An enthusiastic young collector had a gut feeling about a painting he’d just purchased. He reasoned that the painting could fetch a higher price. When he brought the painting in for appraisal, however, he was surprised by the price. When the collector learned the portrait’s value, he was taken aback.
On January 1, 2013, the cameras began filming. David Weiss, a well-known appraiser, was about to begin the most important interview of his entire career. When it came to the arts, he was an expert, which is why a lot of people come to the show to have their items examined by him.
A Knowledgeable Person
In the American edition of Antiques Roadshow, he was the most knowledgeable person about drawings and paintings, and he had a variety of auction house experiences. The appraiser sat across from the boy who owned the painting. Inside the show, he was relatively calm. The expert began his business after a few preparations.
Even at a young age, the boy in the Antique Roadshow guest was an eager antique trader. He had no idea, however, how valuable the painting he had discovered was. The portrait’s owner believed he was bringing a one-of-a-kind piece of art to the show. He, on the other hand, did not expect the canvas to fetch a high price.
Every appraiser understood that learning the story of each object they evaluated was an important part of their job, especially when working in front of the camera. It should also be equally evaluated and capable of identifying all of the item’s features.
Following The Standard Procedure
Every appraiser on the show Antique Roadshow knew they had to follow the industry’s standard procedure. On the other hand, many small appraiser shows had been airing for several years and had followed the process as well. The story they discovered in the art would make the show more appealing to viewers.
The young man traveled to Richmond, Virginia, to determine the value of his two-dollar painting. Those who were inexperienced with antiques would frequently seek an outside appraiser’s opinion before considering the item valuable so that they know just how much they could gain from it.
Worth It Or Not?
The most valuable items would end up in thrift stores or shady antique shops, where the majority of the items were not priced appropriately. The young boy in the show, on the other hand, did the same thing when he appeared on Antiques Roadshow.
Traveling Appraiser Docu-Series
The first episode of Antique Roadshow aired in 1979. The documentary series of a traveling appraiser and antique enthusiast who came to see them inspired the production of the show. The production became popular and influenced several other countries, including the United States.
When the young boy took part in the show, the painting owner realized he had been given a rare opportunity to speak about his passion and enthusiasm for antiques. Which is an opportunity that not a lot of people have!
European Art And History
Because of his more than three decades of experience, David Weiss was known as an expert and knowledgeable in European art. His specialty was European paintings, sculptures, and paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. There is no doubt that he really knows what he is doing.
Oriental rugs piqued his interest as well. The appraiser looked at the portrait that the young boy had brought to the show. When it came to antiques and determining the value of the canvas, he was an expert. Needless to say, he is the right man to-go-to when it comes to such topics.
SVP AT Auction House
David Weiss, like the other appraisers on Antiques Roadshow, took part in the show himself, which aided his primary job at Freeman Auction House. Senior Vice President was his title at the auction house. For all of his professional accomplishments, he deserved this position.
He had the same title while working in Washington, D.C., and learned a lot while there. The professional appraiser, on the other hand, was not only an art appraiser but also a professor at Drexel University, where he taught business-related subjects.
Most Rewarding Experience
When David Weiss was working in auctions, he was ecstatic when he came across a one-of-a-kind item. In his biography on the Freeman’s Auction House website, he described his experience. According to the appraiser, “For me, the most rewarding experiences as an auction house appraiser are the happy, unexpected ‘discoveries’ that originate from private collectors and estates. The best and most memorable of these ‘finds’ have resulted in massively successful prices realized.” At that point, he would always have an exciting day in the store.
Evaluating The Item
David questioned the young guest in the show, just like he did all the other guests who brought their items to be appraised by the best appraiser. He inquired about the boy’s knowledge of the painting. Let’s find out what the boy knows about the painting.
Young Man’s Passion
The appraiser began the interview by telling the show’s youngest guest, “You must be the youngest collector that I’ve seen.” The boy showed a smile to the expert and replied, “I think so.” Weiss was taken aback by the young man’s poise and expression, particularly when it came to his passion for antique collecting.
Convincing His Parents
It was the day the young fan first learned about the show, which aired in Richmond, Virginia, and tried to persuade his parents to let him attend. The young man believed he could get a hundred dollars for the painting he had recently purchased.
After a long drive from their home in South Jersey to Richmond, Virginia, his parents finally agreed to participate in the event. The parents supported their son on the day of the show, choosing a bright red t-shirt for the young guest to wear in front of the camera.
A Thrilling Experience
When the young guest was admitted to the event, he was overjoyed. Because of his hobby, he was given the opportunity to attend the show. Weiss was astounded to learn that the boy had purchased several antiques in addition to the painting.
His Favorite Objects To Collect
The appraiser also noticed that the young man was taking longer than he expected to gather items. He asked about the items and the youngster’s favorite object to collect during his interview with him, and his response to the professional appraiser was, “I like glass, sterling silver, and art.”
Passion For Antiques
Weiss was intrigued by the other items the young visitor had amassed, and this piqued his interest in antiques. The appraiser was convinced by the boy’s enthusiastic response that he had a passion for collecting antiques. Which he surely was amazed by!
His Most Loved Antique
The young man was still responding to the appraiser’s question, and he appeared to know his stuff. He also told the expert that his favorite antique was a large silver serving platter that he had recently discovered. The young man’s response piqued David’s interest in his passion for antiques.
David realized he needed to figure out why the young man was so interested in antiques. The appraiser inquired of the youngster, “Where do you find this stuff?” And based on the boy’s reply, it was in “a junky auction” located in the town of the young hometown in South Jersey.
Different From Him
In their interview, he was astounded by the child. He assumed the young man was a collector who kept every antique he came across. However, the response he received from the guest was not what the professional expected at all.
Keeping The Items
Weiss wanted to learn more about the young boy’s passion for antiques, so he asked if he had a habit of keeping items he found at various auctions. For most of the older antique collectors, the answer was pretty much obvious.
The majority of older antique collectors gathered antiques for their value rather than to keep them in their possession. Some children, on the other hand, would keep the discovered object because they believed it had significant value in their lives.
The boy’s experience surprised David and even the producer. Especially since the young man said, “I like to sell them online,” the appraiser did not believe the boy and asked, “You like to sell them?” The professional had not anticipated the child doing something that a grown-up would do.
He was taken aback by the young man’s ability to buy and sell each antique he gathered. The boy, according to David, was the show’s most memorable guest. Before evaluating the painting, he realized he needed to learn everything he could about the boy’s passion for antiques.
David became enthralled by the young man who sat directly in front of him. He was determined to learn more about the young man, including whether he would choose to sell or keep his belongings. The appraiser chose an item from the child’s story to appraise and stated, “Have you made a lot of money selling silver, you’d say?” They had no idea what his response would be or how the excited child would describe his experience selling the silver. The young man explained to David that he waited until September to sell the object he had discovered because they expected the market price to change.
The most intriguing part was learning how the youngster came to own a painting. The appraiser attempted to learn more about the boy’s fascination with antiques. He assumed the kid got the item at a garage sale and that the kid thought it was valuable.
A Piece Of Painting
However, the show’s youngest guest insisted that during the summer, he asked his father to go to the junky auction house in their town. The child begged to be given a chance to bid on a painting later on in the place.
On The Sunny Side
This piece was discovered at a South Jersey auction. “It was so hot there, my dad didn’t wasn’t to stay to get it, but I wanted to.” the boy said in the interview. When he purchased the painting, the actual cost of the paint was only two dollars.
A Significant Story
When it was created, the youngster believed it might have a significant story. The kid had a hard time figuring out where the portrait came from, which is also the reason why he wanted to go to Antiques Roadshow for this reason.
Is It Valuable?
The item that the boy brought into the show appeared to the audience and even David to be an ordinary painting. The appraiser, on the other hand, was more aware than the child that each item had a sign that indicated whether it was valuable or not.
Mother And Child
When the professional first looked at the portrait, he noticed that it was made of standard earth tones. A mother sat in a chair, trying to reach her child, was the concept depicted on the canvas. The child, on the other hand, sat in the chair next to her mother. The owner had missed a crucial piece of information.
Testing The Boy
David was still putting the boy to the test. He was pondering how well-versed the child was in the arts. The appraiser was taken aback by the boy’s demeanor during the interview. He believed he had brought something that a typical child would never choose.
Expert In Arts
The young visitor informed the professional that he noticed the watercolor painting after he purchased it. However, because the portrait was encased in glass, the youngster struggled to explain. The art expert decided to intervene and give an explanation to the painting.
Skill In Appraising
The kid’s interpretation of the painting was correct. Watercolor was used to create the portrait. He knew a lot of things at a young age and was meticulous about the amount of silver he sold in public. He also knew how to gather a specific item.
The Only Problem
The only issue was his lack of knowledge about the value, which he was about to face when the appraiser wanted to put him to the test. Weiss checked to see if the young visitor had honed his appraisal skills.
Improve The Child’s Talent
When the boy finally met and made a quick assessment, he noticed a sign on the bottom of the work of art. He could only describe a portion of the name, but the second half of the signature’s description was clear to Weiss. It was almost as if he recognized the signature right away. Rather than telling the child the value right away, he wanted to improve his ability to appraise. The professional asked the young visitor to repeat what he had just said.
It was getting close to the time when they would evaluate the child’s painting. David expressed an interest in discussing his portrait. He’d like the boy to explain everything he saw in the painting and tell him about it. David realized the young visitor’s enthusiasm for the arts was genuine, and he believed he had a good chance of becoming an appraiser when he grew up.
Albert Neuhuys’ Painting
Every detail of the signature had been expertly described by the young man. The first name, however, was the only thing he could explain. At that point, Weiss revealed the signatory’s surname. Albert Neuhuys was the name of the artist who created the painting.
19th Century Painter
Albert was a great painter in the Netherlands during the era of the 19th century. According to the appraiser, Albert and other painters of the time created a live set at home. The painting the child purchased, which depicted a mother and child, is an example. The artist who created the painting was a Laren School student. He studied with various painters, including Jozef Israels, in a Dutch artist colony. Albert was transferred from a rural to an urban environment. He began to create art with zeal after relocating to a new location.
Era Of Peaceful Painting
During Albert’s lifetime, a serene painting gained a reputation in the era. His source of income was the painting. The majority of his paintings depicted scenes from people’s daily lives inside their homes. The painting that the child had brought to the Antiques Roadshow was an example of his work. The lovely illustration depicts a mother sewing while her child looks at what she’s doing.
He also depicted domestic tasks in rural life as if the farmers were going about their business. The majority of his work was displayed in some of the world’s most prestigious art museums. The boy, on the other hand, was the proud owner of one of the painter’s works.
One Of The Dutch Painters
David knew more about the painting than the boy did. When the youngster tried to appraise, it was the most important thing. Before continuing his evaluation, he talked about Neuhuys’ life and creation. According to him, “Neuhuys was one of the Dutch painters. He was born in 1844, and he died in 1914. I think your watercolor was probably done in the last quarter of the 19th century.” The boy had been wondering how old the painting was before Weiss’s revelation, but it was clear to the expert that the boy was soaking up every word.
The Guessing Game
On the Antiques Roadshow, experts in antiques let their guests try to estimate the value of their items. However, they would not be surprised if their guess was higher than the item’s true value. It was for this reason that they traveled to different places. It didn’t rule out the possibility of them going into a store. On the other hand, the expert explained the history of the painting and said that this time he would try to make the boy guess how valuable it was. It was the method he used to teach the child about the antique’s worth.
What’s The Real Worth?
David asked the child, “How much do you think is worth?” It was time for the appraiser to evaluate his item. He put the young guest in every trial to see how knowledgeable he was about antiques. The young man deserved it when he guessed the item’s total amount after a long hour of waiting in the hot summer season to get the painting and travel from New Jersey to Virginia. His greatest guess was “Hundred and fifty bucks.”
A Hundred And Fifty Short
David repeated the boy’s guess, “Hundred fifty bucks?” However, he suddenly added, “I think it’s worth a hundred and fifty. I think it’s worth more than one hundred and fifty.” The youngster’s enthusiasm remained unchanged. He delegated the evaluation of his item to the appraiser. When the expert changed his words with controlled breathing, everyone became enthralled. Later on, he said that “Today, if your Alber Neuhuys watercolor came to an auction. It would probably sell for about $1000 to $1500.” When the professional antiques said the word “thousand,” the young guest couldn’t believe his ears.
That’s A Lot Of Money
The boy could only say “Woah,” which was his reaction to the total value of his painting. When Weiss mentioned the cost of his discovery, he blew his mind. The appraiser thought the youngster possessed a natural aptitude for trading art. Before he could become a better appraiser, he needed to learn and understand a lot of things. He told the painting’s owner, “That’s a lot of money!” From a two-dollar painting to a thousand-dollar cash prize. David, on the other hand, threw in a quick lesson for the show’s youngest visitor.