Some 40 dealers, predominantly members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association and LAPADA (The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers), are displaying their finest wares laid out in a purpose-built pavilion.
Another incentive for visitors who have never visited Petworth House is entrance tickets to the fair (£10) also include free admission to Petworth House and Park to see its treasures, including paintings by JMW Turner and Van Dyck. In a reciprocal arrangement, Petworth House ticket holders and National Trust members can also have free entry to the fair.
Some of the UK’s leading dealers will exhibit an array of fine art, furniture, silver, jewellery, sculptures, textiles, ceramics and glass. The fair will encompass both antique and contemporary periods.
Highlights of the event include an extremely rare pre-Renaissance portrait of Saint Catherine of Siena, a white enamelled snake jewellery brooch, and furniture from fine period English to Continental.
A collection of outdoor and indoor sculptures will also be exhibited, such as the outdoor Portuguese Senator, standing over 2 metres high and weighing over a tonne, priced at £18,000; and an early bronze cast of Pierre Jules Mêne’s Giselle.