How Clean Is Your House star Aggie MacKenzie switched her attention to the world of antique desks and cabinets on Tuesday 8th January, in her new series Storage Hoarders.
There are people who can’t walk past a Victorian oak partners desk in Lancashire without buying it. The same is true of Sir Benjamin Slade, owner of 13th century Maunsel House, which he has transformed into a beautiful period events venue, furnished throughout with antique dining tables, leather Chesterfields and other period furniture. However, Ben – who featured in Tuesday’s programme – has one problem; he is a committed auction addict, and the antique balloon back dining chairs and other fine objects are drowning in a sea of stuffed animals, Victorian pictures, vintage firearms and a host of bizarre ephemera. He said:
“I’ll buy anything that a Labrador can be sick on, or [is] so heavy you can’t put it in your pocket.”
Ben’s hoarding habit means the house can no longer pay its way. Aggie MacKenzie, with the help of antique experts, had the job of sorting the clutter into things that could be binned, kept or sold at auction. However, Ben had an inaccurate view of his collection’s worth: a plate he thought was hand-painted by a Ming emperor turned out to be worth around £30, while his 18th century cannons were modern reproductions. The one antique desk in storage didn’t make it to the auction.
Those wanting to buy fine furniture such as Victorian mahogany partners desks in Lancashire should visit an antique dealer, where they can be assured of good quality.
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