Antiques Roadshow guest startled to discover huge valuation of paintings despite fake item

Antiques Roadshow: Paintings collection valued at £12,000

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Antiques Roadshow expert Dendy Easton was shown three paintings that all belonged to the same guest when the BBC show visited Culzean Castle in Ayrshire. Dendy pressed the owner on which painting she preferred before revealing one of them was fake and the impressive amount of money the collection was worth. 

Dendy began: “Well we’ve got three very different pictures here, what is the history behind them?”

“They all came from little grandma and when she died we got the middle one, my mother-in-law and her husband took this one and my sister-in-law took this one and when my mother-in-law died last year they all came to my house,” the guest replied. 

“So you own all three?” Dendy asked and when the guest confirmed she did, he added: “Do you have a favourite?”

“I like these two,” she remarked, pointing at a painting of two women on a beach and one of a couple on a boat. 

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“Not so keen on that one,” she added, referring to a painting of a group of villagers standing in front of a cathedral.

Pointing to that painting, Dendy said: “This one down here is by an artist called David Roberts now he was an important early to mid 19th century artist. 

“He painted in Venice, France and I think this is a French scene with peasants in front of the cathedral.

“We come on to the painting signed H Caffieri which is Hector Caffieri. Hector is an artist I’ve always loved he was born in Cheltenham in the 1840s and over the years I’ve see a lot of pictures by him and this is very good one.”

“It’s in its frame, you’ve got two ladies on the beach and it’s a very interesting composition. Slightly faded because the sunlight has got on to it,” Dendy continued. 

“And then we’ve got the one in the middle which has got a modern frame but it’s an oil painting and I know when that was painted it’s about 1890 and it’s by a man called Frederick Cayley Robinson.

“He studied in the Royal Academy and this is from his earlier period. He’s a youngish man when he paints this and if you look closely at the boy’s face looking wistfully down at the girl it’s a wonder picture.

“Having told you all that which one is your favourite?” Dendy asked. 

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The guest admitted the Robinson painting was still her favourite and she still wasn’t “keen” on the Roberts piece. 

“Well [Roberts] is a very famous artist but this is a fake,” Dendy revealed. “It’s a fake signature because he was so important he was a Royal Academian and people copy his work. 

“It’s dated 1862, well he died in 1864 so I think they’re trying to mislead you that he’s having the last stroke of his brush. 

“Had this been right by David Roberts I would have been putting £4,000 to £6,000 on it. It’s actually worth £200 to £300 if you’re lucky.”

“We then go to the H Caffieri and I think that’s worth at least £2000 to £3000 and then we come to the Frederick Cayley Robinson at least £6000 to £9000 so the total £8000 to £12000.”

“That’s a lot of money,” the stunned guest replied. “Thank you very much I had no idea.”

She added: “I’m astounded at the value of these paintings.

“They’re much older than I thought they were and I’m even more delighted to find out more about the background of them.”

Antiques Roadshow continues on BBC One on Sunday at 8pm.

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