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A Visit to the Corning Museum of Glass

On a cold, wintery day what better way could there be to spend your time than visiting and appreciating the beauty of an art gallery? I had the opportunity to visit the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York in January to take in their massive collection of glassworks. The museum houses nearly 50,000 objects spanning over 3500 years, and is considered an authority on glass art displaying items from as far back as ancient Egypt to contemporary sculpture.


It was a true pleasure to spend time studying a variety of pieces, especially those of early Chinese glass.

Here I stand with an impressive snuff bottle collection on display at the museum. It really is quite amazing to see  a place dedicated to sharing 35 centuries of glass-making!  Definitely worth the drive to Corning, New York. 

Another highlight of my trip was discovering unique works of art from the Qing Dynasty, (the last imperial dynasty of China 1644-1912.) Here I am with the “Warrior Vase,” an unusually large example of cameo glass, from the Qianlong period (1736-1795).  


“The elaborate scene on this vase illustrates an episode from the legend of the Song-dynasty general Yue Fei (1103-1141). Four Song warriors fight with hammers against a single enemy, a soldier of the Jin dynasty who is armed with two spears. The fight ends in a draw, but the brave Jin soldier later learns that he is the son of a Song general who had been killed by the Jin. This moment of revelation is set in a pavilion that is shown in the background of the scene on the vase. The Warrior Vase has an inner layer of “crushed ice” (or “snowflake”) glass, and the decoration is carved from a thick overlay of ruby glass. This technique is known from snuff bottles of the 18th and 19th centuries, but it is extremely difficult to accomplish on large objects.” – 

The collection has contains many special items. Below is a set of early glass objects from the Han Dynasty (206BC-220 AD).

IMG_0050Earlier this week I posed the question on Facebook, what are these? And what were they used for? A potentially dangerous question to put out on the Internet for sure (lol), but for those who are curious these are Ehr Tang (Ear Ornaments). Their purpose was to be inserted into the ears of deceased people to prevent the escape of vital essences from the body. Rather different, but fascinating at the same time, to see the beauty and detail included in such an extraordinary object. 

Taking a stroll through Corning Museum of Glass was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. On your travels, if you find yourself in the Corning area of New York state, I would urge you to take the time to stop and visit this spectacular collection of glass from around the world.

Also keep an eye out for my next post about my next visit to the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Until Then,


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Connoisseurship Short Course: Chinese Art – Listening to the Object

Connoisseurship Short Course: Chinese Art – Listening to the Object

March 17-19, 2019

Hosted by The International Society of Appraisers

New York, NY

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. 


Susan E. Lahey
ISA AM, MA, Post Graduate Diploma in Asian Art
ISA Member since September 2011

Ms. Lahey speaks Mandarin, and reads Chinese. She translates marks and inscriptions on paintings and objects. Susan knows East Asian Art from both business and academic perspectives, and is always delighted to share her knowledge of Asian art.

How to Register:

The registration fee for this course is $575.00 for members and $675.00 for non-members, before March 10. To register for this course please click here to be to be taken directly to the ISA registration site, or please contact Samantha Baron


FAE Educational Seminar

FAE Educational Seminar 

September 7-8, 2018

Hosted by Quinn’s Auction Galleries

Falls Church, Virginia

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s FAE Educational Seminar held at Quinn’s Auction Galleries. in Falls Church, Virginia on September 7-8, 2018. Appraisers, scholars, students, and collectors will enjoy a diverse group of presentations* by experts and professionals. 

Seminar Speakers:

A Discussion on Tribal Art by JOHN BUXTON, Arttrak & Shango Galleries

The Anatomy of an Appraisal by LEILA DUNBAR, Leila Dunbar Appraisals

Detecting Furniture Fakes by DR. OSCAR FITZGERALD, George Washington University / Smithsonian Associates

An Affair with Beauty: The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy 


Provenance and Challenges in the Chinese Middle Markets by MOLLY HUANG, Director of Asian Art at Quinn’s Auction Galleries

Chinese Snuff Bottles: A Guide for Appraisers by SUSAN LAHEY, Eastern Art Consultants

Demonstration of Gold and Ornamental Application on Frames

by CHARLES RHODES, Golden Rhodes Frame Conservation

Neglected Art: Self Taught, Outsider and Folk by MARCIA WEBER, 

Marcia Weber Art Objects

Museum Panel Discussion on Donations

KAREN AVERY, Former Smithsonian American Art Museum

KAREN WAWRZASZEK, Rockefeller Capital Management

Additional panelists to be announced.

A Dialogue on Cultural Property Challenges

Panelists to be announced. 

Schedule is subject to change and may include additional speakers. This list is in alpha order.

Earn Credits

Don’t forget that you can earn 12 International Society of Appraisers Professional Development Credits for full participation in the seminar. 

How to Register:

The registration fee for the Seminar is $395 for the full two days. If only attending one day, the fee is $200. Payment can be made following the PayPal link on the FAE website. Click here to be directly sent to Seminar Registration.

See the ISA website for registration for Advanced Appraisal Methodology and 7 Hour Personal Property USPAP