In Lancashire, antique cabinets and Victorian dining chairs are widely popular, but what do we really know about the beautiful items we collect for our homes? Antiques Uncovered aims to give us the answers.
Whether from a stately home or a humble two up two down in Preston, antique dining tables and similar furniture unlock a compelling history, tracking the way we lived then and now. Antiques Uncovered, which made its debut on 2nd May, is a new BBC series examining antiques from a social and historical perspective. To the average person in the Ribble Valley, a Victorian balloon backed dining chair is a valuable commodity; beautiful to look at and exquisitely made. However, historian Lucy Worsley and antiques expert Mark Hill, who co-present the programme, probe deeper, following the journey of antiques through history and into our homes. Visiting stately homes, museums and private collections, we discover who made the antiques, how much they originally cost to buy and the impact they have had on our lives today.
While Lucy probes the story behind each remarkable piece, Mark examines why certain objects, such as Chippendale antique dining chairs, have become priceless, as well as why others will be the collectibles of future generations. Along the way, we will meet curators, historians and antique collectors – as well as the craftspeople who still make them today.
Antiques Uncovered is an admirable series presented in a fun and original way. If it has left you hungry for more, visit an antique dealer in Preston, where you’ll find Victorian dining chairs, antique oak partners desks and many other examples of fine quality furniture.
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