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A full running list of forty-eight exhibitors will be grandstanding at the Chester Racecourse Antiques & Fine Art Fair 22-25 October 2015.  There is scope for the exhibitors to create their own style and atmosphere using complete room sets at this venue where many of the top floor stands are housed in the VIP boxes overlooking the racecourse.  One of these exhibitors is long term regular at this fair, furniture dealer Mike Melody of Melody Antiques who with his wife Margaret work hard to lure their own following of clients to this event.  Mike refers to Margaret as “the super saleswoman he could not do without!”

Art of the Imagination
Image: Art of the Imagination

"Today’s collector is also the home interior decorator looking for inspiration and unusual pieces," organiser Caroline Penman told Antiques News & Fairs.  Caroline said she has seen tastes change dramatically over the last twenty-eight years since this popular event first opened its doors.  In that time the event has become something of an institution with the Northwest and Welsh fair goers who support this will appointed event with no less than four restaurants!
Church Street Antiques

Image: Church Street Antiques

New this time will be Shine On Design, Northamptonshire - Art Deco furniture, A & J Antiques, Cheshire-furniture, paintings & silver, Jack Shaw & Co, Yorkshire - fine Silver, March Antiques, Cheshire - Arts & Crafts and decorative pieces. Osbourne Antiques, Isle of Man – furniture, silver and paintings.  They will be joining regulars Jeanette Hayhurst, Tetbury, fine glass, Midwinter Antiques, Shropshire, Church Street Antiques, Altrincham – period furniture, Garret & Hurst Sculpture, Sussex – French bronze Sculpture. M & N Oriental Rugs , Manchester, Plaza, Cheshire – fine jewellery.


Jo Bennet Pictures

Image: Jo Bennett Originals

Among the galleries will be Art of the Imagination from Salisbury specialising in the original work of illustrators and a range of contemporary bronze sculpture by a few select artists whose work.

Midwinter Antiques felt picture 18thc

Image: Midwinter Antiques

Images Details:

Art of the Imagination - from a selection on website:

Sinbad Hiding form the Elephants - Watercolour on paper 7.5 inches wide x 8 inches high - shown on our home page and this page.

Original illustration for but not used in 'The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad' in 'The Arabian Nights' published by Hodder and Stoughton

Price range G on website

Church Street Antiques - Edwardian octagonal brass lantern with decorative scroll work and frosted glass to be shown by Church Street Antiques from Altrincham, priced at £875.

Midwinter Antiques - Late 18th / early 19th century raised felt work picture, 24 x 20ins, £2,400.

Jo Bennett Originals ‘Landlocked’ acrylic on panel. Signed & dated 2014. By Jiri Borosky POA.

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