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A Tale of Two Portraits: A Previously Undiscovered Folk Art Painting Brings $252,000 at Auction

I’ve been an appraiser on Antiques Roadshow since the very first episode in Concord, Massachusetts  eighteen  years ago. Now, the Emmy® Award nominated show attracts thousands of people to events in cities around the country. I love meeting these people and seeing what keepsakes they treasure. Some of the items have only sentimental value, but occasionally I find items of real aesthetic or historic value. These are the special objects that have inspired many to take another look at things tucked away in attics and basements.… Read More

The Heroic Admiral and the Box without a Key

What could be more tantalizing to an antiques appraiser than a mysterious locked box? The great-granddaughter of Rear Admiral Frank Wildes, U.S.N. brought such a box to Skinner along with the admiral’s other belongings: a tin case with his chapeau bras, epaulettes, and an image of the admiral, his two-star flag, silver-plate items from his cabin, gloves, a few other related objects.

The box looked like a presentation sword case to me, but the great-granddaughter had never looked inside – she didn’t have a key.… Read More

A Week in the Life of an Antiques Appraiser: My Top 5 Finds

Have you ever watched Antiques Roadshow on PBS? As a senior art and antiques appraiser at Skinner, many of my days are a lot like the reality TV show. I spend considerable time meeting with prospective consignors at our Marlborough and Boston auction galleries and viewing the antiques, collectibles & fine art brought in for an auction evaluation.

Make Do and Mend: An Antiques Appraiser's Busman's Holiday

As an antiques auctioneer & appraiser, when I travel for pleasure, it’s nearly impossible to refrain from taking in the material culture, art and history of new surroundings. A recent brief 2-day visit to Iceland on the way to Great Britain included a stop at the National Museum of Iceland.

Unearthing Treasure: Classical Pier Tables in As-Found Condition

Being an antiques appraiser is a little like being an archaeologist or treasure hunter. Sometimes in the course of an appraisal in a big, old house, as we’re scurrying from room to room, attic to basement, opening closet doors, and exploring out-buildings, great antiques get unearthered.