edition, first printing copy of Moonraker by Ian Fleming, which was a presentation copy to his close friend and primary model for James Bond, Ivar Bryce, inscribed: "To Ivar / Vol III of the / Collected Works. / Ian." Published in London by Jonathan Cape. 1955, priced at £55,000.

Lucius Books and Paul Foster Books from London will be showing side-by-side, adding a significant dimension to the fair, together with Nicholas Daly Books, also from York.

Also Joining for the first time will be Guy Dennler Antiques, Dorset –18th & 19th Century English country house furniture, lamps & decorative objects, who will be in Section One.

Regular and returning exhibitors will be out in force for this special event including James Strang with Scottish and Continental pieces, Deco Dave with lighting and ceramics, James Miles and Sandy Stanley with ceramics and glass, Hickmet Fine Arts with sculpture and glass by Emile Galle, Rene Lalique, Ferdinand Priess and Demetre Chiparus while Marion David Decorative Arts has silver and collectables.

Silver specialists show a huge range of pieces from the 17th to mid-20th century; Acorn Antiques, Highland Antiques, Mary Cooke Antiques, Jack Shaw & Co, S. & A. Marsh, Elizabeth Nicolson and John Bull Antiques are among the dealers. Jewellery specialists include Trivette, Shapiro & Co, Plaza, T.Robert, Anderson Jones and Howell’s from Lancashire.

English formal furniture is strongly represented by a number of well-known names, including Melody Antiques, S. & S.Timms Antiques, Mark Buckley Antiques, Mark Seabrook Antiques, Cantelo Antiques, Andrew Lovatt Antiques and Tim Saltwell.

Fine 18th century portraits to Modern and Contemporary Art and contemporary illustrators will be shown by Fine Art Falmouth, Callaghan of Shrewsbury, Cambridge Fine Art, Granta Fine Art, Saunders Fine Art, Benton Fine Art, Plumb’s Fine Art, Art World Gallery, Graham Bentley Watercolours, Art of the Imagination and Baron Fine Art.


Art World Falmouth, David Jamin’s
“Mercredi à Uzès”, oil on canvas, 80x80 cms. £2250
Scarab Antiques - Excerpt from the new style Antiques for Everyone catalogue.
Garth Vincent Antiques - an incredibly rare etched Italian Cabaset made for Francesco 1 de’Medici as Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1574, £8500. The helmet was made for the Medicis’ personal body guard and is part of a group of 50 armours recorded as being made for the Medici family.
Lucius Books, York - The Andy Warhol handbag. £10,000 and first printing copy of Moonraker by Ian Fleming, which was a presentation copy to his close friend and primary model for James Bond, Ivar Bryce, inscribed: "To Ivar / Vol III of the / Collected Works. / Ian." Published in London by Jonathan Cape. 1955, priced at £55,000.

For full exhibitor list, tickets and times see Antiques for Everyone website via TRADE INDEX

The antiques trade fashions fluctuate as much as the catwalk and the current trend de jour catching everyone’s attention is architectural and decorative salvage for both home and garden which appeals to so many on so many levels including the followers of the Antiques are Green movement, homemakers and interior designers.

Bentleys Salvage Fairs will be bringing The Knebworth Decorative Salvage and Vintage Fair to the stately Knebworth House from 25-26 July 2015 and this will be the second outing at this venue which has a very good established track record for hosting specialist salvage and reclamation fairs.

Sharon Blagrove, owner of Bentleys Salvage Fairs told Antiques News + Fairs: “This year’s Decorative Salvage and Vintage Fair at Knebworth will host a diverse range of salvage exhibitors from as far and wide as possible. We will be welcoming traders that have been supporting the fairs at Knebworth for many years and some new faces too. The variety of items for sale is remarkable this year, we have just confirmed Archive Antiques of Belguim who will be bringing a life size bronze figure of Jesus!”

Metro Retro Ltd owner Saxon Durrant, who will be returning this year, has now been trading for twenty-one years having started selling vintage design classics such as anglepoise lamps and bakelite telephones in Camden Market, later expanding to selling vintage 1930s and 1950s industrial and Mid Century style furniture through two shops in Islington before moving to their current location in Little Leighs in Essex. Saxon told Antiques News + Fairs: "We are looking forward to returning to Knebworth with our stock of vintage and re-used furniture and lighting which offers a one stop shop for private and commercial customers looking for a mix of bespoke and reclaimed furniture and props."

In all around sixty exhibitors will attend including Reclamation Warriors, France, Keir Lewis, France, Sutton and Son, Sugden and Daughters, Karl Bird, Chiltern Antiques, Rutland Garden Classics, Sparke Reclaim, Lynda North, Metro Retro, Coles Upcycling, J.A.M.S. Ironwork, Past Pastiche, Branching Out, Piran Salvage, Cathy Mcarthy, Search and Rescue, Coach House Antiques, Mrs Edwards Antiques, Milton Keynes Rec, Lighthouse Antiques, Homes Gardens & Beyond, The Hive, Mollys Vintage, Les Oakes, Jackroy Antiques and Restored to be Loved.

Admission tickets includes entry to Knebworth Park and the formal gardens with a maze, and other attractions. Discounted tickets can be ordered in advance via Knebworth House saving 10% on admission. The Garden Terrace Tea Room serves morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas with home-made cakes and there will be catering on site at the fair.

For tickets, times and exhibitor details see Bentleys Salvage Fairs website via TRADE INDEX

Collection of garden urns and accessories is from Lynda North - A Touch of Class.
Reclamation Warriors with a selection of stock.
Metal bench is from Essex based Restored 2B Loved.


Two of London’s best known and experienced public relations and marketing firms specialising in the art market have merged to form a new and formidable strategic arts consultancy.

Diana Cawdell and Freya Simms, respective managing directors of Cawdell Douglas and Gong Muse , have joined forces to launch Golden Squared Consulting, named after Golden Square in Soho where their office is based.

In their long careers the two have worked with the very top names of the art world, Diana represents TEFAF Maastricht in the UK and Freya numbers Masterpiece Fair among her clients.

“Between us Freya and I have worked with some of the most highly regarded international art businesses and we share a vision for the future” says Diana.

Freya added: “We have both been punching well above our weight in terms of delivering effective, insightful and valuable strategies for many years. We head up two exceptional teams and latterly have both felt our only restriction has been our respective sizes.”
Following their successful debut appearance south of the border at Loseley Park Guilford, Surrey last year, Arthur Swallow Fairs are counting down to their second Decorative Home & Salvage Show from Friday - Sunday 17- 19 July 2015.

The exhibitor list includes many returning and a big batch of new exhibitors for this on trend event which has attracted the attention of style making paint company Farrow & Ball who will be hosting a pop-up where they will be promoting their range of external paints as well as offering expert advice for visitors with treats and giveaways – the first 150 visitors to the stand will receive a goody bag and there will be a chance to win one of their fabulous decorating books.

New to the fair this time will be Reclamation Warriors from France. Based two hours west of Paris, they will be bringing a range of their French upcycled, industrial and decorative pieces sourced from the tip of Brittany right down to the Cote d’Azure.

Owner Kevin Green has an immense passion for the job of sourcing and feels very fortunate to supply some really interesting clients, both private and commercial. Kevin told Antiques News + Fairs: "We recently launched our B2B website where we offer decor for parties and events, props for shop window displays and furnishings for bars, restaurants and work spaces but we have saved some very special pieces to bring to Loseley including a working Meccano model of the ‘Circle of Death’ made for the 1958 Christmas window display of renowned department store Galeries Lafayette in Paris, an original copper diving helmet and large French oak monastery tables."

Another new exhibitor this time is David Ford owner of The Trading Room in Fulham. David will be bringing a selection of antique and 20th Century decorative furniture and other items including lighting. From 2014 David has also begun producing his own range of bespoke furniture, all influenced by great 20th Century design. Image shows a circular holophane pendant light at £450.

For tickets, times and full exhibitor list see Arthur Swallow Fairs website via TRADE INDEX
Six years on from the ground breaking, possibly unorthodox, idea of a fair to curate a display of contemporary and antique objects – including cars, with only superb quality as the defining parameter, Masterpiece Fair - 25 June – 1 July 2015 (with a Preview on 24 June), in the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, has come of age, drawing collectors and museum curators from around the world, including Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Rijksmuseum, MoMA, British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, The Getty and The Tate.

The stature of the event’s partners for 2015 - the National Portrait Gallery, the Wallace Collection, the Sir John Soane Museum and The Courtauld Institute of Art, reflects the relevance of what is now a annual meeting place, offering for sale museum-quality works from over one hundred and fifty galleries worldwide, showcasing works that span over four thousand years of art history, from antiquity to the present day.

The discipline of design and designer-makers is now as central to the Fair as it was at the inception and this year David Gill Gallery (UK), joins the fair and will offer some works by Mattia Bonetti, as well as pieces from Zaha Hadid. Design studio Based Upon (UK), will showcase the breadth of their capabilities and in particular their innovative material ‘tramazite’. 88-Gallery (Hong Kong) will offer important and vibrant works by Kam Tim, and Carpenters' Workshop Gallery (France; UK) will offer a body of work by Ingrid Donat. British design house Linley (UK) will unveil 'LIGHTSCAPE' a collection of three pieces that celebrate the changing light in the city and how it transforms architecture and Nukaga Gallery (Japan; UK) will show 'Pumpkin' by Yayoi Kusama, acrylic on canvas.

At the other end of this elite spectrum, important period furniture will be on display from Ronald Philips who will show The Grimsthorpe Castle Chairs, a pair of Geo II gilt mahogany chairs attributed to Wright & Elwick. The 1813 inventory of Grimsthorpe mentions ‘6 mahogany chairs carv’d backs / and stuffd seats cover’d with Drab / emboss’d Velvet in suite with the / Bed Furniture’. The chairs were converted from stuff-over seats to drop-in seats at some time prior to 1924, when they were photographed in situ at Grimsthorpe; the bed en suite with the chairs can be seen in the 1924 photograph of the Tapestry Bedroom.

Leading interior designer Rose Uniacke (UK) will present one of the only beds to have ever been exhibited at the Fair – attributed to R. W. Winfield, an eye-catching silvered pressed metal and parcel gilt four poster bed, created c.1860.

A highlight of the many outstanding jewels on display will be ‘The Empress Eugenie Pearls’ - a pair of natural grey pearl earrings, courtesy of Siegelson (USA). The New York based jewellery dealer will offer for sale the exquisite pair of earrings which belonged to the last Empress of France, Eugenie de Montijo. A portrait of the Empress hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in which she can be seen wearing these pearls.

Long-Sharp Gallery (USA) will display a rare and never before seen work by Andy Warhol, entitled ‘The Socialite’ of the attorney Olga Berde Mahl. This work was used by Warhol to purchase his Watts Street studio, which he worked in until his death.

This year there will be an exceptional array of important British works offered for sale – Richard Green (UK) will offer a superb collection of fourteen works by Laurence Stephen Lowry. Offer Waterman & Co (UK) will offer works by Barbara Hepworth, timed to coincide with the opening of the solo show at Tate Britain, alongside a monumental feminine form by William Turnbull, which will be presented in one of the public spaces within the Fair.

New exhibitors for 2015: Richard Green (UK), Didier Aaron (UK; France; USA), David Gill Gallery (UK), Kraemer Gallery (France), Mazzoleni (UK), Sam Fogg (UK), Jacques de la Béraudière (Switzerland), Van Cleef & Arpels (France), Cesare Lampronti (Italy; UK), 88-Gallery (Hong Kong; France) , Burzio (Italy), Galerie Marcilhac (France), John Martin Gallery (UK), Stanley Gibbons (UK), Nukaga Gallery (Japan; UK) and Nilufar (Italy).

Returning exhibitors include Ariadne Galleries (USA/UK), Adrian Sassoon (UK), Blain | Southern (UK), Dickinson (UK/USA), S.J. Phillips (UK), Hemmerle (German), Offer Waterman and Co (UK), Robert Young Antiques (UK), Sam Fogg (UK), Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd. (UK), and Tomasso Brothers Fine Art (UK).

Nukaga Gallery
(Japan; UK) 'Pumpkin' by Yayoi Kusama, acrylic on canvas.
Ronald Philips Antiques The Grimsthorpe Castle Chairs.
Robert Young Antiques Iconic Swedish Folk Art “Bonad” or “Kurbitz” School painting depicting a frock coated rider astride a prancing spotted horse.
Water and body colour on hand made paper. Sweden, c.1830
12.75" high x 22.75" wide
Siegelson NY Empress Eugenie Pearls.
Long Sharp Gallery NY Andy Warhol - portrait of socialite Olga Berde Mahl

For times and tickets see Masterpiece Fair website via TRADE INDEX


One the major highlights of the year for the antiques trade, Summer Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair now has a new and much earlier date - 18-28 June 2015, in the centre of the calendar cluster of important cultural events in London, embellishing the global focus in London for art, antiques and design in June. The significant change encouraged a cache of important dealers to return to the fair including Anthony Fell Antiques and Works of Art Ltd, Joanna Booth, John Robertson, Isaac and Ede, Anthony James & Sons, John Carroll Antiques, Peter Szuhay, Freshfords Fine Antiques, Moxhams Antiques Ltd, JM Baptista, Anthony James & Sons Ltd, Pearse Lukies Antiques Limited, Wick Antiques, Miguel Arruda Antiguidades, 3details, Constantine Lindsay Ltd, Kate Thurlow | Gallery Forty One, HALI and Woodham-Smith Ltd.

An exciting number of debut exhibitors have followed suit and come on board this year: Scarab Antiques, Galerie Ary Jan, Isabel Lopes da Silva Antiguidades, Stephen Lacey, Angustus Brandt, Miles Davies-Kielar, The London Clockmaker, Omnipod, Muse The Sculpture Company, Peter Pittmann Fossilien, Prisma Gallery, Serhat Ahmet Limited, Carbone Arte Tessile, Eastdale Antiques, Horton, Isherwood Fine Art, Antichita La Pieve SRL, Nicholas Wells Antiques, West Street Antiques and Ars Antiqua SRL.

In total one hundred and seventy exhibitors will attend the fair with an impressively diverse range of art and antiques drawn from antiquity to the present day, prices ranging from £100 to £1 million.

Should anyone be in any doubt about what amounts to luxury at this event, on Friday 19 June the extensive range of talks includes:

What is Luxury?
Victoria and Albert Museum, 14:30 to 15:30

A talk introducing the upcoming 'What is Luxury?' exhibition, which explores the complex and often contradictory meanings and usages of luxury within the context of contemporary design.
Leanne Wierzba, Winchester School of Art, V&A Research Fellow in Craft, Luxury Jana Scholtze, Curator of Contemporary Furniture at V&A Museum

See the full range of talks at Olympia Art & Antiques - Events

A highlight of the event will be a loan exhibition from American philanthropist collector, Rex Sinquefield. This is the first time that these paintings have been seen outside America. The works are from the great era of austerity, making them newly relevant for a contemporary audience. Part of his collection of works by American painters of the Great Depression 'dust bowl years' will be included in the exhibition. The great artists of the American Midwest include Thomas Hart Benton, Joe Jones, Grant Wood, John Rogers Cox, John Atherton, John Steuart Curry and George Joe Mess.

Graham Sutherland
(1903-1980) , 'Rock Study II' 1973.
Signed and dated 1973.
Gouache on paper
Prov. Marlborough Fine Art, London
Original goldleaf frame.
Graham Sutherland painted this work in Pembrokeshire, an area which he first visited in 1934. After travelling and living in France during the 1950's, he returned to Pembrokeshire and became fascinated once again by the distinctive landscape of the area. His work from then on was mainly devoted to Pembrokeshire themes, particularly the areas of Sandy Haven and Picton.

Timms Antiques
A stunning quality mid 19th century Anglo-Indian miniature on chest having two carved panel doors flanked by elegant turned columns above two short and three long drawers veneered throughout in sadeli with sandalwood panels.

3 Details
Pair of Maison Charles bronze fern table lamps
Pair of Maison Charles bronze fern table lamps designed by Chrystiane Charles for Maison Charles with original shades stamped “Charles, made in France.” c. 1968-1970.

Scarab Antiques
Alan Martin Gard 18ct yellow gold abstract design ring. This very unusual & stylish ring is by the English jeweller Alan Martin Gard in 1972. Made of 18ct yellow gold the ring is a band of abstract openwork design that give the impression of a ring of people. The ring is hallmarked by the London Assay Office for 18ct yellow gold, 1972 and bears the sponor's mark "AMG" for Alan Martin Gard. A great piece by a very collectable jeweller.

Reel Poster Gallery
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958).
Art by Reynold Brown (1917 - 1991)

For full exhibitor list, tickets and times see: Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair website via TRADE INDEX

Among a collection of Yorkshire paintings to go on sale at The Pavilions of Harrogate Antiques & Fine Art Fair 19 - 21 June 2015 from local art specialist Sutcliffe Galleries will be an oil painting by Walter Meegan (working 1880-1920), entitled 'Evening – Scarborough Quay', priced at £9,750. Walter Meegan studied at Leeds School of Art before travelling to the United States where he opened a studio on Fifth Avenue in NYC, later returning to Leeds and then to Scarborough. He then became a pupil of the great Yorkshire painter, Atkinson Grimshaw, studying with him at his Leeds studio. Walter Meegan’s paintings are now achieving high prices in the UK and USA.

Also with a Yorkshire connection from Sutcliffe Galleries will be a pair of oil paintings by William Cave Day (1862 - 1924). Cave was an artist who lived and worked in Harrogate. Both works are titled ‘Knaresborough Market - The Pot Stall’ and together they are priced at £4,250.

The fair has been revitalised under the ownership of Sue Ede of Cooper Events over the last three years and the June event will host a full house of fifty exhibitors, many from the North of England. Sue told Antiques News Fairs: ‘We now have fifty specialist dealers from across the country with a vast range of period pieces and prices to suit every pocket, from £25 to £50,000. The easy parking, good catering facilities and above all the wide choice of fine art, antiques, collectors items and all kinds of rare and unusual pieces make this event a must for collectors.’

Returning to the fair will be York based Molly and Maud’s Place with a collection of decorative antiques for home and a garden including a lead figure of two putti priced at £450. For serious collectors of arms and armour, leading specialist Garth Vincent Antiques will show a pair of cannon barrelled pistols by Richards of London, Circa 1760, priced at £4250.

For tickets, times and full exhibitor list see Cooper Events website via TRADE INDEX

There is a definite buzz in the air about the return of the Salvo Fair from 27-28 June (trade day 26 June) 2015, at the suitably quirky location of Fawley Hill near Henley on Thames, home to Lord William and Lady Judith McAlpine where Sir William McAlpine has built an extraordinary home on the outskirts of Henley with a full size steam railway, a railway museum and 400 rescued animals.

Lady Judith McAlpine said, "We are simply delighted that we will be hosting Salvo Fair 2015 here and look forward to welcoming all exhibitors and visitors to Fawley Hill."

The theme of this year's Salvo Fair is Tiny Salvaged Spaces, an exhibition of shepherd's hut, summerhouses, reclaimed sheds and livings wagons. The buildings will be gathered around Fawley Hill's Iron Henge to make a grand entrance to this year's Salvo Fair. In the US Tiny Houses are all the rage, with a growing number of people choosing to build and live in very small spaces which are efficient in terms of materials and energy costs and often have ingenious storage capabilities.

Lord McAlpine explains: the Iron Henge is in fact composed of columns which had to be removed from the undercroft at St Pancras Station and of course they had to be carefully preserved. So there is a 'wood-henge' and a 'stone-Henge' so why not an Iron Henge?"

The burgeoning exhibitor posse have really got on board with the Tiny Salvaged Spaces theme and there are some adorable garden buildings which could be used as summerhouses, garden offices, sleepover cabins, festival accommodation or hideouts for worn out antique dealers!
Participating exhibits include: Cronin Reclamation's blue sunflower corbelled living wagon, Old Radiator Company's stylish vintage showman's wagon complete with shower and English Rose kitchen, James O'Donnell's gothic garden house and Fawley Hill's own Royal Carriages previously owned and used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Princess Anne. Other possibles include a restored gothic porch hut, a Lincolnshire clover huller house from Elham Antiques and a miniature shepherds hut from Lynda North Antiques.

The smallest exhibit is an ironic one by Molly and Maud's Place from Yorkshire who were the lucky winners of the prize of a free stand at the show as part of the Antiques Young Guns/Salvo Fair joint competition. Their contribution is described by owner Karen as a 'splendid and crowd pleasing Victorian bier cart or coffin carrier - very small living space indeed!' which will be for sale at Salvo Fair for £1,550.

Perhaps the most desirable of them is Love Lane Caravan's tin tabernacle brought along by LASSCO Three Pigeons. The tabernacle shepherds huts are made using lots of reclaimed materials. With a steeply pitched roof, pierced carved gable ends above the rectangular hut, a central door to one long side, the interiors are often decorated with vintage wallpaper and can be fitted with beds, kitchens and a small dining area. The fittings and fixtures are created from salvaged sources.

Anthony Reeve from LASSCO told Antiques News & Fairs: "It was both technology and demand that saw the rise of Tin Tabernacles in Victorian Britain. Corrugated iron was invented in 1837 and corrugated iron buildings were thereafter more prevalent than you might think. Conceived as semi-permanent structures, often as non-conformist chapels, they have certainly lasted far longer than their creators ever envisaged.”

Salvo is really cooking on gas this year with the announcement of the new Salvo Zone joint venture with IACF Ltd, to create a new section devoted to architectural salvage and reclaimed building materials.

The first outing will be at Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair on 21 and 22 June 2015.

Thornton Kay of Salvo said: "Following discussions last year we decided to take the opportunity offered by IACF Ltd to create a new focus for salvage-related dealers and buyers. This fits with Salvo's aims of promoting architectural salvage and benefiting the stock holding dealer, which will also provide an added attraction to places like Ardingly..."

Salvo Fair will be held on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June with Trade Day on Friday 26 June. Admission is £15 on Trade Day and £9 on the weekend. Fawley's steam train will be running for rides on the Sunday at an extra cost of £5.

tin tabernacle from Love Lane Caravans
Rob Thomas Reclamation
1930s Summerhouse
Lord & Lady McAlpine
Ronson Reclaim
handmade garden house from salvaged and reclaimed materials

For full exhibitor list see Salvo Fair website via TRADE INDEX

The eleven dealers who share the space at Core One Antiques, just off the Kings Road, London SW6, have confirmed that they will be closing their iconic Gasworks premises on 24 June 2015. They have been unable to renew their lease due to the rampant development of the riverside area adjacent to Chelsea Harbour Design District.

Finding another equally prestigious and established location to trade from together presented a huge challenge until the dealers heard the that Toby Lorford and Lesley Ferguson who own Lorfords Antiques in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, and the nearby Lorfords @Babdown Airfield, had acquired a second hangar on the site at Babdown, which has a very similar flavour to the artisan community at The Gasworks in Fulham.

Cometh the hangar, cometh the diaspora of displaced London dealers and so Hangar One at Babdown opens for an early bird preview from 8 June 2015 and will be fully open from 15 June 2015.

The incoming Core One dealers who will continue to trade together in vast individual showrooms with the similar industrial chic aura of the Core One premises will be: Dean Antiques, Christophe Edwards, Roderic Haugh, Christopher Jones, Simon Pugh, Richard Steenberg and Garoa Zugasti.

Toby Lorford: “They say timing is everything, and acquiring the second hangar here at Babdown at just the right moment gave us the opportunity to welcome this important group of dealers from Core One to embellish our impressive line up of resident dealers at Babdown bringing our total exhibitor number to thirty. We have been told that we now represent the most important trade call in Europe and we look forward to developing this unique space going forward.”

Speaking for the seven Core One dealers moving in, Christophe Edwards: “We are all extremely excited by the idea of joining the dealers at Babdown. The move will be fairly seamless given the similarity of the two spaces and we look forward to enjoying our more bucolic surroundings in the Cotswolds in such heavyweight company!”

Core One dealers James Graham Stewart and Peter Glaisher of Glaisher and Nash Antiques will announce their plans shortly. Orlando Harris of JW Blanchard Antiques will continue to work with private clients and Piers Woodnutt of Woodnutt Antiques has moved to 271 Lillie Road, London SW6 7LL.

The Core One website will continue to be a gateway for the dealers moving to Lorfords @Babdown.

See details of the full exhibitor list at Lorfords @Babdown at Lorfords Antiques website via TRADE INDEX

One of the most romantic venues for an antiques fair, The Bowes Museum, will again play host to the Galloway Fairs Bowes Museum Antiques & Fine Art Fair from 5-8 June 2015, which is set out in the three spectacular picture galleries of the magnificent Bowes Museum, a stunning French-style Chateau in the historic market town of Barnard Castle, home to a World-class collection of fine and decorative art.

The Museum was a lifelong dream of John and Josephine Bowes. John Bowes was a successful businessman who travelled to Paris in 1847 to explore his interest in the arts. It was here that he bought a theatre and met the Parisian actress Josephine Coffin-Chevallier whom he later married in 1852. When the married couple moved back to John's homeland, they began their life's dream of building The Bowes Museum, which Josephine laid the foundation stone of in 1869. Over the years to follow they filled the ever growing museum with over 15,000 objects of art which they purchased between 1862 and 1874 when Josephine died.

John was naturally heartbroken at the loss of his beloved Josephine and virtually ceased collecting, but fortunately did continue with the building of the museum. Sadly he didn't live to see its completion as he died in 1885. The building was completed under the leadership of Trustees of The Bowes Museum and was finally opened to the public on 10th June 1892.

With a collection of more than thirty dealers and the entire museum open to visitors, the fair has much to offer.

Koos Limberg
A very finely painted Satsuma vase, Japanese, Meiji period.
Plaza Jewellery: A flying goose brooch in 18ct gold with blister pearl body c 1960.

For tickets and times see Galloway Fairs website via TRADE INDEX

A Day of Antiques: Looking Beyond the Trade at Grays: To celebrate the London Summer Capital of Art Season in June, when the capital offers so much inspiration with premier antiques fairs, gallery events and exhibitions, Gray Antiques the iconic London landmark in the heart of Mayfair, is holding a series of talks in upstairs event space The Music Room on Monday 15 June, 2015 running throughout the day in 45 minute segments.

Spanning subjects across the arts, antiques and collecting sphere, speakers will include owner of Grays (and sister centre Alfies Antiques in Marylebone) Bennie Gray, BBC TV Collectaholics and Antiques Roadshow favourite Mark Hill and jewellery expert Andrew Prince.

Tickets are priced at £10, with a discount for multiple purchases, and the 45-minute talks will run throughout the day.

Speakers are confirmed as:

Professor Giorgio Riello, Professor at Warwick University and curator of V&A exhibition ‘What is Luxury?’

Bennie Gray, entrepreneur, dealer and owner of Grays and Alfies Antiques Markets

Andrew Prince, jewellery expert designer and speaker

Mark Hill, antiques expert, author and broadcaster

Penelope Sacorafou, Fox and Squirrel Walking Tours

Caroline Groves, bespoke shoe and handbag designer

Elisabeth Bogdan, Sotheby’s course leader, decorative art and design

Anne Farrer, Sotheby’s programme director, East Asian Arts

Schedule of talks:

11am: ‘Luxury: Between Opulence and Minimalism’, Professor Giorgio Riello
12pm: ‘From Downton to Gatsby, Jewellery and Fashion from 1890 to 1929’, Andrew Prince
1pm: ‘Undressing Antiques’, Mark Hill
2pm: ‘Antiques: Looking to the future’, Bennie Gray
3pm: ‘How London's heritage brands contributed to the war effort’ with Q&A, Penelope Sacorafou and Caroline Groves
4pm: ‘Post-War Rye Pottery: History and Collecting’, Elisabeth Bogdan
5pm: ‘Contemporary Chinese Print-Making’, Dr Anne Farrer

Price: £10 for each 45 minute talk, £18 for two or £25 for three

Tickets will include a glass of prosecco and are available online at Fox and Squirrel Talks or in person from reception at Grays Antiques, South Molton Lane, London W1K 5AB.

On track for 26-27 June, the Salvo Fair sets up at a new venue Fawley Hall near Henley, Oxfordshire, home of railway enthusiasts Lord and Lady Judith and Sir William McAlpine.

As part of our Fair Ladies regular feature, we talk to fair director Ruby Hazael, daughter of the now global Salvo brand founder Thornton Kay.

Ruby told us there are many perks to the job - not least meeting star collectors like Will Young seen here with Ruby at a recent Salvo event.

See Fair Ladies - Ruby at Salvo
The International Antiquarian Book Fair from 28-30 May, 2015 at Olympia and The PBFA’s Summer International Book Fair running concurrently at nearby ILEC Conference Centre in Earls Court, will provide a complete banquet for booklovers at all levels of the collecting spectrum with rare first editions and oddities of the academic world, photographs, manuscripts and collectible memorabilia.

At £150,000, the rare first edition of The Little Prince, will be a highlight on the stand of Peter Harrington Rare Books at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair. The unique first edition, presentation copy of The Little Prince in English has double inscriptions in French and an original half-page drawing of the Little Prince by the author, Antoine de Saint- Exupéry. The desirability factor is enhanced with the news that a brand new animated film of The Little Prince will be premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in June.

The Little Prince is one of the best-selling books ever published with two million copies being sold annually and over one hundred and forty million copies having been sold in total. It is also claimed to be the most well-read book in the world and it was voted the best book of the 20th century in France.

First published in New York in April 1943, simultaneously in French and in English. Saint- Exupéry, a pilot, was part of the Free French Air Force but was living in New York during the Nazi occupation of France. When writing the book he asked a friend “how many stars can be seen from planet Earth?” and she asked Dorothy Barclay to find out. Dorothy phoned the Hayden Planetarium and gave Saint- Exupéry an answer which is used in Chapter 13 of the book. Saint- Exupéry was so grateful to Dorothy he inscribed this copy of the book to her and drew a full page drawing depicting the Little Prince looking very sullen to have landed on planet Earth. In a speech bubble the Prince remarks “You’d have to be completely crazy to have chosen this planet. It is only pleasant at night when the inhabitants are asleep…”. Beneath, Saint-Exupéry wonderfully contradicts his own character’s misanthropy: “The Little Prince was wrong. There are on earth some inhabitants whose straightforwardness, sweetness, and generosity of heart make up for the avarice and egotism of the others. For example, Dorothy Barclay … With fondest remembrance Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.”

Peter Harrington also have another good copy of the first edition of The Little Prince, finely bound by their own Chelsea Bindery, which is for sale for £1,875 as well as other books by Antoine de Saint- Exupéry.

Canadian Voyager Press will focus on China at the Antiquarian Book Fair. Highlights included are a rare large manuscript plan of China's magnificent Temple of Confucius in Qufu; a scarce embroidered pre-WWI commemorative silk tableau with the first flag of the Republic of China; manuscripts noting the impressions of three foreigners visiting China in the late 19th/ early 20th century – an American, a German and a Belgian – and many photographs showing local customs mainly in the early part of the 20th century.

A single photograph entitled 'Silk Shoes' from circa 1890 (Qinq Dynasty) is a rare portrait of a woman with bound feet in elegantly embroidered hand made silk shoes and wearing an informal chenyi dress with striking pattern. The photograph is unusual as the lady may have been a concubine of the Emperor's court, but it is also difficult to find images of lotus feet, the foot binding which started in the 10th century until it was forbidden in the early 20th century. A woman's status in society depended upon the size of her feet: the smaller, the better. Priced at £125.

A rare large manuscript plan of China's magnificent Temple of Confucius in Qufu in Shandong from around 1890-1910 with inscriptions in Mandarin is an uncommon and charming example of Chinese art made by a knowledgeable native Chinese historian or Confucian. It is hand-drawn on rice paper, with black painted background, mounted on linen, measuring approximately 116 x 54 cm, with numerous inscriptions on the plan identify gates, pavilions and great halls, which, erected by several successive dynasties, commemorates China's most venerated leader. Priced at £1,125.

For tickets and times see Antiquarian Book Fair Olympia website via TRADE INDEX

The 2015 edition of Olympia International Arts & Antiques Fair will run at the later date of 18-28 June, coinciding with a host of important cultural events in London.

This significant date change consolidates the capital’s influential position as the hub of the global art world during late June and will open up the fair to a greater number of visitors, both from the UK and abroad

Fair Director, Mary Claire Boyd, told Antiques News & Fairs: “Since its establishment in 1972, Olympia has become internationally renowned for offering unrivalled choice and scope. The new dates for 2015 position the fair at the height of London's summer cultural season, making it more accessible to a wide range of visitors. We look forward to announcing the fair’s full exhibitor lineup, as well as details of the bespoke events programme and other exciting developments over the
coming months.”

Our preview of this important event in the calendar will appear early June.

See Olympia International Arts & Antiques Fair website via TRADE INDEX
There are a few similarities between Buxton and Bath – both desirable spa towns, both have historic Pavilion exhibition halls and both host annual antiques fairs owned by Cooper Events, The Buxton Antiques & Fine Art Fair 14-17 May, 2015 and Bath Decorative Antiques Fair – next event 11-13 March 2016. It could be said that the similarities continue with the collection of exhibitors at each fair, in the main long committed exhibitors - Peter Bunting, Roger de Ville, and Sheldon Shapiro have all exhibited at Buxton for more than twenty years, and a good showing at both who save stock for the fairs - a real incentive to visit.

A departure would be that Buxton is a fully vetted fair where as Bath Decorative Antiques Fair has always been self vetted. At Buxton Richard Midwinter of Midwinter Antiques of Shropshire has recently come on board to oversee the vetting of this well attended event, some fifty exhibitors this time.

Sue Ede of Cooper Events acquired the Buxton Fair, now in its 50th year, in 2009 making this the sixth event Sue at the helm. Sue told Antiques News & Fairs: "This is one of those very few annual events that bring together dealers and collectors for an occasion that has a totally unique style all of its own. It’s the flair and imagination of our exhibitors who create such an inspiring show. Many of the exhibitors do not show regularly at any other comparable event, spending months acquiring fresh stock especially for the Buxton fair. People come for a couple of days to visit the fair and explore Buxton and the Peaks.”

The fair has much to offer both visitors and exhibitors and a collaboration with the Buxton Opera House and Buxton Music Festival for marketing and promotion of the fair puts the fair right at the top of the social calendar in May.

One of the highlights will be from local Buxton dealers Steve Bentley Decorative Arts who will be showing a range of Arts & Crafts period including named Liberty and Morris & Co pieces. Among the most desirable items will be a rare oak fireside chair designed and made by Arthur Simpson of Kendal, (1857-1922), circa 1925, on sale £2,950; and a rare ‘Sussex’ chair designed by the Arts & Crafts architect Philip Webb (1831-1915) for Morris & Co, made circa 1880 and priced at £695.

New this time is BADA member Guy Dennler Antiques, Dorset, who will show a selection of 18th & 19th Century English country house furniture, lamps & decorative objects, Antiques by Design, Staffordshire - an eclectic mix of antique, mid C20th and contemporary design. Glass, silver, jewellery and ceramics. Show casing works by designer/silversmith Narissa Mather, Cantelo Antiques Isle of Wight – period and decorative furniture, Carnes Fine Art, Lancashire – 19th & 20th century paintings and fine period furniture, Lynways, Bristol - Vintage and Retro glass and ceramics in the main Scandinavian with British art pottery (studio, Ruskin and Royal Lancastrian) and studio glass, Peter McCarthy Antiques, Shropshire - fine silver, Richwood Fine Art, Manchester – 19th and 20th century paintings, The Antiques Bazaar, Derbyshire - Ruskin and the other ceramics; Bristish Art Nouveau Silver, Georgian and early glass, period jewellery 1850 - 1930's. Returning – Patrick Payne of Phoenix Fine Art, Wales – early English watercolours including works by Copley Fielding, Thomas Girtin, Paul Sandby, Peter De Wint.

New exhibitors will be joining a well rounded selection of respected exhibitors at the fair covering the key elements expected at an event of this calibre, fine period and contemporary and named costume jewellery - Bieve,Wales, Plaza, London and Jo Brayshawe, Newcastle upon Tyne, C18-19th art, Baron Fine Fine Art, Chester through to Modern British Art from Granta Fine Art, Cambridge and Jo Bennett Original Pictures, Manchester, period furniture and accessories, Melody Antiques, Chester and period silver from Eastdale Antiques Shropshire.

Bentley Antiques
- Rare oak fireside chair designed and made by Arthur Simpson of Kendal, (1857-1922), circa 1925, on sale £2,950
Richard Midwinter Chair of Vetting Committee
Shapiro - Russian enamelled cup
Jo Bennett Original Pictures - Geoffrey Key 'Woman with Lute' ink & wash on toned paper. Signed & dated 22.5.14. Image size 38x31cm approx.

For full exhibitor list see Cooper Events website via TRADE INDEX
The exhibitors at Galloway Fairs Antiques & Fine Art Fair, at Arley Hall in Cheshire, 8-12 May 2015, are enjoying a break from the election news and getting down to business today with some alluring and distracting temptations.

Regular exhibitors include Scarab Antiques who will be drawing the crowds with their designer costume jewellery including this bronze tone metal & faux turquoise collar style necklace & clip earrings by the American designer Larry Vrba. The collar style necklace is made of bronze tone metal and comprises 17 drop sections that are attached to a bronze tone round ball link chain. Nine of the drop sections comprise a top oval section set with a large glass faux turquoise cabochon stone suspended from which is a bronze tone metal stirrup shaped section in the centre of which is a round faux turquoise flat cabochon stone. The reverse of the centre drop has an oval cartouche stamped "Lawrence Vbra" and the reverse of another drop has an oval cartouche stamped "Made in USA".
The matching clip earrings are in bronze tone metal and are stirrup shaped with a flat round cabochon faux turquoise stone. Both earrings have an oval cartouche on the rear stamped "Lawrence Vrba". Priced at £750.00.

RMJ Antiques has a diverse stock, although well known for ceramics and Decorative Arts, antiquarian books also appear on the website. This collection of David Hockney | Martha's Vineyard And Other Places, 1985, North America is the complete signed edition, comprising the facsimile sketchbook with marbled boards and quarter buckram, the softback texts and essays and the original box to house the books.

In "Martha's Vineyard and other places", (shown) Hockney writes about his post polaroid work, when he returned to the methods instilled in him from his training at the Bradford School of Art, to carry, use and keep sketchbooks.

The text is edited by Nikos Stangos, who states that "There is no limit to the delight created by an artist's exuberance; it gives us the pleasure of seeing what is in front of our eyes as if for the first time. A sketchbook may hold even greater delights,because it reveals the artist's mind and eye at work without deliberation as to the final result or self-consciousness." Priced at £600.

For tickets and times see Galloway Fairs website via TRADE INDEX

Alfies Antique Market and Grays Antiques are iconic names on the London antiques scene and have been since the heyday of the early 70s. Trading under an iconic brand with all the benefits of staff on site to help you run your business in a high profile location has serious advantages and we hear that there is space at in the vintage collective Vintage Modes in the Mews Building at Grays in the heart of Mayfair from as little as £450 per month and over in Marylebone, North London, the entire lower ground floor of Alfies will soon be available.

Vintage Modes, on the lower-ground floor of the Mews building at Grays is home to a group of dealers specialising in high quality vintage clothing, jewellery and accessories and has a loyal customer base.

The lower-ground floor at the sister centre Alfies is a huge (4236 sq ft) commercial/gallery space in a unique building in the heart of the Marylebone and St John's Wood Antiques Quarter. It would be especially suited for established companies within the art, antiques and creative sector.
Contact Pia at Alfies or Sarina at Alfies for details!
Among the many credible dealers in period glass at The National Glass Fair at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on 10 May 2015, some big names in the contemporary glass field will be showing some outstanding pieces. One of the biggest names will be renowned glass designer Jonathan Harris, based at the Coalport China Museum in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, whose covetable designs use cameo glass engraving and cased graal techniques with multi-layered hot studio glass surface decoration. Among Jonathan Harris' illustrious client base are The British Museum, The V&A, Harrods and Asprey.

Relative newcomers to the Specialist Glass Fairs circuit are Attila Sik and Zsuzsanna Molnar, Hungarian husband and wife team who founded Art of Antiques in Canada some ten years ago and also run its sister site for contemporary pieces – Prisma Gallery. Attila Sik is a medical professor from Birmingham University, who went the familiar route of being a collector who now deals.

Regular exhibitions are a highlight at all Specialist Glass Fairs events – Cambridge Glass Fair at Knebworth and The National Glass Fair, both held twice a year. The Curious History of the Bulb Vase will be the subject of the the latest exhibition which will be curated by Patricia Coccoris whose book of the same title will be for sale at the fair. The book was inspired by George Piercy Tye- an Englishman born two centuries ago with whom she shared two things: a passion for hyacinths and the problem of them falling out of their vases. Patricia Coccoris started collecting hyacinth vases soon after she set up her first home. She took two vases with her and put them into action; so successfully that not only did her hyacinth bulbs grow and blossom, but one became so large that it toppled over and broke!

Patricia went on to buy as many different vases as she could find, exploring the variety of shapes, sizes and colours that were produced and inevitably her fascination was the foundation for a book.

Jonathan Harris
Cup-cased carp bowl cameo carved through cup-cased indigo & copperblue overlays. 18x12cm One of a kind piece 2014. Soft lustre surface buffed with diamond hand pads & fine wet and dry giving a smooth tactile texture. From a selection on website.
Art of Antiques Vistosi floor lamp
Description: a milk and amber tinted glass lamp with chromed base
Designer/ Factory: Gino Vistosi, Murano, Italy
Date of Creation: c. 1970s. Mark, signature: unmarked
Dimensions: 43 cm height
Condition: in mint condition, the chrome is a bit worn due to age. Price: ₤350
Patricia Coccoris Book cover - The Curious History of the Bulb Vase.

For tickets and times see THE NATIONAL GLASS FAIR website via TRADE INDEX

Portal websites offer antiques dealers an off the peg opportunity to sell on line without the need to run their own websites. Ruth Graham wrote about the new portals in Wall St Journal in February 2014: "The market for selling antiques online is as crowded as a stall at the Paris Flea Market. InCollect.com, ... launched almost simultaneously with the The HighBoy.com, and other young sites, including Lofty.com and LoveAntiques.com, are all jostling for a piece of the action."

Others are bringing a more curated theme to the genre like the sleek and alluring Decorative Collective.com aimed directly at the design and decorative marketplace and Antiques to Vintage.com aimed at the trade market with barn fresh offerings.

Our first interview subject in the new series People Behind the Portals is Will Thomas, director and founder of LoveAntiques.com, which is a scion of IACF Ltd. LoveAntiques.com takes a broad based approach to encompass the trade at large, appealing to the retail market.

Will talks candidly to Antiques News & Fairs in People Behind The Portals in our features section.

Read the WSJ article in full New Kids on the Block

Britain’s second city, Birmingham, is a fast growing and thriving metropolis, home to a lively media and financial district. New arts and antiques businesses are moving to the city and the next Antiques for Everyone event from 9-12 April 2015 will welcome a recent arrival - Reuben Colley Fine Art, who have moved to Colmore Row, in the heart of the financial district of the city. Among their collection on show will be a group of the Birmingham Waterway Series, oil on canvas, 2012, oil on Canvas, 51 x 41 cm, POA, (shown).

The event, due to celebrate its 30th birthday in July next year, attracts more than two hundred exhibitors and a healthy footfall of average twelve thousand visitors over the four days. The well reported division of vetting and datelining regulations between Section 1 and Section 2 (Section 1: no dateline but everything of exceptional quality, Section 2: all exhibits pre date 1970, all exhibits in both sections vetted for quality and authenticity), has has enlivened the profile of exhibitors, with dealers in Mid Century and quality contemporary pieces by known makers, showing increasingly in Section 1.

The fair has enjoyed a reputation as a serious collectors' event, glass, ceramics, jewellery, Decorative Arts in the main but furniture dealers are increasing in number, joining long term exhibitors S&S Timms Antiques, and this gives the fair an extremely broad appeal.

Younger members of the trade also feature increasingly at the show and this time Edd in the Clouds and Keith Richards, both West of England dealers, and Dominic Vincent of Garth Vincent Antique Armour, will be representing the Antiques Young Guns movement.

Edd is steadily making a real name for himself with furniture and lighting from 1850s-1950s including Arts and Crafts and important designers, styled by Edd as “furniture and objects which have a place in the modern home". Not a million miles away from this genre, Keith Richards deals in quality ceramics, glass, silver, fine art and furniture with a particular emphasis on the decorative arts covering the Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco periods.

Keith Richards told ANF: “For the spring fair I will be taking a number of exceptional pieces of furniture by the celebrated firm Shapland & Petter of Barnstaple, Devon, including an Art Nouveau mahogany tray, inset with three stylised flowering tiles, with shaped brass handles and brass bun supports. Numbered R1820. c1900, priced at £275 and a fine Arts & Crafts Oak Settle with copper motto panel ‘WELCOME EVER SMILES’(Shakespeare Troilus and Cressida, Act III Scene III). c1900, priced at £3295 (shown).

Dominic Vincent will bring A Composite Civil War Period Harqebusier Armour, Circa 1640 priced at £6500 (shown).

For niche collectors, a large collection of more than fifty pieces of Mocha ware dating from 1800 to 1840 with prices from £100 to £1500 will be temptation on the stand of Martyn Edgell Antiques, Cambridgeshire. (shown).

Other attractions at the fair include talks about buying antiques from Judith Miller, the well-known author and Antiques Roadshow expert who will be joined by Will Farmer, the Antiques Roadshow expert and auctioneer, John Andrew, Curator of The Pearson Silver Collection, will be presenting a talk: Why the Renaissance of British Silver post 1945? at 2.30 on Friday April 9 in the fair.

For times and tickets see Antiques for Everyone website via TRADE INDEX

How to follow the runaway success of the ski lodge foyer display at the Winter Fair – that was the question for the organisers at The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair 21-26 April 2015. One corner of the decorative effects industry that had not yet been highlighted was passementerie in all its glory, decadent swags and braids dangling from lighting, curtains, edging chairs and sofas or just decorously arranged to show off the exquisite skills of the maker.

With Battersea Park now festooned with Spring blossom , weaving the passementerie exhibits into a garden style backdrop provided the perfect solution to another seductive entrance to what is one of the most alluring shopping experiences in London, three times a year in the purpose built Evolution exhibition marquee.

If any further encouragement were needed, the foyer display will house a designer’s studio with a mood-board and samples to inspire: illustrations of tassels, fringes, beading, braid, lace and trimming used to great effect, from interiors and fashion pages. On the walls, antique and vintage peg boards and hook rails will display tassels, tie-backs and lengths of silken rope. Decorative pelmets are displayed above. Still seeking that elusive unique lampshade? An installation of lampshades, created from vintage and antique textiles and of course trimmed with passementerie, will be displayed, all ready to buy and take home.

The great and good of the decorative trade will gather again for this second outing of the year. Around one hundred and forty this time, the majority of them regular exhibitors over time including Christopher Jones Antiques and Garoa Zugasti, along with Dean Antiques – all current residents over at Core One Antiques along the river in Fulham, and now part of the diaspora of decorative dealers from Core One, including former Battersea exhibitor, Roderic Haugh, to the West Country, moving to Battersea outposts like Lorfords Antiques at Babdown near Tetbury and The Factory Somerset in Castle Cary.

Other West of England exhibitors this time include Nadin & Macintosh Antiques from Sherborne who will bring their Country House furniture with scale and finish to the fore.

The range at the fair continues to expand across all decorative genres, from Georgian glass, Brian Watson, to Grima jewllery, Sandy Stanley, from meteorites - Fallen Stars, to Modern Art – Gray MCA and Anthony Hepworth Fine Art, from binoculars – Hatchwell Antiques, to bones – Robert Barley, from Fornasetti, Holly Johnson, to French gaming chips – Luke Honey, there is a dizzying and dazzling choice.

The Decorative Fair recently launched a new and very comprehensive website which includes an on message blog, a gallery of images to lust after, a full exhibitor list with contacts and website link and the essential free ticket download!

Katherine Pole
1800s (blue/green colour) French silk passementerie with silk yarn-covered wooden beading, £375 for the lot of 17 meters. 1860s pink silk pelmet with silk fringing 218cm wide x 128cm long, £220. Just seen (top right): wool and silk bobble trim £25 for 1m 40cm
Holly Johnson A late 19th century buttoned chaise longue. Oak frame of elegant form. With new silk covers and passementerie. England, circa 1900
Antikbar Original vintage poster advertising Bally. Good condition, minor bumps and tears on margins, pinholes.
Christopher Jones Pair of 60s funky resin and metal lamps with their original shades.
Dean AntiquesEnglish Victorian copper pagoda lantern.
Zugasti Early 1990's abstract painting by Charles Gordon

When organising an important new antiques fair, choosing a venue is probably the most important decision. The right venue will attract the right exhibitors and the visitors will follow!

In choosing Petworth House as a spectacular backdrop to the new Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair, Ingrid Nilson of The Antique Dealers Fair Limited, could not really go wrong! Petworth town is one of the country’s leading antiques hubs, so the cache of local dealers to support the fair is a major advantage and they have stepped up in variety adding a hefty pop of decorative – Augustus Brandt and John Bird Antiques, to the mix of forty predominantly British Antique Dealers' Association and LAPADA - The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers on show.

Other local dealers appearing at this new fair include Ronald G Chambers Antiques, Thomas Fine Art, Tim Saltwell, Merville Gallerie, Wilsons Antiques and Richard Gardner Antiques from Chichester, formerly based in the heart of Petworth, who will be taking a stand to showcase the outstanding collection of boxes and caddies the company is known for, along with a collection of exquisite Wedgwood Fairyland lustre ware.

The fair will take place in a purpose-built pavilion in the grounds of the lovely National Trust property and a bonus for visitors to the fair will be free access to the magnificent collection of art and antiques (not for sale!) including paintings by JMW Turner and Van Dyck in Petworth House. In turn, as part of a reciprocal arrangement, National Trust members can also have free entry to the fair.

Art which will be for sale in profusion at the fair comes from Horton London who will bring Auguste Rodin’s Femme qui se peigne, a 24cm tall bronze, inscribed A. Rodin and numbered 1 of 8, priced at £25,000 and A Water Party, oil on canvas signed by John James Chalon (1778-1854) and dated 1836, £3,600. Chalon painted many scenes around the Richmond and Twickenham area including a famous view from Richmond Hill. Haynes Fine Art of Broadway has collections of oil and watercolour paintings by Thomas Sidney Cooper (1803-1902), Heywood Hardy (1894-1933) and Edward Brian Seago (1910 - 1974), including Seago’s On the Dunes, oil on canvas, with a price guide of £100,000 to £150,000. Other picture dealers include Sarah Colegrave Fine Art, The Jerram Gallery from Dorset, Elford Fine Art, Baron Fine Art from Chester and The Canon Gallery from Northamptonshire.

Unique to this new event is a sculpture park with a number of art dealers providing differing works of art for outdoors, with works by local and other artists shown by Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, The Jerram Gallery and others. Augustus Brandt is also providing garden objects.

Leading dealers from across the country attending the fair include Freshfords Fine Antiques, Guy Dennler Antiques & Interiors, Garret & Hurst Sculpture, Haynes Fine Art of Broadway, Hickmet Fine Arts, Mary Cooke Antiques Ltd, Richard Ogden Ltd, Rountree Tryon Galleries and The Canon Gallery.

Very portable delights in the form of jewellery of all eras and styles will be tempting visitors including a white enamelled snake brooch by David Webb, c1970, priced at £18,500 and a gazelle brooch by Chaumet, Paris, c1980, £12,750, both from Richard Ogden Ltd, a beautiful early Victorian bracelet in 18 carat gold with jet and diamond shamrock from Penny Corah and Rosie Manning, priced at £6,850. Other jewellery dealers are Horton London, T Robert, Markov and Sue Brown who will bring a very covetable brooch depicting grapes on a diamond encrusted vine (shown).

Richard Gardner Antiques
- Wedgwood Fairyland lustre centre bowl pattern number Z4968. Interior: Woodland Elves II – Spiderland web, Exterior: Woodland Bridge, 8¾” high x 5¾” wide, c1920, £6,750
Augustus Brandt Antiques 18th century Italian giltwood console table with Cipollino marble top, Tuscany, 89.5cm high x 167cm wide x 78cm deep, £38,000
Sue Brown The definitive grape brooch in gold, diamonds and opaline glass, created and patented by Fonseque et Olive, Paris, France, c1890
John Bird Antiques Edwardian dressing table, £1,450, with a pair of 1920's bergère chinoiserie side chairs, £950 the pair, one of a pair of Adam period window seats, £980 the pair, a Staffordshire footbath (with cherry blossom), £380 in front of a Chinese painted six fold screen, c1900, £2,500.

For tickets and times see The Antique Dealers' Fair Limited website via TRADE INDEX

The first in our new series about those females behind the fairs - Fair Ladies, launches today with Ingrid Nilson of The Antique Dealers Fair Limited, who has carved a niche in the fairs calendar with her luxury boutique events both in the regions and now in the heart of the capital with her Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair.

Ingrid tells us about the last twenty-five years or so of fair organising, making friends and keeping cool, calm and collected!

The London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair - LARTA, 16-19 April at The Showroom, off Church Street, Marylebone, London NW8 is very much a niche collectors' event attracting decorators and international trade who come to see this souk style boutique event with twelve exhibitors who festoon this North London hall with rugs, runners, embroideries, tapestries, kilims, decorative textiles and a selection of tribal artefacts such as woven baskets and bead-work with rare and beautiful antique and vintage rugs, carpets and textiles from Anatolia and Turkey, the Caucasus, Persia, Central Asia, India and China as well as Europe and Africa.

For those not able to attend in person, the inventive organisers offer an on-line preview which opens on the LARTA website at the same time as the Collectors' Preview evening (by invitation only)from 6-9 pm on Thursday April 16. This idea was a runaway success last year when the very best items offered at the Fair were illustrated on the website in hi res format with direct contact information for the exhibitor in question.

For ticket details contact LARTA on 44 (0)7976 826218

Owen Parry
- Rare qashqai bagface. Persia. 19th.c. £850
Joss Graham Rare embroidered silk Chyrpy (woman's mantle). Hand-woven silk embroidered with ladder or lacing stitch (kesti).Tekke Turkmen c.1900
With a long track record of impressive sales at Antiques for Everyone, at the NEC, Birmingham, (next event 9 – 12 April 2015), why would Alan and Sue Poultney of Scarab Antiques want to move from their well established position at the top of Section 2 and move to Section 1 on a more expensive stand at the other end of the Hall? The answer is simple: datelines.

Dealing increasingly in quality Mid Century and contemporary decorative arts, jewellery and silver, they wanted to show their collection to the throngs of visitors (average 12k per event), that attend this venerable event, ready to celebrate its 30th birthday next year.

Sue Poultney told ANF: "Following the decision of the fair's management team last year to remove the datelines but introduce more stringent vetting in Section 1, we decided to increase both our investment and stand size at this important fair so that we could showcase some of our stunning Mid Century and contemporary pieces. An important element of what we deal in is quality and strong design and the datelines in Section 2 meant that we could not show, for example, some of our exquisite Stuart Devlin silver or our Mike Hunter post 1970 glass. Another factor is that Alan is a respected jewellery designer and lapiderer stone cutter of thirty years standing and this is an important part of our business and showing in Section 1 means we can include some of his unique pieces on our stand.

The stand measures 16 square meters and the way the stand is built means we can show collections in sections wrapping round the corner, in a dog leg style. We are very excited about the move and look forward to hearing what our clients have to say."

Vetting and datelining is a contentious subject which exercises the trade and experienced vettor Mark Hill's recent blog Vetting - Behind the Scenes, about this very subject set off a lengthy debate on Twitter.

Mark says: "The point is to ensure that everything for sale is exactly what it is described as being – authenticity, condition, attributions and date must all be correct."

Stuart Devlin pair of silver and silver gilt sauceboats with trays and ladles. The sauceboats have two gilded textured sections running round the top and bottom. All six items are hallmarked for 1976 and are all numbered ‘44’ Priced at £5,500.00
Stuart Devlin boxed pair of scent bottles
A boxed pair of Stuart Devlin silver and silver gilt scent bottles. Each balaster shaped scent bottle has a screw top. The tops are in gilded silver, one being the bust of Kind Edward and the other being the bust of Queen Alexandra. Hallmarked for 1976 they are presented in their original box. Priced at £1,250.00

Branding is so important and experienced organiser Sue Ede of Cooper Events was quick to see the potential in the tag ‘decorative’ following her acquisition of the successful Bath Decorative Antiques Fair in 2012. Now the Antiques & Fine Art event held in the stately Westonbirt School just outside Tetbury has quickly become recognised as The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair and is attracting an increasingly eclectic roster of exhibitors.

The next event takes place 27-29 March 2015 and is the first of three visits to Westonbirt this year and a highlight of the fair will be 20th century art and illustrations from Aquila Fine Art, Art of the Imagination and Frey Mitton.

Aquila Fine Art will show works by the Bristol artist Stanley Anderson RA (1884-1966). The artist is currently being celebrated in a retrospective exhibition at The Royal Academy - An Abiding Standard, The Prints of Stanley Anderson which runs until 24th May 2015. Examples on show at Westonbirt will include ‘The Cooper’ line engraving (1947), one of a small collection priced from £300 to £700. Best known for his series of line-engravings of rural crafts from the 1930’s onwards, Anderson’s earlier subjects included down-and-outs in London and Paris. Anderson was Bristol born and an early member of the Bristol Savages along with Bristol Museum retain a number of his local works.

Freya Mitton will show works by Diana Armfield, John Bratby, Reginald Brill, Richard Ewick, Mary Fedden, Sir Terry Frost, Dame Laura Knight and Julian Trevelyan and Art of the Imagination will show the nostalgic original cover artwork for a Rupert Annual from 1961 priced at £10,000.

Contrasting collections of 20th century and decorative furniture from Scandinavian by Design, Paul Burnett , Antiques by Design, Not Wanted on Voyage, Mere Antiques and glass from A Heart of Glass, add a current dimension to the traditional displays from furniture dealers Walton House Antiques, Mike Melody and Cantelo Antiques. Specialists include Muse - The Sculpture Gallery from Tetbury, jewellery specialists Plaza, Brieve Antiques, Terry Robert, Trivette, Scarab, and Shapiro & Co and Candice Horley with designer costume jewellery from the 1930s and 40s. Silver specialists offer a range of antique and 20th century pieces, including returning exhibitor Jack Shaw Antiques and regulars Malka Levine and Peter McCarthy Antiques.

New to the fair this time A Heart of Glass from Norwich, who specialise in work of contemporary glass from America, Sweden, Britain, Mexico, Poland from artists including Peter Lanyon, Lina Lundberg, Mats Jonasson, Pavel Havelka, Bob Crooks and Allister Malcolm, Cantelo Antiques, Isle of Wight, with Georgian and Victorian furniture, mirrors and accessories, Linda Campbell-Down, Somerset, antique textiles, period fashion, accessories, object and decorative items, M&N Oriental Rugs, Manchester, Oriental rugs & carpets Village-on-the-Web, glass, ceramics collectors’ items, Walton House Antiques, Mere, near Warminster and The Antiques Bazaar, Derbyshire, with Ruskin and the other ceramics; British Art Nouveau Silver, Georgian and early glass, period. Jewellery 1850 - 1930's.

Aquila Fine Art
'The Cooper' - Stanley Anderson engraving
Freya Mitton 'Olympia, London' Dame Laura Knight, RA (1877-1970), signed and titled, pencil and charcoal, 35 by 25 cm.; 13 ¾ by 9 ¾ in. Exhibited: London, David Messum, Exhibition No.14, 1991
Heart of Glass 'Red Deco Bowl'- by George Ponzini

For tickets and times see Cooper Events website via TRADE INDEX

Obsessive collectors beware - a new series of the hit BBC2 programme Collectaholics returns on 7 April 2015 and will please those compulsives who like to binge view as we will see three episodes a week for two weeks!

Our favourite antiques industry celeb Mark Hill will be joined by a very glamorous new co-presenter for this series, the lovely Jasmine Harman, and together they explore the weird and wonderful world of some Britain’s passionate, avid and sometimes down-right obsessive collectors.

In each episode the rather screen friendly duo Mark and Jasmine will be secreted in the private domains of the country's most committed collectors to view extraordinary collections, from animal specimens to the one of world’s largest collections of royal memorabilia, and from stylish mid-century design classics to a collection of over 700 cuckoo clocks.

The premise of the show is as much human interest as antiques interest - an exploration of what exactly makes the collectors so fanatical. Often these collections are in overflowing attics and can even take over whole houses, with the collector losing track of what they own and what they have spent. Mark and Jasmine get to know what drives them to keep buying, what inspired them to start and how it affects their lives.

The jeopardy element of the show comes at the end when Mark and Jasmine reveal the value of the collections and we are told that there are some major surprises this season.

Episode 1 introduces Margaret, a lady obsessed with collecting Royal family memorabilia, with one of the biggest collections of its kind in the country. Margaret is addicted to buying anything related to the Royals, with one room dedicated Princess Diana, but with space so tight, can Mark and Jasmine convince her that she should buy quality over quantity?

The only event on the international art calendar exclusive to members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, The BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair - 18-24 MARCH 2015, Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London SW3, will offer an exciting new development for serious collectors this year with the opportunity for members exhibiting at the fair to include BADA Certificates of Provenance, with the sale of an object. This is the first time Certificates of Provenance will have been available for objects sold at the BADA Fair. The Certificates will demonstrate that an object has been bought from a member of the BADA, which will be recorded as part of its permanent provenance.

The organisers’ promise of a diverse range of important furniture, objet d’art and paintings can be relied upon given the list of premier dealers at the fair including Godson & Coles, Harris Lindsay, Thomas Coulborn & Sons, Lennox Cato, Frank Partridge, Anthony Woodburn Ltd., Trinity House, The Taylor Gallery, Sandra Cronan Ltd., Holly Johnson Antiques and Wakelin & Linfield.

New exhibitors this year include Philip Mould & Company, recent new members of the BADA, who will be showcasing a selection from their Portrait Miniature department. A highlight will be a portrait miniature of the notorious rake Robert Feilding (1650/51-1712) by Jacques Antoine Arlaud (1668-1746). Feilding’s life featured more twists, turns and improprieties than a Restoration comedy, and this portrait was probably painted in Paris between 1692-6, where the newly catholic Feilding had joined the court of the recently exiled king James II following the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Other recent acquisitions, including works by John Smart, Richard Cosway and George Engleheart will also be included in the portrait miniature collection at the fair.

New exhibitors at the fair this year also include new BADA members Beaux Arts London who will show one of the key exhibits at the fair Elisabeth Frink’s Assassins II (shown). John Joseph Antique Jewellery of Grays Antiques exhibiting for the first time will show an exquisite Art Deco diamond and coral brooch. (shown).

Returning jewellery experts include Sandra Cronan Ltd. who will show an important pair of diamond ‘waterfall’ earrings dating from c.1940, each featuring 8 pear cut diamonds, and smaller baguette cut diamonds, and Anthea A G Antiques will display a bold coral ring in 18 carat gold, made by Kutchinsky and dating from the 1970s.

Noted trends from recent fairs which have been recaptured this year include European furniture and objects in the Oriental style. Godson & Coles, specialist in C18th and C19th century furniture, as well as Modern British art, will bring a rare George I period, scarlet japanned bureau cabinet, signed by maker Daniel Massey. Frank Partridge will devote his entire stand to Chinoiserie items.

For those looking for traditional English oak and country furniture, returning exhibitors Wakelin & Linfield will be showing some fine examples of Windsor chairs including an 18th century ash hoop back primitive Windsor with the rare feature of an additional integral secondary comb(shown).

More formal pieces will be on show with Timms Antiques of Bedfordshire, including a pair of Regency mahogany hall chairs, in the manner of Gillows, having deeply carved shells to back with C scroll supports above well figured seats raised on elegant turned and reeded legs, Circa 1820. (shown).

Collectors of fine boxes will be heading to Hampton Antiques, one of the country’s leading dealers in the field. One of the star exhibits will be a fruitwood tea caddy as a melon with a fantastic green and brown mottled decoration featuring a steel lock, hinge and escutcheon. Mark Goodger of Hampton Antiques told Antiques News & Fairs: “Melon tea caddies are much rarer and more sought after of the fruit tea caddies, patination and colour is everything when it comes to collecting these wonderful treen pieces of art. This Melon tea caddy comes with a fully working lock and tasselled key and is priced at £8000.”

Visitor attractions continue with a series of talks under the headings of 'Not so Shabby Chic: Juxtaposing the Old and New' with Viv Lawes, curator, NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Art Societies) lecturer and arts journalist, 'Hollywood Style - Jewellery and Fashion from 1929 to 1959' with Andrew Prince, jewellery designer, 'The Hidden Treasures of Lichfield Cathedral' with Dr John Goodall, Architectural Editor, Country Life. Full details of times are available via the BADA Antiques Fair website.

For full exhibitor list and times see BADA Antiques Fair website via TRADE INDEX

Spring Chelsea Antiques Fair 18-22 March 2015, at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, organised by Penman Antique Fairs, will add to the buzz on the King’s Road next week, sharing the date with the BADA Antiques Fair just down the road and working in tandem with neighbours over the road, Bourbon Hanby Arcade from where one of the exhibitors, Sue Norman hails.

With late openings each evening designed to encourage local residents, the fair offers a lively mix this time with Hayloft Mid Century taking the entire stage to show their collection of British and Danish furniture from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Danish designers include Vodder, Juhl, Moller, Klein, Hovmand Olsen and Kofod Larsen. British mid century pieces include Archie Shine and Gordon Russell. A recent addition is a collection by mid century South American designers, including Zalszupin and Eisler. Image shows leather and imbula wood 'Kilin' chair designed by Sergio Rodrigues Brazil 1973 £1400

Moving back to the beginning of the 20th century, Nicholas Bagshawe Fine Art will be showing a portrait of Parisian couturier Jacques Fath (1912 -1954) by Russian artist Serge Petrovitch Ivanoff, born in Moscow 1893. Jacques Fath along with Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior, was considered one of the most influential Post-War fashion designers. Born in 1912, he presented his first collection in Paris in 1937 and rapidly became known for dressing the “chic, young Parisienne” His clients included Ava Gardner, Greta Garbo, and Rita Hayworth and Valentino was one of his apprentices. The painting has a ticket price of just under £30,000.

Leaping further back to the Regency period, Sue Norman will be showing a rare and unusual heese cradle."Bamboo and Fence" by Wedgwood. 1820's. 12" long. 7" high.

Also on show: fine silver from Paul Bennett, rare and collectible Mid C glass from M & D Moir and Richard Hoppe, fine jewellery from T Robert, bronze and Decorative Arts from Hickmett Fine Arts, 19th century furniture from Mark Buckley, Andrew Reeve and Brookes Smith
For tickets and times see Penman Antique Fairs website via TRADE INDEX
With Goodwood House events in their pocket, Galloway Fairs are no strangers to Sussex and for the weekend of 20-22 March 2015 they will set up at a new location just outside the antiques hub and tourist destination town of Arundel for the first Avisford Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair.

Many of their regular exhibitors have followed them to this new location including Robin Little, Carolyn Liddiard, Billingbear Fine Art, S & A Thompson, Westbery Fine Art, St James Antiques, City Clocks, Tim Saltwell, Scarab, Wilsons Antiques, Jonathan Swire Antiques, G & K, Purley Oaks, Aquila Fine Art, Mynster Antiques, Markov, Santana Decorative Arts, Bottlebrook, S & A Marsh, Trivette, Emma Duveen, Art of the Imagination, Celia Rose, Elizabeth Street Antiques, Stacy Marks Fine Art, Burnside Oriental Carpets, Coppergate, Ruth Hudson, RMJ and Papillion Antiques.

Highlight exhibits include:

Scarab Antiques
Lucien Gerfaux Art Deco dinanderie globe vases
Priced at £995
These stylish elegant French art deco dinanderie globe vases are by Lucien Gerfaux. The metal ware (either brass or copper) has a mottled brown patina with inlaid silver metal in geometric patterns. One vase is signed "L Gerfaux" in inlaid silver. Dinanderie - the term dinanderie comes from the Flemish town Dinant where objects usually in bronze rather than brass were made from the Middle Ages onwards.
Tim Saltwell Antiques A fine quality French side cabinet by renowned cabinet maker G. Durand
Ticket price £11500.
Wilsons Antiques of Worthing A watercolour by Charles Rowbotham titled "Arundel by the river" Ticket price £850.

For full exhibitor list and times see Galloway Antique Fairs website via TRADE INDEX

The transition from one founder dealer owner to another from a different sector of the trade was always going to be a challenge because Bath Decorative Antiques Fair – 5-8 March 2015, brings its history along with its bedrock of loyal founder exhibitors from the past 26 years but Sue Ede of Cooper Events has won the hearts of the original exhibitors and added a large number of newcomers who this year offer not only a very balanced display but overall give a rather reassuring nod to the glory days of Bath back in of the 1990s.

Folk Art, always a draw for Bath, features strongly with Erna Hiscock and John Shepherd returning for the second year, together with Appledore Antiques, Doe and Hope and Wigs on the Green and making his debut this year is Rob Hall of Northampton who has been teasing followers on Twitter in the run up to the fair with fresh stock he has been finding - and keeping, for the fair including a fabulous seven foot long Derbyshire dresser base in original paint straight out of a dairy.

The date of the fair, positioned as Spring emerges, ensures antiques and decoration for the garden festoon many of the stands and long time exhibitors Lynda Towshend Bateson and Amy Perry of Tetbury and newcomer Linda North are specialists in the field. Another long term exhibitor Guy Dennler, known for his country house furniture, will be showing irresistible an pair of stone baskets, shown.

Painted furniture reigns at Bath and the furniture dealers hail from Sweden and Denmark and right across the UK. Sleek metropolitan pieces from the likes of David Ford, The Trading Room, The Just William Collection (the only two London trade this time), and Sevilla Hercolani of Jackdawes rub shoulders with humble country furniture in glorious original finishes from founder exhibitors Terry and Marie Kelly and Cherrie and Michael Todd. Stylish Mid C design furniture from Apollo Antiques, Devon, ranging to Colonial pieces from Not Wanted on Voyage, ultra high fashion French chateauesque and Nordic style from No1 Lewes, Nikki Page, Bohms Antiek, Casa Nova, returning exhibitor local Chloe Antiques and local newcomer Gilli Hanna, accessible and stylish decorative antiques for the home from Sheffield based DJ Green, returning for the second year from Kent, Elham Antiques and new this year from York, Molly & Maud’s Place.

Art Deco is finally making a concerted impact on the decorative landscape and Scarab Antiques have a sleek and stylish collection of Art Deco and Mid C furniture and accessories for Bath. This energetic husband and wife team, Sue and Alan Poultney, exhibit very successfully all over the country with their jewellery and decorative arts. Alan told Antiques News & Fairs:: We relish the opportunity to try a new challenge and look forward to showing our customers at Bath what we love outside our usual realm.”

Never far from the news, Antiques Young Guns have stormed Bath this year with no less than six stands. Returning from last year is current champion Young Gun of the Year James Gooch of Doe & Hope with his darkly gothic furniture, entwined with folk art and curios and textiles. Another new AYG newcomer is local dealer Edd Thomas of Edd in the Clouds who takes an academic approach to dealing, specialising in furniture and objects from the 1850s-1950s including Arts and Crafts and important designers.

Returning to Bath to join the AYG pavilion is Alys Dobbie of NanaDobbie who will be unveiling a new look, moving away from her former retro and Mid C ceramics and glass towards a grown up decorative theme.

Casting off his former identity of Lady Kentmores Antiques, George Johnson has now teamed up with fellow AYG Lily Trunfull of No1 Lewes to found GeorgeLily which they promise will be 50 Shades of Antiques on a backdrop of black on the AYG pavilion! AYG members at the fair also include Molly & Maud's Place and Just William Collection.

Other new exhibitors include Dig Hauschizzle from Bristol and Devon based Aspire Antiques, both young dealers specialising in industrial and Mid C design and lighting, Bath based Green Park Art with 19th c decorative paintings, AJ Art from Hereford, Burgett Langfield, Dorset, Monika of Bath, antique canes specialists Winfield Antique Canes from Devon, Emily's House, London, dealing tribal rugs and carpets including Beni Ouarain rugs, Berber handmade Kilims, Boucherouite and vintage Caput carpets, and returning after a long break, textile and painted furniture dealer from Bath, Susannah.

Winfield Antique Canes
a cane with handle as a German Shepherd dog, priced at £450.
Erna Hiscock & John Shepherd:
A very rare 18th Century Wedgwood creamware teapot and cover decorated with a red target like pattern.
There would appear to be only 4 or 5 of these teapots known. J.Horn illustrated one in an early catalogue. Another is believed to be in the Norwich collection and another in the Whieldon collection ( both appear unpublished) and there is believed to be another in the USA.
Chip to lid, minor chip to end of spout and base of handle restored.
Rob Hall Antiques A huge English country house armchair in the late 17th century style. The colour and wear are very pleasing and the proportions are truly monstrous for a chair of this style. A very unusual, and very heavy, chair with original castors. Priced at £690
Guy Dennler: A pair of stone jardinieres as baskets, priced at £850.
Scarab Antiques - A pair of lacquer and cream leather chairs, c1950, priced at £3995
Doe & Hope
A Rare Late 19thC Carved Oak Collection Box for The Royal Infirmary in the Form of a Beehive, priced at £480.00
Hossack & Gray Nain Jaune, vintage French game priced at £65.00

For full exhibitor list, times and tickets see Bath Decorative Antiques Fair website via TRADE INDEX

Never wishing to miss an opportunity for pr and a gathering, the Antiques Young Guns (AYG), team have managed to snare a super location for their #AYGINLOVE pop up shop in Lillie Road, Fulham, over the Valentine’s Day weekend from 11-14 February 2015.

AYG’s benefactor, who owns the smart little shop on Lillie Road, prefers to stay under the radar but his story is one to conjure with – a landlord of many of the shops in this humming hub of decorative antiques shops in fashionable Fulham, who will only lease his premises to the trade in a one man crusade to preserve the identity of the street as a go to location for antiques.

The AYGINLOVE project is being managed by George Johnson one of the co-founders of AYG together with Lily Trunfull, one of the finalists in the AYG of the Year 2014.

George told Antiques News & Fairs: “The event was immediately put on the map when our key sponsors came on board – our friends over at the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair and Bath Decorative Antiques Fair and although it has been a brilliant group effort to get this exciting project together, we could not have done it without the help of our neighbour for the weekend David Levi who shares Levi & Linford with Julian Carr Linford and Alexandra Cunha, and Martyn Puckhaber of Puckhaber Decorative Antiques who manages the Lillie Road Antique Dealers' website and has worked with the dealers on Lillie Road to spread the word for us."

George and Lily have selected the pieces for the pop up, submitted by the thirteen AYG members taking part in the event, which they have planned as a curated and themed display to be revealed on the opening day.

Members taking part include:
Alys Dobbie,Nanadobbie , Dom Vincent, Garth Vincent Antiques, Edd Thomas, Edd in the Clouds, Eddy Toshi, Japanese Gallery, Henry Saywell, James Gooch of Doe & Hope , Jason Clarke, Joshua Gallery, Lawrence Mitchell, Heirloom Antique Restoration,Lily Trunfull, No1 Lewes, Matt Goymer, Delphis Antiques, Matt Wise, Cubbit Antiques, Chloe Rhymer, Molly & Maud's Place and Robyn Alston, On The Wall Antiques

The permanent residents on Lillie Road are all excited about the event and planning a late opening evening on Friday 13 February when the AYGINLOVE drinks and late opening party takes place.

For full details see Antiques Young Guns
In spite of its rather remote location, The Cambridge Glass Fair, garnered huge supporT from the trade and collectors alike at Chilford Hall. However, fate dealt the organisers Specialist Glass Fairs a real blow when a tragic fire destroyed the historic building and the hunt was on for a new and permanent home for this extremely popular fair with such a friendly atmosphere.

After a brief stay in nearby Linton College, the organisers struck gold with their new location at Knebworth House, one of England's most beloved stately homes and less than thirty miles north of London, where the fair will take place in the Knebworth Barns – comprised of two four hundred year old tithe barns complemented by two purpose-built modern barns, all positioned around a central courtyard, within walking distance of the house on Sunday 22 February 2015.

Carrying on the tradition of the in-house exhibition, the first Knebworth event will feature the work of Peter Wheeler for Whitefriars Glass.

Glass across all spheres from exhibitors nationwide will entice collectors and trade and in addition to period glass there will be contemporary studio glass including hand blown cameo and graal pieces through to sculpture, kilnforming, engraving,pate de verre and lampwork.

The World is Made of Glass Ltd:
A light green decanter of sugarloaf form dating from the mid 18th century, c1770

Terri-L. Colledge – Contemporary cameo glass maker. Blue cameo glass vase commission piece.

For tickets and exhibitor list see Cambridge Glass Fair via TRADE INDEX
With the prestigious BADA Antiques Fair on the near horizon - 18-24 March 2015, Mark Dodgson, Secretary General of the BADA has confirmed the first two international BADA members from the USA - Elle Shushan, based in Philadelphia, the largest resource for quality portrait miniatures in America, dealing in American, British and European miniatures, ranging from the 17th to 21st centuries and Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts, New York, dealing in Old Master and British paintings, drawings and sculpture, with a particular emphasis on portraiture. They are located on the Upper East Side of New York, close to the Frick Collection.

The BADA has also confirmed five eminent new members from British Isles.

“We are delighted to welcome these new members to the British Antique Dealers’ Association”, said Mark Dodgson, Secretary General of the Association. “Between them these dealers represent a diverse range of specialisms and are each known for their expertise and high quality of their stock in their respective fields.”

See full details of all new members via Trade Roundabout
An unmissable day out for LAPADA members and guests - the 7th annual conference in The House of Lords! Book your ticket and see our preview of the day's events and key speakers via TRADE ROUNDABOUT

Iconic London antiques landmark Grays Antiques has been undergoing a major refurbishment on the lower ground floor and Vintage Modes have created a large shop within a shop which is now open for business with some space available for rent.

The space is very affordable given the smart Mayfair address and full details are available from Hannah Walker at Grays Antiques.
It is always good news when a local artist is on show at a fair but an added wintry snow scene is a double whammy for Cooper Events' Harrogate Antiques & Fine Art Fair from 23-25 January 2015.

Art World Gallery of Broadway, Worcestershire will bring one such painting - 'Bonfire Wood' by Brian Shields(1951-1997). The artist signed many of his works Braaq, a misspelling of his favourite artist, Braque, and he spent most of his working life in Harrogate, initially as a trainee chef. His talent was recognised when murals he painted on the walls of a Harrogate hotel where he worked caused quite a stir and for several weeks there was a search in the local papers for this talented artist. It is generally accepted that this was a planned publicity stunt. Although successful as a living artist it seems he was often faced with financial problems. He is well remembered and liked in the Harrogate district and there are numerous anecdotes about painting pub signs for use of facilities. The oil painting going on sale is dated 1976, signed Braaq priced at £32,000, and is dedicated to his sister Anne who died in the late 1970’s.

Fresh blood is always a key to a successful fair and new this time will be Molly and Maud’s Place – mother and daughter duo from York, who have also booked to stand at another Coopers Events fair on the horizon - Bath Decorative Antiques Fair 5-8 March 2015. Daughter Chloe Rhymer, a member of the Antiques Young Guns, joined the family interior design company and has helped to develop the business into a retail hotspot for decorative antiques.

Also making their debut will be Blackwood Gallery from Leicestershire who will be showing a range of farming subjects, notably paintings of award-winning horses, pigs, sheep and bulls, dating from the 18th century to the C20th. A particularly endearing oil on panel is 'Blackbird' - One of the most pivotal animals in the Heavy Horse improvement. Bred & owned by the 5th Marquis of Londonderry. Price £3,500.

It is just three years since Cooper Events acquired and embellished the Harrogate Fair . Owner Sue Ede told Antiques News & Fairs: “We now have fifty specialist dealers from across the country with a vast range of period pieces and prices to suit every pocket, from £25 to £50,000. The easy parking, good catering facilities and above all the wide choice of fine art, antiques, collectors’ items and all kinds of rare and unusual pieces make this event a must for collectors."

Art World Gallery

‘Bonfire Wood’, oil painting going dated 1976, Brian Shields (1951-1997),signed Braaq
Molly and Maud's Place:
C19th Swedish Birch and Satinwood settee, priced at £2,250.
Blackwood Gallery
‘Blackbird’, circa 1880’s, oil on panel. One of the most pivotal animals in the Heavy Horse improvement. Bred & owned by the 5th Marquis of Londonderry. Price £3,500.

For full exhibitor list and times see Cooper Events website via TRADE INDEX
Competition is scant for fair organisers in Hampshire which is good news for the the long standing Petersfield Antiques Fair from 6-8 February 2015, now in its forty-second year with an anticipated footfall of more than two thousand. The cleverly positioned date is one week before Valentine’s Day, and many of the exhibitors will have this in mind hoping to ensnare any visiting lovebirds with some irresistible objects and collectibles!

The event has attracted a clutch of well known new exhibitors this time – Jeanette Hayhurst with glass from all eras, Neptune Fine Art, specialising in works of L S Lowry and Mary Fedden and Paul Mayhew Fine Art with oil paintings 1850-1950.

Welcome returnees include Mike Melody with a good selection of English country furniture, Richard Hoppe, specialising in 20th century glass and stylish scent bottles, Olde Time, the clock specialists, Garret & Hurst, well known for their French 19th century bronze sculptures alongside British contemporary pieces, Sue Killinger, showing smaller furniture, metalwork and accessories, Graham Bentley with English watercolours and drawings, and jewellers Trivette, Shapiro & Co and Plaza.

Jupiter Antiques also return with a selection of fine English & Continental porcelain. Jupiter carry a vast stock of early English Factories, Worcester, Derby, Chelsea, Longton Hall, Bow, Liverpool, Plymouth, Bristol or Caughley, Limehouse or Vauxhall, signed Royal Crown Derby, Royal Worcester, Minton, and other items of quality from UK factories. Continental factories include Sevres, Mennecy, St. Cloud, Chantilly and Doccia.

Neptune Fine Art
: Still Life with Pineapple by Mary Fedden. Signed and Dated 08 (lower right).
Watercolour on paper
12 x 7.75 inch
Private Collection
Jeanette Hayhurst
A pair of amethyst cased glass champagne coupes, the bowls intaglio carved with pomegranite, apple, pear and leaf decoration on cut knopped stems and star cut feet. Joshua Hodgetts for Steven & Williams.
Jupiter Antiques
Bow bowl painted in underglaze blue with a bird in a tree with flowers on either side c.1758

For full exhibitor list, tickets and times see Penman Antique Fairs website via TRADE INDEX

The Miami Beach Convention Centre will be converged upon by an international influx for the 54th Original Miami Beach Antique Show organised by U.S. Antique Shows, part of Emerald Expositions, from 30 January – 3 February 2015.

As the world’s largest indoor antique show, The Original Miami Beach Antique Show hosts nearly one thousand recognised dealers from twenty-eight countries which includes a number from the UK including Flaxman Fine Jewellery from Windsor and Gladwell & Patterson Fine Art based in Knightsbridge.

With the changing structure in Palm Beach following the very recent demise of the American International Fine Art Fair organised by David and Lee Ann Lester, U.S. Antique Shows strategy of forging new partnerships with European organisations – Mercanteinfiera, organisers of the long standing and well regarded Parma Fair, and Antiques Young Guns, has positioned the company to garner more and more European exhibitors for future events.

Dan Darby, Emerald Expositions vice president and U.S. Antique Shows general manager, told Antiques News and Fairs: “The Original Miami Beach Antique Show offers a vast selection of exceptional antiques from dealers worldwide and sets the pace in the antique market for the entire year. At the 2015 show, attendees can look forward to an increased presence from European exhibitors due in part to U.S. Antique Shows global partnership with the Italian-based Mercanteinfiera.”

The Original Miami Beach Antique Show was recently listed by BizBash, a resource hub for the event and meeting industry, as one of Miami/South Florida’s Top 100 Events.

We will be reporting on U.S. Antique Shows' groundbreaking initiative the Antiques Industry Council (AIC) in March.

For full exhibitor list and details of events during the fair see The Original Miami Beach Antique Show website via TRADE INDEX

Gladwell & Patterson:

Georges Charles Robin - Moulin de Vernon
Priced at £3,950.00
Flaxman Fine Jewellery
Ruby & Diamond Flower Suite
Ruby and diamond flower suite comprising of earrings and brooch. The central diamond section is surrounded by calibre cut rubies and a further diamond boarder. Mounted 18ct gold. English. Circa 1970.
Our Price: £19,850.00

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