In the face of a fairly unpredictable marketplace, the Antiques Roadshow hit the headlines this week when it gave a mid 18th century Prussian plate commissioned for Frederick II by the Prussian East India Company the highest valuation ever for a plate since the Roadshow began thirty years ago. The owner had no idea of the high value of the plate which she brought to the Roadshow in a Tesco bag. The plate is made of hard paste porcelain and is emblazoned with the Hohenzollern family crest.
Other pieces of similar Hohenzollern crested porcelain, which also incorporate the black eagle of the Roadshow example, have gone for higher than estimate prices at auction where a 9 inch plate, much smaller than the hefty Roadshow example, sold at Christies in New York recently for $21,250 where the estimate was $5,000-$8,000. Christies’ lot notes state that there was only a limited volume of this type of armorial ware made for the German market at that time and mainly for the aristocracy, which probably would partly account for the high valuation of the Roadshow piece.
Mr Axford the Antiques Roadshow expert, based his valuation on a soup plate, also much smaller, that had sold recently at an auction house in Salisbury, Wiltshire for £31,000.
With rare and valuable antiques still readily coming out of the woodwork and being presented for valuation on programmes like the Antiques Roadshow, it would seem sensible to get any pieces of antique furniture, ceramics and jewellery valued through Lancashire, Cumbria and other UK antique dealerships.
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