CADA Fair being held at Compton Verney
By David Wood
The tenth Cotswold Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair (CADA) is being held for the second time at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park in Warwickshire CV35 9HZ this October.
From Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 October, a number of CADA members, together with a few guest exhibitors, are putting on a superb display for all the visitors to enjoy, alongside the opportunity to see Compton Verney's own gallery exhibitions.
Two new CADA members are exhibiting at the fair this year. Houlston sells vernacular oak, textiles and 16th to 18th century European items combined with more eclectic choices.
Catesbys, the other new CADA member, is showing hand coiled stoneware by studio potter Paul Philp. Now in his eighties, Philp has worked for over 50 years building his ceramics by hand, each piece undergoing multiple high-temperature firings to create the distinctive surface patination for which he is known. Philp's work can be found in several international museums and was shown at The Grosvenor House Antiques Fair in London in the 1990s.
Other items for sale that portray the areas in and around the Cotswolds include a John & William Ridgway earthenware well-and-tree meat dish, transfer-printed in blue with a view of All Souls College and St Mary's Church, Oxford, from the Oxford and Cambridge College series, c.1820-30, £850 from David Scriven
Sarah Colegrave has a framed watercolour Evening, Brimscombe Hill by Henry Arthur Payne RWS (1868-1940), £1,500 and A Cotswold Stonebreaker by Charles March Gere RA, RWS (1884-1963), oil on canvas, £4,000, which depicts Painswick stonemason, Percy Musty accompanied by his dog Patch, working on the wall of a building near Paradise, a small hamlet about half a mile north of Painswick.
There is so much more to discover with jewellery from Howards Jewellers and clocks of varying shapes and sizes from antique clock dealer Tobias Birch, not least an ebony basket top table timepiece with pull quarter repeat by Nathaniel Hodges, London, 12" (30cm) high, circa 1685, priced around £15,000-£25,000 and a mahogany round dial wall timepiece with 12 inch convex dial signed G. Spiegelhalter & Co, Whitechapel, London with blued steel hands, 14" (35cm) high, circa 1830, £3,250.
For the garden, Gloucestershire-based Architectural Heritage brings an unusually restrained, but rather elegant example of a lead cistern, dated 1796 with initials I I and other small embellishments alongside the prominent date, £6,800.
Compton Verney Art Gallery is situated in a Lancelot 'Capability' Brown designed landscape with sheep, a lake, impressive trees and that is all before you arrive at the building in which the CADA Fair is situated on the ground floor.
Above the Fair, visitors can enjoy a new display Portrait Miniatures: Highlights from the Grantchester Collection, showcasing over 40 exquisite and intriguing miniatures from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, many of which have never previously been seen by the public. The collection, developed by the late Lady Grantchester, sister of Compton Verney's founder Sir Peter Moores, was gifted to Compton Verney in 2019.
Also available to visit is Magnum Photos: Where Ideas are Born. This fascinating exhibition goes in search of the places where creativity takes shape and where ideas are born - the artist's studio. The show brings together more than 20 famous photographers from the world-renowned Magnum photography agency and includes over 60 photo portraits of the artists who created art history in the 20th century, amongst which are Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon, Ai Weiwei and Yayoi Kusama all seen in their creative environments.
A restaurant serving hot meals and refreshments, together with the art galleries and free parking, a trip to south Warwickshire assures a lovely day out shopping and viewing beautiful things.
Entry to the fair is free over all four days. Simply register on the website www.thecada.org to receive complimentary tickets for two people. In addition, Compton Verney is kindly allowing the Fair's ticket holders access to all its galleries and exhibitions for a special price of £7.50.
For more information, visit the website www.cotswolds-antiques-art.com
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