News-Antique.com - Oct 19,2010 - The Luxury Antiques Weekend at Tankersley Manor is the last of four new boutique fine art and antiques fairs launched in different parts of England this year by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, bring the total up to seven. Situated in beautiful countryside between Sheffield and Barnsley, this new event is easily accessible as it is only two minutes drive from the M1.
The Tankersley Suite at Tankersley Manor will be transformed into a glittering treasure trove of around 20 antiques dealers offering their finest antiques and art for sale. The fair’s atmosphere is stylish, informal and relaxed and offers a great day out for interior decorators, antiques aficionados and collectors, as well as the private buyer looking for that special decorative item or piece of furniture to fill a gap or add the wow factor to their home.
With Christmas just seven weeks away, buyers can find unique presents such as silver, jewellery, glass, maps and prints, original book illustrations, oil and watercolour paintings, 19th century and contemporary bronze sculptures, oriental carpets and rugs, antique longcase clocks, town and country furniture and all kinds of objets d’art and much more. Prices range from under £100 to five figure sums.
A selection of the fair’s highlights include a pure silk Hereke rug, made in Turkey in the 1940s and signed by the weaver, Bash Togh, priced at £16,500. This is one of the finest silk rugs that M & N Oriental Rugs have ever seen in 25 years of dealing. For collectors of snuff boxes, Shapiro & Co are bringing a very special Swiss gold enamel snuff box decorated with a pastoral scene, circa 1820, selling at £15,000. For entertaining large numbers, Freshfords Fine Antiques has a Regency mahogany extending imperial dining table seating 16 people. The table was almost certainly made by Gillow or by a journeyman working around Lancashire in the 1820s, price £35,000. Also from Freshfords is a burr elm repeating table clock, made for the Bottomley family of Wade House in Yorkshire and bearing their coat of arms, c1850, selling for £3,750. An extremely rare 18th century ‘transitional’ oak dresser and rack of small proportions, from the Denbigh area of North Wales, c1720, is the first Melody Antiques of Cheshire has ever owned from that region, price £3,450.
Suitably festive, for this time of year, is a colourful snowy scene ‘Christmas Fair’, signed by Edith Le Breton (1912-1992), c1970, £2,400 from St James/Authentiques. Encouraged by Lowry, Edith Le Breton often painted Salford street scenes, as well as Altrincham and Stockport. Baron Fine Art is bringing 'Dinan Morris Preaching in Derbyshire’ by Charles Gregory (1849-1920), which is taken from the novel ‘Adam Bede’ by George Eliot, priced at £18,000. An excellent selection of locally made longcase clocks is to be found on F J & R D Story’s stand, which includes examples by Neddy Wells of Shepley, Lister of Halifax and Whittaker of Thorne. Jewellery is always popular and to add that special sparkle to the fair