He was drawn to Asian arts early on — at age 11 he was the youngest exhibitor at a Quincy, Massachusetts, antiques show. His expertise is far-reaching: he is also an expert appraiser of 19th-century European and American furniture and decorative arts, as well as fine silver from the 18th to the 20th centuries, and arms and armor. A frequent lecturer and consultant to museums, historical societies and independent art groups nationwide, he worked with the Brooklyn Museum of Art to bring to auction over important pieces of Southeast Asian art from the collection of Samuel Eilenberg, as well as the New Orleans Museum of Art, and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. He also conducts appraisal days for nonprofit, arts, and historical institutions.
Chinese Antique Buyers & Appraisers
James Callahan | Antiques Roadshow | PBS
If presented with the Chinese vase pictured below, how should an appraiser with no specific knowledge of Chinese ceramics approach it to determine if it is fake or authentic? This may sound like a strange question, but the answers to it are critical to successfully appraising Chinese ceramics. This article will examine the most important strategies for identifying, dating and appraising Chinese ceramics, and then apply those strategies to demonstrate the reasons why the vase illustrated above, is in fact, a fake. Most appraisers rely too much on visual assessment alone.
APPRAISING PORCELAIN & POTTERY
The Appraisal Foundation has produced brochures for the public on what proper appraisals should include and how to find a competent appraiser. You can download them HERE. If you have ivory or other objects made of endangered species materials you want to sell, please take a look at my BLOG posts on the subject. I have been active as an independent consultant and appraiser of Asian art since , working throughout the USA and Canada for private collectors, attorneys, estate executors, corporate collections, foundations, insurance companies, auction houses, universities, and museums.
Collecting Ceramics. Art as an Investment. Art as a Luxury Good. Investment Concepts.