An ANTIQUES Roadshow expert was speechless after getting his hands on a Fabergé vanity case with a royal connection.
BBC One expert Alastair Dickenson was delighted to examine a Fabergé vanity case found in a pawnshop in Warsaw.
The guest explained that he came across the precious object while traveling through Poland around 30 years ago.
He said: “I found it at a small second-hand pawnshop in Warsaw. My opening sentence was: “Do you have Fabergé?
The guest revealed that he was not a Faberge collector but was fortunate enough to have encountered the rare object during his travels.
He said the previous owner did not return to collect the toiletry bag after taking out a pawnshop against the item and the pledge had expired.
The stunned expert was in awe of the case as he examined the delicate inscription and design.
He explains: “If we open it, we have the Fabergé downstairs.
“It was done before the 1900s, so the listing is a bit later, it’s 1916.
“But what is so good about this case is that it has this very unusual Art Nouveau and Fabergé has very rarely used the Art Nouveau decoration in his production.
“We have that as a big advantage, but we have a negative point – there is damage and repairs there.”
The guest joked, “Well, when you’re 100 and whatever …”
“Yeah, I could lose the color, you’re right,” the Alastair replied hilariously.
The expert continued, “There are initials here, which appear to be AJ with a 1. The only thing I can tell you about it is that it has the Imperial Crown on top, so it has was given by a member of the Russian Federation royal family as a gift.
“But overall it’s a great case, it has all of these compartments and a spring loaded clip for probably cards and that nice enamel on the back.”
The owner said he paid just under £ 2,000 for the case around 30 years ago, saying it was an ‘attractive’ sum of money.
With the guest desperate to find out how much the deal was worth now, Alastair revealed it was worth between £ 4,000 and £ 6,000.
The antiques specialist added: “A great deal from the great Russian Carl Fabergé, it doesn’t get better than that.
“To find that in a pawnshop in Warsaw, I think it’s pretty good.”
Antiques Roadshow is available on BBC Iplayer.
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