As well as being one of the most beautiful parts of the country, the Cotswolds is home to the largest collection of art and antique dealers outside London – here is our pick of some of the best places to shop.
If asked to picture an idyllic English countryside scene it is often the Cotswolds that spring to mind; one of the most beautiful areas of southern England, which has remained largely unchanged for more than 250 years. Today the Cotswolds is also home to the largest collection of arts and antique dealers outside London, so come with us as we take you on a tour of some of the best places to pick up a unique and potentially valuable piece.
Fenwick & Fenwick, Broadway
In the picturesque of Broadway you’ll find Fenwick & Fenwick, a dealer that was established 30 years ago and is now settled in its new home at The Bindery, 69 High Street, just two doors down from the new Ashmolean Museum. It is a traditional antiques shop specialising in 17th, 18th and early 19th century furniture and accessories: children’s chairs, tea caddies, treen and, as owners George and Jane Fenwick say, “items you didn’t realise you needed.”
Haynes Fine Art of Broadway
Also located in Broadway is Haynes Fine Art, which claims to be the largest provincial fine art dealer in the UK of quality 16th to 21st century paintings outside of London.
The gallery has a reputation for selecting major pieces by British artists, such as John Atkinson Grimshaw, Arthur John Elsley, Joseph Farquharson and Heywood Hardy, among others. The gallery also houses an extensive range of quality period hand carved marbles and fine furniture.
Antiques at Heritage, Woodstock
At 6 Market place in Woodstock you will find Antiques at Heritage, a group of 12 dealers, including John Howard, English pottery specialist, who is also Chairman of the Cotswolds Antique & Art Dealers Association (CADA), which represents reputable dealers offering a high standard of goods and services. Among the treasures on show by the dealers here, you will find English furniture country, formal and Arts and Crafts, silver, fine art, porcelain, pottery,jewellery, glass, mirrors, rugs, clocks, garden antiques, books, vintage luggage and accessories.
Christopher Clarke Antiques, Stow-on-the-Wold
On The Fosseway in Stow-on-the-Wold you’ll find Christopher Clarke Antiques, which specialises in military campaign furniture and travel-related items. It also has a large and varied stock of antique furniture and smaller objects, from rare 18th-century portable furniture to late 19-century pieces such as chests, naval and marine furniture.
WR Harvey Antiques, Witney
WR Harvey Antiques moved from Bond Street in London’s Mayfair to spacious showrooms in Witney 17 years ago. Over half a century, Harvey’s has made a name for itself as a dealer in English antique furniture from about 1680–1830.
Greenway Antiques, Witney
The charming Greenway Antiques shop has a wide range of stock and places emphasis on the social history of its unique pieces, from Georgian fire tools to Arts and Crafts tables.
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