Whether you are trying to assess, build, or maintain your collection, Eastern Art Consultants offers the expertise and resources to make that possible. All work is conducted in an objective, confidential, and expeditious manner, and can be provided in either English or Mandarin Chinese.


Susan is a qualified personal property appraiser. Reports produced conform with the rigorous professional and ethical standards of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and the International Society of Appraisers (ISA).

Consulting Services

Clients benefit from Eastern Art Consultants’ superlative access to auction and gallery owners, museum curators, scholars, conservators and restorers, as well as other professional appraisers, cultivated over more than 15 years experience in the art world.

Collections Management Services

Susan is trained in the methodology of collections management, including preventive care, storage, and inventory, and has a thorough understanding of risk management, object handling, condition reporting, and record management.


President & Asian Art Specialist. Susan Lahey, MAISA Accredited Member, is a specialist in the fine and decorative arts of Asia, with a particular focus in Chinese art.

She speaks Mandarin, and reads and writes Chinese, which gives her a tremendous advantage in today’s global art market.

Having a life-long fascination and admiration for Chinese culture and its arts, she lived and studied in Taipei, Taiwan for two years, including at Stanford’s Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at The National Taiwan University.

Most recently, she served as the Department Head for Asian arts at a Toronto auction house, and is currently an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA).  Her credentials as an appraiser are in compliance with the requalification requirements of the International Society of Appraisers and the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). 

This organization advocates and maintains the highest standards in the ethical and theoretical aspects of appraising. Susan participates regularly in professional development courses in the fields of museum studies, appraising, and collection management.  She also regularly makes presentations and contributes articles to various publications on the Asian art market.

Susan is an active member of the art community and in addition to her work with Eastern Art Consultants Inc., she volunteers as secretary for the Foundation for Appraisal Education, and serves as the current Art Society convener at the Granite Club. Previously, Susan held various positions at the Royal Ontario Museum in the Department of Near Eastern and Asian Civilizations volunteering with the Bishop White Committee.

Connoisseurship Short Course

Susan Lahey will be teaching at the International Society of Appraisers in New York, NY from Mar 17-19, 2019.

Chinese Art – Listening to the Object

Manhattan comes alive during its annual Asia Week with special museum exhibitions, auction previews, and gallery shows.  Our 2+ day educational opportunity in New York city in March will begin with a private tour of the Chinese Art Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday March 17th, conducted by Susan Lahey. There will be two classroom days, Monday March 18th and Tuesday  March 19th, held at Sotheby’s Auction Headquarters, where you will enjoy the Chinese art previews led by a Senior Asian Art specialist from Sotheby’s.  The approach studying Chinese art will focus on “listening to the object” in order to understand the quality of materials, techniques, workmanship, age and thus, value.  Topics covered will include:  porcelains, jades, and bronzes, and an introduction to styles of Chinese painting.  Visits to a top local Chinese art gallery, and the superlative collection at the Asia Society, will be highlights of the learning experience. 

The course will begin on Sunday, March 17th from 12:30-5:00pm, and will continue on Monday and Tuesday from 9:00am-5pm each day. There will also be other optional activities both evenings for extra visits to other auction houses and exhibitions if interested. 

For more information and to sign up for her course, click here.

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