As the true value of a 19th century dish is revealed, an Antiques Roadshow guest breaks down in tears.
After expert Ronnie Archer Morgan disclosed his stunning valuation of a 19th-century dish, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW guests were left speechless and in tears.
A guest broke down in tears after expert Ronnie Archer Morgan disclosed the value of a 19th-century dish in an old episode of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. Ronnie was taken aback when the guest stated that he got some of the goods for under £10.
“These are really lovely objects that you brought me here, they’re nice representations of things from Melanesia and Polynesia,” Ronnie said when visiting Ham House in London.
“So, tell me how you came to be the custodian owner of these pieces of tribal art,” I said. “A great friend of mine gave it to me when I was 16.”
“I was interested by that,” he added, “and the tale they told me was that their ancestor was on Captain Cook’s boat when he sailed to Fiji in 1774, I believe.”
“And this was brought back, although of course I had no confirmation of that; this one was purchased at an auction for £4 or something similar.
“Then there’s the bowl, which I bought in the 1970s for under £10,” he continued, startling Ronnie.
“I absolutely love them,” the guests’ wife said when Ronnie asked what she thought. “Our house is crammed full of things like this; we’re obsessed about war pieces.”
“This is called a gunstock,” Ronnie continued, “although I don’t believe it has anything to do with firearms, despite the fact that collectors have given it that name today.”
“It’s made of a very heavy wood called ironwood, and it may possibly be from Captain Cook’s time or earlier.”
“This is a totakia, sometimes known as a pineapple club for obvious reasons,” he explained. “They’ve been stone cut, so we know they’re both early.”
“But,” Ronnie added, pointing to the bowl, which astonished the guest, “this is the piece de resistance for me.”
“Absolutely, this is a collector’s dream; there are only a few of these in the world; this bowl is beautiful, with amazing patina and craftsmanship.
“It’s from Melanesia, which is roughly 250 kilometers northeast of Papua New Guinea, as you know from the Admiralty Islands.”
“I mean, this is definitely 19th century if not before, and. “Brinkwire Summary News.”