Stuart Whitehurst



Stuart Whitehurst is an independent appraiser and consultant of antiques and personal property. Stuart has been in the auction industry since 1984, and is a generalist appraiser with extensive knowledge of American, British and European furniture, decorative arts of all types including ceramics and silver, as well as fine art. Stuart has appeared in numerous national and regional television and radio broadcasts, speaking about the world of antiques and collecting.

Stuart is also a licensed freelance auctioneer, and is much in demand as an auctioneer, speaker, and appraiser. He loves sharing his passion for history and antiques with others, and takes part in numerous not-for-profit appraisal days and charity auctions throughout the year. Stuart is happy to receive inquires as to how his expertise and experience can benefit an organization.

Fascinated since childhood with history and antiques, one of Stuart’s specialties is books and manuscripts. During his recent 16-year tenure with the New England auction house, Skinner Inc., Stuart was the Director of Fine Books & Manuscripts, and grew the department to international renown, achieving numerous world-record prices for rare historical documents, maps, and texts.

While based in Florida, Stuart enjoys travel, and is available for appraisal and consulting work throughout the country. Stuart works in association with Diane Marvin Appraisal Services, Inc., and with fellow appraiser Sara Wishart. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and is proud to have been a participant of Antiques Roadshow since its premiere on the Public Broadcasting System.

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.