Works created by town artists of the past feature at popular Pavilions fair

FINE ART, oil paintings and intricate jewellery dating back to the Victorian era are among the unique items presented for sale this weekend at The Pavilions of Harrogate.

Pat Stanley from Blackbrook Gallery with a oil on canvas painting, 'The Plough Team' by Harrogate artist Wright Barker c1930, at The Harrogate Antiques and Fine Art Fair

Those with expensive tastes may be be dazzled by a silvergilt large candleabra, created by designer Stuart Devlin in 1972, and on sale for £25,000.

A curious range of artworks includes an oil on canvas with an agricultural twist. The Plough Team was originally painted by Harrogate artist Wright Barker circa 1930 and comes with a sale price of £7,500.

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Another well-known Harrogate artist, the late Brian Shields, has artwork featured. Shields, who signed many of his works Braaq, a misspelling of 
his favourite artist, Braque, 
spent most of his working life in the spa town, initially as a trainee chef.

His talent was recognised when murals he painted on the walls of a Harrogate hotel where he worked caused quite a stir and for several weeks there was a search in the local papers for this talented artist. It is generally accepted that this was a planned publicity stunt.

A winter scene, painted by Shields in oils in 1976 and entitled Bonfire Wood is on sale from Art World, dealers from the Cotswolds, priced at £32,000.

Sue Ede, of Cooper Events, took over and relaunched The Pavilions of Harrogate Antiques and Fine Art Fair at the Great Yorkshire Showground three years ago.

She said: “We now have 50 specialist dealers from across the country with a vast range of period pieces and prices to suit every pocket, from £25 to £50,000. The easy parking, good catering facilities and above all the wide choice of fine art, antiques, collectors items and all kinds of rare and unusual pieces make this event a must for collectors.”

The fair started yesterday and concludes on Sunday. Admission is £5.