Penman Fairs: Firle Place Fair

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2nd - 4th JUNE 2017

2018: planned date 8 - 10 June

The First Penman Firle Place Antiques Fair was in early July 2016, well attended, and thoroughly enjoyed by both visitors and exhibitors.

The 2nd annual Firle Place Antiques Fair was on  2nd - 4th June 2017

Much emphasis is put on offering a wide diversity of antiques and furnishings for the home, from the 17th Century to the present day, with prices from £10 up to about £10,000. Expect to find furniture, jewellery, metalware, personal and household accessories, silver, ceramics and bronzes, plus a wide selection of paintings, of all ages.

The diversity creates a really friendly atmosphere in the fair, with all exhibitors getting on together, top BADA dealers making friends with smaller dealers, which is a delight to behold!

Quality is assured by the vetting system, where top dealers check for fakes and forgeries or mis-described items, and put things right!

Three TV Celeb Experts have stands, so you can visit Mark Stacey, Henry Nicholls and Ben Cooper, see what they have to offer! Appraisals can be done on their stands after 2pm (they want to sell in the mornings!) and £3 per item will be charged, to go to British Heart Foundation.

The Venue:  The Georgian Riding School,  Firle Place, West Firle,  A27, 4 miles South East of Lewes, East Sussex  BN8 6LP

Nestled into the South Downs, the Firle Estate encompasses villages and farms as well as Firle Place, home to the Viscount Gage and family for 500 years. The original medieval house was extended by 1543 by Sir John Gage, trusted counsellor of Henry VIII, built of Caen stone, then re-modelled in the 18th century providing it’s current façade and many remarkable architectural features. Visitors can tour the House.... 

Firle Place House will be open from noon to 4.30pm each day of the fair - full of wonderful furniture and portraits by old masters as well as an excellent collection of Porcelain. Admission to the house will be £5 with your Antiques Fair Catalogue (entrance is normally £9).

The licenced Café in the Fair offers delicious quiches & home-made cakes. Plus in the House, the Tearoom will be open too, from noon to 4pm. 

It is a tranquil, unspoiled venue that is sure to appeal to antiques enthusiasts. Close by you will find Charleston Farmhouse, home to the Bloomsbury Set. (open on the Sunday)

 Quality is assured by Vetting by committees of experts, who check the authenticity of every item, along with its description on the price label. There are detailed guidelines as to what is or is not allowed; however, there is  no dateline. Pieces can be contemporary - but nothing made after 1918 can be a reproduction / in an earlier style.

Exhibitors  June 2 - 4, 2017:

A & J Antiques (t.b.c.) Good straightforward Furniture

Abbott Antiques - a good selection o porcelain and silver

Art of the Imagination - illustrations & bronzes from Salisbury,

Malcolm Bowdery - Furniture & accessories, from Surrey

Bank House - something for everyone, from Leominster 

Ben Cooper - Chinese ceramics from Herefordshire, 

Gallery 16 - furniture & glass from Lewes,

Pamela Goodwin, furniture clocks & silver, from Heathfield

Hickmet Fine Arts, deco bronzes & glass from Surrey

Peter Jeffs, 20thC decorative arts from Crowborough

Newman Fine Art - watercolours from Cirencester,           

Henry Nicholls - jewellery from Worthing, 

Parkside Antiques with an eclectic mix from Oxfordshire,  

Lawrence Prentice - unusual paintings & objects, from W Sussex.

T Robert - jewellery from Norfolk,            

E Stacy-Marks - paintings from Eastbourne,             

Santiago Ventura Real - all kinds! from Essex.

Welbourne Fine Art - paintings, from Hove

Mark J West - glass, from Surrey

And outside:

Blooming Good Nursery with fine plants, from Albourne

Mud Mountain with large terracotta pots from Tuscany

Sussex Antiques & Interiors with 20thC furniture from Seaford