The Antiques & Fine Art Fair at The Mere, Cheshire Boutique in style, the fair plays host to some 30 specialist dealers, mainly members of BADA & LAPADA, each displaying a different discipline & offering for sale a huge variety of unique works of art.
traditional look, Cambridge Fine Art has work by two Victorian artists who hailed from the north-west: A Busy Harbour by Manchester artist William Edward Webb (1862-1903) with a price tag of £12,000 and Oramuir Castle by William Joseph Bond (1833-1928) selling for £2,400. Born in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, Bond was greatly influenced by JMW Turner's work. Visitors interested in topography are bound to enjoy an original Christopher Saxton map of Cheshire from 1577, selling for a price in the region of £9,000, with Derbyshire dealer J Dickinson Maps & Prints.
Freshfords Fine Antiques is decorating the stand as a room set to appeal to interior designers and decorators. On view is a George III Hepplewhite period settee, £14,500, a Regency rosewood and brass inlaid breakfront bookcase cabinet, attributed to the Royal cabinet maker George Oakley, £18,000, and a Regency period red tortoiseshell and brass inlaid boulle mantel clock, £5,750.
Well known Cheshire dealer, Church Street Antiques from Altrincham, has exhibited at this fair since its inception in 2011. Highlights include a George III mahogany breakfront and bow-ended sideboard, c1770, £3,300; a re-upholstered Regency mahogany settee from c1820, the ends carved with acanthus leaves and fans, £3,850, and a George III mahogany wine cooler attributed to Gillows, the leading furniture maker in Lancaster established in the 1730s, £3,750. Also from Cheshire is Melody Antiques showing a range of oak furniture and accessories including an early 19th century Cheshire oak low dresser, £2,850.
From West Sussex, Fileman Antiques, specialist in 18th and 19th century glass chandeliers, candelabra, lustres, antique table glass, paperweights and 18th century drinking glasses, are is exhibiting a handsome pair of Regency period ormolu and bronzed cherub candelabra, c1815, £4,600. 18th century wine glasses are a popular collecting area and Fileman Antiques is showing an excellent selection with prices starting in the low hundreds. Interesting European porcelain with John Newton Antiques includes a delightful salt-glaze jug decorated with a fish design, c1960s, made in the studios of Giefer-Bahn, £365. From Morgan Strickland Decorative Arts is an Arts & Crafts Tudric pewter and enamel clock made by Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co, c1902, £5,950. A silver three farthings coin, £195, from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I is amongst the intriguing objects to be found with Odyssey, dealers in ancient and medieval antiquities and coins.
A lovely present for the keen lady golfers at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa is an unusual Edwardian 15 carat gold golfing brooch, c 1915, £1,000 from Anderson Jones Ltd. Or for a late Valentine's present a pair of heart-shaped jade and diamond ear-rings and cluster ring, priced in the region of £2,000-£2,500. A fabulous statement piece is always popular and Plaza has a large sapphire and diamond panther pendant/brooch, £4,800, as well as rings by Theo Fennell, Boucheron, Buccellati and Mauboussin. If insects are your bag, buzz along to T Robert to view his 18 carat gold pearl and diamond bee brooch, c 1890, £2,250. Watch collecting is a fascinating passion pursued