Dancing girls highlight Tatton Park Fair

Fabulous Art Deco girls from the 1920s striking exotic poses will be an eye-catching attraction when they go on show at The Tatton Park Antiques, Decorative & Art Fair this September.

Art Deco dancersCandice Horley, who trades as Twentieth Century Glamour, will be assembling a fine collection of European porcelain featuring the highly collectable figures from the famous German porcelain companies Rosenthal and Hutschenreuther.

One-time rivals, these two German makers produced a range of stunning figurines that are now more sought-after then ever. With their exotic looks, based on famous ballet dancers of the period, with a large dash of Berlin glamour, these figures are a reminder of the Golden Age of the 1920’s when women’s liberation was synonymous with artistic expression. ‘Coco’ Chanel, Josephine Baker, Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson and a generation known as the ‘Flapper Girls’ provided inspiration to artists all over the world.

Both companies have enjoyed long and illustrious histories and shared many lines of production. In addition to the fabulous dancing figures, they also produced animal models that are equally popular today.

Art Deco dogsCandice Horley will be offering for sale a number of Hutschenreuther pieces including ‘Sun Child’, a model designed by Karl Tutter, circa 1936, priced at £295; ‘Dancing Champions’, circa 1946-48, priced at £495; and ‘Balance’, a female figure balancing a ball on her foot, at £395. Among the Rosenthal factory pieces will be a nude model of a girl by the artist Lore Friedrich-Gronau (1908-2002), priced at £395 and a gorgeous character model of a Wire Haired Fox Terrier, designed by M. H. Fritz, at £350.

The Tatton Park Antiques, Decorative & Art Fair is a popular three-day event that heralds the start of the antiques season in the North of England and provides the ideal opportunity to view and buy a wide range of fine quality antiques, decorative period pieces, collectors’ items and original art, all at prices from less than £50 to more than £20,000.

Art Deco nude kneelingThe fair offers everything for the home decorator and interior specialist, from original Victorian and early 20th century furniture to Art Deco, Arts & Crafts, fine silver, ceramics, glass, jewellery and Modern British and Contemporary art.

Forty specialist exhibitors from across the Midlands and North of England take part, each showing a range of items, with prices to suit every pocket, from £20 for a glass paperweight to more than £20,000 to an original drawing by L.S.Lowry.

Among the many highlights will be superb collections of antique furniture from specialist dealers Mark Buckley Antiques from Yorkshire and Melody Antiques from Chester. Mike Melody, who is well known for his frequent TV appearances, returns with a wide selection of farmhouse and country furniture from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Highlights amongst the farmhouse dressers, tables and sets of chairs include a rare Victorian child’s chair and a very decorative Bohemian wall cupboard painted in its original green paint, dated 1834. Mark Buckley has a selection of 19th and early 20th century pieces including a fine Edwardian inlaid Carlton House desk priced at £5,995.

Exhibits of 20th century art are featured on the stand of Callaghan Fine Paintings from Shrewsbury; Granta Fine Art from Cambridge and Richwood Fine Art from Cheshire. Victorian art is featured on the stands of Billingbear Fine Art from Berkshire and Carnes Fine Art from Yorkshire. Jo Bennet specialises in Northern Art including works by Geoffrey Key who is a frequent visitor to the fair.

Several specialise in fine jewellery, notably Plaza, Brieve Antiques, Shapiro & Co, Anderson Jones and Antiques by Design.  Jack Shaw & Co. offers fine English silverware, Roger de Ville returns with early  English pottery; Jim Dickinson shows antiquarian maps; and Richard Glass brings antiquarian drawings and paintings.

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