Article from FOCUS Magazine – Autumn 16 issue.
The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair, supported by Savills, showcasing some 35 leading specialist dealers, takes place for the ninth consecutive year in the Esher Hall at Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 October.
Organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, the fair has earned itself a reputation for its commitment to the highest standards: beautifully appointed roomsets sit alongside stands of glittering jewellery and walls hung with antique and contemporary paintings, creating an enviable look far removed from the day-to-day sporting activities normally taking place in Sandown Park’s Esher Hall. Everything is for sale with prices from £100 to upwards of £50,000. As well as the regular faces who return annually to exhibit, there is a good handful of new dealers, including: Catherine Hunt Oriental Antiques specialising in Chinese porcelain, Deco Original with Art Deco furniture and accessories, Augustus Brandt bringing its distinctive blend of carefully chosen antiques and luxury lifestyle pieces, Fileman Antiques selling fine antique lighting and glass, Jonathan Knight Sculpture with contemporary wildlife bronze sculptures, Lucy B Campbell Gallery bringing emerging contemporary British, European and American artists and vintage watch specialist Timewise.
Highlights of items at the fair include a superb George III period mahogany breakfront bookcase from S & S Timms Antiques, c1800 (£17,500). Also on S & S Timms’ stand is a Regency period double ended settee (£3,500), which would appeal to the interior decorator, as well as a George III mahogany breakfast table which can take an extra two leaves for larger parties (£14,500). Richard Price, a well-known face on BBC Antiques Roadshow, brings an excellent selection of clocks from French Louis XVI to Empire examples.
Another highlight comes from Fileman Antiques in the form of a pair of Regency storm lights with the tripod bronze and gilt lacquered base supporting red and gilt decorated shades (£6,500). Catherine Hunt Oriental Antiques is bringing a pair of Chinese 18th century porcelain lotus cups made during the reign on the Emperor Qianlong at Jingdezhen for export to Europe. The cups are painted to look like opening lotus flowers (£1,800). Collectors of Chinese porcelain will also enjoy an early Ming blue and white stem cup (£3,800). Art of the Imagination, specialist in original work by illustrators, is showing contemporary bronze sculptures including Harley by Matt Duke (£4,950) which sits well with White Hart by Valerie Greeley, an illumination inspired by the Wilton Diptych and Le Livre de Chasse by Gaston Phebus. A fascinating display of animal and bird bronzes, both large and small scale, can be found on Jonathan Knight Sculpture’s stand. Jonathan has undertaken a number of equine commissions over the years. Amongst the display of bronzes with Garret & Hurst Sculpture is one depicting the mid 15th century French poet Clotilde de Surville by Jean Gautherin (1840-90), c1875 (£6,475).
For collectors of Art Deco glass, highlights with M&D Moir are a stunning L C Tiffany Favrile tazza in green, purple-blue and opal, c1910 and signed L C Tiffany Favrile (£1,100) and a very large and spectacular signed Emile Gallé cameo vase, c1900 (£3,950). As well as looking decorative, a very functional piece with Brian Watson Antique Glass is a French magnum carafe which holds around two litres of wine or cider, c1880 (£495). Brian Watson is also offering a pair of decanters, probably made by Baccarat, and engraved with the monogram of the French Governor General of Monaco from 1875 to 1884 (£695).
Decorative items are always popular with interior decorators and Parkside Antiques has an interesting selection, including a mortar and pestle made from lignum vitae wood, dating from the time of Charles II (£1,450), a Regency period gilt pier glass mirror with verre églomise decoration of a country scene (£775), and a Danish brass wine cistern, dating to the 1760s, and decorated with a Viking ship (£650). More decorative items can be found with country oak furniture dealers Melody Antiques and also from Duveen Art & Antiques.
Jewellery is always a popular area and the fair has an excellent line-up of specialists, including Anderson Jones Ltd, Sue Brown, T Robert and Plaza, selling antique and designer pieces.
QEST, The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, the charitable arm of The Royal Warrant Holders Association, is represented at the fair by two of their scholars, Clare Barnett of Bearhouse Saddlery, a traditional saddlery workshop, one of the few creators and restorers of side saddles in the country and Joey Richardson, an acclaimed turner and sculptor working mainly with wood. Both will have pieces of their work for sale. Also represented at the fair is NFU Mutual Godalming, with local agents offering advice on insurance and financial planning, all much in tune with what is for sale at this prestigious art and antiques fair.
The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair opens at Esher Hall, Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ from Friday 7 – Sunday 9 October 2016. Opening times: Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday 10.30am – 6pm, Sunday 10.30am – 5pm. Tickets: £5.00 including catalogue (and re-admission).
For further information please contact The Antiques Dealers Fair Ltd: Telephone +44 (0)1797 252030, email email@example.com or visit www.esherhallfair.com