When members of the Antiques Roadshow team visited Falmouth in Cornwall, they uncovered two pieces of treasure that were made almost 400 years apart: a modernist sculpture and a silver antique cup, which together could be worth £230,000.
In Lancashire, an antique desk can be used to store all sorts of odds and ends that sometimes turn out to have unexpected worth. On Sunday 25th November, Antiques Roadshow paid a return visit to the National (formerly Cornwall) Maritime Museum in Falmouth, where among the Victorian artworks and antique marquetry furniture was a distinctly modernist piece – a rare oval form by acclaimed local sculptress Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903 – 1975). It sits on the desk of St Ives head teacher David Harris and was once used in prize-giving ceremonies, but he might want to find a more secure place after it was given a Roadshow valuation of £60,000 – 80,000. A bronze with cast iron provenance, it was bequeathed by Dame Hepworth herself, who was a governor at the school.
An even more valuable item turned up the week before, when the first Falmouth episode was shown. While a mysterious 18th century antique chest turned out to have little value aside from its seafaring history, a silver trophy belonging to Penryn Town Council and dating back to 1633 was given a valuation of £100,000 – 150,000. Identified as the Lady Jane Killigrew Loving Cup, it is currently insured for £40,000 – 50,000 – but in a secure holding place.
From Georgian silverware to antique oak pedestal desks , Lancashire antique dealers have fascinating heirlooms waiting to be discovered.
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