The history of antique dealing is explored for the first time in a public museum with this in-depth look at dealers' taste and eye for objects, and their shops and practices.

Visitors are invited 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 offering a visual feast of the kind of objects that would have been on sale in the era of Dickens.

SOLD! tells the back story of 25 stunning internationally renowned objects loaned by major museums including the V&A, British Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Temple Newsam, National Gallery and Museum of London.

Themes 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.

The Bowes Museum

Newgate, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP

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