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The Antiques & Fine Art Fair

The Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Harewood returns to the spectacular surroundings of Harewood House at an earlier time of year, from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May 2017. Organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, the fair is staged in a purpose-built marquee overlooking the stunning Capability Brown landscape towards the 18th century country house near Leeds in West Yorkshire, dubbed one of the great Treasure Houses of England.

The fair, supported by Knight Frank Harrogate, now in its 6th year, is a firm fixture in the diary for the discerning interior decorator or private buyer looking for distinctive, unusual and individual pieces for the home. There are around 30 exhibitors taking part, the majority being members of BADA or LAPADA, the leading UK dealers’ trade associations, and all abide by strict codes of practice.

One of the highlights of the fair is an important, possibly unique, pair of George III cast neo-classical silver vases made in London in 1792 by William Holmes, priced at £11,750 from Mary Cooke Antiques. This type of vase is extremely rare and the work of William Holmes is also scarce. These vases are particularly appropriate for Harewood, though not directly designed by Robert Adam, their form is strongly influenced by his design books and Adam worked extensively at Harewood during this period. From local silver dealer, Jack Shaw & Co of Ilkley is a Charles II lidded tankard, London 1682, POA. With London Silver Vaults dealer, Stephen Kalms Antiques also exhibiting, visitors will be spoilt for choice.

A visually interesting and decorative stand, always ablaze with light, is Fileman Antiques – one of the few specialist antique lighting and glass dealers – bringing a pair of cut glass and ormolu candelabra by F & C Osler, made around 1880, £3,200 and a pair of Regency cut glass drum base candlesticks, dated 1800, £5,000. Mark J West has a wide selection of antique and decorative glass including Art Deco vases, scent bottles and cocktail shakers. Glass has always been a highlight of fine dining and his stand has excellent examples of drinking glasses to suit all tastes. One particular decorative piece is a Biedermeier cup and saucer from Austria, c 1820, priced at £440. Carolyn Stoddart-Scott specialises in antique pottery, porcelain and decorative items with pieces by Sèvres, Worcester, Wedgwood and Coalport. For Harewood she is showing a set of six English pearlware plates decorated with peafowl, c 1800, POA.

An excellent collection of sculpture, both antique and contemporary can be found with Garret & Hurst Sculpture including Vanité, c 1886, by Henri Levasseur (1853-1934), £8,895 and Warthog by Robert Glen, £10,200. Robert Glen was born in Kenya in 1940 and his true love of the African bush has led to him to live in a simple camp with a studio in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park, where he can sculpt and sketch the wildlife at first hand. Odyssey offers Egyptian, Greek and other antiquities from the classical period spanning thousands of years of history. This is a fascinating stand to linger over and highlights of interest include an imposing Roman portrait head of a man in fine grain marble, dated c 1st-2nd century AD. The short wavy hairstyle is typical of that sported by members of the Imperial families or military commanders of the time although the identity of this man remains a mystery. It is priced at £3,250. From a different part of the world comes an eastern Greek banded lydion (perfume container), which dates to the mid 6th century BC and was probably used to contain baccaris, a perfume base oil for which Sardis in Lydia was noted in antiquity. This attractive example of a scarce type of Greek pottery has a price tag of £450.

Jewellery at the fair is a feast for the eyes and noteworthy pieces include a sapphire and diamond ring, c1950, priced in the region of £5,000 from Anderson Jones Ltd. Floral-themed jewellery includes an Austrian amethyst, nephrite and diamond brooch in the shape of wild violets, c1930, £2,400 and a Georgian two-colour gold pansy brooch, £3,300, both from Sue Brown. For the gentleman, Howell 1870 is bringing a selection of vintage watches including a man’s steel Jaquet Droz chronograph fitted with Valjoux calibre 7753 movement, c1960, £750. Other jewellers include Plaza and Shapiro & Co.

Specialists in oak and country furniture, Melody Antiques has an excellent selection to suit every taste from a cottage to a castle. Pictures to suit every taste and pocket can be found around the fair from J Dickinson Maps & Prints, Cambridge Fine Art and Ashleigh House Fine Art.

Antiques fair ticket holders (£5 each) gain complimentary access to Harewood’s grounds, gardens and Below Stairs, as well as free parking. For an additional £5 each, (saving £11.50 on an Adult Freedom ticket), fair visitors can upgrade to see the State Rooms and the current exhibition, Victoria – a costume exhibition is open from 24 March until 29 October. Harewood House was recently used as a major set for ITV’s Victoria series. Visit www.harewood.org for more information.

Launched last year at the Harewood fair, The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited has an ongoing association with the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association that helps talented craftspeople pursue and hone their talents. QEST scholars will be in attendance across all four days of the fair, showcasing their skills and selling their work.

There is also the opportunity to seek advice and look at examples of work carried out by T L Phelps Fine Furniture Restoration. Tim Phelps has worked on restoration of Chippendale furniture at Harewood House. Advisors from Wilson Mitchell & Co. Ltd, a senior partner practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, will be happy to discuss investments with their clients and other interested visitors.

Light refreshments are available within the fair or more substantial catering is available at the Courtyard at Harewood.

Ingrid Nilson, director of The Antiques Dealers Fairs Limited says, “We look forward to returning to Yorkshire in May and to seeing many of our loyal visitors again.”

The Chinese State Circus – “DYNASTY”

The internationally acclaimed Chinese State Circus returns to the UK in 2016 by returning to its cultural roots in an innovatively spectacular new production – “DYNASTY”. The Big Top is coming to Harewood House, Leeds from 27th – 30th Oct.

Circus at Harewood House, Leeds

Breathtaking in its simplicity, “DYNASTY” projects into a contemporary setting an art form that has thrilled audiences for more than 2,000 years, where low-tech everyday objects are transformed into hi-tech acrobatic equipment.  Hurtling porcelain jars… dynamically spinning plates… balancing upon gigantic pyramids of tables and chairs framed by the delicate strands of silk supporting cascading aerialists.

Stunning world class Chinese acrobats, aerial artistes and jugglers interact with the super-human physical skills and dexterity of the masters of martial arts – the legendary Shaolin Warriors.

Circus at Harewood House Leeds

The nonstop action from start to awesome finale as thrill follows thrill is set to a soaring musical score accompanied by the rhythmic beats of Chinese percussion.  Incredible acrobatics, that until now could only be created through special digital video effects, are performed live in front of an audience. What seems impossible becomes a reality, earning the Chinese State Circus the accolade “incomparable”.

After a break of five years, this lavishly costumed ground-breaking Big Top production of the Chinese State Circus is set to raise to astounding new levels the standard by which others will be judged.  The history of the Chinese State Circus spans 25 years when it was conceived by Creative Director Phillip Gandey, who became the first Circus Director in Europe to obtain permission from the Chinese Cultural authorities to tour a Big Top production of his own creation performed entirely by Chinese acrobats.

Circus at Harewood House

Phillip has traveled extensively throughout China to watch and select the very best circus artistes who will not only be worthy of continuing the proud and unequaled tradition of acrobatic excellence in the Chinese State Circus, but also be capable of raising  the “incomparable” standards to even higher contemporary heights .

“In our latest production we have returned to the pure and honest perfection in acrobatics upon which our reputation is based,” said Phillip. “We have the world class artistes capable of performing the excellence required. In “DYNASTY” we have created a show with:

no gimmicks… no fakes… no retakes… quite simply…

the incomparable Chinese State Circus.”

A Royal Weekend, The Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Harewood

Over the weekend of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited returns to stage The Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Harewood, supported by Knight Frank, Harrogate. The Fair will take place from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th June, 2016 in the spectacular Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, in which the royal House nestles.

To mark the official royal birthday, many of the exhibitors are bringing items with regal connections, including a pair of Royal Brierley Crystal presentation goblets made to commemorate the 1937 coronation of the Queen’s father, King George VI, priced at £500 the pair from Mark J West. These would have been made rather hurriedly following the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII. Freshfords Fine Antiques is bringing a Regency George IV amboyna and rosewood side table, attributable to Morel and Seddon, c1826, £14,860. George Seddon formed a partnership with a cabinetmaker and upholsterer Nicholas Morel to fulfil one of their contracts: to make furniture for Windsor Castle. They worked almost exclusively for the crown, particularly at Windsor, but also at other royal residences. An exceptionally rare pressed horn snuff box has a lid modelled after the portrait of George I painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller and still bares traces of the original gilding, c1714-27, £765 from JA Yarwood Antiques.

Exhibiting for the first time, JA Yarwood Antiques from Skipton is also showing a collection of fine quality Japanese items, including a late Edo – early Meiji period hand carved ivory netsuke showing Ashinaga and Tenaga, signed, Japan, c1860, £3,785. Ashinaga and Tenaga work together as fishermen on the sea shore. Ashinaga carries Tenaga out into the sea on his long legs where Tenaga is able to scoop fish from the water with his long arms. This unusual depiction of the two shows Tenaga as a child.

Another new exhibitor, Timewise, joins the fair with a selection of watches including a vintage Rolex Oyster Precision steel watch with a white dial in the sought-after ‘Explorer’ design, priced at £2,790. Sticking with timepieces, clocks always bring a room to life and F J & R D Story Antique Clocks has a diverse collection catering for most tastes, amongst which is an English double fusée bronze and ormolu mounted mantel clock by F Baetens, London, c1825, priced at £5,950 and a fine quality figured walnut longcase clock by William Allam of London, c1750, £12,000. Examples of Allam’s work were exhibited at the Guildhall Museum in London, founded in 1826.

Dating back around 70 million years, the oldest piece to be found at the fair is a dinosaur egg, measuring around 15cm, £550 from antiquities dealer Odyssey. This impressive fossilised egg is from a Therizinosaurus, which roamed the earth during the late Cretaceous period.

Jack Shaw & Co returns with a fine collection of silver, including a pair of French claret jugs by the renowned Parisian silversmith Emile Puiforcat, c1880, £4,500 and a pair of old Sheffield plate wine coolers, c1825, £3,500. Summer brings out the insects, but bees and spiders set in gold with precious stones, c1890-1900, priced at £885 from T Robert, should be more welcome.

A bonus for holders of antiques fair tickets is that they not only have access to Harewood’s magnificent grounds, transformed from agricultural fields by Brown from 1776 to 1781, and Below Stairs, but for just £5, they can also visit the State Rooms and exhibitions. The Art of Landscape is a full and fresh assessment of the cultural influence of the ‘Capability’ Brown design, whose 300th anniversary since his birth is celebrated this year at Harewood. Visitors can explore the innovation made by artists across the centuries including works by the great masters like JMW Turner, Cotman and Girtin, as well as photographs by pioneering Victorian photographer Roger Fenton, who captured the Brownian views in 1860. A contemporary response by Simon Warner will take you through the landscape in a new film titled North and South.

Light refreshments are available within the fair and Harewood has its own restaurants and cafés, so there are plenty of options available for a thoroughly enjoyable day out. Harewood members receive free entry to the Fair and all antiques fair ticket holders qualify for free parking. Antiques Fair tickets cost £5 each on the door or in advance from The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited.

In addition to the advice available from the individual dealers, T L Phelps Fine Furniture Restoration is taking a stand with examples of work undertaken. Advisers from Wilson Mitchell & Co Ltd, a partner practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, will be happy to discuss investments with their clients and other interested visitors. Masons Yorkshire Gin, a popular exhibitor last year, is also returning.

Justin Fletcher announced as headline act for Geronimo Festival

Justin Fletcher at Harewood, Yorkshire

Geronimo has announced its most exciting line-up to date, with headliner CBeebies Superstar Justin Fletcher!

Following a fantastic response to the inaugural festival in 2015, Geronimo is returning to Tatton Park from May 29th to 30th 2016, plus new venue, Harewood House, from May 1st to 2nd 2016.

The biggest star on British children’s TV will be performing for one day only at each festival on Sunday 1st May at Harewood House and Sunday 29th May at Tatton Park.

Known for his starring role in CBeebies shows Something Special, Justin’s House and Gigglebiz, Justin Fletcher will be performing his signature act on the festival’s main stage.

With more acts and activities still to be announced, Geronimo is a fantastic day out for the whole family, promising an exciting programme of acts, amazing experiences and wonderful adventures.

Festival owner, Simon Goldman, comments: “We’re delighted to announce Justin Fletcher at Geronimo, he is such a huge name in the world of children’s television and a fantastic addition to the Geronimo main stage.

The 2016 line up is already jam packed with big names, alongside stacks of new activities for children and parents, including a brand new theatre and literary zone, traditional county fair and live music to name a few. It really is a children’s festival like no other.”

Visit www.geronimofest.com for more information.