Stuart Whitehurst, former appraiser at Skinner Inc. of Boston and PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, joins us to discuss what motivates private collectors and how they build their expertise. Perhaps driven by pleasure and curiosity, a collector’s life evolves into a dialogue of scholarship and stewardship with their collection, including conservation and preservation. Whitehurst will explore the business of art, antiques, how a private collection finds its focus, and the passion for collecting.
Stuart Whitehurst is the co-founder and co-owner of Marvin & Whitehurst Appraisal Group, Inc. He is a twenty-eight year veteran of the auction industry, having worked at Sotheby’s in New York and formerly with the prestigious New England auction house of Skinner, Inc. based in Boston for over sixteen years. Stuart is a familiar face on the popular PBS television series Antiques Roadshow, and has also appeared in numerous national and regional television and radio broadcasts, speaking about the world of antiques and collecting. Stuart is a generalist appraiser, with extensive knowledge of American, British, and European furniture and decorations and fine art ranging from the 17th through the 20th centuries. His range of expertise also encompasses an extensive knowledge of fine books, rare manuscripts, and maps.