A VERITABLE treasure trove of items worth thousands of pounds will come to light tonight when BBC1’s “Antiques Roadshow” screens its visit to Cawdor Castle.
Viewers will be able to get a close-up of the works of art taken for appraisal and hear about two particular items which astounded the programme’s experts but which are being kept partially under wraps until the show goes out.
The first is a studded travelling chest of drawers, dating back 300 years to the time of Queen Anne, which might even have been used by her.
The woman who brought it told the show’s expert, Christopher Payne, it had been bought by two spinster great aunts of her mother’s and has always been known in the family as “The Queen Anne Chest”.
“It’s been valued at about £600, nothing very vast,” she says on the programme.
Mr Payne replies: “This is one of the most extraordinary things I’ve ever seen in 45 years of looking at furniture.”
He will describe it as an incredibly rare piece of furniture made for an important person and if it could be proved it was Queen Anne’s, every museum in England or Scotland would want to own it.
But the show stealer will be a “Dream Painting” by Evelyn Dunbar, a portrait of her nephew and one of the last works she did as a love gift to her husband Dr Roger Folley.
Expert Rupert Maas says the painting is circa 1950s, by the World War II artist.
He adds: “How do you value what is perhaps an unknown artist to the market? This is a masterpiece. It is such an extraordinary picture. You can’t put six figures on it.”
Among some other items are best-ever bargain dolls and valuable paintings used to pay a hairdresser in the late 60s
Filmed at the castle last June and presented by Fiona Bruce, hundreds of people queued for hours with their cherished possessions despite the rain.
To find out how the experts priced the treasures, the programme is screened at 8pm.