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The Northern Antiques Fair is a top quality annual antiques event, first established in 1951, and has the reputation for being the most prestigious antiques and fine art fair in the north of England. The fair features high quality specialist dealers, primarily members of the British Antique Dealers' Association and LAPADA the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers. The balance of disciplines will be monitored and applications will be considered by an advisory committee.


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Post Fair Report - Northern Antiques Fair 2022

Antiques News & Fairs - The Northern Antiques Fair  

Keith Ellis from Ellis Fine Art

The second staging of The Northern Antiques Fair at its new venue in The Garden Rooms at Tennants in Leyburn, North Yorkshire was in every way as successful as last year’s.  Both visitors and exhibitors alike were extremely impressed with the Tennants set-up, the car parking facilities and the delicious in-house café and bistro.  The stands were beautifully laid out, some as room sets and others making striking use of their cabinets.  A happy atmosphere pervaded throughout the day with visitors meeting friends, making new acquaintances with dealers and enjoying the art and antiques on offer.  This year’s footfall was 2,100 visitors.

A delighted Ingrid Nilson, fair director, remarked “It was a pleasure being back at Tennants where we receive such a warm welcome and a privilege to run the fair with a full line-up of committed specialist exhibitors. Despite general woes on the economic front, our audience was keen to make purchases, and we look forward to the 2023 event with renewed confidence”.

A collector of samples bought a late 17th century English sampler c. 1680 in the region of £5,500 from Midwinter Antiques.

Antiques News & Fairs - The Northern Antiques Fair

Midwinter Antiques - Sold Late 17th century English sampler, c 1680 in region of £5,500.

Soon after the fair opened Solo Antiques sold Tanzerinn, an Art Nouveau female dancer, c. 1910 by Gotthils Jäger (1871-1933) to a long-standing client.  The bronze was only on show for 5 minutes, having been delivered to the fair that morning, given a polish and clean, and was immediately sold.

New clients from Morpeth bought a rare full length bronze entitled Rebecca au Puits by Emmanuel Villanis (1858-1914) c, 1900 for £7,000 from Garret & Hurst Sculpture.  The couple said they didn’t  normally go to antiques fairs but were in the area so decided to come along and thoroughly enjoyed their day.

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Garret & Hurst Sculpture - Sold Rebecca au Puits, bronze by Emmanuel Villanis in region of £7,000.

Jim Dickinson of J Dickinson Maps & Prints said, ‘there is certainly a market for antiques maps and as a result my sales included a map of London priced at £600 as well as maps of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Hertfordshire, Ulster & Munster, Worcestershire, Northumberland, Holy Island & Farne Island, Northamptonshire, County Durham and Derbyshire’.

Burlington sold six paintings, between £2,000-30,000, all to new clients from the Yorkshire and surrounding region.

Among other items William Cook sold a pair of Art Deco period mahogany and leather armchairs, c. 1920. 

The first day saw good sales including Hickmet Fine Arts who had six sales to existing clients who came especially to the fair, one very important piece as well as some smaller pieces. Sylvie Collett sold a charming French miniature sewing set in a walnut for £665.  Others who saw good sales included Melody Antiques, J Dickinson Maps & Prints, Howards, Something Different, Graham Ruddock, Studiotic, Carolyn Stoddart-Scott and Ptarmigan Antiques.  Millington Adams sold a contemporary oil painting by Julian Rowe, which was the centre piece on his stand, to a new client who came down from Edinburgh.

Antiques News & Fairs - The Northern Antiques Fair

Marcus Adams from Millington Adams

A delightful elderly gentleman bough a Spode bachelor tea post for £200 from Carolyn Stoddart-Scott, then on leaving the fair he got to the car park and was so thrilled with his purchase that he came back into the fair and bought the rest of the set including six coffee mugs, six saucers and three dishes.

Jane Burgett from Dansk Silver sold four original etching and acquatint on paper by Louis Icart (1888-1950) for £900 each to a couple who sent Jane a photograph the following morning of the paintings already hanging in their bedroom.

First time exhibitor Bags of Glamour sold well over the weekend including a Lulu Guinness yellow bow bag, a silver and guilloche enamel box, powder compacts and a Mickey Mouse Coach purse.  

Another first-time exhibitor Studiotic thoroughly enjoyed the experience of standing at the fair and their impressions were of a very well organised fair in an excellent location.  Among their sales were 1920s lithographs, turn of the century Continental Art Nouveau, British Art Nouveau & British Arts & Crafts including a Kayserzinn Wally Bird inkwell.

First time exhibitor Highland Antiques waited until the Sunday for it all to happen where he enjoyed good sales, all to new customers including a three-piece teaset and tray by Goldsmiths of London, c 1917 selling in the region of £1,200.

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Highland Antiques - Sold Three piece tea set and tray by Goldsmiths of London,
c 1917 in region of £1,200.

A regular visitor to the fair enthused saying, ‘the fair was splendidly organised and a great day out with a wide selection of items across the board to choose from’.


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Posted: 1 Novenber 2022



Post Fair Report - Northern Antiques Fair 2021

Antiques News & Fairs - The Northern Antiques Fair

A general view of the fair in front of Blackbrook Gallery

The new venue for this year’s Northern Antiques Fair at The Garden Rooms at Tennants in Leyburn, North Yorkshire was overwhelmingly successful on all fronts. Sales were buoyant throughout the fair and feedback from the visitors was extremely encouraging. Last, but not least, the team from Tennants were on hand throughout the entire fair and always went the extra mile with nothing being too much trouble. Just under 2,600 people visited the fair in the four days.

A delighted Ingrid Nilson, Fair Director of The Northern Antique Dealers Fair Limited, reported: “Once the decision was made to relocate The Northern Antiques Fair to Tennants in Leyburn we have liaised closely with the events and marketing team to prepare for the show. Everyone at Tennants has been a delight to work with and the fair has benefitted hugely from the promotion provided by the venue. We couldn’t have wished for a more comfortable and appropriate setting and we were made to feel truly welcome by the Tennant family. The exhibitors and our regular visitors were very impressed with the facilities, not least the excellent catering and ample parking, and the many Tennants customers who attended the fair enjoyed a different type of day out. Plenty of sales were made and it is gratifying to see that the collaboration with the auction house has proved so successful”.

Alison Tennant, Director at Tennants said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome The Northern Antiques Fair to The Garden Rooms at Tennants for the first time this year. We were delighted to learn from the organisers that it has been a resounding success and we are already looking ahead to next year’s fair when we can welcome standholders and visitors back to Tennants once more”.

Antiques News & Fairs - The Northern Antiques Fair

SOLD by Ellis Fine Art - ‘Mallards in flight over the wetlands’ by Sir Peter Markham Scott (1909-1989), oil on canvas. SOLD in the region of £25,000

Ellis Fine Art enjoyed a bumper fair selling consistently every day including furniture, paintings, small clocks and accessories. His standout sale was a watercolour painting entitled ‘Mallards in flight over the wetlands’ by Sir Peter Scott (1909-1989) in the region of £25,000. “The interest has been phenomenal and sales have been very good” said a happy Keith Ellis. Haynes Fine Art – London & Cotswolds had a total of nine sales consisting mainly of contemporary paintings by Haidee-Jo Summers and Jolomo to a mixture of new and existing clients, all local to Yorkshire. Tony Haynes said: ”There has been exceptional attendance with high numbers every days, all of whom have expressed how wonderful it is to be able to visit The Northern Antiques Fair again, especially at this venue”. Among the purchases made from the Walker Galleries were a John Piper watercolour, an oil on canvas by Georges Henri Manzana Pissarro and a Dorothea Sharp. Ben Ark, an up-and-coming artist from Salford who has just had an exhibition at The Lowry in Manchester, painted a view of Betty’s Tea Rooms in Harrogate especially for the fair, that sold on the opening morning for £950 at Carnes Fine Art.

Antiques News & Fairs - The Northern Antiques Fair

SOLD for £950 by Carnes Fine Art - ‘A view of Betty’s Tea Rooms, Harrogate’ by Ben Ark.

Local provenance played a big part in the purchase of a miniature portrait of Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) on Something Different’s stand for £1,295. Sterne was an important 18th century novelist whose house in Yorkshire he named Shandy Hall after his most famous character. The buyer is a huge fan of English literature and of Stearne’s work in particular.

On the opening morning Drove House Antiques sold a variety of items such as Chinese armorial cups, Kangxi famille verte and famille rose porcelain to a Chinese gentleman who buys wares from the west to export back to his homeland. There was also particular interest in Chinese textiles as many people who are interested in needlework recognise the skill of making items out of silk. Another exhibitor who had a good opening morning was Hispanic Antiques who found buyers for a signed lithograph by Miro, a 17th century Spanish low table, an 18th century Basque sailor’s chest and a vintage Picasso poster, all sales being to new clients.

Antiques News & Fairs - The Northern Antiques Fair

SOLD by Solo Antiques - Gallé vase, c 1910. 

John A W Briggs, a Persian rug specialist, experienced a very busy fair selling numerous rugs each day. He generously donated an Afghan rug to Two Ridings Community Foundation, the charity partner of the fair, that sold for £150 with the proceeds being donated to the charity. Various pieces of Lalique and a lovely Gallé vase, c 1910 were some of the sales enjoyed by Solo Antiques. Jane Burgett from Dansk Silver was delighted with the fair and amongst her sales were a Georg Jensen watch, some Danish glass and porcelain in the £100 to £800 price range. “The premises are totally mindblowing” she enthuses.

Antiques News & Fairs - The Northern Antiques Fair

John Briggs, Persian rug specialist, on his stand

J A Yarwood Antiques & Fine Art, back on the fairs circuit after a break of a few years was delighted with his sales, ranging from a little pair of opal earrings for £160 to £5,500 for an 18 carat gold French snuff box. His clients came from the Newcastle, Darlington and Harrogate areas. He also reported a post fair sale, a lovely three stone diamond ring.

Other purchases included Garret & Hurst Sculpture selling a bronze female nude to an existing client living close to them in East Sussex who happened to be visiting Yorkshire and popped into the fair. Various visitors took the advantage of travelling from further afield and booked into local airb&b’s.

“So many things combined to make this an excellent fair: the location and surroundings, the excellent parking, and knowledgeable customers who were really interested in what you were doing as a business. Six Blue John bowls were sold and my husband did a mercy dash for more items on the Saturday” reported an enthusiastic Jane Sanderson of The Antiques Bazaar.

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Posted: 20 October 2021



Antiques News & Fairs - The Northern Antiques Fair

From a selection from Exhibitors on The Northern Antiques Fair website

Posted: 19 March 2021





Antiques News & Fairs - The Northern Antiques Fair

Persian Rugs Online - Nain (Fine), 250 x 174cm.


Antiques News & Fairs - The Northern Antiques Fair

Elaine Phillips Antiques - Early 19th century Stool with traces of original paint – lovely surface detail – possibly Swedish.
Dimensions W31″/79cms, D10″/25cms, H12″/31cms.


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Jack Shaw & Co. - Pair Of Cast Silver ‘Frog’ Salt & Peppers With Green Glass Eyes.



Event: The Northern Antiques Fair
Organiser: The Northern Antique Dealers Fair Limited
Venue: Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate


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