The Antiques Roadshow team visited Scotland over the summer, and met with plenty of guests hoping to discover their hidden treasure was worth a bob or two. Airing on Sunday night, BBC viewers couldn’t help but note the amount of Russian related items featured throughout the latest episode
Antiques Roadshow viewers couldn’t help but notice the unfortunate timing of trying to offload Russian related items on Sunday night.
The popular BBC show was in Scotland for the latest installment, seeing what treasures the experts could uncover at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.
First up to consult the antiques specialist was the owner of some vintage Russian figurines.
“It’s a glorious Scottish summer’s afternoon but these two chaps have got their big coats on – I wonder where they’ve come from, do you know?” Stephen Moore asked the hopeful guest at the Scottish beauty spot.
” Russia somewhere,” the figurine owner replied, to which the antiques expert confirmed was correct.
The guest then went on to explain how the item came into his life via his great grandfather who had a business connection to Russia.
Stephen goes on to point out that the owner’s relative had met with the Imperial family during a Coronation Tour, thanks to an accompanying artifact.
“These things are very collectable,” Stephen explained when discussed the figurines from 1884.
“The market is in Russia, or it’s in America to Russia emigrating family. So today, this is £3,000, including that.”
The episode was filmed prior to current Russian leader Vladimir Putin ordering a military invasion and waging a war against neighbouring country Ukraine in February this year.
Many those tuned into Antiques Roadshow on Sunday night noted the unfortunate timing of the episode.
“‘The market’s in Russia’ – not any more. #AntiquesRoadshow,” one fan quipped on Twitter during the show’s broadcast.
The figurines weren’t the only Russian artifacts to appear on the show on Sunday night.
“First a luftwaffe pilot, now Russian ornaments – Antiques Roadshow is really pushing it tonight,” another viewer noted later in the episode, with a seconding adding: “Lots of Russian stuff on Antiques Roadshow tonight.”
One of the additional items was a Russian bronze model that saw a large wild bear savaging a lifeless man.
“They’re both quite shiny, are you a keen polisher?” Christian Beadman noted when examining the item.
“I was last weekend,” admitted the owner as they both laughed.
Christian commented: “It’s not necessarily a good thing to do with antique bronzes as it takes away the original patterer which does sadly effect the value which brings us neatly onto the question of their worth.”
“It is again quite highly polished so I think again that that one is only £20k-£40k.”
*Antiques Roadshow continues on BBC One on Sunday at 7pm.
published 2022-04-06 18:05:10