Antiques Roadshow guest ‘very happy’ with Clarice Cliff jug valuation

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In a recent episode of Antiques Roadshow, two guests asked for a jug purchased by their grandmother in 1970 to be valued and they could not hide their joy at Serhat Ahmet’s prediction. The ultra rare ornament was predicted to make the guest’s their money back and then some at auction. Serhat was also delighted to deliver the news to the mother and daughter duo.

Portchester Castle was the destination of one of the most uplifting moments of the BBC show in recent memory.

A mother and daughter told their story of how they came into possession of a much-sought after orange Clarice Cliff jug.

They explained: “In the early 1970s my Grandma lived in Weymouth and they had a Women’s Institute charity auction.

“My grandad told her she was allowed to spend £5.00 and there was a choice between a Moorcroft vase or this one.

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“The Moorcroft went up to £5.50 and this one went at £5.00. She didn’t have any idea what it was.”

Serhat declared: “This is very indicative of what Clarice Cliff did in the 1930s. It’s a lotus shaped jug of a larger size.

“This pattern is called Legnano as in the town and lake in Italy. Legnano is a very rare pattern.

He added: “The orange one is much rarer so if you tried to do any research on this, you would have found not a lot of information online – that’s how rare it is.”

The BBC expert continued: “It’s a popular design, if you can find it supply and demand dictates the price at auction.

“An estimate of £3-4000 would be easily beaten, I see this as going over £4000 on the day. It’s a really beautiful piece that exemplifies everything she did.”

The stunned pair’s eyes lit up and when asked if their grandmother would be happy, the elder relative laughed.

She joked: “She wouldn’t be [happy] because she’s in a home and she’s 103.”

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Clarice Cliff, born in Stoke-on-Trent was a ceramic artist and is one of the most lauded across the world.

Born in 1899, the artist went on to work in the famous Stoke potteries when she was 13.

After a long career producing pottery for factorie, with numerous exhibitions she died in 1972.

The episode also featured some heroic stories from the past, including the valuation of a plate washer’s letter who survived the Titanic.

Antiques Roadshow is available to stream on the BBC iPlayer

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