Do you have an interest in antique dining tables or Victorian oak partners desks ? In Lancashire, Sky Arts viewers may soon have the chance to appear in a new 24-part series which aims to find the Antiques Roadshow experts of the future.
In collaboration with ITN Productions, Sky Arts has commissioned Antiques House – a series of 60-minute programmes in which amateur enthusiasts compete to find valuable antiques in three rooms, each converted to a certain period style. Contestants have the challenge of identifying various objects – anything from a Victorian oak pedestal desk to vintage clothing – by markers such as designer, place of origin and age, so all-round knowledge is essential. Winning teams have the opportunity to progress to the next round, with the overall winners being named UK champion amateur antiques experts 2012.
The show is being co-presented by actress Josie Lawrence and Antiques Roadshow expert Lennox Cato, a furniture specialist who is regularly seen on our screens appraising such items as antique desks and Victorian dining chairs . Cumbria is just one area likely to be targeted by Sky Arts director James Hunt, who ordered the series and is now on the lookout for likely contestants. However, those who prefer to be in front of the TV rather than on it can still have fun, as Antiques House aims to put the knowledge of both competitors and viewers to the test.
Antiques house is all about identifying unique and beautiful objects, so why not pop down to your local antiques dealer in Preston, whose knowledge of antique desks and Victorian dining chairs is sure to be on a par with Lennox Cato’s?
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