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Rose Antiques Fairs York Racecourse Antiques, Decorative and Fine Art Fair 8 – 9 June 2018

York Racecourse Antiques Decorative and Fine Art Fair – Entry £5

Rose Antiques Fairs Ltd was established to provide York with an annual high quality, dealer led antiques fair.  Our first fair was held at The University of York in June 2015, and we moved to York Racecourse (Postcode YO23 1EX) in 2016 to allow the fair to double in size. Since then the fair has grown to become one of the largest high quality fully stand fitted decorative antiques fairs in Yorkshire, making it a must visit event for any antiques or interior design enthusiast.

The next fair will be held at York Racecourse on Friday 8th – Saturday 9th June 2018. Spread over two floors, there will be an extensive collection of antiques, fine art and decorative wares from the medieval to the modern day.

The fair will be a real day out, and will host a selling exhibition of Blue John jewellery by Treakcliff Cavern, Castleton, Derbyshire, along with a series of lectures. Check the website for the full program and times.

The Fair will open at 10am and close at 5pm on both the Friday and the Saturday.

Entrance is £5 per person

There is ample free parking at the venue.


Directions to York Racecourse YO23 1EX

Head towards York along the A64. Take the A1036 (Tadcaster Road) into York and continue towards York.  After approximately 1.8 miles turn right into Knavesmire Road.Continue along Knavesmire Road into Campleshon Road. The carpark will be on the right just as you turn into Campleshon Road.

Selection stands at the 2017 Rose antiques fairs York racecourse antiques Decorative and Fine art fair

Selection of stands at the 2017 Rose Antiques Fairs Ltd York Racecourse Antiques Decorative and Fine Art Fair.

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Parian Ware and the Victorian Age of Culture

The Victorian period was associated with improving the quality of life, and bringing art to the masses. The Great Exhibition of 1851 at Crystal Palace exemplified, with many wonders displayed for the pleasure of a public hungry for culture. One of those marvels was statuary porcelain – or what is now referred to as Parian Ware.

Statuary porcelain was first produced in Staffordshire some time around 1841 by Copeland and Garrett, with the aim of being able mass produce sculptures with a finish comparable to marble using a molding technique.

Copeland Parian Ware Bust. Beautiful and haunting presentation of Poetry, one of the eight muses, crafted Now Sold

Copeland Parian Ware Bust. Beautiful and haunting presentation of Poetry, one of the eight muses.

This new technique required a new ceramic, and this new ceramic was based on the French unglazed white biscuit ware used to produce figures. However, in the case of statuary porcelain, the paste was modified by the inclusion of oxides and frit, a ceramic component derived from pre-fused ground silica. This resulted in a fine white marble like soft paste ceramic. This new material resembled the highest quality marble from the Greek Island of Paros used in the sculptures of the classical period. The similarity to Paros marble led Minton to describe statuary porcelain as Parian Ware, a term that is now used generically to describe all statuary porcelain.

This new medium allowed the production of inexpensive marble like neoclassical   figures and busts (Figure 1) along with busts of literary and political figures. By the end of the 19th century the popularity of these works meant that the vast majority of Victorian households had at least one example of Parian ware on display. Despite the popularity of Parian Ware in the Victorian and Edwardian period, good 19th century and early 20th century examples are becoming increasingly hard to find.