Exhibition & Talks

Rose Antiques Fairs Ltd organize much more than just Antiques, Decorative Fine Arts fairs. The events we run incorporate the very best from the world of antiques and combine them with informative talks and a specialist exhibition.

Exhibition: Treak Cliff Cavern and the Story of Blue John

We are very pleased to announce that this year York Racecourse Antiques Decorative and Fine Art Fair will host a selling exhibition by Treak Cliff Cavern.

Treak Cliff cavern is renowned as having one of the most beautiful cave formations in the country and for being one of only two working Blue John mines in the world. Historically Treak Cliff Cavern mine is the oldest of the two having been established in about 1745-50 and has a long history associated with the mining of Blue John for use in the manufacture of decorative wares and architectural features.

Blue John is a beautiful and very rare semiprecious fluorospar mineral rock containing yellow, purple and blue bands. Blue John is only found in Derbyshire under Treak Cliff Hill.  Today the Blue John mined at Treak Cliff Cavern is use by in-house artisans who craft Blue John Jewellery rock into exquisite sculptures, bowls, chalices and silver and gold mounted jewellery, all of which are available for purchase at the Treak Cliff Cavern shop.

The exhibition will focus Blue John, the history of Blue John mining starting with its discovery by the Romans, through its decorative use in the Georgian period  encompassing the development of the Treak Cliff Cavern mine from 1745 to the present day and the recent exciting discovery of new seams of Blue John at the Treak Cliff Cavern mine. The exhibition will also include historical and contemporary pieces of Blue John Jewellery, sculptures and wares, all of which will be for sale.

Talks

This summer at the York Racecourse Antiques, Decorative and Fine Art Fair there will be 3 talks on Friday 8 June 2018 and three talks on Saturday 9 June.

Talks on Friday 8 June 2018

12.00 – Persian Rugs, the Origin and the People Who Make Them by John Briggs

13.00 – Treakcliff Cavern and the Story of Blue John by Treak Cliff Cavern

14.00 – A Century of Art: Clitheroe Artists Elijah & Frederick Cawthorne 1843-1940 by Rachel Denyer of Penrose Antiques Ltd

Talks on Saturday 9 June 2018

12.00 – Persian Rugs, the Origin and the People Who Make Them by John Briggs

13.00 – Treakcliff Cavern and the Story of Blue John by Treak Cliff Cavern

14.00 – A Century of Art: Clitheroe Artists Elijah & Frederick Cawthorne 1843-1940 by Rachel Denyer of Penrose Antiques Ltd

Talk Abstracts

Treakcliff Cavern and the Story of Blue John by Treak Cliff Cavern

This talk accompanies the Treak Cliff Cavern exhibition about Blue John, its history and uses in the manufacture of rare and beautiful bespoke decorative wares and jewellery at the Treak Cliff Cavern mine in Castleton, Derbyshire.

Persian Rugs, the Origin and the People Who Make Them

In this talk, the authority on Persian rugs John Briggs will discuss the historical origins of and uses of Persian rugs and carpets highlighting the peoples who made them and the different art forms and techniques used in their distinctive fabrication and designs.

The Cawthorne Artists, A Century of Art in Clitheroe

This talk by Rachel Denyer will focus on the “local professional artists” Elijah and Frederick Cawthornes. They represent a recently recognised genre of artists who made a living as professional artists within their local area, where their works are readily recognised, but for reasons such as a lack of patronage or failing to exhibit outside of their localities, did not go on to gain national recognition. The talk will examine the life and work Elijah Sylvester Newton Cawthorne (1844 – 1913) and his son Frederick Charles Cawthorne (1877 – 1940) both of Clitheroe as typical examples of “local professional artists. The talk is accompanied by a book titled “A Century of Art: Clitheroe Artists Elijah & Frederick Cawthorne 1843-1940 which will also be available at the fair.