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March 23, 2013 - Filed under: Antique Desks — David

The 21st March is World Poetry Day, and the National Trust at Wordsworth House will be celebrating the event with readings of the poet’s best known works while visitors peruse the antique bookcases of the rooms where the great Romantic poet spent his early childhood.

The Chippendale dining chairs and antique mahogany pedestal desk of the Cumbrian mansion where William Wordsworth and his sister were born are not the same as (more…)

February 22, 2013 - Filed under: Antique Desks — Harriet

The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, is arguably home to one of the greatest art collections in the world, but the collections don’t stop at (more…)

January 8, 2013 - Filed under: Antique Desks — Richard

Ribble Valley residents planning to buy Antique Oak Partners Desks in 2013 could be making a very sound investment indeed – as US antiques expert Lark Mason has (more…)

January 3, 2013 - Filed under: Antique Desks — Richard

Lancashire residents visiting the Hertford House Wallace Collection this Christmas can enjoy free museum tours by charming and informative guides – all of whom came to this country as refugees from troubled parts of Africa.

The Wallace Collection is an internationally renowned museum occupying a prestigious (more…)

January 1, 2013 - Filed under: Antique Desks — Harriet

In the Ribble Valley, a Victorian mahogany partners desk made by a local firm such as Gillows is both a beautiful piece of furniture and a reminder of Lancashire’s unique history and heritage.

Now, the European Commission has added cultural heritage to its €80bn Horizon 2020 funding programme, making it a priority issue after receiving a petition from more than 6,000 gallery and museum staff.

In its most tangible form, cultural heritage is defined by the physical effects (such as buildings, artworks and furniture) inherited from previous generations and conserved in the present for the appreciation of future generations. Whether it is a stately home or an antique mahogany pedestal desk , the importance of preserving the past cannot be underestimated, as the uniqueness of period buildings and artefacts makes them irreplaceable.

In Lancashire, Cumbria and beyond, custodians are working tirelessly to preserve this heritage. Museums, art galleries, private collectors and organisations like English Heritage and the National Trust have all done their part, often against great odds. Now, a petition drawn up by the Fraunhofer Institute, Collections Trust and other bodies has led to the European government adding cultural heritage as a priority to the Horizon 2020 framework programme, which begins in 2014.

Nick Poole, CEO of the Collections Trust, said:

“This is a real recognition of the contribution the cultural heritage community makes to securing Europe’s position as a global leader in research and innovation.”

He also said that it represented a “significant financial opportunity” for European museums, galleries, libraries and archives.

There is another way to conserve the heritage of Lancashire and Cumbria: buy a Victorian mahogany pedestal desk from a local antique dealer.

December 31, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Desks — Richard

While it is usually quite easy to identify things like antique silverware in Lancashire, Victorian Oak Pedestal Desks and similar (more…)

December 27, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Desks — David

Lancashire collectors staying in New York over the Christmas period should find time to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the attractions include a Christmas tree bedecked with 18th century ornaments, and an exhibition of antique marquetry furniture by the revolutionary Roentgen cabinetmaking firm.

The New York Met is once again celebrating Christmas in spectacular style, with the highlight being a towering (more…)

December 25, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Desks — Richard

The antique marquetry furniture of the Roentgen cabinetmaking firm was among the most beautiful and ingenious ever produced, and now some fifty pieces, including antique desks and cabinets never before seen outside Europe, have been showcased in a new exhibition at (more…)

December 19, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Desks — Harriet

In the last series of Four Rooms, a dealer paid £2,000 for a battered Victorian oak pedestal desk with missing drawers – because it was the same desk Bram Stoker used to write his (more…)

December 15, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Desks — Harriet

Lancashire antique collectors wondering whether to hold on to their ebonised furniture might be interested to know that a lacquered secretaire-à-abattant – which once belonged to the Royal Mistress of King Louis XV, Mme de Pompadour – was the top-selling lot at (more…)

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