The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, near Knutsford, is the ideal venue for the discerning visitor to spend an enjoyable winter’s day sourcing the best in fine art, antiques and design from ancient times to the present day.
Taking place from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th February, specialist dealers are gathering from all over the UK for the seventh edition of the fair – organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited to exhibit an interesting mix of antiques and furnishings alongside jewellery and more contemporary art and design.
Dealers from the north of England include Antiques by Design, J Dickinson Maps & Prints, Les and Rhoda Howard Small Silver Collectables, Howell 1870, Mark Buckley Antiques, Melody Antiques, Odyssey Antiquities & Coins, Plaza, Fashion Fandango, Midwinter Antiques and The Soden Collection.
Further exhibitors include: Ashleigh House Fine Art, Cambridge Fine Art, Granta Fine Art and T Robert from the east of England; London’s Greenstein Antiques, Shapiro & Co, Stephen Kalms Antiques and Haynes Fine Art – London & Cotswolds; plus Rountree Tryon Galleries, Garret & Hurst Sculpture and Walter Lindner – Works on Paper from the south.
John Speed map of Cheshire
A highlight of local interest is a first edition John Speed map of Cheshire from 1611 (£1,950) from J Dickinson Maps & Prints.
John Speed (1552-1629) was born in Cheshire and is one of Cheshire’s ‘most famous sons,’ who allegedly produced one of the earliest atlases of the British Isles.
Among the superb selection of early English maps on this stand is a rare sea chart of the rivers Mersey and Dee as well as a first edition map of Lancashire.
Greek art – lekythos
An unusual gift for a bride’s nuptials this year would be a lekythos, an elegant vessel, dating from the 5th century BC, which was primarily used to apply perfumed oil onto a woman’s skin prior to getting married. This interesting and scarce example of ancient Greek art can be found on Odyssey Antiquities & Coins’ stand (£2,250).
With cocktails currently being in fashion, Stephen Kalms Antiques has a wide selection of what is needed for the bartender at home, including a pair of silver cocktail goblets by Stuart Devlin (£1,775) and a very stylish 1940s Danish glass and silver mixer (£1,100).
Alternatively, there is an attractive Art Deco set comprising a silver-plated mirror tray with a glass decanter and six drinking glasses.
A Georgian silver wine funnel would add sophistication to the bartender’s accessories.
Further choices are also available from Les and Rhoda Howard Small Silver Collectables.
Paintings, drawings and prints
There are seven exhibitors at the fair offering paintings, drawings and prints in a wide variety of styles from 19th century traditional to contemporary.
Paintings by two of the most popular northern artists are being shown by Haynes Fine Art – London & Cotswolds.
These include: ‘Altrincham Street Scene’ (priced in the region of £5,000 to £10,000) and ‘Northern Town with Mills’ (£5,000-£10,000) both by Arthur Delaney (1927-1987) and ‘It was Him’ by Brian Shields aka Braaq (£15,000-£25,000).
The Soden Collection is exhibiting contemporary paintings, sculpture (both figurative and wildlife) and ceramics.
Additional colourful works can be found on Rountree Tryon Galleries’ stand, offering a mixture of traditional and contemporary, sporting, maritime and travel-related paintings.
Granta Fine Art specialises in mid-century British artists and charming Victorian oils on a variety of subjects can be discovered with Cambridge Fine Art and Ashleigh House Fine Art.
An interesting stand to visit is Walter Lindner – Works on Paper – Walter Lindner (1936-2007) was a highly accomplished Berlin artist.
A varied and interesting range of 19th to 21st century sculpture is offered by Garret & Hurst Sculpture.
The stylish look of the fair is enhanced by five jewellers: Greenstein Antiques, Howell 1870, Plaza, Shapiro & Co and T Robert.
Highlights include an 18 carat old mounted Ceylon ruby stone ring set in the form of a frog (£2,250) from Shapiro & Co.
There is plenty of choice for an engagement or to mark a special anniversary, such as a pair of fancy yellow and pink diamond cluster earrings (£4,950) from Greenstein Antiques or a set of three silver fox menu holders made by Garrards in 1926 (£4,250) from T Robert.
The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited has an ongoing relationship with the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association.
QEST is represented at the fair by Wayne Hart, an expert letter-cutter, typographer and sculptor, whose pieces for sale show the abundance of uses for his craft.
Wayne is the fair’s artist-in-residence offering ample opportunity to discuss special commissions.
Visitors can enjoy a meal in Browns, The Mere’s contemporary restaurant with 2AA rosettes, or for a simpler option there are light refreshments within the fair and free parking making it a one-stop shop and an entertaining day out.
Bridgefields is on hand to pack and deliver items locally or anywhere in the world.
Venue: The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, Chester Road, Mere, near Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6LJ
Date: Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th February 2019
Friday, 11am – 6pm
Saturday, 10.30am – 6pm
Sunday, 10.30am – 5pm
£5, including catalogue (and re-admission)
Call: +44 (0)1797 252030
Road: On the A556, close to junction 19 of the M6. Free parking. AA signposted.
Rail: Knutsford railway station (5-10 minutes), Stockport Station (20-30 minutes), Manchester Airport Station (20-30 minutes), Manchester Piccadilly (30-40 minutes)
Air: Manchester Airport (9.1 miles), helipad at resort
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