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Anyone for an antique? How family heirlooms are becoming a thing of the past

Evolving tastes and challenging property markets mean that past generations’ possessions don’t fit into the homes of the next generation—aesthetically or physically

By Hephzibah Anderson   May 2019

Earlier this year, a Berkshire couple rummaging in the attic of their Victorian semi turned up a cache of Indian antiques that is expected to fetch millions of pounds at auction. Looted from the palace of Tipu Sultan by the British East India Company’s Major Thomas Hart in 1799, they were passed down through his family, consigned to increasing obscurity until they ended up wrapped in newspaper and shoved…

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