Antiques Roadshow

Antiques Roadshow returns for a new series and celebrates 40th anniversary

Interview with Rupert Maas

My dream item would be a painting I know absolutely nothing about! One I can only posit the existence of, but when it came across the desk I’d know it was a great painting by a great master simply because of the quality that shows in the picture.Rupert Maas
Date: 19.09.2017     Last updated: 19.09.2017 at 11.00

What has been your personal highlight from your time working on the show?

I think my personal highlight from working on the show was the first one that I did. I was thrown in at the deep end by the producer. He asked me what I thought of a picture and I told him - and then he asked me, do you think you can do that on camera? I was absolutely terrified but I realised you’ve either got to sink or swim. And I swam, thankfully! I loved it, it was wonderful.

What would be your one tip to look out for as a future antique over the next 40 years?

Antiques of the future are a very difficult thing to predict. I would look for something that is very much of its time, something that really represents our time now. Make sure that it’s well made and get one!

Why do you think the programme continues to be such a big hit with viewers?

Antiques Roadshow is the only antiques programme where the object is star. Not the owner, and certainly not the expert, but the object itself. And that’s a great formula.

What would be your dream item for someone to bring along to a valuation day?

My dream item would be a painting I know absolutely nothing about! One I can only posit the existence of, but when it came across the desk I’d know it was a great painting by a great master simply because of the quality that shows in the picture. Simply, I wouldn’t know anything about it at all, but I’d make it up as I go along - as I always do!