The Luxury Antiques and Fine Art Fair at Capesthorne Hall is being held in the pavilion adjacent to the house over three days from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 November 2011. Capesthorne Hall is an attractive Jacobean-style house with delightful gardens and lakes set in over 100 acres of parkland, and has been the family home of the Bromley Davenports since 1726. With a maximum of 27 exhibitors, the Luxury Antiques and Fine Art Fair at Capesthorne Hall is a small and very exclusive event, featuring a select line-up of specialist professional dealers, predominantly members of either The British Antique Dealers’ Association (www.bada.org) or LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers (www.lapada.org). Contemporary and antique sculpture, paintings and drawings; traditional and country furniture; antique and designer jewellery; oriental carpets; silver and glass as well as many other objets d’art are for sale – all items are vetted for authenticity.
Whether you are a collector, an art enthusiast or looking for something special to furnish your home, this new fair at Capesthorne Hall has all manner of art and antiques from around the globe to tempt you. Amongst the fine antiques for sale is an original gilt bronze Cartel clock in the Louis XVI manner by Millet of Paris, £14,500 from Butchoff Antiques of London’s Kensington Church Street who are also bringing a French garden urn, 1860, with swags and garlands, perfect for a large country house garden due to its substantial size, priced at £30,000. The fair includes a dazzling choice of jewellery to suit all tastes and occasions from Plaza, T Robert and St James/Authentiques.
Local Cheshire antiques dealers exhibiting at the fair include Church Street Antiques from Altrincham with an 18th century mahogany bachelor's chest of small proportions with its original locks, brass escutcheons and handles (£12,500) and Melody Antiques, who are bringing a Georgian dresser base in rich elm, dating c 1780, in perfect untouched condition with original handles (£4,450). Oriental carpets and rugs set off antique furniture to perfection and Manchester based M&N Oriental Rugs have an exquisite selection from which to choose.
Haynes Fine Art of Broadway is bringing ‘Mill Town Scene’ a pencil drawing by LS Lowry (£45,000) and ‘Sailors and Virgins’ an oil on board by Beryl Cook, priced at £85,000. Art of the Imagination from Salisbury is displaying a selection of contemporary and traditional paintings, sculptures and original book illustrations, including recent pencil illustrations with a pre-Raphaelite feel, based on Arthurian legend, by Ed Org selling for around £2,500. Contemporary art by local and northern artists is found on Cheshire based Jo Bennett Original Pictures’ stand, including paintings by Manchester septuagenarian, Geoffrey Key. Garret & Hurst Sculpture from Sussex offer for sale a bronze and gilt Conquistador by Torello Ancilotti, complete with helmet and chain mail, c 1882, with a price tag of £12,475.
Bentley Manchester is displaying our latest range of cars outside Capesthorne Hall for the duration of the fair. There is also an opportunity to win a chauffeur driven Bentley Mulsanne for an evening in the north-west. The car is named after the famous Mulsanne Straight at the Le Mans racing circuit. Capesthorne Hall has kindly donated a family ticket for ‘Christmas at Capesthorne’ in November, for those who enter the prize draw at the fair.
Capesthorne Hall is opening exclusively for fair visitors from 12 noon to 3.30pm daily (last admission 3pm) at a special price of £2.50. During the Second World War, Capesthorne was used as a Red Cross hospital and its cellars became an effective bomb shelter for nurses and soldiers. The historic collection displays a family’s taste collected over three centuries and includes fine art, marble sculptures, tapestries, Regency, Jacobean and Rococo antiques from throughout Europe, American and the Far East.