Antiques Roadshow expert scolds guest for varnishing 'frightening' Victorian bear statue

He asked: “Can you see it gradually flaking off?

“It shouldn’t have been varnished, it needs to be professionally restored.”

Picking up the statue’s faults, which had travelled from Germany down to Switzerland, the TV star explained: “The thing which is against it is these splits.

“At one stage, if it was near a radiator, that could have caused that splitting.”

“If it didn’t have splits, this is £10,000,” he told the hopeful siblings. Unfortunately, due to its faults, the statue had halved in price, with the specialist saying: “You’ve got to say, half that [now].”

Antiques Roadshow episodes are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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