The Emmy award-winning period drama Downton Abbey is returning to our screens on Sunday 16th September, when viewers in Lancashire will see the antique bookcases and Victorian dining chairs of Highclere Castle in a jazz age setting.
Now in its third series, ITV1’s Downton Abbey has been an unqualified success on both sides of the Atlantic, with no fewer than 16 award nominations at this year’s Emmys. One of our most successful exports, the show that mixes antique oak pedestal desks with drama and intrigue has become a global sensation, with more than 100 countries owning the broadcast rights. For this latest series, the US has supplied a phenomenon of their own, in the form of Oscar-winning actress Shirley Maclaine, who is expected to make sparks fly in her scenes with Dame Maggie Smith.
Although the new series is set in the decadent, glamorous age of the 1920s, there will still be plenty of antique marquetry furniture for Cumbrian fans to ogle over. As with many great country houses, Downton has held on to its prestigious trappings of the past – albeit at a time of great change. While young Countess Cora throws off her own trappings to dance the Charleston, dinner is still taken at an antique dining table with servants in attendance.
While some of the furniture used in Downton Abbey is reproduction, many pieces belong to Highclere Castle itself, passed down through the Carnarvon family. For antique dining tables with similar award-winning looks, visit an antique dealer in Preston.
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