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Handpainted German marriage chest, dated 1809, 24 x 25 x 52 inches, �995 from Melody Antiques.  ''Luxury Antiques Weekend at Linden Hall, Longhorsley, near Morpeth, Northumberland NE65 8XF opens from Friday 11 until Sunday 13 March 2011.

Handpainted German marriage chest, dated 1809, 24 x 25 x 52 inches, �995 from Melody Antiques. ''Luxury Antiques Weekend at Linden Hall, Longhorsley, near Morpeth, Northumberland NE65 8XF opens from Friday 11 until Sunday 13 March 2011.

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PLENTY of eye-catching items will be on display at the Luxury Antiques Weekend in Linden Hall, Longhorsley.

Over the next few days 20 expert dealers – predominantly members of The British Antique Dealers’ Association and LAPADA (The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers) – will be looking to sell their pieces made by well-known artists and craftsmen.

For wine buffs with space issues, there is a George III mahogany cellarette with domed lid from Jesmond-based Graham Smith Antiques selling for £1,750.

Specialising in 18th to mid 20th century English and Continental jewellery, early 20th century glass and decorative items is first time exhibitor, Markov from London.

Silver specialists from Ilkley in West Yorkshire, Jack Shaw & Co, have an impressive George III rococo coffee pot by Thomas Cooke and Richard Gurney, London, 1761, selling for £3,600.

Cheshire-based furniture dealer Melody Antiques has a hand-painted German marriage chest, dated 1809, complete with several removal labels on the back including Baden Baden, proving it is well-travelled (£995).

Other items available include oil and watercolour paintings, antique and contemporary sculpture, original book illustrations, arms and armour, maps and prints and oriental carpets.

The event will take place on Friday from 11am to 6pm, Saturday between 10.30am and 6pm and Sunday from 10.30am to 5pm.

On the Saturday, swordsmen from Alnwick-based Hotspur School of Defence will be present to demonstrate historically-accurate period fighting techniques from 15th to 18th century European fencing manuals.

Linden Hall has generously offered an overnight stay with dinner, bed and breakfast for two as the prize in a draw organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Ltd, the winner of which will be announced at the end of the weekend.

Entry costs £5, which includes a catalogue and re-admission. For more information, telephone 01797 252030.