Petworth Park Antiques and Fine Arts Fair returns


Frost at Petworth Park @National Trust Images_ John Miller
Frost at Petworth Park @National Trust Images_ John Miller

Spokeswoman Gail McGuffie said: ‘Petworth will be abuzz with visitors from across the UK and perhaps even a few interior enthusiasts from abroad when the Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair marquee goes up, opening for the eighth consecutive year for three days.

“Situated in its usual place in Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown Park overlooking the 700-acre deer park, guarded by the National Trust mansion, Petworth House, some 60 dealers gather to share their latest acquisitions for collectors, designers and interested buyers watch.”

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“Pandemic restrictions have eased and an Antiques Fair ticket once again gives holders access to Petworth House and its magnificent collection of British art, including works by JMW Turner, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Anthony Van Dyck, Hieronymus Bosch, Titian and Grinling Gibbons, whose 300th birthday was celebrated last year.

“Speaking of anniversaries, our beloved Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee this year. Several exhibitors are bringing regal-inspired items, including the oil on paper View of Westminster Abbey by Felix Runcie Kelly ( 1914-1994) with an asking price of £12,500 to be found on the stand of Karen Taylor Fine Art The painting was commissioned by the Dunlop Rubber Company Limited and used as a full-page advertisement in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in numerous publications, including The Queen Full of movement, Lifeguard Escort – The Coronation is a pen and ink, red pencil and watercolor painting by Feliks Topolski.

(1907-1989), sold for £4,600 to Sarah Colegrave. It is signed and inscribed ‘To Slim’ (Slim Hewitt, the photographer). In 1958, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh commissioned Topolski to create a large-scale mural for Buckingham Palace depicting the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen’s grandfather, King George V, celebrated his Silver Jubilee in 1935, which was captured on canvas by Sir Peter Markham Scott (1909-1989). King George V’s Silver Jubilee Night, 6 May 1935 is signed and dated and inscribed ‘Jubilee Night’ on the reverse, priced £12,500 from Rountree Tryon Galleries. The painting has royal provenance, as Mary, Princess Royal, only daughter of the aunt of George V and Queen Elizabeth II, purchased the painting from the 1935 exhibition at the Ackermann Gallery.

“The most recognizable coronation items for sale include a beautiful Arts & Crafts Cymric spoon in silver and enamel by Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co., £2,650 from Morgan Strickland Decorative Arts. The memorial glass includes two rare Regency crown perfume flasks made for the coronation of King George IV, English, 1820, with an asking price of £650 and £850 and a fine pair of engraved Queen Caroline commemorative tumblers, English, circa 1821, £850 from glass specialist Fileman Antiques.

“Not just limited to the British Royal Family, items for sale include a high quality carved walnut case inlaid with heraldic beasts and the monogram of Grand Duke Frederick I of Baden, Germany, circa 1850-1860, sovereign grand- Duke of Baden, reigning 1856 to 1907 from Hatchwell Antiques For the first time tribal art will be on sale at the Petworth Park Fair with a fine prestige basket from the Kuba people of the Congo, circa 1930, believed to have been used for contain jewelery and rare items belonging to a royal lady, £360 from Tribal Arts and Textiles.

“Slightly more irreverent royal images come from Haynes Fine Art selling Lightness of Being by Chris Levine, £16,500 for the screen print with Swarovski crystals (60/100) or £36,000 for the lenticular print. The Michael Hoppen Gallery, exhibiting for the first time, is the signed archival photograph of Tim Walker, Claire Foy, Smoking Queen, Fashion: Alexander McQueen. London, 2017. »

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