THE Petworth Park Antiques and Fine Art Fair will be returning to the National Trust property this spring.
The announcement was made following a successful inaugural event last year.
The event, organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited and supported by Savills estate agents, will be held in a purpose-built marquee from Friday, May 6, to Sunday, May 8.
More than 40 specialist dealers will be showcasing a cornucopia of treasures.
Highlights include Cheval Turc, the most important single animal sculpture of the 19th century by Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875) on Hickmet Fine Arts’ stand (£48,500).
For a more contemporary feel, William Cook is showing Thoroughbred Grazing by J K Brown, ingeniously made from recycled kitchen utensils (£8,900) and a specially commissioned polo group, as the surrounding area is well known for the sport of kings.
Garret & Hurst Sculpture is bringing Dionysis Portrait, a bronze bust by Margot Homan (£10,450). Dancing Cranes in bronze by Simon Gudgeon comes from The Jerram Gallery (£14,500).
Ingrid Nilson, director of The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, said: “Visitors to the fair will be granted free entry to Petworth House, the ‘Capability’ Brown exhibition and grounds, during the three days of the fair.
“In return, National Trust members and holders of Petworth House tickets can take advantage of complimentary access to the fair. Antiques fair tickets, £10 each, allow entry across all three days, so people who come from further afield can enjoy a whole cultural weekend visiting the fair and the environs of Petworth.”
Petworth Park is celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown this year, having received his treatment when Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont,
commissioned him to transform the formal landscape in the 1750s. The ‘Capability’ Brown Festival exhibition ends on Wednesday, May 11.
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