Antique hunters take note, the Ennis Public Library will be transformed into a local version of the Antiques Roadshow this week as David Gregory, expert antiques appraiser, will be on hand to shed some light as to the value of the community's treasured belongings.
Gregory, who has also done road shows in North Carolina and has bought and sold items at noted New York auction houses such as Sotherby's and Christie's, has a local tie to the community through his sister, Sandra Wakefield.
Wakefield, who moved to Ennis a few years ago, has been involved in many community organizations and fund-raisers and was appointed to the Ennis Arts Commission earlier this year. The opportunity to introduce her brother to the community and have him offer his time and talents is one that she is looking forward to.
“I am very excited to have David here to meet the community through the Roadshow. He has been to Ennis several times to visit me since I moved here and he loves the city, so this event was actually his idea. After we talked about it, I mentioned it to Nancy Thomas, who presented it to the rest of the Ennis Arts Commission and it has taken off like a rocket since then,” Wakefield said.
Gregory, who has a master's degree from Yale University in art history and religion, has also created several museum exhibits that are on permanent display at the museum for the bicentennial of Salem College in North Carolina.
'David takes great pride in his work and has a wealth of knowledge about items that he appraises. He takes his time to carefully examine the object before giving the owner an estimate as to the value. He is also a certified expert, so when he gives an estimate, you can count on it to be a true indication of the item's value,” Wakefield said.
The event, which is being put on by the Ennis Arts Commission, is a first for the community and organizers are hoping for a large crowd. Anyone wishing to participate may bring up to two items to the library between 2 - 5 p.m. at a cost of $5 an item.
Gregory will also be conducting individual walk-through appraisals of homes within the community and offers a certificate of value for insurance purposes for those who wish to have their belongings appraised.
“David is excited to be coming to offer this type of service to members of the community and is looking forward to visiting with families and appraising their items. He brings a high level of accuracy that is very helpful when it comes to insurance claims. He offers a hand written certificate of authenticity to homeowners for his appraisals and has a very strong background from which to base his findings,” she said.
For those wishing to book a private walk-through or for information on the antiques on the road event at the library, contact (972) 875-4535.