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Antiques Roadshow; Philadelphia, PA (2007)

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Antiques Roadshow
Philadelphia, PA (2007)
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Series Description

ROADSHOW is part adventure, part history lesson, part treasure hunt. Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation, travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW cameras watch as owners recount tales of family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and long-neglected items salvaged from attics and basements, while experts reveal the fascinating truth about these finds. Series hosT 100-400: Chris Jussel; Series hosT 5-600: Dan Elias. Series release date: 1997

Program Description

1104, 1/22/2007: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has the distinction of being one of the stops in ROADSHOW's first season, taped in 1996. Flash forward a decade, and Roadshow is back "where it all began" for the popular PBS series, as well as for the United States. Host Mark L. Walberg kicks off the show with a visit to a Philadelphia landmark — the Philadelphia Art Museum. The museum's collection is so large and diverse; it takes eight ROADSHOW experts to do it justice. At the Pennsylvania Convention Center, nearly 70 experts offer their opinions of the approximately 10,000 objects brought for appraisal, including a rare 18th-century Pennsylvania spice cupboard used to collect birds egg specimens; a very valuable mid-17th-century needlework piece bought at auction by a savvy collector for next to nothing; and an early 20th-century nicotine-stained oil painting by noted Pennsylvania impressionist George Sotter — banished to a flooded basement by the owner — valued at $120,000 to $180,000.

Field Trip: Appraiser Favorites: Philadelphia Museum of Art

1105, 1/29/2007: Host Mark L. Walberg visits the Philadelphia shop and museum of appraiser Fred Oster to view his impressive collection of instruments and learn more about the city's long history as a center for musical instrument makers. At the Pennsylvania Convention Center, experts orchestrate a symphony of appraisals, including a very valuable Alexander Calder maquette (scale model) for a large sculpture commissioned for the 1958 Brussels Worlds Fair; a stunning collection of "Camera Work" magazines, published in the early 20th century by renowned American photographer Alfred Stieglitz to promote the idea of photography as art; and a very rare handcrafted chair by master Arts and Crafts furniture maker Charles Rohlf, passed down from the owner's grandparents and estimated to be worth $80,000 to $120,000.

1106, 2/5/2007: Host Mark L. Walberg wraps up ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's visit to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with a stop at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he's joined by appraiser Alasdair Nichol. The oldest art school in the country, the Academy continues to be a hothouse for some of America's most promising new artists. At the Pennsylvania Convention Center, experts unveil more masterworks, including a pair of paintings by noted Hudson River School artist John F. Kensett — bought at a yard sale for $35; a dazzling three-carat, Asscher cut, yellow diamond ring; and a trio of autographed baseballs featuring signatures from the 1944 St. Louis Cardinals, Ted Williams in his 1939 rookie season, and an authenticated autograph from Babe Ruth himself in the late 1940s. Together, this triple play wins an auction estimate of $34,000 to $46,000.

Field trip: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts- Then and Now: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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Antiques and Collectibles
Moreno, Aida (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Antiques Roadshow; Philadelphia, PA (2007),” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 28, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_948182136B6C485D9425144B997C3639.
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