Dr. Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, snuggles up with Britain’s monarchs to uncover the fascinating secrets of the royal bedchamber. From Hampton Court to Hever Castle to the great English country manors, Worsley shows the opulence of Royal State bedrooms and explains how these private spaces were once very public hubs of English politics and policy. It was in these rooms that royal marriage ceremonies were held, royal births were observed by crowds eager to verify the baby’s sex. Even the process of creating royal babies took place in a semi-public context, Worsley says, because everyone had a stake in its outcome.
Manor House Treasures
The Roadshow is taking inspiration from the furnishings and finery of the sprawling estates in popular period dramas such as “Downton Abbey” and “Upstairs, Downstairs” for its new special, featuring extraordinary objects from across the pond and beyond. Highlights that would fit right in any of the stately homes of the rich and powerful include: a Lord Byron cellarette and portrait, ca. 1810; a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, ca. 1915, that was gifted to the caretakers of an estate; and a Louis Comfort Tiffany necklace, ca. 1905, that belonged to the owner’s wealthy great-grandmother and is appraised for $75,000 to $100,000.
Phoenix, AZ, Part 2 of 3
Host Mark L. Walberg visits Phoenix’ Desert Botanical Garden with appraiser Don Creswell for a discussion of antique botanical artwork. Highlights from the Roadshow floor include a 1982 bronze maquette by renowned sculptor Henry Moore; an heirloom amethyst jewelry collection; and an early abstract painting by noted modern artist Chuck Close, received by the guest’s father as repayment of an $8 loan, valued at $100,000 to $150,000.
Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Stuart Whitehurst visit Phoenix’ Hall of Flame Museum, home to the largest collection of fire-fighting materials in North America. Highlights from the Roadshow floor include: a circa 1905 advertising display for waterproof baby pants; a 1797 Chippendale marriage chest; and a collection of original Charles Schulz “Peanuts” artwork, valued at $350,000.
The Boomer Years
Mon., Dec. 22, 8:00 pm
The “Baby Boom” of the mid-20th century created a generation of people who grew up witnessing the rise of television, space exploration and rock ‘n’ roll. In celebration of the “Boomer Years,” the Roadshow is looking back with nostalgia at the vintage treasures from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, including: a 1956 Elvis “Love Me Tender” standee that was found during a home renovation; a 1958 Martin Luther King Jr. letter purchased for $20 at the estate of a Richard Nixon biographer; and Charles Schulz comic strip art, ca. 1960, owned by a former Hallmark employee who worked with Schulz for 12 years, valued at $200,000 to $250,000.