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‘Antiques Roadshow’ Visits Flagler College

Sep 20, 2013
by Holly Hill

When “Antiques Roadshow” producers asked their appraisers for unique locations in Northeast Florida, they suggested a building with the world’s largest collection of Tiffany stained-glass windows still in their original location: Flagler College.

Antiques appraiser Arlie Sulka, a Louis Comfort Tiffany glass expert and owner of New York City gallery Lillian Nassau, visited the college with “Roadshow” host Mark Walberg while the show was in Jacksonville this past June. Flagler was picked as one of three segments that will be featured in an episode for the popular PBS series currently scheduled for spring 2014.

While Sulka is a Tiffany expert, she was just as taken with some of the hidden treasures she found throughout the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, the centerpiece of Flagler and now a National Historic Landmark. She marveled at a large vase signed by Emile Galle while touring the building with Flagler historian and retired history professor Dr. Thomas Graham. Galle was an important contributor to the Art Nouveau style of glassmaking and ceramics in the late 1800s. Sulka said the vase was “magnificently decorated” and one of the best Galle examples she had seen.

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