Free tickets to antiques fair at Great Yorkshire Showground

Collectors and art lovers are invited to The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair at the Great Yorkshire Showground from October 29 to 31 - with the offer of free entry tickets.

From Ludlow, Rowles Fine Art offer paintings and sculpture

A superb Art Nouveau bronze panel which once belonged to the West Yorkshire company of George Hattersley of Keighley will be going on sale at the second event by The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair at the Great Yorkshire Showground this year.

This unique example of Yorkshire history recalls the leading role played by the George Hattersley textile factory in the history of loom making and design. Formed in 1789 at Stubbings Mill by George Hattersley, the company initially manufactured nuts, bolts, screws and small parts for textile machines but by 1834 had created the first innovative loom. The company went on to great success, with as many as 26 loom models in its catalogue.

The impressive panel was designed by the Italian maker Egido Boninsegna (1869-1948) and shown at The Milan international World Exhibition of 1906 where it was presented to the well-known Keighley textile manufacturers. Belonging to exhibitors Brian Ashbee and Wes Wotruba, the panel is now a very decorative piece and fine example of Art Nouveau Italian design. It will be on sale for £1750.00.

This superb Art Nouveau bronze panel will be going on sale at the Great Yorkshire Showground this year.

The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair is a high quality event featuring specialist dealers from across the UK. This popular event features pieces from £20 to £20,000, including traditional furniture, silver, jewellery, ceramics, glass, Oriental and Eastern collectables, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern, traditional and Contemporary Art plus sought after Modern British pieces.

Rare collectables

In the October fair’s collection is an extremely rare original carved wooden figure of a bishop that dates from the late 1500s. Decorated in its original paint, it stands approximately 30 inches tall and is a fine example of ecclesiastical art and very decorative. It will be on sale for £4,650 on the stand of Richard Glass Antiques.

Also on sale will be collection of rare German studio pottery belong to East Yorkshire specialist Michael Lines of John Newton Antiques. While East German lava pottery is not rare, pieces from John Newton Antiques come from many of the finest post-ward German studio art potters and are now much sought after by collectors. Among pieces for sale will be an impressive cobalt glazed wine jug with graffito decoration made in the Höhr Grenzhausen studios of Elfriede Balzar Kopp (1904-1983) and dating from around 1970. It will be priced at £345.00.

Back in force

The fair follows a very successful event by The Pavilions at the Great Yorkshire Showground in June, following its re-opening.

“Collectors are back in force,” says fair organiser Sue Ede. “The fair is very popular because we provide such a wide range of pieces, from the 16th to the 20th century, from classic and traditional art, antiques and jewellery to Mid-Century Modern and decorative designer pieces.”

The Pavilions of Harrogate Fair brings together many dealers from the north of England. Jack Shaw and Highland antiques sells fine English and Scottish silver; John Newton Antiques specialises in fine porcelain and studio pottery; WR Harvey and Melody Antiques offer English country furniture and JC Antiques has oil paintings and fine furniture. Yorkshire dealers always take part, including several from Harrogate.

From Harrogate, Walker Galleries and Sutcliffe Galleries will show fine paintings. From Ludlow, Rowles Fine Art offer paintings and sculpture. From Gloucestershire, Paul Burnett Antiques & Interiors will show a range of decorative furnishings and unusual collector items. Also showing will be the jewellery specialists Plaza and Shapiro & Co, plus porcelain specialists Bottlebrook Antiques.

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