Taking the Show on the Road
Rago Appraisers “On Tour” with Antiques Roadshow
24 June 2016
Since 1996, the hit PBS television show Antiques Roadshow has been bringing the wonder and discovery of antique appraisals to a national audience. Antiques Roadshow travels the United States bringing together local antique owners and expert appraisers from galleries, appraisal services and auction houses. The often hushed drama of the appraisal process is distilled into three to five minute interplays between appraisers and owners, creating a program that is endlessly and irresistibly watchable.
This summer, as part of its never-ending quest to discover the hidden treasures of America, Antiques Roadshow is on tour with stops in Orlando, Virginia Beach, Indianapolis, Fort Worth and Salt Lake City, and Rago appraisers are there in force. David Rago and Suzanne Perrault, who have appeared as appraisers on Antiques Roadshow since the show’s inception, will be touring, as will Sebastian Clarke, Meredith Hilferty, John Sollo, Sarah Churgin and Roadshow rookie, Katherine Van Dell.
Rago’s participating appraisers, old pros and new blood alike, look forward to the filming.
“The experience of returning to tape the Roadshow is like returning to summer camp,” says Sarah Churgin, Director of Rago’s Jewelry Department, “Old friends gravitate, hugging and catching up. Otherwise improbable relationships are formed, creating a rare network for sharing information within a competitive industry.”
Sarah Churgin with fellow Antiques Roadshow appraiser David Lackey of David Lackey Antiques and Art.
Suzanne Perrault, Co-Director of Rago’s 20th/21st C. Design Department, echoes this sentiment.
“One of the greatest benefits of doing this show is the access, bonding and camaraderie afforded. What is, in our professional lives, a tribal competition between auction houses and dealers quickly becomes an encyclopedic resource.”
Suzanne Perrault with Nicholas Lowry, president of Swann Auction Galleries, on the set of Antiques Roadshow.
While the trinkets and treasures evaluated are the undisputed stars of the show, the appraisers are the lifeblood of this televised history/economics lesson, and Rago specialists are proud to count themselves among this prestigious group.
Tune into Rago’s blog throughout the summer as we sit down with our intrepid appraisers to explore the drama, intrigue and unexpected discoveries of this year’s Antiques Roadshow Summer Tour.