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Antiques Roadshow Primer

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Through its traveling events and enormously popular series on PBS, Antiques Roadshow has taught us to look for hidden treasures in our attics--perhaps to find, as other lucky souls have, a Baltimore album quilt worth $50,000 or a Seymour card table like the one picked up at a garage sale for $25 and subsequently appraised at $200,000.

Now beginning collectors, antiques lovers, auction-goers, and flea-market mavens can extend their knowledge and hone their instincts with the Antiques Roadshow Primer. A take-you-by-the-hand introductory guide, the primer focuses on traditional categories of antiques and collectibles, including jewelry, silver, paintings, furniture, dolls, toys, metalwork, and porcelain. Not only each chapter but each lively page is brimming with information, providing and introductory overview that will help transform the enthusiast into a connoisseur.

Take "Furniture," for example. It explains how our own craftsmen interpreted and "Americanized" a melting pot of styles like Chippendale and French Empire. How to identify the four categories of old furniture: antique, used, reproduction, and, best of all, period, How to distinguish between old and new veneer and find the distinct pattern of a circular saw, indicating a piece made after 1840. And all of this comes just in the first five pages.

Along the way extensive illustrations, photographs, and charts show both classic and quirky examples, highlighting important visual details, tracing the history of artists and styles, and capturing pertinent Roadshow discoveries. Experts in the field contribute their own tips, sharing such secrets as how to use a scratch test to tell if a stone is Imperial jade or nephrite, and why ill-defined fingers on a bronze statue mean it's a reproduction.

Every collector asks two questions about a piece: Is it old? Is it valuable? And every page of the Antiques Roadshow Primer helps to supply the answer.

Synopsis:

Family Heirlooms and Flea Market Finds

IS IT OLD? IS IT VALUABLE?

Part adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, Antiques Roadshow, PBS's hit series, shares its passion and expertise in a jam-packed, thoroughly illustrated introduction to antiques and collectibles.

What does "EPNS" mean on a piece of silver? How can furniture be judged by its hardware? Why touch diamond jewelry to your upper lip? How can a Peale be identified by the subject's eyelids? The primer introduces all the essentials: style, period, provenance, pattern, rarity, motifs, maker's marks--plus a running feature called "Old News," listing items that people love to collect but that are just too common to be of value.

What's waiting to be found in your attic?

Anitques Roadshow draws millions and millions of viewers to the edge of their seats, as it brings independent dealers and specialists from the country's leading auction houses together to appraise family antiques at events held around the country.

Synopsis:

  • Main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, Antiques Roadshow Book Club, Quality Paperback Book Club, Doubleday Direct

  • 467,500 copies in print

  • About the Author

    Carol Prisant is the New York editor of the British magazine The World of Interiors. She also writes about antiques and collectibles for Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful, New York, and other magazines. A former antiques dealer, Ms. Prisant is an appraiser of fine and decorative arts and a member of the Appraisers Association of America.

    Table of Contents

    Foreward

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction

    Chapter One

    FURNITURE

    Is It Old?

    Is It Valuable?

    American Furniture

    English and Continental Furniture

    Chapter Two

    SILVER

    Types of Silver

    Making Silver Objects

    Understanding Hallmarks

    American Silver

    English and Continental Silver

    Is It Old?

    Is It Valuable?

    Chapter Three

    PORCELAIN, POTTERY, AND GLASS

    Porcelain

    Pottery

    Is It Old?

    Is It Valuable?

    Glass

    Is It Old?

    Is It Valuable?

    Chapter Four

    PAINTINGS

    Is It Legitimate?

    Connoisseurship

    Folk Painting

    Chapter Five

    JEWELRY

    Is It Real?

    Is It Old?

    Chapter Six

    CLOCKS AND WATCHES

    Anatomy of a Timepiece

    Clocks

    Watches

    Chapter Seven

    METALWORK

    Bronze

    Brass

    Copper

    Pewter

    Iron

    Folk Art

    Chapter Eight

    RUGS, QUILTS, AND SAMPLERS

    Rugs

    Quilts

    Samplers

    Chapter Nine

    TOYS, DOLLS, AND COLLECTIBLES

    Toys

    Dolls

    Teddy Bears

    Collectibles

    Chapter Ten

    BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS

    Books

    Manuscripts

    Glossary

    Suggested Reading and Resources

    Finding an Appraiser

    Auction Houses

    Appraisal Organizations

    Antiques Roadshow Appraisers

    Photo Credits

    Index

    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9780761116240
    Subtitle:
    ries on PBS
    Preface:
    Jussel, Chris
    Preface by:
    Jussel, Chris
    Preface:
    Jussel, Chris
    Author:
    Prisant, Carol
    Author:
    Jussel, Chris
    Author:
    Jussel, Chris
    Publisher:
    Workman Publishing Company
    Location:
    New York :
    Subject:
    Reference
    Subject:
    Antiques
    Subject:
    United states
    Subject:
    Reference - General
    Subject:
    Television - Reference
    Subject:
    Collectibles
    Subject:
    Collectibles -- United States.
    Subject:
    Antiques roadshow
    Subject:
    Performing Arts-Television - Reference
    Subject:
    Antiques -- United States.
    Subject:
    Antiques-General
    Copyright:
    Edition Description:
    Trade Paperback
    Publication Date:
    19991215
    Binding:
    Paperback
    Grade Level:
    General/trade
    Language:
    English
    Illustrations:
    illustrations throughout; two-color; 32-
    Pages:
    432
    Dimensions:
    9.22x7.38x1.20 in. 2.11 lbs.

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    Family Heirlooms and Flea Market Finds

    IS IT OLD? IS IT VALUABLE?

    Part adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, Antiques Roadshow, PBS's hit series, shares its passion and expertise in a jam-packed, thoroughly illustrated introduction to antiques and collectibles.

    What does "EPNS" mean on a piece of silver? How can furniture be judged by its hardware? Why touch diamond jewelry to your upper lip? How can a Peale be identified by the subject's eyelids? The primer introduces all the essentials: style, period, provenance, pattern, rarity, motifs, maker's marks--plus a running feature called "Old News," listing items that people love to collect but that are just too common to be of value.

    What's waiting to be found in your attic?

    Anitques Roadshow draws millions and millions of viewers to the edge of their seats, as it brings independent dealers and specialists from the country's leading auction houses together to appraise family antiques at events held around the country.

    "Synopsis" by ,
  • Main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, Antiques Roadshow Book Club, Quality Paperback Book Club, Doubleday Direct

  • 467,500 copies in print

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