Where would you find such diverse objects as a 1930’s Art Deco cocktail side board, a 17th century Jacobean oak chest from 1660, six years before the Great Fire of London, or a painting by the great French post-impressionist artist Edouard Léon Cortès? The answer is at The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair, a ‘must attend’ event for those seeking stylish gifts or inspiring items for the home. Organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, this year’s fair, taking place for the eighth consecutive year, opens from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October at Esher Hall, Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ.
Art Deco collectables are among the most sought-after of all 20th century designs, not just for the beauty but for the exquisite quality of the pieces. Jeroen Markies Art Deco saw furniture and accessories flying off his stand at last year’s fair such was the demand. This year his stand includes a 6-seater Epstein dining suite, pairs of armchairs, a cocktail sideboard and large bronzes including works by the Austrian sculptors Lorenzl and Bruno Zach, the wild man of the Art Deco period.
There is always an excellent selection of picture dealers around the fair, selling contemporary works, Modern British, Victorian, watercolours and book illustrations. Works from the 19th and 20th century on Haynes Fine Art of Broadway’s stand include Place de la Madeleine by Edouard Léon Cortès for £59,500, Marais Fine Arts is bringing Tuscany by Julian Trevelyan, husband of the hugely popular artist Mary Fedden, as well as an interesting group of South African artists. New to the fair this year, Iona House Gallery from Woodstock has work by contemporary artists, both well-known and up-and-coming names such as Annika Talsi, Jonathan Pocock and Rory J Browne. The Rae-Smith Gallery, specialists in 20th & 21st century original illustration, design and cartoon artwork, is bringing a watercolour of Noddy published in ‘Hurrah for Little Noddy’ by Enid Blyton painted by the original Noddy illustrator, Van der Beek (1897-1953) priced at £3,500.
Dealers often acquire a good item and keep it under wraps for the right occasion and one such piece from S & S Timms Antiques is an extremely rare and exceptionally fine pair of late 18th century satinwood flower demi-lune shaped tables with inlaid flower wells with a price tag of £29,500. Perfect for the gentleman’s study is a fabulous quality large Regency rosewood reclining armchair from W R Harvey (Antiques) & Co Ltd, £4,750.
A fine late 19th century satinwood glazed cabinet, priced at £4,800 from formerly Surrey based dealer, Nicholas Arkell from Walton House Antiques would enhance any living area. BBC Antiques Roadshow clock expert Richard Price is always very happy to while away the time exchanging views on the many different antique clocks on his stand. New exhibitors, Scarab Antiques, are bringing a stylish range of watches, jewellery and 20th century design.
Jewellery design is one of the most exquisite forms of art and one such piece is a crossover ring set with three carats of white and orange brown diamonds by the Italian jeweller, Pederzani for £6,500 from Plaza, who are also bringing a 1950’s platinum bracelet set with sapphires and diamonds, priced at £26,000. For a more traditional look, T Robert has a 14 carat gold, sapphire and pearl fan shaped dual purpose brooch or pendant, c1825, selling for £4,650.
The fair is supporting the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, the conservation charity founded by world renowned artist, David Shepherd, to help save critically endangered mammals in their wild habitat. The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation has its headquarters in Shalford, just outside Guildford and fits perfectly with the fair, as there are a number of exhibitors selling wildlife inspired paintings and sculpture.
The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited team looks forward to extending a warm welcome to the fair and a complimentary ticket for up to three people can be found in this copy of FOCUS. Additional tickets (£5 each) can be obtained from 01797 252030, email@example.com or take a look at www.esherhallfair.com for more details.
The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair, 9 -11 October 2015. Opening times: Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 10.30am-6pm, Sunday 10.30am-5pm.