Mason is no wet-behind-the-ears appraiser, either. This was – and is – a man with many years of experience under his belt. Mason is, in particular, a recognized expert on Chinese antiquities. He also spent more than a decade as a design teacher, including a spell at the New York School of Interior Design. Plus, he worked at Sotheby’s Chinese Works of Art Department in New York for 24 years, rising to the position of senior vice president.
Mason subsequently left Sotheby’s in 2003 and founded a successful company, iGavelauctions.com. Meanwhile, he continues his academic pursuits as an adjunct professor at New York University. And of course, he’s been an expert on Antiques Roadshow for around 22 years.
However, on that day back in 2002, the eloquent Mr. Mason was for once at a loss for words. The segment started off well enough, with a lady of mature years explaining that her grandparents had acquired the piece in question, a marble statue of a lion, while in China sometime early in the 20th century.