Lights, Camera, Antiques! PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” Comes to Newport

Waiting for the appraisal


From Pennsylvania,  Cape Cod,  and many locations  in between, collectors flocked to Newport, R.I.,  for an expert appraisal of their treasures at the popular appraisals-by-experts Antiques Roadshow’s first ever visit to Newport,  and first outdoor event.  Traversing the country in search of regional treasures, , the show hadn’t  taped in New England for five years.

Ken Newman in line

Newport’s Rosecliff Mansion hosted the event, overseen and organized by WGBH-TV Boston, and the categories were many, from collectibles to furniture to paintings to porcelain and jewelry.  All in all, objects were appraised in 20 individual categories. The impressive array of experts was headed by Leslie Keno and Lee Keno, searching for the best in American furnishings.(Newport Seen ran into the very busy Lee as he brushed through a doorway at the mansion.)


Leppy  and Christie's brother waiting in line

The buzz of camera crews, photographers and pop-up shoots were happening everywhere, as  guests followed a strict order of events, lining up for their particular expert.  A sound stage was erected for the discussions evaluations, and tapings with particular guests, chosen by the crew from WGBH.  Host Mark L. Walberg was nowhere to be seen.

Appraising an antique rug, expert James Ffrench of New York

Yes, the event was outdoors, but had to be conducted in large tents and within Rosecliff, owing to rain.  Let it rain, the appraisals poured!

Antiques Roadshow Newport will be broadcast in January of 2018 by WGBH.

                                                                                              —Linda Phillips

For information, go to


Expert Peter Loughrey of Los Angeles



The array of experts on Rosecliff's porch



Awaiting the value of a special vase


Robert from Cape Cod with a rare
Kennedy poster


Newport Volunteers Mona & Nancy



A table of cards of the antiques appraisers in Newport


The satge is set for the taping of the more interesting appraisals


A long canopy reaches from the front tent to the front door




The visitors guide to the grounds



























Past Headlines

Sweet Rides and Wheels Party at Audrain Auto Museum

Juan Roldan ... more »

Jessica Hagen Fine Arts Displays American Craft Furniture

It is furniture th ... more »

Victorian Society Course Explores Newport’s Architectural Treasures

An unusual, ... more »




NEWPORT SEEN:  "Best Online Media Creation"


"Best Online Writing" 

                         -- CT Press club & National League of Press Women