Warm Weather Specialists: What Our Experts Are Up to in Summer 2014

Our auction rooms may be dark until September, but that doesn’t mean our specialists aren’t busy these days. In addition to combing through consignments and cataloguing lots for our Fall 2014 auctions, Swann staffers are traveling and lending their expertise in many ways.

For the first time, our African-American Fine Art specialist Nigel Freeman is serving as an appraiser with the long-running PBS series Antiques Roadshow. Nigel has even taped a few segments, and we’ll see if they make it to air. In the meantime, check out this photo of him appraising a group of M.C. Escher holiday cards:

Of course, Swann President and Poster Specialist Nicholas Lowry continues his participation with the Roadshow as well. No doubt due to his distinctive voice and suit choices, he’s become one of the more recognizable appraisers on the show, and even made it into this amazing flipbook animation video that also features the Keno brothers and Noel Barrett:
Daile Kaplan, our Photographs & Photobooks specialist is also a fixture on the Roadshow, and this summer she also traveled to France, bringing her singular collection of objects made from or decorated with photographs, dubbed Pop Photographica, to the Les Rencontres d’Arles show. She also launched her own Instagram at @popdaile and can also be found using the hashtag #daileytravels.
Closer to home is Swann’s Art Books and Illustration Art Specialist Christine von der Linn, who is also an expert in the fields of health-supportive cooking and food sustainability. She’s lending her time to the Metuchen, NJ Farmers Market in a series called Vegging Out, with topics including “Kale: Still Hip, but Check out its Cruciferous Companion” and “Underground Movements: Roots, Tubers and Cold Weather Edibles.” More information is available here.