Northern Antiques Fair relocates to Tennants in Leyburn

Tennants in Leyburn.

The Northern Antiques Fair has announced it is relocating from Harrogate to the Garden Rooms at Tennants in Leyburn.

The event will take place from Thursday, September 30 to Sunday, October 3.

Dating back to 1951, the fair was held in Harrogate for many years until Covid-19 restrictions forced its cancellation in 2020.

Tennants underwent major redevelopment in 2014 and as well as being the leading regional auction house, is also one of the largest multi-purpose venues in the north of England, able to accommodate large scale exhibitions and events.

Ingrid Nilson, fair director of event organisers, The Northern Antique Dealers Fair Limited, said the venue was renowned throughout the north of England for its busy programme of auctions as well as hosting arts related events throughout the year.

She added: “The event brings together some 40 of the UK’s top dealers for the four days showcasing the very best in art, antiques and design.

“The fair encompasses a dynamic and eclectic range of items available for sale including formal and country furniture, traditional and contemporary paintings and sculpture, early to modern glass, silver and jewellery, oriental rugs and carpets, ceramics and lighting, clocks and watches, maps and prints, Art Nouveau and Art Deco design objects and much more.

“The fair is vetted by specialist committees enabling the visitor to buy with complete confidence.”

Prices range from £100 to five figure sums.

Organisers say many of the exhibitors will have kept back items especially for this fair, often with a local provenance, such as Blackbrook Gallery who specialises in 19th century naïve animal paintings.

The highlight on their stand will be an oil painting of a prize shorthorn cow signed by W H Davis, 1852.

The background includes a manor house which is possibly Ketton Hall, near Darlington, where the famous Colling Brothers kept their cattle (£6,950).

Prize shorthorn cow by WH Davis.

Among the early English pottery on Roger de Ville Antiques’ stand is a Yorkshire Pottery Prattware cow creamer with a milkmaid sitting on a milking stool c 1810 (£795) and a Mexborough Pottery Yorkshire Gothic chapel money box, c 1820.

These pieces are particularly rare because they were broken to retrieve the money (£875).

Graham Ruddock Antique Ceramics from Barnard Castle has sourced a Rockingham model of a crouching setter.

Other ceramic dealers include newcomers Julian Eade Antiques from West Sussex, specialising in Doulton pottery and porcelain as well as Royal Worcester, and Drove House Antiques, dealers in Chinese ceramics and works of art.

Returning exhibitor, Hispanic Antiques from Sheffield specialises in fine quality Spanish antiques and a highlight on their stand this year is an early 18th century walnut and leather Friars chair from Castile, Spain.

This type of chair with leather panels is commonly called a Friars chair as they were thought to originate in monasteries or other religious houses.

However, they were also seen outside of their orders in the homes of wealthy patrons (£700).

Longtime supporters of the fair, Walker Galleries of Harrogate, are bringing a selection of French Impressionist paintings by Achille Laugé (1861-1944), Paul Signac (1863-1935), Albert Guillaume (1873-1942) and Marcel Dyf (1899-1985) with prices from £14,500 to £35,000.

Other specialist art dealers include Berlin Walls Gallery, Burlington, Carnes Fine Art, Ellis Fine Art and Haynes Fine Art – London & Cotswolds.