Luxury antiques weekend pulls in the crowds

A MAJOR Northumberland antiques fair attracted people from across the country and many went away with an eye-catching item.

Dealers reported good sales and an excellent atmosphere throughout the three-day Luxury Antiques Weekend at Linden Hall, near Longhorsley.

A range of household accessories and furnishings were on offer, including art, jewellery, furniture, sculptures, glass, silver, silk and wood rugs, clocks, antiquities and a rare Roman marble stele.

One couple spent a good part of the day at the fair and when they left to drive to their home in Chester-le-Street, they got as far as the motorway when they decided to turn around and return to buy Pegasus, a contemporary bronze by Paul Kidby, for £7,500 from Art of the Imagination.

Graham Smith Antiques, from Jesmond, made sales including an Edwardian display cabinet, an 18th century ladies’ kneehole desk, a Chippendale dressing mirror and a George III stool, with prices up to £2,500.

First-time exhibitors Clerkenwell Fine Art, who came up from London, were very happy with what they sold are keen to return next year. They sold a study for a larger painting by well-known Scottish artist Sir William Orchardson for about £5,000, as well as Milk White Hare by Sean Jefferson, who helped out on the stand.

North East resident Phil George, represented by John Nicholson and Dunelm Fine Art, was artist-in-residence.

He sold one of his paintings and picked up a good commission from a visitor.

Organiser Ingrid Nilson, Director of The Antiques Dealers Fair, said: “The annual Luxury Antiques Weekend at Linden Hall is the template for our boutique-sized fairs and exhibitors really enjoy this comfortable venue, combining work with pleasure.

“We have a loyal following in Northumberland since this is the only fair of its kind in the area, and visitor numbers were up this year.

“Whilst you cannot guarantee that every dealer does good business on the day, the calibre of the audience is not in doubt and there is healthy interest in re-booking for 2013 once we have secured a suitable date.”

St Oswald’s Hospice, the fair’s designated charity, received £350 through a raffle and donations.