Antiques Roadshow guest gapes as she learns the truth about a rare vase she used as a trash can

ANTIQUES tour guest was devastated after learning the truth about a rare vase she used as a trash can.

The BBC series traveled to the Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland and a beautiful pot caught the eye of expert Ronnie Archer-Morgan.

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Roadshow antiques expert Ronnie Archer-Morgan stood in awe of a vase

He spotted the Nigerian Vase, which he described as “a beautiful pot, a beautifully balanced and beautifully formed pot”.

The guest explained that she traveled to the African country with her husband for work

“They had pottery there that was created by Michael Cardew in the early 1950s, right?” began Ronnie.

“A very famous potter started working there around 1953 or 1954 called Ladi Kwali and he was the one who made this pot.”

He added: “It was always a great balance, and it almost feels like the pot could float.

“His pots are really popular all over the world, I don’t know if you know that?”

The guest replied, “No, we really didn’t know anything about her.

“My husband with his work went to Nigeria and he saw that there was a Ladi Kwali street.”

“And then you realized she was somebody,” Ronnie asked.

The guest later confessed to using the precious vase as a waste paper bin.

She explained that they had been there in the 1970s and Ronnie added that it was probably done around the same time or in the 1960s.

“Ladi Kwali pots are very popular, people love them for obvious reasons,” Ronnie explained.

“They are very decorative, they give a room gravitation and as such they have value.”

He then told the guest how much she could sell it for: “It would easily be valued at £1,000-2,000.”

The shocked guest replied, “Oh. That’s great. Well, I’ll have to deal with it more now.

The guest had used the vase as a wastebasket but promised to take better care of it once she learned of its value

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The guest had used the vase as a wastebasket but promised to take better care of it once she learned of its value
The vase was likely made in the 1960s or 70s and could be worth up to £2,000

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The vase was likely made in the 1960s or 70s and could be worth up to £2,000
Nigerian artist Ladi Kwali was a world famous potter

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Nigerian artist Ladi Kwali was a world famous potter

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