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April 6, 2013 - Filed under: Antiques News,Antiques on TV — David

Cumbrian residents are used to seeing TV antiques expert Eric Knowles on programmes like Antiques Roadshow and Antiques Master. Now they have the chance to see him in the flesh, as he is bringing his highly successful Antique Antics show to Blackwell Arts & Crafts House in Cumbria.

From antique bookcase restorations to Victorian oak pedestal desk valuations, Eric Knowles is never short of information when it comes to antiques. However, he is far more likely to be giving a lecture on Arts & Crafts furniture , or entertaining the public at one of his one-man shows, than giving TV valuations.

At his Antique Antics Roadshow on Thursday 27th June, Eric will be combining two pet subjects in one, discussing the family heirlooms and valuables brought in by audience members in the atmospheric environment of Blackwell Arts & Crafts house. When the Lakeland Arts Trust first acquired Blackwell it had none of the antique dining tables , Victorian dining chairs or other Arts & Crafts furniture that Cumbrian visitors take for granted now. In all other ways, however, it was remarkably well preserved – right down to the fragile tapestries in the dining room. This made it relatively easy to refurnish the house in the way its architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott envisaged, using a mixture of early vernacular pieces and Arts & Crafts furniture.

The antique chests, Victorian dining chairs and Open Bookcases that Lancashire visitors see at Blackwell today are either from the Trust’s own collections or on loan, but similar pieces can be found at local antique dealers.

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