And to mark the occasion, they hosted a sale featuring stunning unique items – among which the 18th century engraving is over seven feet long and is a famous work of social commentary by artist and cartoonist Henry William Bunbury ( 1750-1811).
It was engraved and published by William Dickinson in 1787 and is one of the few surviving originals.
The print is titled “A Long Minuet as Danced in Bath, 1787” and features drawings of ten caricatured couples engaged in various stages of dance poses.
Recent research has revealed that the scoffed at figures are based on actual figures in the city of Bath at that time.
They include the master of ceremonies, Richard Tyson, former Prime Minister Lord North, his wife and daughter, the mayor and mayor of Bath, French financiers, Bunbury’s wife, Catherine (née Horneck, a lady of honor of the queen) and the artist himself seems to bow to his audience.
Their exaggerated flamboyance in attempting a difficult dance, the minuet, is a social commentary on their status as a member of the Noveau Riche at the time.
The comic book designs suggest that the minuet will act as a filter for class identity.
The engraving will be on sale for a £ 7,000 ticket from exhibitors WR Harvey Antiques in Oxfordshire.
Fair organizer Sue Ede said: “We are delighted to be returning to Yorkshire and the pavilions of Harrogate to host our regular antiques fair. Over forty specialist dealers will be attending and I know that many collectors really look forward to seeing and purchasing a whole range of fine art and antiques again.
“Of course, when we return, all the necessary rules and regulations will be in place to ensure that we comply with the latest guidelines in the aftermath of the pandemic.”
The fair is widely regarded as one of Yorkshire’s premier events. It first aired at the Harrogate Pavilions in the early 1990s and has since become a staple, attracting collectors from across the country and far beyond.
With a huge range of high quality parts for sale, priced from £ 20 to £ 20,000, the salon has something for everyone.
Several Yorkshire dealers still participate, including several from Harrogate, and the event brings together many dealers from the north of England. Jack Shaw and Highland antiques sells fine English and Scottish silverware; John Newton Antiques specializes in fine china and workshop pottery; Melody Antiques offers English country furniture and JC Antiques has oil paintings and fine furniture.
From Harrogate, Sutcliffe Galleries and Walker Galleries show beautiful paintings; From Ludlow, Rowles Fine Art offers paintings and sculptures; and Gloucestershire, Paul Burnett Antiques & Interiors showcases a range of unusual decorative furniture and collectibles.
The Plaza and Shapiro & Co jewelry specialists; and porcelain specialists Bottlebrook Antiques.