LUXURY ANTIQUES WEEKEND AT THE MERE RETURNS TO CHESHIRE, UK The much anticipated Luxury Antiques Weekend at The Mere, held in association with Bentley Manchester and organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, returns to The Mere Golf Resort & Spa
News-Antique.com - Feb 01,2014 - The Mere Golf Resort & Spa is the ideal location for a top class boutique-style antiques fair being one of the most luxurious hotels in Cheshire and within easy reach of Chester, Manchester and Liverpool. Visitors can either enjoy the fair for a few hours, the whole day or take advantage of the new state-of-the-art hotel with all its facilities and plan a weekend away.
The fair plays host to around 30 specialist dealers, predominantly members of the top trade associations, British Antique Dealers’ Association and LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers. The exhibitors offer a wide range of disciplines from paintings and drawings, furniture, 19th century and contemporary sculpture, medieval and contemporary carvings, oriental rugs and carpets, jewellery, silver, glass, books, vintage designer clothing and decorative objects spanning the centuries. Now in its third year, the fair has created a loyal following amongst collectors, interior decorators, private and corporate buyers offering an unrivalled choice from the traditional to the quirky all under one roof. There is free parking and refreshments are available throughout the day making it a one-stop shop.
Amongst the many highlights around the fair is a pastel on paper drawing, 'Two dogs' by one of the most desirable of northern artists, L S Lowry (1887-1976). Previously owned by Manchester United manager, Dave Sexton OBE in the 1970s, it has a price tag of £35,000 from Neptune Fine Art. L S Lowry worked together with Harold Riley, another northern artist born in Salford in 1934, and they became great friends when Harold was a student and together they worked on a project to record the area and its people. Haynes Fine Art of Broadway is bringing a good example, 'Three Figures with a Ball' by LS Lowry and Harold Riley (b. 1934) at £24,750, as well as other individual drawings by these two artists including ‘Landscape with Trees’ by LS Lowry, pencil on paper, £14,980, ‘Pawn Shop, Salford’ by Harold Riley, charcoal on paper, 1984, £18,750. They are also bringing excellent examples of work by two other northern artists, Arthur Delaney and Helen Bradley.
Cheshire dealer Jo Bennett Original Pictures concentrates on modern and contemporary works by northern artists and has paintings by Manchester artist Geoffrey Key (born 1941) and Czech born Jiri Borsky (b. 1945) and others. Strachan Fine Art, specialises in early portraits and is bringing 'A young lady holding a fan' the young wife of a Dutch merchant, and priced at £24,000, as well as medieval and 20th century carvings and sculpture. Also on the stand is ‘Study of Newton (after Blake)’ bronze signed by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi RA (1924-2005), cast in 1988, edition of 3, selling for £16,000. Of local interest is a magnificent oil on canvas by Chester artist Daniel Clowes (1774-1829) ‘Portrait of a bay hunter in a wooded landscape, a church in the distance’, 1819, £8,500. This painting features the same church and is similar in composition to Clowes’ slightly smaller ‘Hunter with a church on the hill’