Antiques Roadshow guest thrilled by whopping offer for samurai statue – but refuses to sell for heart-warming reason

AN Antiques Roadshow guest was left thrilled by a whopping offer for a samurai statue – but refused to sell for a heart-warming reason.

Sunday's episode of the BBC One show saw expert Adam Schoon meet a male guest who had brought in a statue of a Japanese samurai.

Adam asked: "Well a fierce warrior and a warrior to be feared because this is a Samurai bowman made of bronze where did you get him?”

The man replied: "He came to me from my mother she bought it in the early 1950s at a sale of a great house in Scotland.

“I don’t know which one it was probably before the roof came off. She brought it home that night and I’ve been fascinated by it ever since.”

Adam went on to give more details about the statue, saying: "Japanese of course and dating to the reign of the Emperor Meiji 1868 to 1912 at a time when Japanese society was changing and a lot of the craftsmanships that at one time had been used for the making of weapons [changed trade].

“But for the export trade, they produced things like this. So what do you like about it?”

The guest replied: "Well there’s nothing not to like about him he’s an absolutely super person.

“You can see in his face which is well worth a study that he’s fierce but handsome."

Adam said: "He’s covered in insignia, little crests in the same way as heraldry in Europe.

“For example, his pantaloons have these wonderful cartwheel motives and his lower leg protectors have a paulownia flower which actually crops upon his shoulder armour."

Adam then went on to highlight other details of the statue, some of which the guest had never noticed before.

He then gave his valuation, saying: "I couldn’t find a signature, there is a particular artist I know called Yoshimitsu who just might be the original founder and maker of this piece. It’s worth £6,000 to £9,000 all day."

The man was delighted by the news and replied: "Well that’s very impressive. That will make my son very happy because he’s going to have it.”

Antiques Roadshow airs on Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.

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