Dendy Easton was on hand to evaluate two sculptures by Denis Mitchell by none other than his daughter and granddaughter. The Antiques Roadshow expert was overjoyed to handle the pieces and made a cheeky admission about one of the sculptures he particularly liked.
Dendy began: “Well here we are in the heart of Dundee and I’ve got two lovely sculptures here by Denis Mitchell.
“And a photograph of Denis Mitchell in his red trousers so what’s this got to do with you?”
The owner replied: “Denis was my father.”
“Was he?” Dendy asked. “And did you get all the famous artists coming along?”
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“Yes Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Peter Lanyon,” she replied.
“Fantastic because he’s a major figure now and the St Ives group in the 40s. Barbara Hepworth and he worked in her studio, didn’t he?” Dendy asked.
“He worked for her for 10 years as her assistant,” the guest confirmed.
“And then in the 50s he started sculpting because he was, in fact, a painter to start with, wasn’t he?” Dendy added.
Antiques Roadshow: The bronze sculpture was a birthday present to Denis' granddaughter (Image: BBC)
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The owner confirmed her father had started his career by painting