‘Antiques Roadshow’ Is Again — and This Time Celebrities Are Concerned


Two appraisers—Karen Keane of Boston-based Skinner, Inc., and Boston-based Michael Grogan—visited Leno for the episode at this Newport property. Keane mentioned a ship mannequin in his lounge, a mermaid climate vane on his house’s roof, and a lead and bronze peacock backyard statue, whereas Grogan mentioned a portray by Blanche-Augustine Camus.

Keane mentioned Leno—whom she famous was modestly wearing denims and a black T-shirt throughout the episode’s filming—was “very within the again story of the objects. He understands amassing as a result of he’s a automobile fanatic; he’s an especially refined collector relating to cars. He brings an understanding of the sorts of questions that should be requested about amassing. And he understands the standard of workmanship of earlier generations.”  

One more reason the peacock statue appealed to Leno, she added, is that the peacock is the brand of NBC, house of The Tonight Present, which he hosted, apart from a short hiatus, from 1992 to 2014.     

Merkerson is visited in her Harlem, New York, house by Bene Raia, a Holliston, Massachusetts–based mostly appraiser of dolls, and Leila Dunbar, a Washington, D.C.–based mostly appraiser of popular culture memorabilia. An award-winning actor, Merkerson has appeared on Broadway, and on Legislation and Order and Chicago Med, each on NBC; she additionally has a house in Chicago, the place the latter collection is presently filmed. 

Actor S. Epatha Merkerson at her house in Harlem, New York.

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She not too long ago advised AD she collects Black memorabilia and works by Black artists (together with Elizabeth Catlett, Geoffrey Holder, and Jacob Lawrence) as a result of “it’s a part of my historical past. I don’t need to be ashamed of what my historical past was, and so I discover it academic. It’s a illustration of me.”

She finds entertainment-related objects notably interesting, a few of “of us in poses of dance.  In addition to being an actor, I’ve completed musicals.”

An instance of those objects is a 1930 poster for “Bubber Mack and His ‘Apache Dancers.’ ” On it, eleven Black ladies and one Black man are lined up in colourful costumes; many ladies put on slacks, little doubt to resemble males. The poster’s headline reads: “The Georgia Good Set Presents Brown Pores and skin Mammas 1930.” This poster was a present to Merkerson from actor Jesse Martin, her costar on Legislation and Order.

Dunbar mentioned the poster was not a inventory poster (a poster with one picture used for quite a lot of exhibits). Fairly, Merkerson’s poster was created particularly for the Georgia Good Set present, and, in consequence, is “rather more illustrative and detailed,” making it extra fascinating.  

Bemko mentioned each superstar interviewed for the brand new episodes “is weak, hungry for data that we now have. You’ll be able to really feel their anticipation. They’re identical to you and me—individuals are folks.”

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