THE COTSWOLD ART AND ANTIQUE DEALERS ASSOCIATION FAIR AT BLENHEIM PALACE, Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th April 2016.
Celebrating five years
The Cotswold Art & Antique Dealers’ Association (CADA) Fair will celebrate its fifth anniversary in the stunning setting of Blenheim Palace Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th April 2016. Since its inception, the Fair has cultivated an ardent following of collectors, art consultants, interior designers and the public alike, making it a ‘must-visit’ destination.
This is the only antiques fair to take place at Blenheim Palace, home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, in the glorious setting of the Orangery and Campaign Rooms, overlooking the Italian Garden. Patron of the Association and Fair – and CADA member – is Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, sister of the present Duke.
Ist Dibs, leading online luxury marketplace, will again support the Fair in recognition of its position as the leading quality antiques fair held outside London. Twenty seven of the Association’s 48 members are taking part in the fair. New exhibitors this year are Parkside Antiques, Iona House Gallery, Greenway Antiques, Strachan Fine Art and Jeanette Hayhurst. Five guest dealers have also been invited to bring their expertise and additional contribution to the fair: Peter Bunting Antiques, Mary Cooke Antiques, Joanna Booth, Timothy Millett and Cynthia Walmlsey. The very best of each discipline will be represented, including furniture, pictures, silver, early needlework and antique boxes, sculpture, bronze, clocks and barometers, carpets and textiles, glass, jewellery, English and Oriental ceramics, garden ornaments and statuary, as well as other decorative items. All works are for sale, with prices ranging from £100 – £100,000+. The dates of the fair encompass major anniversaries of historical significance: HM The Queen’s 90th birthday on 21st April, St Georges Day on 23rd April, as well as Shakespeare’s birthday and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on 23rd April. Amongst the many world-class art and antiques to be exhibited, participating dealers will bring works of art relating to these key dates.
Embracing these themes, new member Parkside Antiques will exhibit an English Regency period needlework on silk depicting a grieving lady laying flowers at the grave of William Shakespeare after a painting by the 18th century artist Angelica Kaufman, and a rare early 19th century English glazed stoneware of St George slaying the dragon. Architectural Heritage will show a stunning mid-19th century painted and stained glass panel showing a portrait of Shakespeare, as well as large stained glass windows showing portraits of Tudor monarchs either side of the Waldegrave armorial. Legge Carpets will bring a fragment of an English roller-printed cotton plain weave entitled Shakespere’s (sic) Seven Ages of Man. English pottery specialist John Howard will exhibit a pair of earthenware lions and a unicorn as well as a rare glazed stoneware of St George slaying the dragon.
John Howard, Chairman of CADA says: ‘this year’s Fair promises to be an especially exciting one and is a much anticipated event in the antiques calendar, providing collectors and first time buyers with the opportunity to view and purchase outstanding antiques and works of art, showcased in the most stunning setting; the fair is now established as one of the best quality events in the country. This year CADA’s chosen charity is The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust, which opened in Woodstock in June 2015. The main core of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum is the collections, both objects and archives, of the two county regiments, the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars.