In Lancashire, antique oak pedestal desks and similar fine furniture are often viewed in rather superficial terms, especially on TV where presenters rarely look beyond the surface beauty of the piece or its value at auction.
However, a new 3-part BBC2 series, Antiques Uncovered, takes a completely different approach, looking at heirlooms like Victorian dining chairs in terms of their design, social history and collecting appeal, rather than just their financial worth. The show, which airs on the 2nd of May, is presented by antiques expert and dealer Mark Hill and TV historian Lucy Worsley, presenter of the BBC4 series ‘If Walls Could Talk’.
Antiques and collectibles tell an extraordinarily diverse story. Some, such as Victorian balloon backed dining chairs , were created to fulfil a practical purpose, but many antique cabinets – and their contents – were created purely as an expression of wealth. Through this new series, we discover that whether antiques originate from a humble cottage or a regal stately home, they offer a fascinating glimpse of social history, both past and present. Each week, Lucy will examine the tales behind the objects, relating them to the lives we live today. Mark, meanwhile, will probe how objects that are relatively worthless today may become the collectibles of the future, whilst others such as a Chippendale antique cabinet are already priceless heirlooms. They also meet the curators, historians, collectors and craftsmen who help keep the passion for antiques alive.
You will discover plenty of antique dealers in areas like Preston and the Ribble Valley. From Victorian mahogany partners desks to rustic arts & crafts furniture, there will be more than enough choice to tempt the most ardent collector.
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