Art expert set to visit

RENOWNED antique expert David Battie will be visiting Long Melford to give his opinion on Asian works of art.

Mr Battie, who has made regular appearances on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow since it first began 30 years ago, will be at Sworders Estate Agents in Hall Street on Tuesday.

The 69-year-old will be on hand to carry out assessments and give valuations on Chinese and Japanese pieces of art.

He said: “I’m looking forward to seeing items of Asian porcelain as well as bronzes, jade, ivories, enamels, textiles and silver.

“The Chinese market in particular is booming at the moment. In fact, there’s never been a better time to sell Chinese works of art.”

Guy Schooling, managing director at Sworders, said the company was delighted to welcome one of the country’s top experts.

“Our valuation days are an ideal chance for the people of Suffolk to dust off those oriental artefacts which might have been hidden away in the attic, or back of the cupboard for decades and discover what they’re now worth,” he said.

Mr Battie will be available between 10am and 4pm. Any suitable objects from the day may be entered for auction in Sworders’ next Asian art sale on November 15.