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

A fine George III mahogany camel back settee, c1780, £10,000 from WR Harvey & Co (Antiques) Ltd

A fine George III mahogany camel back settee, c1780, £10,000 from WR Harvey & Co (Antiques) Ltd

Article from FOCUS Magazine – Autumn 12 issue.

The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair returns for the fifth successive year to Esher Hall, Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey from Friday 12 until Sunday 14 October 2012.

Organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited and in association with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Sunningdale, this event has won itself an enviable position in the Surrey social calendar.

Attracting interior designers, collectors and avid fair-goers, this vetted fair is an ideal opportunity to spend a happy day hunting out the best on offer from the 30 dealers gathering from all parts of the UK, each showing an impressive choice of antique and contemporary paintings, sculpture and original illustrations, town and country furniture, silver, glass, jewellery, clocks, oriental rugs, and many other decorative works of art.

Diamond and French cut sapphire pendant watch

Diamond and French cut sapphire pendant watch, mounted in platinum, circa pre-1922, £7,500 from T Robert

Highlights include a set of four Hepplewhite period mahogany salon armchairs with cartouche shaped carved backs flanked by scrolling arms and fine cabriole legs, c1785, priced at £25,000, from WR Harvey & Co (Antiques) Ltd from Witney. One armchair from this set was illustrated in ‘Going for a Song: English Furniture Arthur Negus talks to Max Robertson’, published by the BBC in 1969. Melody Antiques from Cheshire is bringing a Chippendale influence mahogany pedestal sideboard which has a pair of ornate knife urns incorporated on either side, c1880, for £12,000. Nicholas Arkell Antiques, recently relocated to Dorset, is bringing an Edwards & Roberts labelled and stamped kidney-shaped satinwood desk, c1880, with a price tag of £12,000.

There is an impressive selection of paintings at the fair from the 18th century to the present day. Two Surrey based dealers sharing a stand, Kaye Michie and John Robertson are bringing ‘On The Hilltop’, a large oil by Laura Knight, priced at £35,000 and two paintings by William Russell Flint, ‘The Bruised Ankle’, £32,000 and ‘The Beach near Banburgh Castle’, £24,000. For collectors of works by Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959) there is a charming bronze head with green patina ‘The Piccaninny’ selling for £18,950.

Art of the Imagination has successfully sold bronzes by contemporary sculptor Vivien Mallock for a number of years and is exhibiting Nina, a ballerina in pose, priced at £12,500. Vivien is an Associate of the Royal Society of Sculptors and this year she has several high profile bronzes being unveiled including a 15 foot figure of Arthur Wharton outside Wembley Stadium for the London Olympics and a bust of Sir Winston Churchill for the Pentagon.

Interesting works are always found on the stand of Campbell Wilson. This Aberdeenshire dealer has a pencil and chalk drawing ‘Travellers in a Railway Carriage’ by British artist Job Nixon (1891-1938), priced at £4,500, whilst Cambridge Fine Art has a fine oil painting of a local Surrey view ‘Cottage near Abinger Hammer’, by Edward Wilkins Waite (1854-1924), c1890s, selling for a five figure sum. Late 19th century original hand painted French textile designs are always in great demand and Nicholas M Daly, specialist in antique reference books, is bringing a good selection, selling for around £125 each.

Amongst the antique jewellery and objets d’art from T Robert is a pretty 15ct gold Russian demantoid and garnet frog brooch, c1900, £1,150 and an unusual 18 carat gold, yellow diamond and diamond flower pendant that converts between a pendant and ring, c 1895, £10,000. Another jewellery dealer, Plaza, has a platinum and emerald ring, handmade in Ireland and dating from the 1920s, priced at £12,500.

New exhibitors to the fair include specialist glass dealer Mark J West, who is bringing Baccarat and St. Louis glasses with sulphide inclusions, all love tokens, c1840, £880 each, as well as a rare complete hand painted pottery Lazy Susan with tea pot, sugar box, milk jug and four cups and saucers by Bishop Powell Stonier, c1880, £780. M&D Moir, specialists in Art Nouveau and Art Deco glassware are returning to the fair bringing pieces by great makers of glass between 1875 and 1955, including Lalique, Gallé, Daum and Tiffany.

Martin Brothers bird with an unusual blue glaze

Martin Brothers bird with an unusual blue glaze, 1913, £15,500 from Kinghams Art Pottery Ltd

The majority of the exhibitors are members of either the British Antique Dealers’ Association or LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers. This year the fair is supporting two charities, each having a presence at the fair – the Art Fund, helping museums and galleries buy art for everyone to enjoy and The Poppy Factory working to help wounded, injured and sick ex-Service men and women find meaningful and sustainable employment in the communities where they live in the United Kingdom.

Visitors will also have a chance to win dinner, bed and breakfast for 2 people, generously donated by Gravetye Manor, the exclusive Relais & Chateaux country house hotel in Sussex. The winner will have the opportunity to experience great hospitality in this late 16th century manor house. Gravetye’s most notable owner, gardener William Robinson, bought the manor and the one thousand acres in which it stands in 1884. It was at Gravetye that he realised many of his ideas for the creation of the English natural garden, the style of which is now admired and copied all over the world.

You should have received a complimentary ticket within this copy of the magazine. Each admits 3 people. If, for some reason, it is not enclosed contact The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited on 01797 252 030 or email info@adfl.co.uk, to be sent another one. There is ample free parking at Sandown Park Racecourse, where a warm welcome awaits you.

The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair, in association with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Sunningdale, opens at Esher Hall, Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 October 2012.

Opening Hours: Friday 11.00 – 6.00; Saturday 10.30 – 6.00; Sunday 10.30 – 5.00. Tickets: £5 on the door, including catalogue and re-admission.

Free entry to visitors with a valid National Art Pass. www.esherhallfair.com