New venue for art and antiques fair
By David Wood
The annual Cotswold Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair (CADA) is taking place at a new venue this year.
The fair is being held at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park in Warwickshire CV35 9HZ - the first since 2019 as last year's event was cancelled due to the pandemic. This ninth annual fair opens from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 October.
Some 27 exhibitors, mainly members of the association, are joined by a few specialist guest exhibitors. Disciplines for sale cover several centuries and include oil and watercolour paintings, original etchings and drawings, clocks and barometers, jewellery, vintage watches, fine and campaign furniture, oriental ceramics, carpets and rugs, textiles, glass, silver, antique boxes, garden and architectural antiques, sculpture, interior accessories and objets d'art.
At the time of the fair, Compton Verney Art Gallery itself is hosting Grinling Gibbons: Centuries in the making commemorating the remarkable life and legacy of Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721), as part of a year-long series of events to commemorate the tercentenary of the most renowned British woodcarver of the 17th century, often called the 'Michelangelo of Wood.'
The exhibition, Centuries in the Making - produced in partnership with the Grinling Gibbons Society - will reveal the life, genius and legacy of this legendary sculptor and craftsman, who died in August 1721.
David Pickup Antiques is bringing to the fair a fabulously proportioned oak bench with woven leather top and chamfered stretchers, designed by Gordon Russell (1892-1980) in the first year of Russell's production in 1923 and described as 'a fireside bench in oak'.
W.R. Harvey & Co. (Antiques) Ltd has two 17th century escritoires, each priced at £60,000, one being a William and Mary period kingwood fall front escritoire attributed to Thomas Pistor, the other a Charles II period burr walnut escritoire containing some 40 drawers and secret compartments.
Sarah Colegrave Fine Art has a watercolour of local interest. The Quarry at Culver Hill, Amberley, near Stroud was signed and dated 1928 by Henry Arthur Payne RWS (1868-1940) and has an asking price of £750.
Glass features on a couple of stands with Brian Watson Antique Glass bringing a pair of French early 19th century elaborately cut beakers engraved with the coat of arms of a count, selling for £265 each.
Fair director Cathy Hunt, of Catherine Hunt Oriental Antiques said: "The Cotswolds has long been known for its fine art and antiques shops, a destination for many collectors and interior designers. Following the disruption caused by the pandemic, which meant we could not hold our fair last year, it will be new beginnings for the fair in its new venue at Compton Verney.
"Not only will our members put on a magnificent show with a great variety of fine art and antiques from across their individual businesses in the Cotswolds, all of which will be for sale, but visitors will also be able to enjoy Compton Verney Art Gallery's exhibition and treasures, and also a stroll through its Lancelot 'Capability' Brown designed park."
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