Despite restoration damage, an expert from Antiques Roadshow discovers a painting with amazing value.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW expert Grant Ford stunned the owner of a painting when he disclosed the picture’s high value despite a botched repair attempt.
For a recent episode of the BBC show, Antiques Roadshow paid a visit to Kenilworth Castle in the Midlands. Throughout the show, experts valued a variety of artifacts, but art expert Grant Ford was particularly taken with an oil painting. He told the owner about the painting’s history and then shocked her when he revealed its genuine value.
“When I initially viewed this picture from a distance, I assumed it was a print,” the Antiques Roadshow expert explained. It’s framed in the style of a print.
“Then I realized it was an oil on canvas that had been placed down and simply framed like a print,” she says.
“In the lower left corner, it’s signed ‘Iso Rae.’ “Can you tell me about your background?” Grant had enquired.
“Well, the painting originally belonged to my paternal grandparents, I believe,” the owner replied.
“It was around 1981,” says the narrator. I believe my parents were watching Antiques Roadshow at the time, and someone brought in a painting by an artist named Iso Rae.
“My father got all enthusiastic and said, ‘Oh, we have one of them in the attic,’ and my mother remarked, ‘I can’t believe it.’
She explained, “Anyway, he went for a brief look around in the attic and sure enough, he found this artwork.”
Grant said, “Up in the attic and now you’re enjoying it at home of course.”
The owner, on the other hand, soon clarified that while she enjoys the picture, her husband despises it.
She went on to say that she was worried the painting had been ruined during a botched restoration attempt.
“My mother tried to clean it,” she said, to which Grant replied, “Oh dear!”
The owner chuckled as she explained that her mother had cleaned the picture using Vim, a cleaning chemical.
“Obviously, you shouldn’t put that kind of chemical on any images, and you should always seek professional advice,” Grant said.
The art expert went on to describe the painter, Iso Rae, as a significant Australian artist.
“She leaves Melbourne in 1887 and travels to France,” Grant added. She was a member of an artist colony, and I believe that’s what your photograph shows.
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