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January 22, 2011 - Filed under: Antiques News — Harriet

Set against the backdrop of economic doom, gloom and austerity measures, it seems that good old antique hunting is popular enough to be turned into an iPhone application.

There are figures to support this: attendance figures for antique fairs in the last year show a rise. The LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair that took place in Berkley Sq. showed a 15 per cent increase in visitors, whilst the two largest fairs in Europe, Ardingly and Newark, showed an average increase of 12 per cent in their attendees. It’s easy to think that hunting for bargain antique dining tables , chests or cabinets is becoming a national pastime, especially with the release of a new iPhone app.

The Antiques Roadshow app, which was made available for purchase from Apple’s app store last week, is aimed at a younger demographic rather than seasoned bargain hunters. Whilst the more mature amongst us may be used to searching for the perfect set of Victorian dining chairs from a Lancashire dealer, or pounding the pavements in a hunt for Arts & Crafts furniture in Cumbria, the opportunity now exists to appraise virtual antiques from the comfort of your sofa – although for many, nothing will beat the local antiques dealer.

The Antiques Roadshow executive producer, Marsha Bemko, said:

“Antiques Roadshow remains a huge hit on-air, and local events draw large crowds.

“The series is part adventure, part history and part treasure hunt, and now the app takes it to another level, allowing players to become antiques dealers-in-training.”

Rather than trivialise the pursuit of antiques, the app uses images of actual pieces. With sales soaring, we may find that it’s grooming the next generation of antique dealers.

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