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July 7, 2011 - Filed under: Antiques News,Antiques on TV — Richard

A new series of Antiques Master began on BBC2 this week. Filmed at Towneley Hall, Burnley, the July 4th program showed Victorian doll collector Stella Brooker and Chinese porcelain enthusiast Richard Cole battling it out for a place in the semi-final. Sadly, English furniture expert Anthony Pritchard failed to get past the second round – despite his impressive knowledge of antique desks and pre-Victorian dining chairs .

Lancashire’s splendid Regency setting of Towneley Hall was, again, transformed into a TV studio for the duration of the series. Antiques Master is part Going For a Song, part Mastermind, and a total contrast to other TV antiques shows. Each week, presenter and host Sandi Toksvig, along with BBC antiques specialist Eric Knowles, put contestants through their paces in three tightly pitched rounds which test both their specialist and general antiques knowledge. The person with the highest points is put forward for the semi-final, with the overall winner crowned Britain’s Antiques Master 2011.

Georgian and Victorian furniture expert Anthony got off to a good start, correctly identifying the oldest object as an 18th century dining chair, and the “odd one out” as a Sheraton Revival antique desk. The most expensive piece was locally made: an item of antique marquetry furniture by Lancashire firm Gillows. The “also rans” were a Georgian what-not and small antique dining table. However, Anthony lost points in general knowledge to finish last.

Whether you’re looking for antique balloon back dining chairs or a Victorian mahogany pedestal desk , Cumbria and Lancashire have many antique dealers who are experts in their field. Whatever your depth of knowledge, you can trust them to give sound, impartial advice.

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