Antiques Roadshow is coming to Cromer; The team’s top 20 finds so far

PUBLISHED: 11:53 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:45 21 May 2018

Item 4, Van Dyck painting. Picture: BBC

Item 4, Van Dyck painting. Picture: BBC


Excitement is high as north Norfolk residents gear up to welcome the Antiques Roadshow team to Cromer.

Item 6, Cralwey Silver. Picture: BBCItem 6, Cralwey Silver. Picture: BBC

And with the local community rifling through their drawers and clearing out their lofts in the hope of finding a hidden treasure, we thought we’d pull together the top 20 finds from the Antiques Roadshow team so far.

So if you have anything that resembles any of these items, be sure to bring them down to Cromer Pier on Wednesday!

20. Richard Dadd painting sold for £100,000.

Item 3, the 'plant pot' Jardiniere by Christofle. Picture: BBCItem 3, the 'plant pot' Jardiniere by Christofle. Picture: BBC

It was during a visit to Barnstable in 1986 that a lost painting by 19th-Century artist Richard Dadd was discovered. Halt In The Desert had been missing since 1857 and was valued by expert Peter Nahum at £100,000.

The watercolour was later sold to the British Museum for £100,000.

19. 12 Silver Bull’s Head Stirrup Cups valued at £150,000.

Item 8, John F Kennedy’s jacket. Picture: BBCItem 8, John F Kennedy’s jacket. Picture: BBC

Stirrup cups which first appeared in the mid-18th century were usually decorated with foxes. They were handed up to the Master of the Hunt, just before they went off hunting.

The cups were made by Hunt and Roskell, which was one of the best makers of the 19th Century. “Bulls happen to be one of the rarest forms of stirrup cup you can get,” said Alastair Dickenson, “for a set, there’s not going to be much change left out of £150,000.”

18. Art Deco bracelet valued at £150,000

Item 11, painting by William Orpen. Picture: BBCItem 11, painting by William Orpen. Picture: BBC

The bracelet was bought by the owner to Senate House in 2016.

The bracelet was believer to have been made in the late 1920s or early 1930s.

The owner broke down in tears at a valuation of £150,000 and said the bracelet belonged to her husband’s family.

Item number 12, Beatrix Potter paintings. Picture: BBCItem number 12, Beatrix Potter paintings. Picture: BBC

17. 18th Century Dolls House valued between £150,000 and £200,000

An early 18th Century doll’s house, described as “of national importance”, was valued by expert Fergus Gambon at more than £150,000.

The doll’s house was built in 1705 and has been in the owner’s family ever since, being passed down the female line for generations.

Item number 13, the 18th century apothecary desk. Picture: BBCItem number 13, the 18th century apothecary desk. Picture: BBC

16. Collection of Wartime Pigeon Memorabilia valued between £180,000 to £200,000

A collection of war time Dickin Medals, the animal equivalent of a Victoria Cross, was valued between £180,000-200,000 at Stowe House.

Every reconnaissance aircraft that left the shores of the UK had two racing pigeons. If the aircraft was shot down and the radio was lost, the pigeons would be released with the coordinates, they’d fly back and the air crew would be picked up.

Item number 15, Nelson's sword. Picture: BBCItem number 15, Nelson's sword. Picture: BBC

15. Nelson’s 18th-century sword valued at £200,000

The sword is a copy of one which was presented to Nelson to commemorate the victory over the French at the Battle of the Nile. Nelson had the original which was made in gold, and then his prize agent arranged for several copies for the senior captains made in gilded brass.

14. A bronze racehorse by Munnings valued at £200,000

Item number 18, the Art Deco bracelet. Picture: BBCItem number 18, the Art Deco bracelet. Picture: BBC

This sculpture was described as a very rare piece when presented at Ascot in 2008, depicting race horse Brown Jack.

Brown Jack won seven of the most challenging races at Ascot between 1929 to 1934. During that time the nation grew to love him and he was, without a doubt, the most popular horse of his time.

13. 18th century apothecary desk valued at £200,000

Item number 20, Richard Dadd painting. Picture: BBCItem number 20, Richard Dadd painting. Picture: BBC

With 421 drawers this important piece of mid-18th-century furniture once stood in Lulworth Castle.

12. Beatrix Potter paintings valued at £250,000

23 original pictures and watercolours were brought into the Roadshow in Dumfries and the visitor revealed that Beatrix Potter had been a friend of the family.

Expert, Clive Farahar said: “While a lot of these predate Peter Rabbit, which came out in 1902, many are sketches and a lot are half finished it doesn’t make them any less interesting.”

11. Painting by William Orpen valued at £250,000

The picture, thought to be a copy, turned out to be an original painting by Sir William Orpen of his mistress reported to be a spy in the First World War. Originally seen at an Antiques Roadshow in Greenwich the painting was initially valued at £30,000. However, further research proved there was another version of the painting and Rupert Maas revalued it at £250,000. The owner said “I’m completely gobsmacked. It’s worth more than my house - what on earth am I going to do about it?”

10. John Lavery painting valued at £250,000

A painting by renowned Irish artist John Lavery was examined by expert Rupert Mass at Hereford in 2007.

The painting was bought between the First and Second World War by the owner’s grandfather as a gift to her mother.

9. Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema portrait valued between £250,000 to £300,000

A portrait by the Victorian artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema of his friend and engraver Leopold Löwenstam was brought along to Arley Hall, in Cheshire in 2016. The picture had not been seen in public since an exhibition in 1917 and was brought along to the Roadshow by Löwenstam’s great-great grandson.

8. John F Kennedy’s jacket valued between £200,000 and £300,000

A leather jacket reported to be owned by John F Kennedy was valued between £200,000-300,000 when it was brought to Walmer Castle in Kent. It was a legacy of a love affair between the former US president and a Swedish girlfriend in the 1950s.

It is expected to be auctioned some time this year.

7. Gold Leica 2 Luxus Camera sold for £320,000

The owner of this camera said that he’d owned it for the past 45 years and didn’t consider it anything unusual, and took it to the Antiques Roadshow in Bridgend in 2001.

However, it turned out to be a very rare camera; one of only four made.

When it went up for sale 12 years later it was sold in Hong Kong for £320,000.

6. Crawley Silver sold for £350,000

In 1994 a young man brought in a silver collection. The owner pulled out incredibly rare items, such as an early wine taster and stirrup cups.

The silver had been collected by his father and the whole collection was eventually sold for £350,000.

5. Mobile Lovers by Banksy for £403,000

Painted on a door opposite Broad Plain Boys’ Club in Bristol by street artist Banksy, Mobile Lovers showed a couple embracing while checking their mobile phones. The club sparked an ownership dispute with Bristol City Council but Banksy wrote to the cash-strapped club and said it was theirs. The painting was sold in 2014 for £403,000 and the proceeds went to keep the Boys’ Club going.

4. Van Dyck painting valued at £400,000

The painting had been bought for just £400 from an antique shop in Cheshire in 1992 by a priest. After being authenticated it was valued at £400k by expert Philip Mould and has since been exhibited internationally.

3. Jardiniere by Christofle sold for £560,000

The Parisian Bronze Jardiniere used to be used by its owner as a plantpot.

Expert Eric Knowles revealed that the ‘pot’ was actually a French ‘Japonisme’ urn made in 1874 and was cast in gilt bronze with handles styled as cranes. It was sold at auction in September 2012 for £560,00.

2. Maquette of the Angel of the North valued at £1 million

This is the final maquette on the basis of which the design was approved. The Angel and the maquette are owned by Gateshead Council and the employee who brought it along to the Roadshow said it has “great emotional ties for me”.

1. Watch this space

One of the “most significant items of jewellery ever valued on the Roadshow” has recently been filmed and will be broadcast as part of the 40th anniversary series.

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