Don’t miss the highly anticipated return of the Northern Antiques Fair, a captivating event that will ignite your imagination with its array of creative ideas and remarkable works of art spanning various historical periods.
The fair will take place at The Garden Rooms, located at Tennants on Harmby Road in Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 5SG, from Thursday, September 28, to Sunday, October 1, 2023.
Prepare to be enthralled by a delightful blend of antique treasures and contemporary masterpieces brought to you by the leading antiques and fine art dealers from across the UK. Explore a diverse range of offerings, including period furniture, captivating oil and watercolour paintings, exquisite glasswork, magnificent sculptures, timeless clocks, shimmering silverware, exquisite jewellery, elegant ceramics, luxurious rugs, and an abundance of decorative items. With prices spanning from a few hundred pounds to five-figure sums, there is something to suit every budget and taste.
In addition to the extraordinary collection on display, this event provides the perfect opportunity to reconnect with loved ones and forge new connections with passionate dealers. Embrace the chance to catch up with family and friends while immersing yourself in the world of art and antiquities.
The fair brings together some 40 exhibitors with a sprinkling of new faces including Bink Fine Art from the Cotswolds who handle works from the Impressionist era through to Modern British along with a little contemporary, Frodsham Clocks owned by Simon Frodsham, a great-great great-grandson of the famous clockmaker William James Frodsham who established his firm in 1801 and McBain & Byrne from Co Durham showing a Regency period rosewood credenza in untouched country house condition and an exceptional George IV penwork games table, c1825. Rupert McBain is both a furniture designer and dealer in English and Irish antique furniture.
Participants local to Yorkshire and the north include Carnes Fine Art – Lancashire, Ellis Fine Art – Tadcaster, Graham Reed – Ripon, Graham Ruddock – Barnard Castle, Hispanic Antiques – Sheffield, Howell 1870 – Lancashire, Mark Buckley Antiques – Keighly, McBain & Byrne – Co Durham, Solo Antiques – Lancashire, Studiotic – West Yorkshire.
An intriguing and extremely rare piece of history is a large and very detailed map/plan of the City of Durham, published by Thomas Foster in 1754, which will be the centrepiece on J Dickinson Map & Prints stand. Only a handful of copies are known to exist and originally they were dedicated to the ecclesiastical and political dignitaries of the City, £2,650.
For collectors of local views, there is a charming oil on panel of Whitby Harbour by James Watson, a member of the Staithes Group (1851-1936), for sale with Reed Fine Art for £3,250 and a watercolour of the River Esk, North Yorkshire by Harold Sutton Palmer (1854-1933), £3,750 from Gladwells Rutland.
The fair showcases paintings from all genres including ‘Morning Sunshine’ by Herbert Davis Richter (1874-1955) with Burlington, in the £5,000-10,000 region, ‘Place de la Republique, Paris’ by Edouard Cortes (1862-1969), known as the ‘Parisian poet’, £32,500 from Carnes Fine Art, ‘The White Cliffs’ by Mary Fedden (1915-2012) from new exhibitor Bink Fine Art (in region of £7,500) and from Blackbrook Gallery, specialists in 19th century naïve animal paintings, is an oil on canvas ‘Yeoman farmer with his horse Fanny and his dog Ruller’, inscribed ‘Mr Sam Flower, July 7 1848’, signed W Malbon, £6,950.
In addition to two-dimensional art, there is a diverse range of sculptures available for viewing. Among them is a captivating bronze sculpture of a standing otter created by contemporary artist Simon Gudgeon, priced at £14,500 and offered by Gladwells Rutland. It is worth noting an intriguing coincidence that Yorkshire Wildlife Park is currently commemorating the birth of unexpected otter triplets, solidifying its position as the home to the largest number of giant otters in a single zoo or wildlife park worldwide, totalling nine. Specializing in 19th-century sculptures, Garret & Hurst Sculpture presents ‘The Bather’ from 1887, a masterpiece crafted by Gaston Leroux (1854-1942), available for purchase at £3,675.
Among the selection of antique Chinese ceramics and works of art from Drove House Antiques is a small plate from the Kangxi period c1700-1720 finely painted with the delicate decoration of flowers and insects, £950. Another area of their expertise is antique Parian busts and figures and this is represented by a fine Copeland Parian bust of Ophelia sculpted by W Calder Marshall for the Crystal Palace Art Union c1860-70, £395. Lovely pieces of antique porcelain include a fine Worcester cup and saucer painted with flowers, sprigs and butterflies within puce rococo scrolled borders containing sunburst motifs, c1758 from Graham Ruddock, £1,450.
There is sparkle around every corner of the fair for unusual and stunning pieces of jewellery including a Victorian serpent necklace set with emeralds c1860 from Howards Jewellers, or for a more contemporary look, an 18 carat yellow gold panther pendant by Carrera y Carrera, c1995, £3,250 from The Antiques Bazaar. More choice is available from Billy Rae, Dansk Silver by Jane Burgett, Greenstein Antiques, Howell 1870, Markov, T Robert and Shapiro & Co.
The fun of the fair is being captivated by objects which catch the eye and there is plenty of scope from the many general antiques stands such as a Mouseman piece from Ptarmigan Antiques, an iconic Art Deco patinated bronze figure of a dancer by Pierre le Fagyuays, £5,995 from Solo Antiques, a superb Art Nouveau wine cooler from Studiotic, a set of silver-gilt and plaque-a-jour spoons by Norwegian goldsmith Marius Hammer, £1,695 from The Antiques Bazaar, a Parkinson & Frodsham mahogany-cased 8-day table clock £4,500 from Frodsham Clocks or a stunning etching by Pablo Picasso from the Vollard Suite titled ‘Le Repos du Sculpteur devant un Centaure et une Femme’, 1933, signed in pencil by Picasso, £12,000 from Hispanic Antiques.
Since 1951, this esteemed antique fair has captivated attendees, originally held in Harrogate and now hosted for the past two years at The Garden Rooms and Cloisters in Leyburn, nestled in the heart of Wensleydale. The Garden Rooms offer a contemporary ambience with abundant natural light, creating a delightful atmosphere for visitors. The exhibitors, known for their meticulous attention to detail, showcase their wares with impeccable stand designs. Ample parking is available, ensuring a convenient experience for all attendees. To enrich the fair visit, visitors can indulge in the offerings of the beloved café, bar, bistro, and gift shop.
The fair’s charity partner this year is RABI, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.
Event: The Northern Antiques Fair
Venue: The Garden Rooms at Tennants
Harmby Road, Leyburn
North Yorkshire DL8 5SG
Date: Thursday 28 September – Sunday 1 October 2023
Opening Times: Thursday 11am-6pm
Tickets & Enquiries: £7.50 including programme & re-admission.
Tickets available on the door and via Eventbrite