ART & ANTIQUES – The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair

Article from FOCUS Magazine – Autumn 17 issue.

To be held from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October 2017
Esher Hall Antiques Fair

Osmundia and Cup Moss by Albert Durer Lucas (British, 1828-1918), oil on canvas, 14″ x 18″, signed and dated 1865, £5,750 from Cambridge Fine Art.

In times of uncertainty, we still wish to enjoy life, as well as set ourselves and our dependents up for the future. Carefully selected possessions can add value to our lives, not just in monetary terms. Whilst we are all aware of the traditional methods of investing in the stock market, living with fine art and antiques that we have collected over time, or discovered on our travels, can give great pleasure and enhance our well-being. Most experts will advise buying the best you can afford, but also to buy what you like, so that you can reap the enjoyment. As with any investment, the risks are always there, however, if you buy from the right source, like a BADA or LAPADA member, this should give you more confidence as both professional associations have Codes of Practice to which members must adhere.

17th century transitional Wucai jar, 25cm, £9,000 from Catherine Hunt Oriental Antiques

The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair is an annual event that takes place at Sandown Park Racecourse each autumn. This is the tenth year that this event transforms the Esher Hall into a cornucopia where there are some real treasures to find amongst the 30 or so exhibitors, the majority of which are members of BADA or LAPADA, including BBC Antiques Roadshow clock expert Richard Price. Amongst the paintings, illustrations, photographs, sculpture, lighting, glass, oriental ceramics, jewellery, silver, furniture, Tunbridge ware, clocks and furniture are a number of newcomers this year, including MMX Gallery with exceptional contemporary and vintage fine art photography and luminograms, Gråsilver offering original Georg Jensen & vintage Scandinavian jewellery and Granta Fine Art’s eclectic mix of paintings and drawings spanning the 20th century. There is also the chance to meet and watch Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust sculptor Wayne Hart at work. His creative letter carving and typography have so many pleasurable and decorative uses.

A pair of brass mounted opaque glass bowl lights, English, 9 1⁄2″ (24cm) high x 10″ (25cm) wide,
c.1900, £3,200 the pair from Fileman Antiques

Interior designers visit this fair to snap up a variety of contemporary and antique items for their clients to enjoy. You should find a complimentary ticket for up to three people in this issue of FOCUS, so you can discover your own enjoyment factor at the fair this October. Further tickets (£5 each) can be bought on the door or in advance.

The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair, supported by NFU Mutual Godalming, Savills Esher and Bold & Reeves Property Management, takes place at Esher Hall, Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 October 2017