‘SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story’ is an exhibition that shows the history of antique dealing.
It is an in-depth look at antique dealers, how they pick objects, their shops and practices. The exhibition runs from January 26th to May 5th 2019 at the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Durham.
The theme of the exhibition is “shopping for antiques” which is illustrated with the story of 25 rare antiques loaned by major British museums. A replica of a shop from the 1850’s shows the type of common objects that were on sale at the time of Dickens, which are today’s antiques.
The exhibition covers the history of the antique trade, highlights notable dealers, and collectors. Visitors will learn how dealers value objects, how they design their catalogues and how they market their business. They will also learn myths about dealers, many of which are not true.
The head of collections at the Bowes Museum, Jane Whittaker said:
“It’s the first time an exhibition has focused on the life an item had before becoming a museum object. “
Amongst the rare objects on show will be a high Fabergé miniature table and a gilded warrior from the V&A Museum. SOLD! is the first exhibition to show the relationship between the antique market and museums.
You don’t have to travel to the Bowes Museum to see fine examples of antique chests, sofas, chairs and other antiques. Lancashire Antique dealers follow in a long tradition of dealers who offer beautiful objects at fair prices.
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