Westonbirt Wonders


The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair features fine art and antiques specialists from across the UK, and is the place to buy the most traditional antique pieces to the latest in decorative chic style. Memories of the old Bristol training ship HMS Daedalus will be revived when a famous painting by a much-admired Bristol artist goes on sale at at Westonbirt School, near Tetbury from 4th – 6th January 2019. HMS Daedalus was an imposing 1,082 ton, 46 gun frigate that arrived in Bristol in 1846 after fighting pirates in the East Indies. The ship had enjoyed a period of international fame in 1848 when its captain Peter McQuhae, his officers and men, saw a 6-foot serpent creature near the Cape of Good Hope that was widely reported in the newspapers of the time! HMS Daedalus was a well-known feature of the Bristol docks until it was broken up in 1920.

The oil painting is by Bristol artist Arthur Wilde Parsons (1854-1931) and measures 5ft 7in wide by 4ft high. It arrives on the market for the first time in forty years and will be offered at the fair by Bristol dealers Brian Ashbee & Wesley Wotruba with a price of £12,500.

The organiser, Sue Ede, told us: “This is where people come to decorate and furnish their homes in their own personal style, mixing and matching antique and contemporary with Mid-century accessories; fine art, sculpture and furniture from past centuries, Our Cotswolds Fair has plenty of choice!”

Approximately 40 dealers offer plenty of choice for interior designers and the seasoned and first-time collectors. So, if you’re looking for stylish antiques, superb paintings, decorative delights and all kinds of rare and unusual antique treasures go on sale with prices from less than £20 to more than £20,000, this is the Fair for you!


Woo Gilchrist