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Todd Merrill from "Picked Off" is one of the judges of the History Channel reality series, which gives amateur antiquers a chance to pick their way toward a giant cash prize.

Todd Merrill grew-up steeped in the Antiques trade and is third generation in the business. His family's collecting passion was American furniture. Merrill believes the next great period in American furniture is the postwar period where a flourishing of money, creativity and style in America's great cities after WWII allowed
Todd Merrill in "Picked Off"
Todd Merrill Picked Off
mid-century designers to create outstanding decorative furnishings unlike anything seen before.

"American and especially New York City saw a huge wave of European design talent and homegrown designers returning home to a postwar boom. Never before has there been such a diverse flourishing of design focusing on exotic influences brought back from around the world combined with the relatively new concepts of modern design and the space age," states Merrill. "What was produced in America from the late 1940s through the early 1980s by designers like James Mont, Paul Evans and Karl Springer is astounding and could only have happened here. I am fascinated by and love to explore this last great undocumented period in Americana."

Merrill's shop, Todd Merrill Antiques 20th Century, is based on the ability to mix connoisseurship with style and creativity. "We are striving to explore and establish new areas of collecting and appreciation of 20th century design, and will continue to present the best and most unusual in 20th Century American decorative arts as well as correlating design influences from contemporary European designers," says Merrill.

By opening Todd Merrill Antiques, Merrill carries on the tradition of his grandparents Nathan and Margaret Merrill who founded Ethan Allen Antiques in the 1930s, and his father Duane Merrill, who started Merrill & Company Auctions. Todd Merrill was the director of Public Relations at Christie's New York and a founding executive of auctions.com.

Ethan Merrill and Todd Merrill in "Picked Off" Antique Collectors to Get 'Picked Off' — Premiering Wednesday, July 11, the new History Channel reality competition series is hosted by former NFL player Keith Neubert with renowned antique experts Todd and Ethan Merrill serving as judges. Read more...

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