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July 16, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Clocks — Harriet

Antiques Roadshow paid a return visit to the Weald and Downland Museum on 8th July where there was, among the exhibits, a French Empire clock which had once been used to prop open a garage door, but which was potentially worth up to £20,000.

The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum is a unique collection of over 50 historic buildings, rescued from locations across the UK before being carefully rebuilt at their home near Chichester, West Sussex. Many of the buildings have been furnished with accurate replicas of antique cabinets, Victorian dining chairs and other vernacular furniture, making it the ideal location for the final Roadshow of the current series.

The first object on Sunday’s episode was also the most impressive: an elaborate gilt ormolu clock featuring two solid bronze figures in the style of 18th Century French Empire sculptor Claude Michallon. Dating from the early 1800s, it was a substantially weighty piece which would have dwarfed any antique desk it was placed on. The owner, who inherited the clock 10 years ago, was of similar mind and banished it to her garage, where it came in useful as a doorstop and part-time skateboard rest. She later had second thoughts and gave it to her sister, who hated it almost as much. The Roadshow expert told them this was a shame, as despite needing some Restoration, the clock could be expected to make £9,000 – £12,000 at auction. Restored to retail condition, it would carry a price tag of at least £20,000.

Whether you want an ormolu clock or an antique mahogany partners desk , a Lancashire antique dealer will generally have something in your price range.

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