Cotswold Art & Antiques Dealers’ Association Fair
Friday 17 to Sunday 19 November 2023.
This year’s Cotswold Art & Antiques Dealers’ Association Fair, sponsored by art insurance specialist Hallett Independent, is taking place for three days from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 November 2023. Some 27 dealers, mainly CADA members along with some guest exhibitors, are exhibiting for the third year in succession at Compton Verney in Warwickshire. The Association’s annual fair is taking place in November this year coinciding with Compton Verney’s exhibition 'History in the Making: Highlights from Woburn and the Crafts Council Collections'.
BADA members planning specific exhibitions on their individual stands include: Mayflower Antiques who will be putting together a special exhibition of Spanish and Portuguese colonial pieces, rare items from a period not really known about these days. Christopher Hamlyn of Mayflower Antiques is currently working on a book to accompany the exhibition.
Amongst the items coming up for sale on Mayflower Antiques’ stand is a fine and rare Spanish silver bernegal (see image), marked on the side of the bowl for Zaragosa, circa 1650, £31,500. This form of drinking vessel, with handles and lobed edges to the top of the bowl, would have been passed around the table; the central spike designed for a bezoar nut, believed to possess magical power to prevent poisoning.
Guest exhibitor, Shaw Edwards Antiques returns to the fair and is “planning a small exhibition of primitive chairs, mostly Welsh”. There will, of course, still be some carvings on the walls. Examples of chairs for sale include a very rare late 18th century chair with a half-moon sycamore seat and a single wide splat for the back priced at £6,950. Also bound for Shaw Edwards Antiques’ stand at the fair is a primitive comb-back chair with wonderful patination and surface quality with a thick two section seat of oak, circa 1780-1800, selling for £4,950. Similar chairs are shown in Tim Bowen's book ‘The Welsh Stick Chair’.
Other exhibiting BADA members include Legge Carpets, Strachan Fine Art, Garret and Hurst Sculpture, Tobias Birch, Sarah Colegrave Fine Art, Houlston, Howards Jewellers, Haynes Fine Art, Mark Goodger Antiques, Freya Mitton, Architectural Heritage and Hickmet Fine Arts.
Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park