Stylish displays are not always a feature of country antique fairs, where even serious pieces of vintage jewellery sometimes look as if they are languishing unloved in open but dusty velvet boxes. There is none of this, however, at the out-of-town forays by Burlington Arcade jewellers Richard Ogden, which for The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair on May 5-7 will be showcasing an eye-catching collaboration with one of the Queen’s milliners, Rachel Trevor-Morgan.
The eccentric and elegant hats and headpieces move through rich jewel shades to pearly whites, and pair with some spectacular Ogden items, making striking combinations for formal summer occasions (although some may not pass muster with Ascot’s fashion police). Much of the millinery is based around exotic feathers, such as the pillbox featuring a small explosion of arrow-headed feathers in reds, pinks and purple (£1,745), which was inspired by a Georgian Ogden necklace of garnets and gold (£9,750).
A headdress with peacock tail feathers (£1,235) is teamed with a substantial aquamarine pendant (£22,500) and a 1950s paste-and-glass penguin brooch (£850), while an ivory version of the headdress (£1,235) balances a c1900 diamond bow brooch (£12,500). And turning down the colour volume a touch, a rivière necklace of Siberian amethysts (£11,000) is paired with a purple taffeta teardrop headdress with curled ostrich feathers (£736).
Trevor-Morgan also offers a bespoke service, with Richard Ogden director Silvia Kobi willing to find a matching jewellery piece for items.