Ken Farmer


Ken Farmer LLC
Charlottesville, VA
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Ken Farmer is a lifelong resident of Virginia. He and his wife Jane have been avid students and collectors of Americana and Southern material culture since they were married in 1974.

Since his teenage years Ken has been a musician and singer of traditional Appalachian and American Roots music. As a performer he became interested in the songs, history, objects and stories of his native Southwest Virginia. That led to him working in the antiques business for over 40 years.

He began his professional career as a dealer in Americana and decorative arts and then operated two regional auction houses from 1990 to 2015. Ken has established himself as an advisor, appraiser and auctioneer, handling all categories of fine and decorative art. Ken has appeared on the popular PBS series Antiques Roadshow since its inception in 1996 as a specialist in folk art, furniture, decorative arts and musical instruments.

Since selling his auction companies Ken has focused on providing appraisal and advisory services to both public and private clients. His services are all about establishing personal relationships and helping his clients choose wisely when deciding to evaluate, sell or buy any category of antiques and fine art.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is an antiques appraisal event and television production; we do not buy or sell objects, and conducting any business with an appraiser at the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW event is strictly forbidden.

If you decide to do business with an appraiser who has appeared on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, please keep in mind these tips before consigning or selling an item:

  • Get more than one referral and check references
  • Get valuations of your item from more than once source
  • Compare options between different types of sellers, i.e., a dealer versus an auction house
  • If you are considering consigning an object for auction, be sure to inquire how the item will be priced, the size of the fee, and the expected amount of time the process may take. Find out what will happen if it doesn't sell.
  • Check the appraiser's professional associations (such as International Society of Appraisers, American Appraisers Association, National Auctioneers Association)
  • Consult an attorney before signing a contract
  • Whatever kind of transaction you decide to enter into, always get a detailed written receipt for your records

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’s pool of experts are professionals with a wide range of experience in the antiques, fine art and collectibles community, and they are from a diverse background of auctioneers, dealers and appraisers.

All ROADSHOW appraisers are independent volunteers who donate their time and expertise to PBS and who pay their own expenses to be on the show. All business transactions are independent from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.