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  • February 06, 2018

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Magnificent matching pair of T'ang horses, Chinese, terracotta, 7-8 century
Odyssey Antiquitis

For three days from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 February, Art Antiques Cheshire, organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, is an unmissable event that is essential for anyone interested in acquiring the best in fine art, antiques and design from 30 specialist dealers from all over the UK.  Mixing antiques with furnishings and design objects and offering antiquities alongside art to the present day, the event has a broad approach and relaxed atmosphere, creating the perfect shopping environment. This top-class boutique-style fair returns for the seventh year, taking place at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, Chester Road, Mere, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6LJ, one of the most luxurious hotels in Cheshire. The Mere, being close to Chester, Manchester and Liverpool, draws people from all over the north-west. All items are for sale.  The fair is a fascinating source of collectors’ objects spanning the centuries with disciplines ranging from paintings, furniture, sculpture, jewellery, watches, silver, glass, clocks, vintage clothing and Art Deco works to classical and medieval antiquities.  New faces exhibiting at the fair this year include Antiques by Design a family-run business from Leek, Staffordshire; Blackbrook Gallery from Leicestershire; Carnes Fine Art from Lancashire; Greenstein Antiques from Gray’s in London’s Mayfair; Something Different from Somerset; The Soden Collection from Shrewsbury Granta Fine Art from St Neots and Les & Rhoda Howard Small Silver Collectables from Cheshire.  One of the most eye-catching exhibits of the fair is a magnificent matching pair of T’ang horses dating from the 7th-8th centuries from Odyssey Antiquities of Southport, POA.  The horse has always had a special place in Chinese art ever since they were first domesticated nearly 5,000 years ago.  Anyone looking to purchase a painting will find a comprehensive display at the fair with eight fine art dealers showing differing works from the18th to the 21st centuries.   Visitors with a connection to Cheshire or those living in the county will be fascinated to find the very first ever map of Cheshire by Christopher Saxton, dated 1577, POA from J Dickinson Maps & Prints.  The map is in superb condition and still retains its original colour and anyone keen on maps cartography enthusiast would want this rare item for their collection.  

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