Antiques Roadshow ‘RULE BREAK’ leaves valuation expert stunned 'Gosh!'

Tonight’s episode saw Fiona Bruce and the team return to Helmingham Hall in Suffolk, home to the Tollemache family for 500 years.

Among the treasures were a sapphire ring, a Girl Guide sketch by Robert Baden-Powell and an important collection of Native American artefacts.

As a collector brought in a birdcage for the BBC show, Lennox said: “So we have this wonderful, almost exotic-looking birdcage.”

The collector revealed the birdcage was inherited by her husband from his family who lived in Suffolk.

Unfortunately, the collector didn’t know any more information than that and was hoping to discover new details.

Lennox gushed: “The colours are… well, they are just amazing. I love the idea, from the top working down.

“The carved finials and those little baubles hanging are bone. To signify it is a birdcage we have a little bird in this wonderful oval patera.

“The bars are actually brass but they’ve been blackened. What I did notice is this coat of arms on the front.”

Lennox then went into the finer details and explored the birdcage thoroughly.

He demonstrated: “I can open the little doors by placing the little Dove of Peace up. Then we have little feeding drawers left and right.

“And on the lower section, if I turn these round we have the little tray for cleaning.”

Lennox enthusiastically explained the unique wood style, continuing: “This is what we call parquetry work.

“Little pieces of wood nicely simulated to form patterns. Let me just spin it round to show everyone how nice it is.

“We have maple, we have padauk, ebony. The whole thing just carries on. I would say it’s English, dated around 1790, 1800.

“All the years I’ve been dealing, I’ve seen a number of birdcages. But I’ve never seen a birdcage as interesting and as beautiful as this.”

He then gasped: “This, to me… wow. It breaks all the rules.

“And I think if you saw this for sale it could quite easily cost you £15,000.”

The collector was shocked and said: “Gosh, yeah. Good.” Lennox smiled: “It’s a jolly good thing!”

Fans of the show instantly took to social media following the epic valuation.

One viewer tweeted: “£15k for a birdcage? Wtaf #antiquesroadshow.”

“Fifteen thousand pound birdcage. I hope the bird s**ts Golden eggs. #antiquesroadshow,” posted another.

A third added: “It’s a nice bird cage….but £15,000… get real. #antiquesroadshow.”

“Expert: We have this exotic looking birdcage, what can you tell me about it? Punter: It’s a birdcage…. #antiquesroadshow,” teased another.

continues next Sunday on One at 8pm.

Daily Express :: TV and Radio Feed

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