Derek Newman of Newman Fine Art is one of the local dealers attending The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair. He comes armed with an array of seasonally and geographically appropriate pictures.
The fair runs from August 11-13 at Westonbirt School, Tetbury, and has a fully booked roster of 42 dealers.
Newman, a regular, specialises in 18th-20th century watercolours. Among his offerings on this occasion are several pictures of the surrounding area including a sunny view of Tewksbury Abbey by Ernest Chadwick (1876-1955), which is priced £950.
Alongside it a picture of a reader on A Summer Afternoon painted by Joseph Ratcliffe Skelton (1865-1927) is available for £1450.
The summer event is the second in a series of three Cotswolds fairs run annually by Cooper Events. For this edition, the fair has expanded into an extra room of the school to accommodate the exhibitors.
While August is traditionally a quieter time for some parts of the trade, this event often benefits from holiday visitors and, as with many Cooper fairs this year, continues to attract visitors diverted from the lost Art & Antiques for Everyone series (one event was previously held in late July).
Among the dealers at this staging are WR Harvey Antiques with traditional English furniture, jewellers such as Plaza and Shapiro & Co and Fu Ts’ang Lung Oriental Antiques.
Events such as the Cotswolds fair offer diffuse points of light during the summer. The autumn is far more concentrated.
While in London events kick off in late September, there are other international events to enjoy. Here are some of the latest updates from the upcoming fairs calendar.
• Change is afoot for the 32nd edition of the British Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery which runs from September 28-October 1, coinciding with the LAPADA fair. This year its SOLO Contemporary section is twice as large as in its inaugural staging last year.
• In New York the Contemporary fairs series Independent is holding the second edition of its event Independent 20th Century from September 8-11. It will focus on previously overlooked modern artists. Uncovering artists of the recent past whose art is both desirable and in limited supply has always been a favourite mission of Contemporary art galleries. Recently, particularly with the demand for female artists on the rise, it has become more pronounced. Later in the year London’s Frieze Masters features a Spotlight section devoted to lesser-known artists and the early works of established artists.
• The inaugural Paris edition of Design Miami runs from October 18-22 at L’hôtel de Maisons. Exhibitors include Sarah Myerscough Gallery, Galerie Downtown François Laffanour and Galerie Eric Phillippe.
• The LAPADA Berkeley Square Fair (from September 26-October 1) launches the autumn fair season in London. It recently released a list of early highlights including a PH-Bow grand piano by Andreas Chrisensen, c.1937, and a Fabergé enamelled frame and accompanying items from Spicer Warin.
• Frieze Seoul returns for its second staging from September 6-9. After the introduction of a special Frieze Masters section last year, several galleries with a more historic focus will take part in this edition including Daniel Crouch Rare Books, Les Enluminures and Stephen Ongpin Fine Art.