A GUEST on Antiques Roadshow was left exclaiming in shock when she was told some news about a family heirloom.
Will Farmer broke the surprising news about the value of a sculpture a woman brought to be checked out by the expert on the latest episode of the BBC show.
He is known for his theatrics on the programme, and amped up the tension by quizzing the guest on where she got the ornament before revealing how much money she could get by selling it.
The ceramics expert also praised the bronze sculpture of a woman carrying a jug of water for its "elegance".
He said: "She's just so simplified, down to almost an economy of line. There's an elegance, there's a pose, there's a posture to her.
"She's just so charming and so beautiful but how did she come to be in your life?"
The guest responded: "It came from the French side of the family. We had great-grandparents in Paris at the end of the 1800s, early 1900s and then a great aunt who continued to live in France."
After checking for a signature on the base, Will was able to confirm that the piece was made by Joseph Bernard – the father of the Art Deco movement.
He explained that the French artist is known as a "true early pioneer" in his field.
The Roadshow host then got down to the brass tacks of the valuation, leaving the woman gasping "no, no no" in shock.
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He said: "I love her. I can tell you that one of these did appear in auction last year in Paris. And it was estimated at £15-20,000…. but it didn't fetch £15-20,000. I'm really sorry.
"It sold for the equivalent in sterling of £40,000."
The crowd gasped when they heard how much she could fetch for the item, and she exclaimed: "No! No, no no no no. Oh my goodness.
"Well that's quite something for the family, because she is a family piece. We are so lucky."
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