Amazing antiques available at big annual event

A RANGE of eye-catching items can be purchased at a Northumberland venue over the next few days.

The seventh annual Luxury Antiques Weekend at Linden Hall is taking place between Friday and Sunday.

Among the paintings on show are two by watercolourist Thomas Bush Hardy (1842-1897), which will be brought along by John Nicholson & Dunelm Fine Art.

One in rich and warm hues depicts the Doge’s Palace, Venice, signed and dated 1879, selling for £6,250 and the other much nearer to home, Bamburgh Castle, priced at £4,750.

In contrast, contemporary artist Phil George’s work celebrates the urban North East, where he grew up, exemplified in The Bridge Hotel, going to see the band, priced at £1,450.

Graham Smith Antiques’ offerings include an exceptional quality Victorian Coromandel jewellery or dressing box, commissioned by the Earl of Hardwicke as a gift in January 1869 and made by Wells & Lambe of Cockspur Street, manufacturers to Queen Victoria. It has a price tag of £5,250.

Odyssey’s highly decorative ceremonial spear head still retains much of its original chromium oxide coating, despite being over 2,500 years old, selling for £450.

Other pieces include furniture, silk and wool carpets, sculptures, coins going back hundreds of years, glass and decorative items.

The fair is supporting The Art Fund, which helps museums and galleries buy art for everyone to enjoy, and St Oswald’s Hospice.

For information about opening times and to purchase tickets, priced at £5, call 01797 252030.