Posted: 12.09.21 at 12:03 by Rory Poulter
An 18th century Chinese robe that was once kept in a children’s dressing up box is the star of the Antiques Roadshow from Ham House on BBC One tonight.
It seems the fabulous silk robe, with dragons picked out in vibrant gold thread, might even have come the court of an Emperor.
Tune in tonight to find out it made its way to Richmond and for a truly jaw-dropping moment when Asian Art specialist, Lee Young, gives his assessment and valuation.
How much do you think it might be worth? It would be remarkable if it was worth as much as £5,000 or even £10,000. Might it be even more?
Ham House, the Jacobean Mansion on the banks of the Thames, was built is 1610 and is described as the ultimate example of fashion and power.
Much loved by the movie industry, the house has featured in films such as Anna Karenina and Sense and Sensibility, while it has also been the setting for scenes from Downton Abbey.
The Roadshow team are excited to see a portrait by Indian born artist F.N. Souza and a collection of silver from the Gulf state of Oman.
While glass specialist, Andy McConnell, cannot believe that two goblets engraved with images of the Crystal Palace were picked up for just a few pounds.
Expert and valuer, Siobhan Tyrrell, admires a dressing gown made from a blanket by a German Prisoner of War.
And the team also examine a sobering photo album that documents the moment British atomic bombs were tested in 1956, which was compiled by a British soldier who was an eyewitness to the event.
Ceramics specialist, Serhat Ahmet, challenges the presenter Fiona Bruce to ‘spot the fake’ amongst a group of items made by the Sevres porcelain factory.
The show originally started filming at the historic property on the banks of the Thames on June 24. The pandemic meant the production was entirely socially distanced and the number of people allowed in to visit as the long-running series was filmed was restricted.
The selection process for contributors was similarly abnormal as they were required to apply in advance, giving details of their items, before being chosen to take part in the much-loved programme.
This meant that the format will be slightly different when the programme does finally air this Sunday, with no crowds surrounding the items leaning in to hear valuations.
Ham House itself is owned and operated by the National Trust having been donated by Sir Lyonel Tollemache in 1948, finally opening up as an accredited museum in 2015.
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