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.
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Brameld items from Derbyshire can be found amongst the country furniture and objects on Cheshire exhibitor, Melody Antiques’ stand, from large size stoneware lions, c1820, £1,450 to a pottery boot drink’s flask, c1860, £110. Manchester based M&N Oriental Rugs has a fine selection of silk and wool carpets and rugs of differing sizes, some worthy of hanging on the wall, to suit most budgets. T Robert is bringing antique jewellery and fine objets d’art.
19th century signed animalier and figurative bronzes adorn Garret & Hurst Sculpture’s stand, another exhibitor to have exhibited at all seven fairs at Linden Hall. Art of the Imagination trades in contemporary sculpture, as well as antique and contemporary original book illustrations, and is bringing an original pen and ink Harry Potter sketch by Cliff Wright (born 1963), priced at £4,500. Last October, Art of the Imagination added a new dimension to their business by publishing the first of a series of limited edition books. ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’ is their second publication, celebrating the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare, to be launched in the summer with illustrations by Christian Birmingham. One or two of the original illustrations will be for sale priced at £5,000 each. Visitors are always found browsing the books on Nicholas Daly's stand and this year he is also bringing pochoir plates from the 'Officiel de la Couleur', c1956, priced at £95 each.
The fair is supporting two charities, each having a presence at the fair - The Art Fund, helping museums and galleries buy art for everyone to enjoy and St Oswald's Hospice in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne. St Oswald's provides specialist care for local adults, young people and children. Their purpose-built facilities offer a range of flexible services to families in the north east. St Oswald's annual running costs amount to £9.5 million - of which £6.5 million must be raised through voluntary giving.
Ingrid Nilson, Director of fair organisers The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited said, “The beauty of visiting one of our luxury antiques weekends is that visitors have the opportunity to view the best items on offer from a number of dealers from around the country, who travel regularly to find the unusual and the magnificent. We aim to make it as easy and fulfilling as possible for people. They can just turn up to the one venue and browse for as long as they like. Parking is free, we have on-site light refreshments within the fair. Linden Hall, one of Macdonald Hotels that recently won AA Hotel Group of the Year, provides the Dobson restaurant for fine dining and even has its own pub across the courtyard. In the past, some