Many of those outside Cumbria imagine it to be a county where it’s hard enough to shop for groceries, let alone buy antique furniture! However, the majority of the population live in towns such as Kendal and Carlisle, where there is a plentiful supply (more…)
If you’re looking for an antique chest or set of Victorian dining chairs , Cumbria and Lancashire have a rich supply of antique shops to choose from. Now, those antique traders – and their clients – could find themselves transported into television stardom. ITV’s Secret Dealer is (more…)
In Lancashire, antique desks have been used by musicians. The instruments kept inside them are often highly valuable – although robbers don’t seem to think so; certainly not if you’re a violinist.
Recently, thieves stole a (more…)
The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors is better associated with property than antique dining tables, but in Cumbria and Lancashire the two have a strong connection. Many of the antique chests and Victorian dining chairs in Preston antique dealers originate from the realisation of someone’s estate. Even where property is not part of the auctioneer’s trade, the contents certainly are.
For this reason, many (more…)
Antique cutlasses are currently drawn between the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and its Arts and Antiques Group Board.
Last year, the RICS elected a new board, who (more…)
The Cult of Beauty, currently at London’s V & A museum but touring Europe from July, is the first exhibition in the world devoted to the Aesthetic movement, which (more…)
In the run up to the Royal Wedding, Buckingham Palace has released photos of some of the rooms which will be used on the day – including the Grand Ballroom, whose imposing antique dining tables will be resplendent with Georgian silverware and antique china ware for the wedding feast.
Since 2009, it has been possible for (more…)
The Victoria and Albert Museum is running an exhibition until July 17th tracing the history of the Aesthetic movement. A short but exciting chapter in the history of Arts & Crafts furniture, one of its proponents was (more…)
Lancashire and Cumbria residents with an eye for beauty are in for a treat if they visit the V & A museum in London. A new exhibition, “The Cult of Beauty,” has just opened, covering the decorative art and furniture of (more…)
The strange “scatman” auctioneer-speak on US series Auction Kings can be a puzzle to understand for viewers in places like Cumbria. However, for one hopeful owner hoping to get $75,000 (£45,800) for an antique chest, the message was clear: $1500 was a more likely estimate. In the end the (more…)