The first-ever Cotswold Art & Antique Dealers’ Association Fair is being held in the elegant setting of Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd April 2012. This is also the very first antiques and fine art fair to be held at Blenheim Palace, home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough.

The fair has had unanimous support and the majority of its 37 members are taking part in this new event. Outside of London, the Cotswold Art & Antique Dealers’ Association (CADA) is the pre-eminent of the regional trade associations with most of its members regularly exhibiting at the top London and international fairs.

Selection of Winchcombe pottery by Michael Cardew c1935 and other studio pots from David Pickup Antiques, Burford

The exhibits will be of a very high standard as virtually all the members belong to BADA and LAPADA, the two major national trade associations. Everything is for sale with prices ranging between £100 and £135,000.

The fair will take place in the stunning settings of The Colonnade, The Marlborough Room and The Orangery which overlook the Italian Garden at Blenheim. The very best of every discipline will be showcased creating a rich tapestry of history and culture including clocks and barometers, early needlework and antique boxes, garden ornaments and statuary, jewellery, silver and glass, carpets and textiles in addition to all kinds of fine furniture and decorative items, Oriental and English ceramics, fine art and much more.

This is the perfect place to hunt for the best that the Cotswolds can offer and amongst the line-up of furniture is an exceptional quality satinwood dressing table with painted decoration, stamped Hindley and Wilkinson from Moxhams Antiques of Bradford-on-Avon. To accompany this, W R Harvey & Co of Witney are bringing a particularly fine George III period Mahogany Gentleman’s Dressing Table by Gillows of Lancaster and still retaining the original white Wedgwood bidet, c 1790, priced at £4,500.

Folding child’s chair by Herbert McNair, late 19th century from Christopher Clarke Antiques, Stow on the Wold

Formby Clocks of Moreton-in-Marsh are bringing a good mahogany cased bracket clock by Edward Foster of London, c 1790 priced at £7,500 as well as a small English carriage clock, c1850. Other clocks at the fair are Montpellier Clocks of Cheltenham exhibiting a fine Regency regulator by Barwise of London for £35,000. John Barwise, a fine maker of clocks, chronometers and watches, was ‘the Chronometer, Watch and Clock Makers to their Royal Highnesses the Dukes of York, Kent, Cumberland & Gloucester’, of 29 St Martin’s Lane, London in the 1790s.

English pottery is well represented at the fair with a large Staffordshire figure of Wellington on horseback being shown by John Howard of Woodstock and priced at £19,000. Chinese ceramics include a Kangxi period rosewater sprinkler from Catherine Hunt Oriental Ceramics. For the outdoors, Architectural Heritage of Taddington is bringing an early 18th century lead figure of a dancing girl and an 18th century Portland stone sundial.

A rare sampler depicting the gatehouse lodge at Burghley House, finely worked in coloured silks, English, early 19th century from Witney Antiques, Witney

Fine art at the fair includes a 17th century portrait of Prince Rupert dressed in black with a white undershirt, wearing an embroidered baldric and waist sash from The Titian Gallery, Stow on the Wold, price £16,750 and from Newman Fine Art of Painswick are watercolours of two local views, one of Tewkesbury by Albert Ernest Chadwick RI (1876-1955) and the other of The Ashmolean, Oxford by Alan Sorrell RWS (1904-1974). Sarah Colegrave Fine Art is showing a painting of The Kaltwasser Glacier by Margaret Gere, NEAC (1878-1965), who lived in Painswick and was one of the earliest members of the Cotswold Group.

17th century portrait of Prince Rupert, oil on canvas, c 1640 from The Titian Gallery, Stow on the Wold

Astley House of Moreton-in-Marsh is bringing ‘Summer, South Cerney’ by Charles Neal.

Among the fine needlework to be exhibited by Witney Antiques is an embroidered 18th century sampler by Mary Flack, finished on September 17th 1724, the same year as Blenheim Palace was completed, priced at £3,500. A heavy baluster goblet, c. 1700 is amongst the many glass treasures on Jeanette Hayhurst Antiques stand from Tetbury. Jewellery is a great magnet and Howards Jewellers of Stratford upon Avon is bringing a Victorian tiara set with old cut diamonds c1850 and a sapphire and diamond bee brooch with ruby set eyes.

The fair’s designated charity is The North Cotswolds Hospital, Moreton-in-Marsh, now being built as a new landmark state-of-the-art community hospital.

The Cotswold Art & Antiques’ Dealers Fair at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP

Date/Opening times: 20th – 22nd April 2012, Fri, 10am – 8pm, Sat and Sun, 10am – 5.30pm

Entry: Complimentary invitation available from CADA website ( admits 2 to the Fair and the Palace grounds

Enquiries: CADA at Heritage, 6 Market Place, Woodstock,

OX20 1TA M: 07831 850544 or 07855 443913

Transport: Jct 9 of M40; Oxford British Rail; London Oxford Airport (Kidlington); AA signposted. Free parking

Charity: The League of Friends of Moreton-in-Marsh Hospital (Registered charity no. 288816)


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