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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

Susan Lahey, MA, ISA Accredited Member is a respected public speaker and lecturer, and has been invited to speak on the topic of Asian art for organizations such as the Women’s Art Association in Toronto. Since 2014, Susan has been teaching at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, specializing in Chinese works of art. Susan has also had the opportunity to share her knowledge through the International Society of Appraisers, developing a well received course in Asian ceramics and is currently in the process of expanding the ISA’s Asian art educational programming.

University of Toronto, School of Continuing Education – Arts of China: From the Ancient to the Contemporary (Course number 2992)

Exploring works in various media including jade, porcelain, painting, and sculpture, students will be introduced to the world of Chinese art with a particular focus on works from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD), a period that is touted as the pinnacle of Chinese artistic achievement. Studying both fine and decorative art, the course will highlight the variety and intricacy of Chinese art, offering a view into the history, practices, and traditions that informed these works.

For more information, please visit the University of Toronto School for Continuing Studies.

International Society of Appraisers – Asian Art III: Foundation Course in Asian Ceramics for Appraisers

A comprehensive course presented over three-days, Asian Art III aims to provide an overview of the most significant types of ceramics and their current values with particular focus on Chinese works.

This course will be offered on-site August 3-5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.

To learn more about the International Society Appraisers (Canadian Chapter), click here. For more information on this course or ISA’s educational programming, please visit the International Society of Appraisers Education.