Talk: John & Josephine Bowes – Taste & Collecting in 19th century Paris.

The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle is one of the great treasures of the North East, an extraordinary repository of rare and beautiful objects that bring a taste of 19th century Paris to County Durham.

For the third year running, The Garden Rooms at Tennants are hosting a loan display of some of the unseen treasures from The Bowes Museum, this time focusing on items from and inspired by the Far East - a taste for which was burgeoning in Paris during the years John and Joséphine were living there. From a 19th century Japanese sedan chair that belonged to a member of the Tokugawa family, to rare Sèvres porcelain that imitates black laquerwork, a host of beautiful works of art are on public view until the end of October.

Now Tennants are delighted to be welcoming Lindsay Macnaughton and Simon Spier, two doctoral candidates working with The Bowes Museum, to give a talk on 5th October at The Garden Rooms. They will be giving a fascinating insight into the fashion for the Exotic Far East in 19th century Paris through the objects in John and Joséphine’s extraordinary collection. Tickets are £12 (students £10) including refreshments, and can be purchased from The Garden Rooms at Tennants.
The display is now open, and further details can be found at

Display Dates: Until 31st October
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 9am – 5pm (Closed Easter Monday)
Free Entry
Talk: 5th October, 2pm
Tickets: £12 (students £10), including refreshments
Venue: The Garden Rooms at Tennants, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5SG