FORTUNA will favour the brave at this year’s Luxury Antiques Weekend near Longhorsley.
Among the items available to buy at the event is a rare Roman marble stele, which was used as a household shrine, dating from the second or third century AD.
The figure in the piece is Fortuna, the Roman goddess of good fortune. She is depicted in high relief with her right hand resting on a ship’s rudder, steering through life’s ups and downs.
She was also the goddess of fate and, like her father Jupiter, could be bountiful as shown by a cornucopia in the crook of her left arm.
The marble can be purchased at the Odyssey stand. It is in superb condition, 34cm tall and priced in the region of £2,500.
There are plenty of furnishings and accessories on offer at the boutique-style fair from members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association or LAPADA, The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, to cover a range of budgets.
Among the art for sale from Aberdeenshire-based Campbell Wilson is The Castle and Bridge, Durham, a pencil and watercolour painting by Joseph Edward Southall RWS (1861-1944) for £2,950.
Jewellery specialists include Plaza, Trivette and T Robert, which has an interesting moonstone, sapphire and enamel brooch, c1870, by Italian goldsmith Carlo Giuliano selling for £4,900.
Television antiques expert Mike Melody, of Melody Antiques and Church Street Antiques, is exhibiting traditional and country furniture, along with a colourful display of silk and wood rugs from M & N Oriental Rugs of Manchester.
Other items include high-quality town furniture, illustrations, sculptures, glass, silver, clocks, antiquities and objets d’art.
St Oswald’s Hospice, which provides specialist care for people with life-limiting conditions across the North East, is this year’s fair charity.
The event will take place at the Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel on Friday, from 11am to 6pm, Saturday, from 10.30am to 6pm, and Sunday, from 10.30am to 5pm. Entry is £5.
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