The Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Harewood

Map of the West Riding of Yorkshire by Jan Jansson, 1646, 595 from J Dickinson Maps & Prints Photo:C

Map of the West Riding of Yorkshire by Jan Jansson, 1646, 595 from J Dickinson Maps & Prints Photo:Chris Challis - Credit: Archant

This weekend (Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May) sees the return of the annual Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Harewood, a highlight of Yorkshire’s social calendar, now in its sixth year.

Spode porcelain spill vase with hand-painted view of York Minster, c 1820, 4.5 inches diameter. Pri

Spode porcelain spill vase with hand-painted view of York Minster, c 1820, 4.5 inches diameter. Price in the region of 340 - Credit: Archant

Some 30 specialist dealers are displaying their finest wares from Spode porcelain vase, hand-painted with a view of York Minster, c 1870 from Carolyn Stoddart-Scott to contemporary abstract paintings by Bridget Riley from Richwood Fine Art. Everything is for sale in the purpose-built marquee set in the stunning ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped grounds of Harewood House, the 18th century country house near Leeds.

Items of local interest include paintings by Northern artists on Haynes Fine Art’s stand such as ‘Warm skies over an industrial landscape’ by Brian Shields (aka Braaq), who was born into a Liverpool family in 1951. For lovers of topographical subjects an early map of the West Riding of Yorkshire by Jan Jansson can be found at J Dickinson Maps & Prints, dated 1646.

The organisers, The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, launched an ongoing relationship with the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust at Harewood in 2016. Continuing this charitable support, two Yorkshire based QEST sculptors - Andrian Melka and Teresa Dybisz - are showing their work and demonstrating their craft, ranging from letter carving to stone, marble and bronze sculpting. Teresa is currently restoring the Slabbering Baby bowl, the historical water feature in Adel Woods, Leeds, dated 1901. She also recently worked on York Minster. Andrian Melka moved to the UK from Albania with a Getty scholarship.

It’s an event not to be missed!

The Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Harewood, supported by Knight Frank Harrogate, opens in The Marquee, Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS17 9LQ from Friday 12 until Sunday 14 May 2017. Enquiries and tickets (£5 each) from The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, telephone: +44 (0)1797 252030 or email: info@adfl.co.uk, www.harewoodfair.com

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