Article from FOCUS Magazine – Spring 16 issue.
There are plenty of excellent reasons to visit West Sussex this spring. Not only is it the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, whose glorious landscaping can be admired in Petworth Park, but also the chance to visit some 45 exhibitors gathering at The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair, supported by Savills, taking place for the second time from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th May 2016.
Tickets for the fair include free entry to Petworth House and Park to see all its treasures, including paintings by J M W Turner and Van Dyck. For detailed visitor information please see www.nationaltrust.org.uk /petworth-house-and-park. In a reciprocal arrangement, Petworth House ticket holders and National Trust members can also gain free entry to the fair.
Visitors came from far and wide to the inaugural fair, last May, which opened to a fanfare of excitement. Building on its success, the dealers are showcasing their best pieces amongst which is the most important single animal bronze sculpture of the 19th century, Cheval Turc by Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875), £48,500 from Hickmet Fine Arts.
For a more contemporary feel, William Cook also has equestrian art, bringing Thoroughbred Grazing by J K Brown, ingeniously made from recycled kitchen utensils (£8,900) and a specially commissioned polo group, as the surrounding area is well-known for the sport of kings.
18th and 19th century English furniture is available from Freshfords Fine Antiques, including a George III Sheraton period mahogany and ebony inlaid Davenport desk, c 1795, (£4,850), and for those who love burr elm, a George IV Regency period circular occasional table, c1826 (£3,750). For a more eclectic look, local dealer John Bird Antiques presents a wide range of decorative furniture.
Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, based on the edge of the Petworth estate, is previewing an exhibition of eight tutors from the acclaimed Newlyn School of Art, the first group exhibition of the tutors’ work to be held outside Cornwall. Baron Fine Art brings Yankee, Endeavour 1 and Candida racing on the Solent off the Royal Yacht Squadron by one of today’s leading marine artists, Richard Firth (born 1971), £17,000, whilst Thomas Fine Art includes The Quay, Old Bosham, oil on canvas by Percy Robert Craft RCA (1856-1934), £4,650. Rountree Tryon Galleries plans to show a series of superb oils of Kenyan life by Emily Lamb (born 1985).
Richard Ogden Ltd has an incredible collection of scarab beetle jewellery and Markov shows an amazing colour-changing Ceylonese sapphire ring set in platinum, c1915 (POA). Ceramics can be found with Duveen Art & Antiques and antique glass is on offer from Mark J West.
The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair opens at The Marquee, Petworth Park, Petworth House, West Sussex, GU28 0QY from Friday 6th until Sunday 8th May 2016. Enquiries and tickets (£10 each) from The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, telephone 01797 252030 or email email@example.com | www.petworthparkfair.com