Sky Arts has launched a brand new series that aims to find those with the most knowledge about period furniture such as Victorian mahogany partners desks. However, Lancashire’s antique dealers need not apply, as this is strictly for amateurs only.
Plenty of people in Lancashire and Cumbria have an antique dining table in their home, but few have the overwhelming passion to qualify as an amateur antiques expert.
Antiques House, an ITV production commissioned by Sky Arts 2, sets out to find these novice practitioners. The show pits teams of amateur antiques enthusiasts against each other as they race against time through three beautifully furnished rooms, each authentically decorated to reflect a particular period or style.
However, the Victorian balloon backed dining chairs and Open Bookcases Preston viewers see on screen are not situated in some stately home – although they may be on loan from one. The entire series has been filmed at Pinewood Studios, with the authenticity and attention to detail more associated with the big screen. Emma Read, executive producer of Antiques House, said:
“I wanted to make a visually rich programme that celebrated these objects we share our homes with.
“We want contestants to really feel like they’re walking back into that period.”
However, looks can be deceiving, and it is the job of the contestants to sort out the genuine victorian oak partners desk from a modern copy.
Hosted by Josie Lawrence and period furniture expert Lennox Cato, Antiques House premiered on Monday 14th January. The antique balloon back dining chairs may turn out to be reproductions, but collectors can find the genuine article by visiting a Preston antiques dealer.
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