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SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story at The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum to host a ground-breaking exhibition in Barnard Castle.

SOLD! 200 Years of Antique Dealing in Britain, which opens on 26 January until 5 May 2019, is the first time the history of antique dealing has been the subject of an exhibition in a public museum, with an in depth look at antique dealers, their taste and eye for objects, their shops and practices.

Antiques News & Fairs - SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story at The Bowes Museum

Meleager by Antico - Antico V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Art Funded in 1960.

The robe, hair, beard, teeth and sandals of this bronze statue are gilt, and the eyes are silver.

The Bowes Museum was created over 100 years ago by an extraordinary couple, John and Joséphine Bowes.  Together they built up the greatest private collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England and constructed a magnificent building to house them in.  The collection contains thousands of objects including furniture, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and many other items covering an extensive range of European styles and periods.

The SOLD exhibition will be housed in the Museum’s main exhibition space and the display takes the visitor on a journey through 200 years of antique dealing through an innovative ‘shopping for antiques’ theme. Working in partnership with dealers in Barnard Castle, the Bowes Museum will recreate an ‘Old Curiosity Shop’ from the 1850s giving visitors a visual feast of the kind of objects that would have been on sale in the era of Dickens.

Antiques News & Fairs - SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story at The Bowes Museum

Fauteuil, c.1785-90 (softwood with gilding & green velvet), Jacob, Georges (1739-1814).

Guest curated by Mark Westgarth of the University of Leeds, SOLD! tells the back story of 25 stunning internationally renowned objects loaned by major museums including The V&A, The British Museum, The Lady Lever Art Gallery, Temple Newsam, The National Gallery and the Museum of London, as well as a number of regional museum collections and historic houses.  The exhibition is supplemented by loans from private collections never seen on display before.

 Antiques News & Fairs - SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story at The Bowes Museum

Gilt bronze grotesque fountain mask of a River God from the home of Philip d’Orleans, brother of Louis XIV Purchased in 1966 in memory of Tony Ellis (late Deputy Museums Director).


Themes will include the history of the antique trade, looking at the roles and significance of prominent dealers, amateur dealers and collector-dealers.  How dealers valued, catalogued and marketed their objects, as well as the mythologies surrounding the dealer, from Dickens to Lovejoy.

Jane Whittaker, Head of Collections at The Bowes Museum, said “This is a most exciting exhibition to be working on and we are proud and privileged to host it.  It’s the first time an exhibition has focused on the life an item had before becoming a museum object.


Antiques News & Fairs - SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story at The Bowes Museum

Mary Eleanor Bowes cabinet for botanical specimens, English, c.1780.


I’m sure that our founders John and Joséphine Bowes would have been delighted by many of the high end and visually stunning objects that will be on show, including an exquisite 9cms high Fabergé miniature table and a gilded warrior currently on display at the V&A Museum.”

SOLD! draws critical attention to the role the antique trade has played in the development of public museums and private collections and in changing tastes and fashions in collecting, furnishing and interior design.  It is the first exhibition of its kind to explicitly highlight the relationships between the art market and museums.

Tickets and information via The Bowes Museum
 











News & Fairs Previews

SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story at The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum to host a ground-breaking exhibition in Barnard Castle.

SOLD! 200 Years of Antique Dealing in Britain, which opens on 26 January until 5 May 2019, is the first time the history of antique dealing has been the subject of an exhibition in a public museum, with an in depth look at antique dealers, their taste and eye for objects, their shops and practices.

Antiques News & Fairs - SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story at The Bowes Museum

Meleager by Antico - Antico V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Art Funded in 1960.

The robe, hair, beard, teeth and sandals of this bronze statue are gilt, and the eyes are silver.

The Bowes Museum was created over 100 years ago by an extraordinary couple, John and Joséphine Bowes.  Together they built up the greatest private collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England and constructed a magnificent building to house them in.  The collection contains thousands of objects including furniture, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and many other items covering an extensive range of European styles and periods.

The SOLD exhibition will be housed in the Museum’s main exhibition space and the display takes the visitor on a journey through 200 years of antique dealing through an innovative ‘shopping for antiques’ theme. Working in partnership with dealers in Barnard Castle, the Bowes Museum will recreate an ‘Old Curiosity Shop’ from the 1850s giving visitors a visual feast of the kind of objects that would have been on sale in the era of Dickens.

Antiques News & Fairs - SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story at The Bowes Museum

Fauteuil, c.1785-90 (softwood with gilding & green velvet), Jacob, Georges (1739-1814).

Guest curated by Mark Westgarth of the University of Leeds, SOLD! tells the back story of 25 stunning internationally renowned objects loaned by major museums including The V&A, The British Museum, The Lady Lever Art Gallery, Temple Newsam, The National Gallery and the Museum of London, as well as a number of regional museum collections and historic houses.  The exhibition is supplemented by loans from private collections never seen on display before.

 Antiques News & Fairs - SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story at The Bowes Museum

Gilt bronze grotesque fountain mask of a River God from the home of Philip d’Orleans, brother of Louis XIV Purchased in 1966 in memory of Tony Ellis (late Deputy Museums Director).


Themes will include the history of the antique trade, looking at the roles and significance of prominent dealers, amateur dealers and collector-dealers.  How dealers valued, catalogued and marketed their objects, as well as the mythologies surrounding the dealer, from Dickens to Lovejoy.

Jane Whittaker, Head of Collections at The Bowes Museum, said “This is a most exciting exhibition to be working on and we are proud and privileged to host it.  It’s the first time an exhibition has focused on the life an item had before becoming a museum object.


Antiques News & Fairs - SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story at The Bowes Museum

Mary Eleanor Bowes cabinet for botanical specimens, English, c.1780.


I’m sure that our founders John and Joséphine Bowes would have been delighted by many of the high end and visually stunning objects that will be on show, including an exquisite 9cms high Fabergé miniature table and a gilded warrior currently on display at the V&A Museum.”

SOLD! draws critical attention to the role the antique trade has played in the development of public museums and private collections and in changing tastes and fashions in collecting, furnishing and interior design.  It is the first exhibition of its kind to explicitly highlight the relationships between the art market and museums.

Tickets and information via The Bowes Museum