The Autumn Antiques and Fine Art Fair in association with LAPADA

. July 28, 2008

Taking place a month later than usual this year, from Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 November, there will be furniture, paintings, glass, textiles, clocks, prints, book illustrations, sculpture, Chinese ceramics, jewellery, silver, porcelain and pottery, oriental and tribal carpets and rugs and much more on sale with prices ranging from a few hundred pounds to many thousands.

The fair has an enviable reputation for high quality and stylish presentation and attracts a discerning audience from all over the UK and abroad. It is a friendly and entertaining show offering a unique and enlightening shopping experience. The Centaur comes complete with a restaurant, bars and ample free parking as well as on-site shippers to assist with the packing and delivery of purchases. Whether you are a collector, an art enthusiast or just looking for something to furnish your home, The Autumn Antiques and Fine Art Fair at Cheltenham has a dazzling choice of pieces to tempt you. The fair has linked up with BIDA (British Interior Design Association) to highlight the importance of antiques in today’s decorating schemes.

Back by popular request is BAFRA, the British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association, with their demonstrations of restoration techniques. Their experts are on hand to discuss any antiques problem as well as sharing their passion and knowledge.

Brian MacDonald Antique Rugs and Carpets, a newcomer to the fair, is also local to the area. He is bringing an early 19th century flat-woven horse cover, priced at £1,750, made by the Shahsavan tribes in the Moghan region of Azerbaijan which would have been for ceremonial use. It is extremely rare to find a horse cover from the early 19th century. Local print dealer, Black Ink from Stow on the Wold, is bringing a fine Henri Matisse (1869-1954) lithograph, ‘Grand Visage, 1929’, for £17,500.

To compliment the racing theme, jewellers Plaza are bringing an 18 ct gold and diamond choker with 289 carats of sapphires by Alexandre Reza of Place Vendôme, Paris, designed in the mid 1980s and made into the Rothschild racing colours. On Moira of New Bond Street’s stand are a pair of diamond and emerald earrings set in silver on gold, circa 1880, price £45,000.

Mark Seabrook Antiques is bringing a superb selection of oak and country furniture including a very good early 18th century walnut high chair, price £2,250. With Christmas in mind, he is also exhibiting a 17th century French carved boxwood snuff box lined with tortoiseshell depicting a scene of the Nativity, price £1,850.

A charming Derby group entitled ‘The Tithe Pig Group’ of a farmer’s wife proffering her tenth child to the horrified parson while her husband keeps a tight hold on the tithe pig, adapted from an engraving by Boitard after J S Muller, circa 1751 comes from David & Sally March Antiques at £1,250.

As Christmas is just around the corner the theme for this year’s fair is The Art of Fine Dining. The dining room is an intrinsic part of Christmas for many people and it still has a strong association with the coming together of family and friends at this time. The decoration of the table is paramount and Wesley House Events has undertaken to come up with fabulous innovative Yuletide ideas.

The fair is continuing its association with HFT (Supporting People with Learning Disabilities) as its benefiting charity (www.hft.org.uk).

Further press information or jpeg images available from:
Gail McGuffie PR or IONA PR
T +44 (0)20 8568 5466/+44 (0)1451 832 268
M +44 (0)7885 10 33 53/M +44 (0)7721 030 825
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Notes to Editors:
The majority of exhibitors are members of LAPADA The Association of Art & Antique Dealers, and the fair is also open to select specialists from The BADA (British Antique Dealers Association) and CADA (Cotswold Antique Dealers Association). The fair is vetted with no datelines. Everything is for sale with the backing of the strict Codes of Practice of the leading antique dealer associations.

Opening Hours: Thursday 12 noon – 8pm
Friday 10.30am – 6pm
Saturday 10.30am – 6pm, Sunday, 10.30am – 5pm

Tickets: £10 includes fair catalogue and re-admission.
On National Antiques Day, Friday 28th November,
admission will be 2 for 1.

Visitor Enquiries: T: +44 (0)1797 252030 E: info@adfl.co.uk
www.lapadafair.com

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