Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair this week

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A major new event in the Sussex calendar launches with the Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair taking place in the grounds of Petworth House from Friday, May 8-Sunday, May 10.

A major new event in the Sussex calendar launches with the Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair taking place in the grounds of Petworth House, from Friday, May 8-Sunday, May 10.

Around 40 dealers, predominantly members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association and the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, are promising their finest wares laid out in a purpose-built pavilion.

Spokeswoman Gail McGuffie said: “The elegantly-designed stands create a relaxed atmosphere to hunt for the very best antiques and fine art on offer. Organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, the team has established an excellent reputation for staging boutique-style antiques fairs around the country.

“A huge incentive for visitors who have never visited Petworth House is entrance tickets to the fair (£10) also include admission to Petworth House and Park to see its treasures, including paintings by JMW Turner and Van Dyck. In a reciprocal arrangement, Petworth House ticket holders and National Trust members can also have free entry to the fair.”

Gail added: “A fascinating highlight of the fair is an extremely-rare pre-Renaissance portrait of Saint Catherine of Siena, dated c1500, circle of the Ghirlandaio family, Florentine, POA from Thomas Fine Art. This charming portrait exhibits the serenity of composition and everyday familiarity of gesture for which Domenico Ghirlandaio and his family were famous. Ghirlandaio’s style was enormously influential and he is thought to have trained the young Michelangelo. Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) was the patroness of the City of Siena, who was instrumental in bringing about the return of the papacy from Avignon to Rome.