Arts and Entertainment
June 27, 2016
"Antiques Roadshow" host Gary Piattoni wowed invited guests at The Buckingham, an SQLC retirement community, as he inspected dozens of their treasured heirlooms and antiques. Piattoni's eye for fine arts, antiques and collectibles landed him on PBS' renowned television series in 1995. Piattoni has also made several appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" over the course of his 25 years in the antique appraisal industry.
"It was an honor to host the very knowledgeable Gary Piattoni, and give guests a chance to have their antiques, heirlooms and flea market finds assessed for their true value," said Julie Fenske, executive director of The Buckingham. "Piattoni captivated the audience at The Buckingham with his vast expertise in the appraisal industry."
According to Piattoni, his favorite part of the session even more than discovering the value of items was learning about the history behind family heirlooms and favorite treasures, along with taking questions from the audience. In many cases, Piattoni only confirms what antique owners already suspect that their ancestor's prized possessions aren't worth much money. But sometimes, Piattoni stumbles upon a "gem".
One attendee brought in a Fabrege egg and a Fabrege box, dating back to the Imperial Era of the early 19th century. According to Piattoni's findings, each Fabrege piece had significant value, and he encouraged the owners of the rare finds to investigate further on their own. Other guests brought in eclectic pieces of artwork from various origins.
Hosting educational and social events like this one is important to the The Buckingham, Houston's premier retirement community, as it subscribes to the Masterpiece Living® program philosophy, which embraces healthy living at any age in all regardsphysical, spiritual, social and mental.
"The value that Gary Piattoni assigned to the treasures turned out to be less important than the fact that everyone had a wonderful time meeting new friends, and perhaps learning a bit of history along the way," said Fenske.