A MUSEUM will host a ground-breaking exhibition early next year.

The Bowes Museum, in Barnard Castle, will be home to the exhibition: SOLD! 200 Years of Antique Dealing in Britain, from January 26 to May 5, 2019.

It 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.

Housed in the museum’s main exhibition space, the display takes the visitor on a journey through 200 years of antique dealing through a 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.

Guest curated by Mark Westgarth of the University of Leeds, SOLD! tells the back story of 25 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.

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’."

“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.”

For more information visit thebowesmuseum.org.uk