Road Trip Antiquities expert screams when an auction attempt for a ‘rare’ item turns on him
Philip Serrell had a rough time on Antiques Road Trip when a pair of candlesticks he had high hopes for turned out to be a complete auction flop.
On Wednesday’s episode of BBC One (June 9), the antiques expert was in Worcester and spotted two fancifully designed Victorian chandeliers straight out of a children’s storybook.
The candlesticks were designed to resemble the branches of a tree and had small figurines of children hanging from the branches, apparently playing.
He explained, “We have two candlesticks here, they look like a pair but they’re not.”
He points out that although they both have “red ivory” figurines, the coloring is different on one of the candlesticks.
“It would date from the mid-1880s, something like that, it’s called a Kate Greenway figurine because it’s in the style of Kate Greenway,” he added.
The popular children’s book illustrator rose to popularity during the Victorian era and rose to fame, inspiring interior design like these figurines, though Philip worries her style may not be as fashionable in modern times.
He said, “These types of figures, children sitting on rustic branches and the like, were extremely popular.
“It might be an option, but it really tastes like yesterday.”
He ignored his instincts and paid £ 60 for the two candlesticks, a move he bitterly regretted at the auction house.
“Ouch!” he cried as the auctioneer struggled to inspire enthusiasm for the twee design.
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Most bidders seemed utterly indifferent and the auctioneer slammed the hammer at a humiliating sum of £ 32.50.
It was a loss of £ 27.50 and a major setback for the expert who ended the day with a net loss.
Co-host Izzie Balmer joked, “I wanna cry for you!”
He hit back, “Do you want to cry for me? I want to cry for myself! I really don’t know what to say.”