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A view of the Italian Garden from the Orangery

CADA Fair at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace plays host to fifth annual Cotswold Art & Antique Dealers’ association fair 21st-24th April 2016
Stained glass panel portrait of Shakespeare in decorative painted frame

"This year CADA’s chosen charity is The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust"

Visitors to the fifth annual Cotswold Art & Antique Dealers’ Association (CADA) Fair at Blenheim Palace will be able to feast their eyes on some of the finest art and antiques the country has to offer.


The fair takes place in the glorious setting of the Orangery and Campaign Rooms, overlooking the Italian Garden. The complimentary invitation available from CADA website  admits two to the fair and Palace grounds. With the charming historic market town of Woodstock a stone’s throw away, with its world class hotels and restaurants, why not make a weekend of it?

The Fair has an ardent following of collectors, art consultants, interior designers and the public alike, making it a ‘must-visit’ destination. From furniture, pictures, silver, needlework and antique boxes, sculpture, bronze, clocks and barometers, carpets and textiles, glass, jewellery, English and Oriental ceramics, to garden ornaments and statuary, as well as other decorative items. All the works are for sale, with prices starting from £100 and going up to £100,000+.

Portrait of Madame Chéruit by Paul César Helleu


The Fair dates coincide with major anniversaries of historical significance: HM The Queen’s 90th birthday on 21st April, St Georges Day on 23rd April, as well as Shakespeare’s birthday and the 400th anniversary of his death. Amongst the many world-class art and antiques to be exhibited, participating dealers will bring works of art relating to these key dates.

Embracing these themes, Parkside Antiques will exhibit an English Regency period needlework on silk depicting a grieving lady laying flowers at the grave of William Shakespeare after a painting by the eighteenth century artist Angelica Kaufman, and a rare early 19th century English glazed stoneware of St George slaying the dragon. Architectural Heritage will show a stunning mid-19th century painted and stained glass panel with a portrait of Shakespeare, as well as large stained glass windows showing portraits of Tudor monarchs either side of the Waldegrave armorial. Legge Carpets will bring a fragment of an English roller-printed cotton plain weave entitled Shakespere's (sic) Seven Ages of Man. English pottery specialist John Howard will exhibit a pair of earthenware lions and a lion and unicorn pair by Walton, as well as a rare glazed creamware figure of St. George slaying the dragon and Witney Antiques will exhibit a silk embroidery dating from the late 18th century, ‘Fame Adorning Shakespeare’s Tomb’.

Amongst the many other items of interest are a stunning and extremely rare Anglo-Indian tea chest c 1800 made of solid rosewood and engraved with vine flowers from Hampton Antique, fine Chinese porcelain, including a Ming ewer c 1640 from Catherine Hunt Oriental Antiques, a gouache French textile design c 1930 from Sarah Colegrave and a fine Sheraton period Pembroke table from Witney Antiques. Trinity House, which specialises in Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern British and 19th century work, will exhibit fine art including a portrait of Madame Chéruit by Paul César Helleu, best known for his portraits of beautiful society women of the Belle Époque. Delomosne will exhibit a stunning pair of English two-tier candlesticks c 1790.

Online Galleries and 1st Dibs, the leading online luxury marketplaces, will again support the Fair, in recognition of its position as the leading quality antiques fair held outside of London. This year CADA’s chosen charity is The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust, which opened in Woodstock in June 2015. The main core of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum is the collections, both objects and archives, of the two county regiments, the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars.


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