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Church Street Antiques

Church Street Antiques - A matched pair of Edwardian brass and coloured glass 5 arm chandeliers. Priced at £3,700. 

February and October are the months when the Chester Antiques & Fine Art Fair rolls into town at the County Grandstand, Chester Racecourse, as it has since 1989, and from 13-16 October a full house of exhibitors will occupy the space at what has been called Britain’s most charming racecourse, including the upper floor where VIP boxes are transformed into display spaces.

Many of the exhibitors return year on year and one of those is Patrick Payne who trades as Phoenix Antiques who has exhibited at every Penman Chester Antiques Show since 1989, occupying a regular spot on the second floor. October 2016 will however be the last attendance for this art dealer who specialises in early English watercolours and selected oils, as, now in his early 80s, he is retiring. Visitors to the fair will be interested to know that Patrick will be selling all his regular stock at half price or less.

Mark Stacey Antiques

SVR Antiques - Large Poole Aegean Charger peacock,
Rare large Poole Aegean pottery charger, the central painted pattern of a displaying male peacock, dolphin mark to base and artist monogramme RS probably for Ros Sommerfelt. Priced at £225.00

Patrick has been a familiar figure around the art trade since 1962 when he moved from the world of publishing, (he owned a magazine group) into the antiques world. He has owned several galleries over the years, notably in St Peter’s Square, Manchester, then Deansgate and later in St Helier, Jersey, Henley-in-Arden and America and owned three galleries in Scotsdale, Arizona.

Rather well connected, Patrick’s closest friends in life have included Michael Bentine and Patrick McNee (Steed in The Avengers long running tv show). He has met many of the art greats over the years, famously once being asked by LS Lowry (they shared framers) to find him a good Rowlandson drawing, and in return Lowry would offer Patrick ‘anything he fancied in his studio at the time. ‘Regrettably, I never got round to it!’ says Patrick.

Another highlight of the event will be collection of 17 watercolours by the Liverpool artist Thomas Mackay (ex. 1893-1912) who had a studio at Christleton, a village on the outskirts of Chester from exhibitor Graham Reed Fine Art.

Graham Reed Antiques

Graham Reed Fine Art - water colour from the collection of paintings by Thomas Mackay

Author Christopher Wood in his book Paradise Lost - Paintings of English Country Life and Landscape 1850-1914 mentions 'Mackay was a Liverpool artist, painting in Cheshire and North Wales, who developed a charming and distinctly English style of impressionistic watercolour painting. Prices will range up to £1500 for these charming typically English works that often feature views of the countryside in summer, with figures and animals.

Graham Reed Fine Art

Graham Reed Fine Art - water colour from the collection of paintings by Thomas Mackay

New exhibitors this time include Walker Galleries, Harrogate BADA, LAPADA, with a wide range of 19th and 20th century and contemporary art, including oils, watercolours and sculpture and a selection of traditional paintings including works by the Manchester artist Stanley Royle (1888-1961) including one with a fine view of Ludlow Bridge in oils at £7,800 and Santiago Ventura Real – partnership of Santiago Ventura Real and Mark Stacey from Essex, selling decorative and quirky pieces from £10.00 to £10,000.

WRHarvey Antiques Ltd

W R Harvey Antiques, Witney - A fine regency period carved giltwood and gesso convex mirror, the plate within a moulded frame surmounted by a traditional Eagle flanked by scrolling carved foliage, the mirror plate within an ebonised slip and gold balls all above further scrolled carved foliage.  Circa.1820.  Priced at

For a full exhibitor list and times see Penman Antiques Fairs.

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Church Street Antiques - From a selection on their website: Regency coromandel wood sofa table with exotic wood string inlay, solid top and turned stretcher, veneered end supports and brass lion paw casters on sabre legs. Attributed to George Oakley - A cabinet of similar design and manufacture is on display at the V and A and in their collection site.  Priced at £22000