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Bowood House 1

Series 38 - Episode 17 Bowood House 1



A grand, 18th-century painting of an aristocratic lady holding an oyster shell stands in the formal gardens at Bowood House in Wiltshire. It’s brought in by a schoolmaster and some pupils, one of whom claims it shows the “grey lady” whose ghost haunts their school.

Dendy Easton casts an appraising eye and it lights on… the small gob of wet paper stuck to the canvas. A pupil is questioned and admits it’s probably the result of a peashooter prank, though even that can’t dent the valuation. Elsewhere, there’s a beautiful silver honey pot, Napoleon’s death mask and a lesson in how to spot “vintage” film posters that aren’t what they seem.


Fiona Bruce presents the show from Bowood House in Wiltshire. Among the items being brought in for valuation are a collection of glass ornaments, an 18th-century portrait that children have used for target practice, a carved walking stick, a book documenting the travels of a 19th-century explorer and an account of the sinking of the Titanic by an officer who survived.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Fiona Bruce
Executive Editor Simon Shaw
Producer Michele Burgess
Series Editor Robert Murphy