09 Jul 2020
September 4, 2018 - Filed under: Antiques on TV — Harriet

An unusual and rare birdcage was valued on the BBC Antiques Roadshow at £15,000.

At the Antiques Roadshow filmed at Helmingham Hall in Suffolk, a viewer brought in a birdcage that had been inherited by her husband. The birdcage featured carved finials, a coat of arms, a Dove of Peace figure and mixed wood parquetry. Other than describing the birdcage, the show’s expert, Lennox Cato could not provide any further information about the birdcage. He guessed that its age was from around 1790 to 1800. Based on the fact that it was the most beautiful birdcage that Lennox had seen, he valued it at £15,000.

Many viewers took to social media to express their opinion that this was too high a valuation. Most vintage bird cages are sold for much less.

Lennox Cato may not have extensive knowledge of birdcages, but he is an expert on antique furniture. In a 2011 edition of Antiques Roadshow, he valued an 18th Century Cuban mahogany kneehole desk at £200,000 which he regards as the best item he has ever seen on the show.

If you are looking to buy an antique birdcage, you may come across one in a Lancashire antique shop if you are lucky. Antique settees, antique cupboards and antique chests are easier to source from Lancashire antique dealers. They will enhance the appearance of your room, but your Amazon parrot may have to be satisfied with a reproduction vintage birdcage from Amazon.

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