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 Drove House Antiques - A pair of Dutch-decorated Chinese Export deep plates, dating from the period c.1720-1730. Priced individually at £295

Event: Cotswolds Antiques, Decorative & Art Fair
Venue: Westonbirt School, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Date: 28-30 October 2016

Donington Antiques Market


Freya Mitton, Somerset - St Lorenz near Dwerja, Gozo, by Mary Fedden RA (1915-2012).
Oil on canvas, signed, dated 1988, to be shown by Freya Mitton. £16,500.


Originally launched in 2010, this is a popular one-day market that brings together an eclectic mix of classic antiques, collectables, jewellery, fashion, furniture, vintage, shabby chic, retro and decorative items.  Donington Antiques Market is a popular favourite on the antiques calendar, and takes place at the world famous motor racing circuit, Donington Park.


A highlight will be a book signing with Richard Kirkby of Four Rivers Legacy Ltd, who deals in Chinese & Asian pieces and the book is his memoir Intruder in Mao’s Realm running at 500 pages and only taking the reader up to 1980! ‘Four rivers' is the literal translation of Sichuan (Szechwan) Province.  Richard Kirkby was born in Yorkshire, into a farming family with very strong China antecedents, and was educated at a Quaker school, at Bristol University and at the Architectural Association, London. In the early 1970s, he spread his wings to Cultural Revolution China, with a quest centering on China’s development model of massive industrialisation with little of the usually attendant urban squalor. He taught English at Nanjing University from 1974 to 1977, an experience enriched by spells of labour in rice paddies and a and a factory machine shop.

Continuing the Oriental theme, collectors of Chinese ceramics will be enjoy seeing a range of early C18th famille rose and Blue & White pieces from newcomer exhibitor Drove House Antiques. The collection includes Chinese Export porcelain made for the European market. The porcelain was usually decorated to appeal to the European taste, sometimes shipped to the Netherlands where it painted before being sold in England.

Among the many regular exhibitors will be Jo Brayshaw with decorative lighting, glass, ceramics and furniture; W R Harvey Antiques, specialising in period English furniture; Paul Burnett Antiques & Interiors with decorative accessories for the home; Brian Ashbee & Wesley Wotruba show 19th and C20th century furniture and objets d’art; and Scandinavian by Design specialise in Mid-Century Modern furniture and lighting.



Scandinavian by Design - an original pair of Boris Tabacoff designed “Sphere” Chairs produced by Mobilier Modulaire Moderne (France), 1971. 

With smoked plexiglass frames and circular chrome bases.  Priced at £2800

Richard Kirkby will be promoting his latest book, a memoir titled Intruder in Mao’s Realm - An Englishman's Eyewitness Account of 1970s China

Erna Hiscock & John Shepherd Antiques - Good 18th Century creamware jug, transfer printed with scenes of rural life.
Probably Staffordshire rather than Liverpool. Circa 1780

Complimentary tickets and full exhibitor listings are available from organisers Cooper Events



20th Century Glamour - A super quality Murano glass necklace by the glassmaker Archimede Seguso

Cover Image:

Saunders Fine Art

John Andersson for Höganäs
Ceramic Miniatures x 6
Incised 'J.A Höganäs'
Height 1 to 2 ins / 2 to 5.3 cms