ART & ANTIQUES – New Antiques & Fine Art Fair in Petworth Park Friday 8 – Sunday 10 May 2015

‘On the Dunes’ by Edward Brian Seago

‘On the Dunes’ by Edward Brian Seago (1910-1974), oil on canvas, £100,000-£150,000 from Haynes Fine Art of Broadway

Article from FOCUS Magazine – Spring 15 issue.

Petworth House and Park in West Sussex was in the news at the end of last year, when it featured in Mike Leigh’s film ‘Mr Turner’. The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited has chosen this prestigious location to launch a new fair – The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair, which is scheduled to take place over 3 days in a marquee in the grounds from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 May this year. This magnificent National Trust property, which inspired such great British artists as JMW Turner and J Constable, boasts a 700 acre deer park, bordering the town of Petworth.

 twelve-light chandelier

A large cut-glass-mounted gilt metal twelve-light chandelier with three graduated tiers of drops, £12,500 from Augustus Brandt

With over 30 antiques shops, Petworth itself is a favoured destination for collectors of antiques, fine and decorative art, so it seems fitting to add a stylish antiques fair to the area. Some 35 specialist dealers, predominantly members of LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers and the British Antique Dealers’ Association, will showcase their finest wares including traditional furniture, jewellery, silver, antique and contemporary paintings and sculpture, glass, clocks, oriental rugs and carpets, objets d’art and much more. Unique to this new event will be a sculpture park with a number of art dealers providing differing works of art, outdoor statuary and other garden objects.


A fine Napoleon III gilt bronze and blue Celeste Sèvres style porcelain mantel clock, French, c1870, £7,950 from Tim Saltwell

Many FOCUS readers are well aware of the impressive fine art and antiques fairs organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, since a number will have gone along to the annual Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Sandown Park Racecourse, which returns for the eighth time in October 2015, and also the newer Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair, held for the third consecutive year in London last month.

A wonderful excuse to visit the fair this May is that the ticket also gains free entry to Petworth House (and Park) to see all its treasures, including paintings by JMW Turner and Van Dyck. The fair also admits Petworth House ticket holders and National Trust members in a reciprocal arrangement.


A fine George III mahogany inlaid secretaire bookcase in the manner of Gillows of Lancaster and London, c1795, £13,850 from Freshfords Fine Antiques

Tickets for the antiques fair cost £10 each and can be bought in advance from organisers – The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited – or on the door. There will also be free parking for antiques fair visitors in a specially located nearby car park.

For tickets contact The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited. Tel +44(0)1797 252030, email or find more information at