antique bookcases are generally in short supply on Bargain Hunt, the BBC1 program fronted by Tim Wonnacott, in which two teams battle to see who can make the best profit from 4 items purchased at a local antique fair.
On Wednesday December 7th both teams went home empty handed, having been given a particularly expensive and disappointing venue in the grounds of Keddleston Hall, Derbyshire, to spend their £300. With few pieces of antique furniture, and a predominance of 20th century porcelain and glass, even the two experts struggled to find bargains. The result was that some poor decisions were made, and practically everything went under the hammer for far less than was paid for it. However, viewers did get a quick glimpse of some genuine antique furniture – not at Keddleston but at Cannon Hall, just across the border from Lancashire and the Ribble Valley.
Antique dining chairs , Turner paintings and Victorian Arts & Crafts Furniture – just some of the artefacts on display at Cannon Hall Museum. However, it was the library which got Tim excited – not the antique desk and open bookcases, but two superb globes, repapered as 18th century geographical boundaries changed. Tim then took us to something which, at first glance, looked like a long-case grandmother clock – but turned out to be a rare barometer.
Back in October, Barnsley Council caused fury when it sold off a large quantity of antique furniture kept in storage at the museum. Much of it ended up at auction – meaning antique dealers in the Ribble Valley may have antique marquetry furniture originating from Cannon Hall.
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