Amanda Robinson visits 10 remarkable antique collections around the UK, and uncovers the passionate collectors behind each of them
We explore 10 remarkable antique collections do%ed around the UK, plus the extraordinary collectors behind each of them
Purpose-built in the 19th century by collectors John and Joséphine Bowes, The Bowes Museum is a magnificent edifice to art in the northern market town of Barnard Castle. The couple’s vision was to introduce the wider world of decorative art to the people of Teesdale and to this end, between 1862 and 1874, filled the rooms with over 15,000 objects. From this treasure trove, today’s curators have picked out 25 outstanding treasures every visitor should see – more than enough to fill a day! Without doubt, the 18th-century silver swan is one of the best-loved objects – for conservation purposes it is only played once a day at 2pm, so time your visit to coincide if you want to see this beautiful automaton in action. Open daily, except 25th, 26th Dec and 1st Jan.
The 240-year-old swan is the star attraction at The Bowes Museum.BELOW The style of the building is down to its French architect. It’s thought to be modelled on the town hall, Le Havre. THE BOWES MUSEUM Co Durham