LUXURY ANTIQUES WEEKEND AT LINDEN HALL IN NORTHUMBERLAND, UK The 7th annual Luxury Antiques Weekend at Linden Hall takes place for 3 days in early March, organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, renowned for luxury boutique fine art and antiques fairs.
News-Antique.com - Feb 01,2014 - Held in the elegant and tranquil setting of the Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel Golf & Country Club, Longhorsley, near Morpeth in Northumberland, this boutique event is less than 30 minutes away from the bustling metropolis of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, this fair has proved very popular with buyers and collectors in the north of England and from Scotland, who have embraced having a quality antiques and fine art fair closer to home.
Graham Smith Antiques from Newcastle-upon-Tyne has exhibited every year since the launch of the event, bringing an eclectic mix of furniture and decorative objects. One of the more unusual pieces of furniture is a lady’s oak Orkney chair, made from black oak straw and bent grass, selling for £875. This chair is thought to have been developed to shelter the sitter from the cold draught in an Orkney croft. Another piece is an exceptional quality Victorian Coromandel jewellery or dressing box, commissioned by the Earl of Hardwicke as a gift in January 1869 and made by 'Wells & Lambe of Cockspur Street’ manufacturers to Queen Victoria. The upper sections of the box contain crystal jars and bottles, manicure tools, pens and pencils, silver spoon and pen knife and bottom of the box has a locking drawer fitted out with red velvet to hold rings and jewellery. This exquisite piece has a price tag of £5,250. First time exhibitor, Malcolm Eglin Antiques from Hexham, joins the fair bringing decorative antiques and period home furnishings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Another northern dealer, John Nicholson & Dunelm Fine Art has two paintings by watercolourist Thomas Bush Hardy RBA (1842-1897), one in rich and warm hues depicting the ‘Doge’s Palace, Venice’, signed and dated 1879, selling for £6,250 and the other much nearer to home ‘Bamburgh Castle’, priced at £4,750. In contrast, embracing the hustle and bustle of the north-east, where he grew up, contemporary artist Phil George’s work celebrates the north, exemplified in ‘The Bridge Hotel, going to see the band’, priced at £1,450. Two years ago, Phil George was artist-in-residence at the Luxury Antiques Weekend at Linden Hall. His work has been growing in popularity over the last few years.
One cannot fail to be amazed by the fact that antiquities have survived over thousands of years and wonder at their history. Odyssey of Southport’s highly decorative ceremonial spear head still retains much of its original chromium oxide coating, despite being over 2,500 years old, selling for £450. The Chinese developed the use of chromium as a way of tackling bronze corrosion as early as the eighth century BC, a technology which was lost to the West until as late as the 18th century AD. On Odyssey’s stand there is the chance to pick up other treasures, such a Roman copper 'As' issued by the Emperor Vespasian (AD 69-79). Although Vespasian achieved much during his ten year reign his name lives on in an unexpected way. Today, Roman citizens still refer to public