Petworth’s antiques fair
A new ‘boutique-style’ antiques fair is coming to Petworth, as Alex Jenkins reveals.
Petworth has made a name for itself as the antiques hub of the south thanks to its large number of specialist antique shops.
So it is no surprise to hear a new antiques fair is taking place in the town in May.
Held in the grounds of the prestigious Petworth House, The Petworth Park Antiques and Fine Art Fair looks set to be a huge magnet for both serious collectors and those with a penchant for good quality items.
The event has been organised by Swedish-born, and now Kent resident, Ingrid Nilson, who started Antiques Dealer Fair Limited ten years ago.
“I have worked in the industry for over 20 years,” Ingrid explains, “so I know a lot of dealers.
“My background is as a dealer in decorative antique prints,” she tells me, before explaining how she also used to help organise large scale fairs.
By being an antiques dealer Ingrid is well aware of what exhibitors are looking for when it comes to fairs.
It is this knowledge and understanding which has helped see her company expand from organising one single annual event to staging several exclusive ‘boutique style’ events across the country.
The concept of these luxury antiques and fine art fairs staged at prestigious venues and featuring BADA and LAPADA members from a wide range of disciplines has proven very popular with both dealers and visitors.
“Visitors can expect around 35 exhibitors who are all high quality specialist dealers,” Ingrid says.
“This includes six very good jewellery dealers with both antique and mid century jewellery.
“We have quite a lot of fine art paintings and a very exciting collection of sculpture and we have very good period furniture.”
Aside from the furniture there will be items by Petworth’s Augustus Brandt which recreates stunning items for the home.
Plus there will be silver, glass and ornamental pieces.
“It is a real mix,” Ingrid agrees. “The majority of these dealers are members of the two main antique dealer associations in the UK which gives visitors confidence when buying from them.
“The dealers are extremely approachable and just love to talk about their passion,” she adds. “It is a really exciting discovery of all sorts of rare and wonderful works of art.”
The fair will take place in the grounds of Petworth House, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0QY from Friday, May 8 until Sunday, May 10.
To find out more or to book your ticket – which costs £10 and admits three people for all three days as well as access to the house – call 01797 252030, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.petworthparkfair.com
Two good causes the fair will be supporting…
The Lighting Project at Petworth House
The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
(main image) New lighting at the National Trust property Petworth House for the Turner paintings. Picture by Scott Ramsey Photography