Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire was the elegant setting for the Cotswolds Art & Antique’s fair, returning for its second year from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st April. The Duke of Marlborough’s eldest daughter, Lady Henrietta Spencer Churchill, is the association’s patron.
On display at this prestigious event was a selection of fine antiques from among the association’s membership, showing exquisite craftsmanship and the use of quality English and exotic woods.
The star attraction drawing large numbers of admirers to the stand was a superb cabinet from one of the most important Victorian furniture makers, Wright & Mansfield. The breakfront Victorian cabinet was made of satinwood with gilt applied to receded columns and carved acanthus details. It featured green Wedgwood jasperware plaques portraying Greek philosophers, winged figures and cupids, and bordered by classic Doric gilt reeded columns. The whole cabinet was inlaid in boxwood, harewood and dyed woods in neo-classical style, with ribbons, bell flowers, urns and swags.
Many pieces of furniture were on display. Among them, antique mahogany cupboards, vintage tea caddies and boxes, paintings, fine English porcelain, mantle and bracket clocks, glassware, silver and antique rugs.
The organisers said that Blenheim Palace was the perfect location for the fair and offered a unique experience for visitors, collectors and interior designers. All exhibits were available for sale, with prices ranging from £100 up to £150,000.
If you are looking to purchase a quality period antique cabinet in Preston or the surrounding district, a reputable local antique dealer will be happy to show you a selection of fine pieces.
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