Woman brought in antique for appraisal, but appraiser was amazed by the rare statue

Pedro Marrero
Aug 11, 2018
12:11 A.M.

The antique traveling show appraiser could barely hold his tears and had difficult to talk to the woman about the quality and value of the piece, which was more of a treasure than she thought.


When the popular PBS TV show Antique Roadshows stopped by Albuquerque, New Mexico, they brought along frequent collaborator Lark E. Mason, a renowned expert in Chinese art and antiquities, and he was in for a big surprise.

A local woman brought with her a marble statue of a lion to find out about its value. The piece had been handed to her by her parents, who inherited from her grandparents, as the unnamed woman explained.

She told Mason that her grandparents traveled to China in the “early part” of the 20th century and that someone had told her that the work of art was from the Ming Dynasty period, and “priceless.”

But when Mason shared his opinion on the statue with the woman, he revealed that it was even more special than what she thought, and he was so touched about the finding. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa

Source:Youtbe/ Antiques Roadshow PBS

Source:Youtbe/ Antiques Roadshow PBS


The appraiser got emotional when he tried to tell the woman his feelings when he first evaluated the object, delighted as he was for holding something like that in his hands.

When he managed to recover himself he went on to let the woman know what he had gathered.

“This is among the finest examples of Chinese art that we have seen on the Roadshow. The carving is beautiful, the workmanship is stunning. The carver who did this was truly a master.”

-Lark E. Mason, Antiques Roadshows, 2002.

Source:Youtbe/ Antiques Roadshow PBS

Source:Youtbe/ Antiques Roadshow PBS

Mason went on to praise the marble statue for its amazing level of detail, stressing that he had never seen something like that. Nevertheless, there was a piece of information that the owner of the work of art had wrong.

Source:Youtbe/ Antiques Roadshow PBS

Source:Youtbe/ Antiques Roadshow PBS

“This dates from the golden period of Chinese art, which is called the Tang Dynasty, between the sixth century and the ninth century,” he said, correcting the alleged expert who said it was from the Ming Dynasty.

Source:Youtbe/ Antiques Roadshow PBS

Source:Youtbe/ Antiques Roadshow PBS


And even when it is priceless for the woman, who said she was not going to sell it, as it was part of her family legacy, Mason figured that the piece could be worth between $120.000 and &180.000.

As can be read in the video description on the Antiques Roadshow Youtube channel, the marble statue was featured on the show back in 2002. In 2017, the show revisited Albuquerque appraisals to see how the market value had changed.


But towards the end of the clip, a sign reads that the auction and insurance costs estimated by Mason 15 years earlier were still in force.

It is so inspiring to see an art expert display so much of his genuine emotion when he talks about something he is so passionate about it! Don’t you think?

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