‘Why Antiques? 100 Years of Collecting in the Cotswolds’ Exhibition at The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock

‘Why Antiques? 100 Years of Collecting in the Cotswolds’ Exhibition at The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock

from Thursday 22 September

Members of The Cotswolds Art and Antique Dealers’ Association (CADA) are joining together to share with visitors their passion for collecting fine art and antiques…

Members of CADA are presenting this exhibition with a view to informing and inspiring both new and experienced collectors. Drawing on their deep pools of knowledge and experience in multiple areas of antique collecting, the dealers explain why, where and how to collect art and antiques in the Cotswolds. 

This area is home to the country’s largest concentration of art and antiques outside London. The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers’ Association (CADA) was formed in 1978 and is the first and pre-eminent art and antique regional association in the UK. Its membership comprises 50 dealers selected for their knowledge, integrity and reputation. This reassurance enables the public to buy and sell with confidence, a long-standing tradition of which the group
is very proud.

Why Antiques? focuses on the prism of our shared social history, in the form of art and antiques. You can view a selection of furniture, clocks, textiles, glass, ceramics, fine art objects, paintings and watercolours, with each participating dealer showing fine examples from their own private collections and available inventory.

These objects are all labelled with their description and date, and are collected by theme or by an area of expertise including British Pottery, Fine English Furniture, Tribal Weavings, Early Needlework and Samplers, Sculpture from the Grand Tour, Enamels and Treen. 

Throughout the exhibition, a Cotswolds art or antique dealer is on hand every day to share his or her expert knowledge and to answer any questions you may have about collecting. There is also a lecture by Rebecca Scott at the Museum Coachhouse on Saturday 24 September, from 2:30pm–3:45pm, entitled Now Whilst My Hands are Thus Employed and exploring three centuries of historic samplers. Tickets (£8 per person with proceeds donated to the Friends of Oxfordshire Museum) are available in advance from the museum reception. 

Stephen Jarrett, Chairman of the CADA Museum Committee, says of the exhibition, “The high standards set by members of CADA show that museum quality examples of fine and decorative art can still be acquired. This exhibition highlights the heritage we have inherited in Britain from collectors of past generations.”        

The exhibition opens at 12:30pm on Thursday 22 September and continues until 16 October, coinciding with The Oxfordshire Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations on 15–16 October. The Oxfordshire Museum is open on Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am–5pm, and on Sunday from 2pm–5pm. Entrance to the exhibition is free.

The Cotswolds Art and Antique Dealers’ Assocation (CADA): 07855 443913 / cotswolds-antiques-art.com

The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock: 01993 814106 / OX20 1SN / oxfordshire.gov.uk

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