Antiques Roadshow viewers were left baffled when a plaque with ‘shitty lyrics’ received a jaw-dropping review. An expert has valued an antique with links to Bristol at £80,000 because its lyrics could have been written by a famous composer.
The guest on yesterday’s (March 28) episode performed the song on the terracotta plaque at Marc Allum and said she believes the lyrics were written by Henry Purcell. She said the plaque was probably from a famous pub in Bristol that her ancestors had bought.
“It came from my grandfather and he had it before his mother before him and she was the daughter of a pub owner in Bristol – The Trout in Stokes Croft,” she said. “When he left he probably took this with him because he bought it with the pub, I guess.”
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Marc Allum was surprised to learn that this rare late 18th century plaque came from a pub and said it may be of “national importance”. He said: “The ceramic plate here is actually a terracotta plate.
“It’s got the title ‘Topeing Jack’, that’s what you just sang, with all the musical notation and lyrics. Now topeing is drinking, so Topeing Jack is about a cuckold guy who drank a lot – typical theme of a Purcell take like this.
“The fact that it’s in a pub in Bristol, leads me to think that as an English plate from Delft, it could well be a Bristol plate.” He quickly associates the object with the name of a famous plate maker, Joseph Flower.
“One thing I will tell you is that I think this object is of national significance – it is unique,” he told the guest, adding that the plaque would be highly sought after by collectors and the English museums of Delft. I even feel like it could fetch £80,000.”
The guest looked at his brother and laughed when one said: “He said £50.” “Oh my God!” the guest gasped as his brother added, “My God!”
Viewers, however, were shocked by the huge valuation and found it hard to comprehend. @gavwilliams147 wrote: “£80k for shitty old song lyrics?” @jamietra1 commented, “A song about a classy alcoholic.”
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