Searching Databases for Valid Comparables for the Dec. Arts

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$35.00 General Admission

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This session will review the various auction databases that are available to the decorative arts appraiser, focusing on how to get the most out of each search engine, and how to refine your search criteria so that you find the best comparables. Case studies will be used to illustrate how sites differ in the information they provide.

Appraisers Association of America of America members will receive 1.5 Continuing Education credits. 

Susan Hunter, AAA has more than 25 years of appraisal and auction experience. She specializes in American, English, and Continental Fine and Decorative Arts, and in 20th Century and Contemporary Design. She began appraising in 2003 after having worked as a furniture and decorative arts specialist at Sotheby’s in New York and at Sloan’s auction house outside of Washington, D.C. Susan is a certified member of the Appraisers Association of America. She serves on their Board of Directors, is the co-chair of the Admissions Committee and a member of the Education Committee. She is an instructor for the Appraisal Institute of America’s Comprehensive Appraisal Studies Program (CASP). She holds a Master’s Degree from the Bard Graduate Center in the History of Decorative Arts, Design and Material Culture, a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, and a Certificate in Appraisal Studies from New York University. Molly Seiler, AAA is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association with expertise in 19th & 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design and over 20 years of experience as a curator and consultant to collectors and museums. Formerly a curator of Decorative Arts at the Brooklyn Museum she has extensive knowledge of all periods of 19th and 20th century design and adheres to museum standards in object research and art collection management. She has a BA in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College and an MA in History of Decorative Art from Cooper-Hewitt Museum/Parsons School of Design. Her articles have appeared in the scholarly journal, Studies in the Decorative Arts, and in The Winter Antiques Show Catalogue and Sanford R. Smith's Modernism: A Century of Art and Design. A frequent lecturer, she has spoken on a wide range of topics including "Modernism in the Marketplace," "The Damage and Loss Appraisal," and "Collecting Twentieth Century Design."

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