'A Long Minuet as Danced at Bath', 1787, by artist and caricaturist Henry William Bunbury (1750-1811). Priced at £7000 from WR Harvey Antiques.

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A Long Minuet as Danced at Bath, 1787 was made by artist and caricaturist Henry William Bunbury (1750-1811) and engraved and published by the London print-seller William Dickinson.

One of few surviving originals, it lampoons prominent members of the nouveau riche in the city of Bath at the time, showing their exaggerated flamboyance in attempting the minuet.

The engraving will go on sale at The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair at The Great Yorkshire Showground, running from June 11-13, with a ticket price of £7000 from exhibitor WR Harvey Antiques of Oxfordshire.

Among the other 42 exhibitors standing are John Newton Antiques, Melody Antiques, Rowles Fine Art and Bottlebrook Antiques.

Cabinet Antiques, specialising in silver enamel and cold-painted bronzes, and Glass of All Ages, specialist in antique and contemporary glass and porcelain, make their first appearances at the fair.

Looking forward

Since its first run at the Pavilions of Harrogate in the early 1990s, the event has become a regular fixture of the annual fair calendar, although it has been more than a year since the last edition took place due to the pandemic.

Organiser Sue Ede said: “We are delighted to be returning to Yorkshire and the Pavilions of Harrogate to stage our usual antiques fair. More than 40 specialist dealers will be taking part and I know many collectors are really looking forward to viewing and buying a whole range of art and antiques once again.”

All the necessary rules and regulations will be in place to ensure the fair complies with the latest guidelines, she added.