A little while ago there was a BBC documentary about Dumfries House. Having hit hard times, the 18th c. Scottish stately home was to sell off bespoke Thomas Chippendale furniture to raise funds. The house and it’s furniture was rescued from being sold off at the last minute by Prince Charles. The furniture was halfway down the M1, on its way to Christies Auctioneers, when the Prince intervened. Lorries full of Chippendale furniture were heading to auction in London, only to be called back in the middle of the night, once the rescue of the house and contents had been secured. The Prince’s intervention secured not only the rescue of the furniture, but also the restoration of the whole house.