Antiques Roadshow guest bought painting for £ 4 without knowing the four-figure value

An antique tour expert was flabbergasted when a man admitted he bought a valuable painting for just £ 4 from a charity shop.

In an episode of the new BBC One series, people brought their trinkets to Forty Hall in Enfield, north London.

Alexandra Gill marveled at the painting, which was done by Henry Cliffe, a well-known Scarborough painter, printmaker and sculptor.

She said: “What a pleasure to see a semi-work of abstract art on the Roadshow. How did you get there?”

The guest replied, “We are really lucky that it was at a local charity shop about seven years ago.

Red Bush on Snow by artist Henry Cliffe

“I just had a morning and to be honest I was just looking at the frames.

“I had a poster at home that would have been useful for.”

The guest admitted he didn’t have the painting, but spotted the artist’s signature and decided to do a bit of research.

He recalls, “But, I noticed there was a signature on it so I went home and did a little investigation and told the woman.

Alexandra Gill explained that Henry Cliffe was a famous abstract artist
Alexandra Gill explained that Henry Cliffe was a famous abstract artist

“She told me to run back there and get it back. We couldn’t believe it.”

Alexandra told the guest: “It’s by Henry Cliffe, who is a 20th century British abstract painter.

“He was born in 1919, he studied at Bath Academy. Here towards the end of his life he died in 83, he became a little more figurative again.”

She continued, “This is a gouache on paper, titled Red Bush on Snow on the back, which is always good to have.

“There are other similar subjects that he did at the same time. I think they are absolutely fantastic.”

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Alexandra explained that Henry Cliffe was part of an “illustrious” group of famous artists including Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.

“So in the 50s and 60s he was really up there with the bigger guys,” she said.

The guest admitted that he originally planned to replace the board with an ACDC poster.

Giving her best estimate of its value, Alexandra said: “I think probably at auction now we’re probably looking somewhere in the region of £ 800 to £ 1,200. Maybe £ 1,000.”

Looking muffled, the guest said, “Yeah, that’s fabulous.”

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