Amanda Robin­son vis­its 10 re­mark­able an­tique col­lec­tions around the UK, and un­cov­ers the pas­sion­ate col­lec­tors be­hind each of them

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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

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