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T Robert Antiques

T.Robert Antiques - Cartier cigarette case presented to HM Queen Elizabeth II

HRH The Queen Elizabeth II 90th birthday is a birthday we can all celebrate – Royalists and Republicans alike cannot deny that this an important and significant birthday for a very special Queen and exhibitors at The Harewood House Antiques & Fine Art Fair 10-13 June 2016 will be in festive mood at the spectacular Harewood House near Leeds, Yorkshire, where the fair marquee will be sited in the Lancelot 'Capability' Brown landscape in which the Royal House nestles.

Items with regal connections will festoon the exhibitors displays, including a pair of Royal Brierley Crystal presentation goblets made to commemorate the 1937 coronation of the Queen's father, King George VI, priced at £500 the pair from Mark J West. These goblets are distinguished by the fact that they would have been made rather hurriedly, following the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII a far less celebratory episode of British history!

Mark J West Antique Glass

There will be a Windsor Castle connection from exhibitor Freshfords Fine Antiques who will bring a Regency George IV amboyna and rosewood side table, attributable to Morel and Seddon, c1826, £14,860. George Seddon formed a partnership with a cabinetmaker and upholsterer Nicholas Morel to fulfil one of their contracts: to make furniture for Windsor Castle. They worked almost exclusively for the crown, particularly at Windsor, but also at other royal residences.

Freshfords Fine Antiques

Freshfords Fine Antiques - Morel & Seddon Table

T Robert Antiques has a Cartier silver cigarette case, in its red Cartier box, both complete with the royal crown insignia. Presumably this was presented to someone by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, but it appears it has never been used, as it is in mint condition, POA.

The Queen does love her pearls and if she were to visit Harewood this time she might be tempted by the most wonderful set of South Sea pearls and diamond necklace from Plaza Antiques.

Plaza Antique Jewellery

Plaza Jewellery these natural coloured pearls range in size from 12.5mm - 15mm and have a wonderful lustre. Their colours vary from a pale silver grey to gunmetal grey and pale gold.  They are interspersed with rondelles set alternatively with white diamonds and cognac and chocolate diamonds set in black rhodiumed gold, the largest one of which, forms the clasp.  Length 18", 44cms.  Priced at £8500

A regal name in vogue at the moment is Princess Charlotte. New exhibitor JA Yarwood Antiques, from Skipton, has an early 19th century English enamel patch box, c1816, priced at £895. This rare box depicts Charlotte, Princess Royal (1766-1828), eldest daughter of King George III, who married Prince Frederick of Württemberg. Another royal piece, an exceptionally rare pressed horn snuff box, has a lid modelled after the portrait of George I, painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller, which still bears traces of the original gilding, c1714-27, selling for £765.

JA Yarwood Antiques

JA Yarwood Antiques - English enamel patch box, priced at £895

First time exhibitors, amongst the 30 stands, this year include Lancashire based jewellery specialists Howell 1870, vintage watch dealer Timewise and Morgan Strickland Decorative Arts from London and JA Yarwood Antiques, who are joining other returning Yorkshire based dealers FJ & RD Story Antique Clocks, Fileman Antiques of Sussex, fine period lighting and glass, Jack Shaw & Co, Nicholas Daly Books, W R Witney Antiques, Oxfordshire and TL Phelps Fine Furniture Restoration.

Ingrid Nilson, director of The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited said, "At this year's fair, we are launching an affiliation with The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, that funds the education of talented craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters. This will be ongoing with our fairs well into the future."

*Tickets include access to Harewood's grounds and Below Stairs. For an extra £5, antiques fair ticket holders can gain access to Harewood House's State Rooms, including the current exhibitions marking the 300th anniversary of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown's birth. Harewood House's exhibitions and activities include The Art of Landscape which presents a full and fresh assessment of the cultural influence of the 'Capability' Brown design at Harewood.  Great Capabilities; a celebration of "Capability" Brown at Harewood takes place from 4 to 12 June, celebrating the achievements of the great landscape designer at Harewood in a series of walks, talks and exhibitions. Visit for more information.

For full exhibitor list, times and information see The Antique Dealers Fairs Limited

Cover image:  Morgan Strickland Decorative Arts - Hagenauer bust