Cottage wall plate "discovery of a lifetime"

Dorset auctioneer Richard Bromell had an Antiques Roadshow moment recently when he was told that a plate, "found hanging on a makeshift wire frame in a Somerset cottage" was a 16th century original maiolica, bringing over £500,000 at auction. (photo)

The Italian pottery plate, depicting a biblical story, was made in Urbino, Italy around 1540, and was in excellent condition, with only a small chip. "For me it has been the discovery of a lifetime," said Bromell.