Antiques Roadshow will be filming at Stowe House on 19th July, when Buckinghamshire residents will be emptying their antique cabinets of trinkets and heirlooms, and taking them to the experts for inspection.
An architectural masterpiece dating from the 1670s, Stowe House has been a visitor attraction since the 18th century. Once, the rooms would have been crammed with antique cabinets, Victorian dining chairs and other fine furniture, but today only a few open bookcases remain, the house having been stripped of everything valuable in auctions which took place in the 1840s and 1920s. For the last ten years, a massive Restoration programme has been overseen by the Stowe House Preservation Trust, who are also seeking to track down the Lost Treasures of Stowe, with a view to building up a “virtual collection” online. The Antiques Roadshow producers are hoping that some of those treasures may turn up on 19th July.
In Buckinghamshire, as in Lancashire, an antique cabinet full of valuable heirlooms is a tempting target for thieves. With this in mind, Thames Valley Police will be at Stowe House on 19th July giving visitors valuable advice to ensure their own treasures don’t end up vanishing into thin air. Alongside them will be an array of specialists with expert knowledge in everything from Victorian mahogany pedestal desks to fine porcelain, and if any visitor does happen to own one of Stowe’s lost antique cabinets, the BBC can probably arrange transportation.
If you have an empty space in your home fill it by visiting an antique dealer in Lancashire, where Victorian dining chairs, antique bookcases and many more fabulous items will be on display.
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