Guildford Antiques Fair at G Live
PUBLISHED: 10:07 25 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:25 20 February 2013
A stunning collection of Martian meteorites, moon rock and fossilised shark teeth will be among the many unusual objets d'art going on sale at the relaunched Guildford Antiques & Fine Art Fair to be held at the new G Live venue in May
Guildford Antiques & Fine Art Fair
G Live, London Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2AA
Tel: 01825 744074
Opening times: Thursday May 24, 12pm-8pm; Friday May 25 and Saturday May 26, 10.30am-6pm; and Sunday May 27, 11am to 5pm.
A stunning collection of Martian meteorites, moon rock and fossilised shark teeth will be among the many unusual objets dart going on sale at the relaunched Guildford Antiques & Fine Art Fair to be held at the new G Live venue from Thursday May 24 to Sunday May 27, 2012.
Leading dealers from across the country will be exhibiting at this major, pretigious occasion that will attract connoisseurs and collectors from across the south of England. With the fair already full booked by forty-five specialist dealers from across the country, this is set to be a major event for serious collectors.
The fair has been very well received, says organiser Caroline Penman, from Uckfield. Many recall how the former Guildford fair at the old Civic Hall was always very special. Now I am delighted to say that it will be so again at the new, smart G Live venue.
Exhibitors are already saving special pieces for the fair. Local Guildford dealer David Wackett promises some of the most unusual exhibits ever seen at any antiques fair rare and important meteriorites and fossils of such visual appeal that collectors now regard them as modern sculpture.
Among the most unusual will be a collection of fossilised megalodon teeth. The Carcharocles megalodon shark was the largest shark to ever swim the ocean. Reaching an overall maximum length of approximately sixty feet, this shark was three times the size of the modern Great White. Today, its only remains are fossilised teeth and they have enormous appeal to collectors. David will also be showing moon rock and pieces from the recent Martian meteorite.
Hickmet Fine Art from Petworth will be specialising in bronze sculpture and glass by the most famous artists from the Decorative Arts Movement, including Demetre Chiparus, Emile Gall, Ren Lalique, Daum Freres and Josef Lorenzl. Among the most impresive items will be a superb bronze and ivory model of a dancer known as Ayouta wearing the full Ballet Russe costume, by Chiparus, circa 1925.
Leading furniture specialists H.C.Baxter from Eastbourne will be showing fine English traditional furniture including a superb mahogany secretaire bookcase, circa 1790, ideal for a gentlemans study, priced at 16,000, a comfortable Gainsborough armchairfrom the same period at 7,500 and a Regency mahogany-framed daybed, ideal for the afternoon nap, at 7,500.
Jack Fine Art from Kent will be showing contemporary works by Graham Sendall, Susan Brown and Nadia Tsakova, while Jo Bennet Fine Art from Cheshire will exhibit works by Geoffrey Key, Jiri Borsky, John Thompson and David Lyons.
Among many more specialists taking part will be London jewellery dealers Anthea A.G.Antiques, rug specialist Farnham Antique Carpets, art dealers Baron Fine Art from Chester, McAllister Thomas Fine Art from Godalming and Cambridge Fine Art, and other specialists including Angelika C.J. Friebe from Dorking with antiquarian maps and prints and Pars Rugs from Hampshire.
Also exhibiting will be Garret & Hurst from Sussex, specialising in 19th century bronze sculpture, Richard Hopp from Devon, showing glass, Art of the Imagination Salisbury with works by well known 20th century illustrators, Alan Walker from Newbury specialising in barometers and Shapiro & Co. from London with fine silver and jewellery.
G Live is a new leading venue built on the site of the old Civic Hall on London Road and was ome to the original Guildford Antiques Fair until the building was demolished in 2004.
The venue, newly opened in September 2011, now with an adjacent Radisson Edwardian hotel, is situated very close to the shopping centre and has a large purpose-built carpark.
The fair will be held in the main auditorium, which will provide a dramatic blackout environment. G Live also has an attractive modern white marble foyer restaurant and bar for light meals and refreshments.