Three Of The Most Memorable Finds
Richard Dadd painting (sold for £100,000)
at barnstaple in Devon in 1986, a lost painting by the 19th-century artist – which had been missing since 1857 – turned up. Owned by a local couple, it had languished in the loft of their family home for years.
Jardinière by Christofle (sold for £560,000)
at cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, in 1991, a plant pot sitting in its owner’s living room had a remarkable turnaround in fortune. the Parisian bronze jardinière was, in fact, a French Japonisme urn made in 1874. cast in gilt bronze, it was later sold at auction.
Twelve silver bull’s head stirrup cups (£150,000 valuation)
at hampton court in 2010, expert alastair Dickenson was shown 12 silver stirrup cups. Such cups first appeared in the mid-18th century and were usually decorated with foxes. they were traditionally handed to the Master of the hunt, just before the hunt began. Stirrup cups in the shape of a bull’s head are among the rarest produced.