Arts & Culture
by Aspect County

Petsworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair returns in June

The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair is an annual event that usually takes place in May each year in a purpose-built marquee in the grounds of the National Trust property, Petworth House in Petworth, West Sussex. Delayed due to lockdown restrictions, the seventh fair is now opening for three days from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 June 2021.

The fair is paradise for interior designers and collectors as some 60 exhibitors are gathering to show a wide selection of disciplines from the ancient to the contemporary. Whether you live in an English country home or a contemporary apartment, there is something for everyone.

Highlights to look out for include the best and rarest 17th to 19th century Chinese porcelain, including a massive 80cm pair of Kangxi reign Qing dynasty porcelain covered vases, decorated in under-glaze cobalt blue, circa 1680; and a 19th century Dehua porcelain blanc-de-Chine figure of a maiden seated on a Buddhist lion, owned by the late HRH The Princess Margaret, complete with documentation from Kensington Palace. 

Amazingly still surviving and in excellent condition is an 18-carat gold Patek Philippe Calatrava vintage watch, originally sold in June 1945 just after the end of WWII, which comes with archive papers from Patek Philippe and a period PP box. The first Calatrava model was introduced by Patek Philippe in 1932 and was made until 1973. Early examples are hard to come by and highly sought after by PP collectors. 

Antique glass comes in various forms from chandeliers to drinking vessels, paperweights, and vases. 

Sculptures include modern pieces for the garden. Whether you’re interested in Art Deco, mid-century furniture or 17th century pieces, you’ll be spoilt for choice. 

Decorate the table with silver to make a statement or purchase a unique gift to mark an important occasion. 

A host of paintings from several galleries include traditional landscape and marine subjects to modern British and present-day artists.

Jewellery is ever popular with plenty to be admired and a great choice to be found if seeking an engagement ring. In the 1920s, brooches were worn on the shoulders, on belts and sashes or pinned on to the fashionable cloche hats, a tradition that seems to be making a comeback. 

Antiques fair tickets are £5 each, includes readmittance across all three days. Book in advance through Eventbrite: www​.tinyurl​.com/​y​y​u​zm7qs. There’s complimentary access for National Trust members, and ample free parking just outside the marquee, and a café with outside tables and seating, so that visitors can also enjoy the fresh air and 700 acre Capability’ Brown designed deer park.

This event is fully compliant with the government’s Covid-19 guidance, The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited is adhering to test and trace. Masks will be worn. More information on the website.