Antique Roadshow viewers baffled by the many Russian items featured on the BBC show

The Antiques Roadshow team visited Scotland over the summer and met with plenty of guests hoping to uncover their hidden treasures worth once or twice. Airing on Sunday evenings, BBC viewers couldn’t help but notice the number of Russian-related items featured throughout the latest episode.

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Antiques roadshow: Guests have valuable Russian figurines

Antiques Roadshow viewers couldn’t help but notice the unfortunate timing of trying to offload Russia-related items on Sunday night.

The BBC’s popular show is in Scotland for the latest season, see the treasures experts can uncover at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.

The first person to consult an antique specialist is the owner of several classical Russian statues.

“It was a glorious Scottish summer afternoon but these two men were wearing their big coats – I wonder where they’re from, do you know?” Stephen Moore asked the hopeful visitor at the Scottish landscape.

“Russia is somewhere,” replied the statue’s owner, which the antiques expert confirmed to be true.

These Russian figurines feature in the latest episode of Antiques Roadshow



The guest then went on to explain how the item came into his life through his great-grandfather, who had business ties to Russia.

Stephen went on to point out that the owner’s relatives met the Royal family on a Coronation Tour, thanks to an accompanying artifact.

“These are very collectible,” explains Stephen when discussing the figurines from 1884.

“The market is in Russia, or in the US to Russia by an immigrant family. So today, this is £3,000, including that.”

Stephen was very impressed with the item



The episode was filmed before incumbent Russian leader Vladimir Putin ordered a military strike and war against neighboring Ukraine in February this year.

Many who watched the Antiques Roadshow on Sunday night noted the episode’s unfortunate timing.

“‘Market in Russia’ – no more. #AntiquesRoadshow“, one fan quipped on Twitter during the show’s broadcast.

The figurines are not the only Russian artifacts to appear on Sunday night’s show.

The owner explains how he owns the artifacts



“First a luftwaffe pilot, now Russian ornaments – Antiques Roadshow is really pushing it tonight,” another viewer noted later in the episode, with an extra: “Lots of it.” Russian stuff on Antiques Roadshow tonight.”

One of the additional items is a Russian bronze model that sees a large wild bear ravaging a lifeless man.

“Both are pretty shiny, are you a keen polisher?” Christian Beadman noted when inspecting the item.

The BBC’s audience noted many Russian items during the show



“I was last weekend,” the owner admits as they both laugh.

Christian observes: “It is not necessary to do good with antique bronzes because it takes away the original patron, sadly affecting the value makes us question their value.”

“It’s pretty highly polished again so I think back to that it was only £20k-£40k.”

* Antiques Roadshow continues on BBC One at 7pm on Sunday.

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