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



A Lecture on Appraised Values & Chinese Antiques

A Lecture on Appraised Values & Chinese Antiques. ID Clinic Held in conjunction with Susan Lahey, MA, ISA AM, President of Eastern Art Consultants Inc. & A.H. Wilkens Auctions & Appraisals. 

Join us in understanding how we identify and value our antiques. Learn about the differences between valuation for auctions sale & insurance.

Following this, we will be holding a hands on ID clinic to examine the differences between modern reproductions and antique porcelain, jade and metalware.

To Register:

In order to sign up for the ID clinic, please contact Wilkens. 416-360-7600 –, Address: 299 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S7

Join Susan at Assets 2016

Susan is proud to participate in Assets, the International Society of Appraiser’s 2016 annual conference to be held in Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas from April 15-18. Join Susan as she discusses the unique challenges of appraising international art in today’s changing global market during a joint FA and ARC session on Sunday April 17. For more information or to register for the event, click here.

Susan will also be teaching a course on Chinese ceramics, Asian Arts III: Foundation Course in Asian Ceramics for Appraisers, through the ISA’s educational program in San Francisco. To learn more about this course and other educational courses, visit Art Education.