Antiques Roadshow guest blown away by four-figure value of artwork thrown away in a skip

Ronnie Archer Morgan

Ronnie Archer Morgan valued the piece in Swanage

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Alex Davies

By Alex Davies


Published: 25/09/2023

- 11:41

Fiona Bruce and her team of experts head to Swanage during the latest episode

Antiques Roadshow expert Ronnie Archer Morgan couldn't believe his eyes when one guest brought along a "remarkable" stained glass artwork to be valued in a recent episode.

Archer Morgan, Fiona Bruce, and the rest of the team had headed to Swanage in Dorset for the second time this series to see what people had to offer.


One guest brought along a stained glass window that was intricately decorated to show to the expert on the beach.

"That's panoramic, this is panoramic," Archer Morgan began as he took in the seaside views and the artwork itself. "I mean, this is glorious. Where did you get it?"

The guest explained the history behind the item as she said: "I used to rent a shop about 30 years ago in Wimbledon Village.

"It had previously been a fish shop. And this was in the wall between the shop and the back room.

The Antiques Roadshow guest

The Antiques Roadshow guest saved the art from a skip

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"The next tennants who were taking over the shop were knocking through from the front room to the back."

"So they didn't need the wall that this was in," Archer Morgan asked to which the guest said: "They didn't need the wall, they didn't need the window.

"I think it was going in a skip!" the Antiques Roadshow guest exclaimed.

In disbelief, Archer Morgan weighed in: "The fact that this has survived is remarkable. I mean a work of art, it isn't it?"

He then delved into the intricate details of the glass, revealing the beads used dated back to the 1900s and 1910s

"I've never seen them used to such wonderful effect," he told the guest.

Turning his attention to how much the glass could fetch, he said: "The more I talk about this, the higher the value goes up in my head. It's so remarkable."

Revealing a figure, he continued: "It has a value, between £1,200 and £1,700. I think someone would give that for it. I think it's remarkable."

The guest was clearly stunned as she replied: 'I never even thought it was valuable, particularly. I just thought it was lovely."

The Antiques Roadshow guest and Ronnie Archer Morgan

The Antiques Roadshow guest and Ronnie Archer Morgan discuss the piece

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However, despite the figure placed on the item, the guest insisted she "wouldn't part with it for anything", to which Archer Morgan agreed he'd have a similar attitude towards it.

This isn't the first time this series that Archer Morgan has found one of his valuations piquing the attention of viewers.

Earlier in the series, Archer Morgan came under fire for suggesting an item gifted to a guest's grandfather could be "repatriated" after it was given by a late African president.

The show itself has also sparked controversy for giving Bruce "more airtime" in a major format change.

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