Antiques Roadshow expert to visit Stansted auctioneers
PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 February 2017 | UPDATED: 08:22 14 February 2017
A well-known expert from the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow will host a valuation day for members of the public in Stansted next month.
Lars Tharp, who is a leading specialist on ceramics and oriental art, is offering free valuations on items people are considering selling at auction.
He will bring his expertise to the saleroom at Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers in Stansted on March 2, from 10am to 4pm.
Lars said his most memorable discovery occurred some years ago while working at Sotheby’s.
He said: “We were conducting a valuation day in Hartley Wintney. It was very busy and as I worked my way through the visitors, I saw a lady in the queue clutching a little blue and white bowl under her arm.
“When it was her turn, I let her know it was late Ming and told her it was worth around £6,000 to £9,000. This was in the mid 1980s and she felt faint and had to be revived with a cup of tea. It turned out her dog had been using it as its food bowl for years.”
Lars will also be at Sworders’ Hertford office on March 3, from 10am to 4pm.