The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair at Blenheim Palace, 3 - 6 April 2014 The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair returns to Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP from 3 - 6 April 2014 for the 3rd year having cultivated an ardent following of art enthusiasts.
News-Antique.com - Feb 03,2014 - The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair returns to the elegant setting of Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th April 2014. Now in its third year the fair has cultivated an ardent following of collectors, art consultants, museum experts, interior designers and the public alike making the fair a 'must-visit' destination.
1stdibs, the leading online marketplace for the best antiques worldwide, is sponsoring the fair for the first time in recognition of its position as the pre-eminent antiques fair held outside London. 29 of the Association's 51 members are taking part in the fair and Philip Adler Antiques from Tetbury, Trinity House Paintings Ltd of Broadway, Brian Sinfield Gallery from Burford and Clive Morley Harps from Lechlade are the four new exhibitors for 2014. All works are for sale with prices ranging from £100 to £100,000.
The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association (CADA) is the pre-eminent of the regional trade associations and the majority of the dealers exhibit at the top London fairs. A comment heard time and time again at the two previous fairs is 'this is a London fair in the country'. The very best of every discipline is showcased including furniture, pictures, silver, early needlework and antique boxes, sculpture, bronze, clocks and barometers, carpets and textiles, jewellery, harps, Oriental and English ceramics, garden ornaments and statuary and many other decorative items.
The fair is the perfect opportunity to hunt for the best antiques the Cotswolds has to offer and highlights include a magnificent companion pair of English Medieval Revival throne chairs made by the firm Crace Royal decorators of the period, c 1845, with ivory and gilt decoration, bejewelled with panels of blue, green, lilac and scarlet and upholstered in their original needlework. These chairs would grace the most opulent of residences and are to be found on David Pickup's stand for £14,000. Equally outstanding are a set of six English giltwood chairs, made in 1770 in the Chippendale manner bearing a provenance from Fingringhoe Hall, Colchester from Witney Antiques who are also bringing an English panel from an embroidered decorative apron from the 1720s. Such costly items of clothing, professionally embroidered, would have been included in the wardrobes of clothes worn by Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough and her ladies at that time.
Music lovers are sure to be excited by the addition of Clive Morley Harps whose family firm have been serving the needs of harpists for nearly 200 years. Two outstanding pieces are a rare Barry Hook harp from 1796 incorporating Chinoiserie and gold decoration with elaborate scroll work for £17,500. The second harp, an Erat single action pedal harp made between 1800 and 1820, is for sale for £14,000. At that period, stately homes such as Blenheim Palace would have invited professional musicians to play when the family met for musical entertainment in the afternoons.
There is ample choice of ceramics throughout the fair : John Howard, the antique English pottery specialist as well as Chairman