The Antiques Roadshow is calling on potential visitors to register their items for when the show visits Stowe House.
The last time the Antiques Roadshow was in the area was when it visited Bletchley Park in 2009. There were some exciting finds filmed that day including a pair of Ramsden & Carr candlesticks worth nearly £10,000, a Steiff bear given to a child by the Duchess of Bedford and valued at more than £3,000, a sofa table bought for 30 shilllings and valued at £5,000 and a collection of moustache cups worth an amazing £20,000. So, it’s not surprising that the team are looking forward to their visit to the grounds of Stowe House on Thursday, July 19, in the hope that similar treasures will turn up.
The sofa table and other large objects would have been brought in on the Roadshow’s furniture round. Back in the office the team are compiling a folder containing letters and emails from people in the area with furniture and large items too big to carry to the show. Items in the past have included paintings, large pots, bedsteads and even a military cannon.
The weekend before the show two of the team will arrive in the area with the folder and visit as many of the people who have contacted the show as possible. Some of these people will have their items transported to the Roadshow by the team and a few lucky ones may end up being filmed on the day.
It’s not too late to contact the Roadshow if you do have any large items that you would like valued. Send details and photographs of the objects to: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or e-mail them to: firstname.lastname@example.org. It may be possible to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue.
Among the team of experts at Stowe House on the day will be Paul Atterbury, Bunny Campione and Eric Knowles. Along with the other members of the team they will be on hand to offer free valuations and advice to visitors. The doors are open from 9.30 until 4.30 and entry to the event and the gardens is free.