2018-05-17 / Around Town

Antiques Roadshow at Rosecliff Airs


Wes Cowan (left) appraises Benjamin Greenleaf portraits, ca. 1810 at the Antiques Roadshow “Newport, Hour 1” which aired on Monday, May 14 on PBS. "Newport, Hours 2 and 3 will air on May 21 and 28 on WGBH-TV-in Boston. (Photo by Luke Crafton (c) WGBH) Wes Cowan (left) appraises Benjamin Greenleaf portraits, ca. 1810 at the Antiques Roadshow “Newport, Hour 1” which aired on Monday, May 14 on PBS. "Newport, Hours 2 and 3 will air on May 21 and 28 on WGBH-TV-in Boston. (Photo by Luke Crafton (c) WGBH) "Hours" 2 and 3 of the first-ever indoor and outdoor Antiques Roadshow filmed at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport on Sept. 19, will air on May 21 and 28 on WGBH-TV in Boston. "Hour 1" aired on May 14.

The May 21 episode will present antique and vintage treasures as they are appraised in the Gilded Age mansion, including a Fabergé jade snuff bottle made around 1890, a Basquiat oil stick drawing and a General Wharton Civil War archive. Which of these is valued at $400,000?

On May 28, the show wraps up its groundbreaking visit to Rosecliff with even more treasures, including a Tiffany & Co. sapphire and diamond ring, a Boston bureau table made around 1770, and M.C. Escher lithographs. Find out which is appraised for $100,000.

The popular PBS program made its first-ever visit to Newport to tape the episodes on September 19. Newport was a newly-added stop, the sixth and final city that Antiques Roadshow made in 2017. WGBH-TV in Boston and Rhode Island PBS hosted the all-day event.

Although approximately 3,000 guests attended the filming, only about 600 ticket opportunities were administered on a random lottery basis. Those guests, who were allowed to bring two objects for possible appraisal, got the chance to meet appraisers and antique and collectible experts from the country’s top auction houses, who gave free valuations.

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