BOSTON — Boston-based fine art and antiques expert Colleene Fesko, frequently seen on the hit PBS television series “Antiques Roadshow,” celebrates her third year as an independent appraiser and consultant. After more than two decades at Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers, Fesko launched her own appraisal firm in 2010.
In 2013, Fesko is featured in a number of episodes of “Antiques Roadshow’s” 17th season, and two of her appraisals are already predicted to be season highlights. On January 7, an episode filmed in Corpus Christi, Texas, featured Fesko identifying a lost oil painting by artist Diego Rivera (Mexican, 1888-1957). Brought to the show by a local resident, the 1904 work, “El Albanil,” is appraised by Fesko at $800,000 to $1 million, the highest appraisal of the “Roadshow” season.
Fesko appeared next on the January 28 episode of the show, filmed in her hometown of Boston with five-term Mayor Thomas M. Menino. The mayor brought to the show a painting the city had discovered in the attic of Dorchester’s Mather Elementary School – a Vermont winter landscape by artist Aldro T. Hibbard. Fesko, accompanied on set by the Mayor, appraised the quintessential Hibbard at $50,000. During the Boston show, Fesko and “Roadshow” host Mark Walberg also visited the Boston Public Library where Fesko appraised original sketches for the award-winning children’s book “Make Way for Ducklings.”
“The author, Robert McCloskey donated the sketchbooks to the library, and it was fascinating to see how he developed the story,” comments Fesko. “I think the audience will also enjoy some rediscovered ‘duckling lore’ we uncovered while working on the segment.”
In addition to her appearances on “Antiques Roadshow,” Fesko has served as a consultant for Christie’s American Painting Department and for Doyle New York’s recently opened Boston location. She has also conducted appraisals throughout New England for individuals and for several municipal and corporate collections.
“I spend full-time doing what I love, so it never seems like work to me,” she laughs. “The past three years have been exciting, fulfilling and full of surprises – who could ask for anything more – except for many more years of the same.”