Antiques Roadshow paid a return visit to Manchester this week, where among the treasures was a genuine Lowry painting worth up to £50,000.
The last time Fiona Bruce and the team visited Manchester Town Hall was in 1989, when L.S Lowry again took centre stage – in the form of two paintings which turned out to be worthless fakes. The return visit on 15th April brought no nasty surprises. Instead, a genuine Lowry painting, gifted by the artist himself, became the star piece of the show. With an accompanying letter from the artist proving its provenance, it had a value of £30,000 – 50,000.
The item that opened the show was worth a good deal less, but would look handsome in any Lancashire antique cabinet nonetheless – a Victorian celery vase, made in Manchester itself. Pressed glass was second only to cotton as the city’s leading industry in the 19th century, but luxury items incurred a higher tax, so flower vases were marketed as utilitarian vegetable holders instead.
The occasional antique desk or Victorian dining chair occasionally pops up on Roadshow, but one lady managed to bring half her bedroom with her. However, she was advised to hang on to the 1950s Art Deco wardrobe and dressing table, as right now they are unpopular, and classified as vintage rather than antique. A better find was a magnificent armorial panel found in an old cotton mill. Purchased for just £1, it could be worth up to £15,000.
If you want to sell fine furniture such as a Victorian oak partners desk , Preston antique dealers will often offer as much, if not more, than you would get at auction.
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