Antiques Roadshow expert stunned as guest refuses to sell after whopping valuation – all because of his wife
AN Antiques Roadshow expert was left stunned after a guest refused to sell despite a whopping valuation – all because of his wife.
In a recent episode of the BBC show, expert Will Farmer met a man who had brought in an impressive collection of Clarice Cliff jugs.
Will said he was a big fan of Clarice before asking how the man got started with his collection.
He replied: "I went to an auction once and I found a small ashtray and it started from there – I just love the patterns and the colours."
Will then asked what made him switch to collecting the little jugs specifically and he said: "I just found the shape amazing, then when I started getting one or two and realising there were so many patterns to collect, I just stuck with it."
Looking at the collection on the table in front of him, Will said: "Now you mentioned to me about patterns, I’ve done a rough count here, we’ve got about 70. In Clarice’s working career, we believe she’s over the 300 mark when it comes to known patterns."
LONG WAY TO GO
He then explained a bit more about the variety of patterns before adding: "Looking at the patterns here, you’ve got abstracts, geometrics, florals, landscapes – you’ve got little milk jugs down here that run to 1927 and go right through to 1936-38 even.
“So, you’ve got 70, got a bit of collecting left to do!"
Will eventually moved on to the value of the man's collection and said: "We’ve got to look at values when we look across the table here, there’s individual jugs – Liberty Stripe, it’s modest, let's say £50, it’s a very accessible little piece.
“Right through to the May Avenue which I’m probably guessing cost you between £1000 and £1500?”
The guest said it had cost £1400 and Will continued: "When you start to add up the whole collection here, I think you’ve got the best part of £15,000 sat here in this collection.
"That’s in 70, you’ve got another 230 to find!” to which the man joked: "I’ll have to talk to my wife."
Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays on BBC One and is available on BBC iPlayer.
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