Antiques Roadshow guest crestfallen after expert delivers devastating news about pig picture | The Sun

Antiques Roadshow guest crestfallen after expert delivers devastating news about pig picture | The Sun

AN ANTIQUES Roadshow guest was left stunned when she discovered her painting was a fake.

BBC expert Rupert Maas examined a Briton Rivière painting of two pigs but quickly spotted a number of flaws.


Rupert explained it was painted by the Victorian animal painter during the 1870s.

He asked the guest why she had purchased the pig painting, with her replying: "I'm married to a pig farmer and we farm very near here."

The painting titled Great Expectations immediately wowed the expert – but it didn't take him long to point out that it was just a copy.

"What we look for is that extraordinary psychological reading of an animal – to get its character, its soul out of a Briton Rivière painting and so I looked at it quite carefully," he told the guest.

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"Then I looked at the signature and it's very bright red – in my trade, that's a sort of a red rag to a bull because I worry it's a little too red in signature.

"And I had a very close look at it and I look for characterisation in the animals and I look for delicacy and skill in the waterwork and I saw it.

"But then I thought is it really by him and it's an incredibly elaborate frame.

"Pictures that are framed very elaborately, often you're too busy concentrating on the grand frame."

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Rupert then broke the news saying: "You can probably guess where I'm going with this.

1I'm afraid I don't think this was painted by Briton Rivière."

The guest was stunned by the revelation as Rupert explained the painting was sadly a replicate.

He showed the owner the "disjointed" shape on the pigs head which made him doubt the authenticity.

Rupert said the item would have been valued for a few thousand pounds if it was real.

But unfortunately he could only value it at £200 to £300.

Despite the shock news, the guest was still pleased with the valuation.

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