Join us on September 22nd and 23rd in Dallas, Texas for the 2017 FAE Seminar, kindly hosted by Dallas Auction Gallery located at 2235 Monitor St, Dallas, TX 75207.
Appraisers, scholars, students, and collectors are all welcome to attend. The Seminar will feature a diverse group of presentations by experts in art, antiques, luxury, collectibles, and estate management.
Looking for funds to attend? The Decorative Arts Trust is offering a $500 Scholarship to the September 2017 FAE Seminar in Dallas, Texas. This Scholarship is open to those appraisers who have five years or less experience as a professional appraiser. The deadline for 2017 applications is August 15, 2017 and application information is available on the FAE website.
2017 SEMINAR SPEAKERS
Dotting the I’s and Crossing the T’s in Charitable Contribution Appraisals, PATRICIA H. ATWOOD
Patricia H. Atwood ASA is principal of Timely Antique Appraisals LLC in Rockford, Ill. She has also been Member of Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council at Internal Revenue Service since January 2015. Ms. Atwood is an accredited senior appraiser in the field of Personal Property and the owner of Timely Antique Appraisals, LLC. She serves on the Appraisal Standards Board of The Appraisal Foundation and teaches principles of valuation courses for the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). She was on the ASA International Personal Property Committee and president of the ASA Chicago Chapter. Ms. Atwood holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. from Columbia University and an M.A. from Princeton University.
Historic Cabinet Woods ALTON BOWMAN
Alton Bowman has been a furniture conservator in private practice in the Dallas are since 1970. He studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He is a professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historical and Artistic Works. Mr. Bowman has conserved furniture and frames for the Kimbell Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Meadows Museum, Amon Carter Museum, Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, and the Birmingham Museum of Art, as well as at the State Capitol, the Supreme Court Bench. Historical homes include the Moody Mansion in Galveston, LBJ Historic Site in Johnson City, and the Rosedown Planation in Columbus Mississippi. His work is in many private collections in Texas and nearby states.
His talk for the seminar will be illustrated by furniture conservation projects performed by Mr. Bowman for museums and private collections over the past 47 years. In the middle ages, European furniture was made of local woods with very few woods imported. The European exploration of the world was quickly followed by the introduction of new woods into furniture. When Columbus returned from the New World, his ships were heavy with mahogany. By 1500, rosewood from Brazil was introduced to Portugal and Spain. This began a 500 year exploration of the forests of the world, recorded in furniture.
Genuine or Forged: Methods of Identifying Forgeries of Chinese Buddhist Sculptures, DR. QING CHANG
Dr. Qing Chang received his B.A and M.A. from the Archaeology Department at Beijing University and his Ph.D. from the Art History Department at the University of Kansas. He has conducted research at three institutes in China: the Longmen Research Institute, the Archaeological Research Institute of Chinese Social Science Academy, and the Chinese Buddhist Research Institute. He later became the senior research fellow at the Freer and Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. and a post-doctorial fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He was the Curatorial Fellow of Asian Art at the Ackland Art Museum of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Associate Curator of Asian art at the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida. He was an adjunct professor in Asian art at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His field of expertise is Chinese Buddhist art, including Buddhist architecture, sculpture, and painting. Currently, he is the Research Curator from the Crow Collection of Asian Art. He has published numerous research articles and ten books.
Beginning in the nineteenth century, many forgeries, along with genuine works, entered the collections in Japan, Europe, and North America. The creators of these forgeries were not artists trained in Buddhist artistic traditions, and they did not fully understand traditional Chinese Buddhist art. However, their works reveal some of the methods that the Chinese used to make forgeries over the centuries. Comparing the stylistic and iconographic characteristics of early forgeries with that of genuine pieces, this essay discusses both the motivation for and the standard methods of forging Chinese Buddhist sculptures. These methods address pieces with elements that do not follow the iconographic “rules” in Chinese Buddhism and Buddhist art, works with two or more different styles that are not contemporary, pieces with spurious archaic inscriptions, and forged works with a folk aesthetic style. These methods are still useful for identifying most contemporary forged pieces produced from 1990s onward, except for the exact high-quality imitations of genuine images. This research will help scholars and collectors identify forged Chinese Buddhist sculptures in certain collections, avoid acquiring them, and prevent them from being such a source of confusion for scholars doing research in the future.
Techniques and Approaches to Fine Art Conservation, HELEN A. HOUP
Helen A. Houp is the owner and chief conservator of Helen A. Houp Fine Art Conservation. Helen graduated from the University of California with degrees in studio art and art history. She began her professional career at the Kimbell Art Museum in 1972 where she gained experience through her apprenticeship under Mr. Perry Huston; who coincidentally was trained by Sheldon Keck, a notable member of the “Monuments Men.” She went on to work with him for over 30 years.
In 2001 Hutson retired and sold the practice to Helen, now known as Helen A. Houp Fine Art Conservation. Her scope of experience in the field has covered paintings from the 17th to 20th centuries. Her current focus is on 19th and 20th century paintings and murals, with a focus on early Texas artists, some old masters to modern painters. She has conserved paintings by Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler and Hans Hoffman.
Houp has worked on major collections including the Texas State Preservation Board, King Ranch, Amon Carter Museum of Art, Sid Richardson Foundation, Meadows Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas, Texas Christian University, the Gilcrease and Philbrook museums to name a few.
Her focus is fine art conservation rather than restoration, and she will delve into the difference between the two.
Comic Books: A Growing Area of Collecting, ED JASTER
From the very beginning, Ed Jaster seemed destined for the art business. His parents met while attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1940s, the same school their son would later attend. Subsequently for some twenty years, Ed owned his own commercial art firm in Chicago, acquiring, trading, and selling world-class collections of American photography, illustration art, and vintage comic books. Ed brought his vast experience and expertise in collectibles to Heritage Auctions in 2002. He has been a key player to the significant growth of the American Paintings, Illustration Art, and many Collectibles departments, with all having seen yearly jumps in sales that amount to tens of millions of dollars.
Although a relatively new area of collecting, quality comic books are a much sought after commodity in the world of collectibles. Ed Jaster of Heritage Auctions will discuss how to better navigate this growing market of comic books and original art. Topics will include understanding the cover, highlight issues for each decade, the importance of grading, and clues to reprints. Ed will also mention a few comic artists whose original artwork have become desirable in their own right. With the continuing popularity of superhero characters and the rise of comics as a form of investment, comic book collecting is here to stay.
“What comes out of the closet?” Texas Quilts and Quilters, MARCIA KAYLAKIE
Marcia Kaylakie has been making, collecting, and appraising quilts since 1988, and is a Quilt and Quilted Textile Appraiser certified by the American Quilter’s Society. Her first book, Texas Quilts and Quilters: A Lone Star Legacy won the Texas Writers’ League Violet Crown Award for non-fiction in 2008. She has appeared in numerous books, magazines, newspaper articles, and has been a guest on two television shows in Austin, Texas on the making of religious quilts. Marcia was the curator of the art quilt exhibit Eye of the Needle at the Quattro Gallery in Austin, Texas 2006 and curated the exhibit Gone to Texas: Women and Quilts at the Susannah Dickinson House Museum in 2012-2013. Marcia is a member of the Austin Area Quilt Guild, the American Quilter’s Society, The International Quilt Association, the American Quilt Study Group, the Lone Star Quilt Study Group and the Professional Association of Appraisers–Quilted Textiles. She gives lectures and workshops nationally on quilts and quilt history in the United States, as well as judging quilt shows. Her special interests include Mountain Mist quilts, Texas quilts and quiltmakers, and art quilts. She is currently researching material for two more books. Marcia lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Bill, and their two dogs. She is the thrilled grandmother of four! An avid quiltmaker, Marcia enjoys a wide variety of styles as well as experimenting with new quilt techniques for her own quilts.
Marcia will give a talk on quilts with both visual examples and an oral history of the craft and movement. Marcia will discuss styles and the evolution of quilting over the past 100 years. She will also discuss modern quilting trends as well as market values today.
“Fake or Real?” Authenticating Designer Purses and Scarves, JEFF KELLER
Jeff Keller has been a collector all his life. Starting with Hot Wheels and Stamps, Jeff was dealing in classic cars, vintage denim and modern furniture by the time he was 25. He met his future wife in 1995 and began dealing in vintage fashion. Together they bought from some of the best closets in Houston, Austin and Dallas. Jeff has been a member of the ISA since 2001 and will be speaking about vintage designer handbags and scarves. Fakes are everywhere and Jeff will help you avoid the most common mistakes made in the bedroom closet.
How to Identify Collectible Minerals, CRAIG KISSICK
Craig Kissick began his lifelong love affair with natural history when he was given a fluorite specimen and a book about minerals at age 9. After studying business at the University of Texas, working in the financial industry then obtaining a graduate degree from SMU, he went to work for the Discovery Store, where his passion for the geological sciences was ignited. He later started his own company specializing in marketing decorative mineral and fossil specimens to architectural firms, interior designers and individual collectors.
Craig was a member of the Retail Advisory Committee for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, is an active member of the Dallas Paleontological Society (DPS) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences (AAPS). As the Director of Nature and Science for Heritage Auctions, Craig has attended numerous gem, mineral and fossil shows and is immersed in the mineral and fossil community. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of and enthusiasm for, Natural History every day including helping clients to identify pieces that compliment any decor.
The Current State of the Archives Market, ADAM MUHLIG
Adam Muhlig is the owner of Muhlig Appraisals, LLC and QED Appraisal Group, LLC. He has been active as an independent appraiser of books, manuscripts and archives, for over fifteen years. His clients include artists, authors, composers, performers, libraries, and other private and public educational institutions throughout the United States. Adam will talk about the current state of the archives market as well as the general process of archive appraisal.
Collecting Civil War Artifacts, RAY RICHEY
Ray Richey attended Mid-Western State University in Wichita Falls, TX earning a degree in Accountancy and graduating in 1977. He spent one year in public accounting with the Fort Worth firm of Weaver and Tidwell then launched his career in the Oil and Gas industry. His success enabled Mr. Richey to put his passions into play. Ray Richey married Judy Lee on August 23, 1975. Together they have three children and seven grandchildren. Mr. Richey is a member of the Ambassador Baptist Church in Parker County and through the years has served as a deacon, treasurer, and financial advisor. He is very active working with students at Fort Worth’s Crown College Seminary and Norris Baptist Bible Seminary which trains young people for a Christian ministry whether it be in a church or as a foreign missionary. For his service, Crown College awarded him a Doctor of Humanities degree in 2013 and Norris Bible Baptist Seminary awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 2016.
Mr. Richey is the visionary, founder and major benefactor of the Texas Civil War Museum, a 501(c)3 non-profit in Fort Worth, Texas. The Museum opened in January 2006 and is the most comprehensive museum of American Civil War history in the nation featuring his thirty-year collection and Judy’s Victorian Dress Collection. Ray partnered with the Texas Division United Daughters of the Confederacy to house their 100+year old collection by offering them exhibit space, storage space and business office free of charge. He serves as curator, exhibit designer and president of the board at no cost.
His love for American history is evident in the mission of the Texas Civil War Museum. Visitors have come to the museum from all 50 states and 75 countries. He has received multiple awards from the UDC as well as honorary membership into the organization. He has also received recognition from other heritage organizations both locally and nationally. Due to his work in the preservation of American history, the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded him the National Medal of Honor in 2014. The only other Texans to receive this award prior were Lady Bird Johnson and General Tommy Franks.
Connections between Art Forensics and Value: From Old Masters to Modern and Contemporary Works of Art, NICA GUTMAN RIEPPI
Nica Gutman Rieppi took a BA in History of Art and French at Emory University, Atlanta, before studying for her MA and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation at the State University College, Buffalo, and an MA in History of Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She held posts as Andrew Mellon Fellow, John H. McFadden Fellow and Assistant Conservator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since 2001, she has subsequently been Associate Conservator for the Samuel H. Kress Collection at the Conservation Center of the IFA in New York where she also taught graduate students technical examination and imaging techniques. She continues as Adjunct Professor. She has recently joined AA&R as Senior Research Associate, managing the company’s New York office. Ms. Rieppi’s academic interests focus on the technical examination of works of art and she has undertaken and published important studies such as on the recent rediscovery of Leonardo da Vinci’s lost Salvator Mundi. Art is now a recognized asset class with authentication being one of the largest drivers of value. With issues of misattribution and forgery punctuating the art market, the authentication process is under increased scrutiny. As such, new and improved approaches in art forensics, specifically those using a multi-disciplinary approach, can have a direct impact on the marketability and value of a work of art. In addition to revealing valuation risks associated with fakes and forgeries, art forensics can also help preserve and increase the value of works of art by confirming and establishing new attributions.
This presentation will provide insight to the inner workings of art forensics and highlight the specifics on how and when it can be useful to appraisers as well as what questions are important to ask to address authentication. With these essential tools and knowledge, appraisers can utilize art forensics to provide greater certainty to their valuations.
Planning with Art and Collectibles, RAMSAY H SLUGG
Ramsay H. Slugg is a Managing Director and member of the National Wealth Planning Strategies Group at U.S. Trust. Previously, he was the National Practice Director of Bank of America’s Philanthropic Management group. He has also served as the Central Region Director of the Bank’s Charitable Management Services Group, and the Central Region Director of the Wealth Management Consulting Group.
Mr. Slugg has also served as an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University and Texas A&M College of Law. He is a frequent speaker on tax and financial planning topics, especially as they relate to art and collectibles, and is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Barron’s and other business publications. He is the author of the Handbook of Practical Planning for Art Collectors and Their Advisors, published by the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law.
Mr. Slugg knows that art is an asset of passion. Coupled with its unique financial characteristics, this makes it perhaps the most difficult asset to incorporate into a comprehensive financial and wealth transfer plan. Yet, in light of continued increasing values, it is imperative that the collector plans for the ultimate disposition of their collection, rather than leave those decisions to others.
Mr. Slugg is admitted to practice law in Texas, is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the American, and Tarrant County Bar Associations, the Tax and Estate Planning Section of the Tarrant County Bar (Chair, 1999-2000), the Lone Star Chapter of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, and the College of the State Bar of Texas. He currently serves as Co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Real Property Trust and Estate Law Art and Collectibles Committee, as well as in several other leadership positions. Mr. Slugg received his J.D. degree from the Ohio State University College of Law, and his undergraduate degree from Wittenberg University.
“Identifying Hidden Treasures – New trends appraisal analytics don’t see”, RUSSEL TETHER
Russell Tether, President of Russell Tether Fine Arts Associates, LLC, has been providing consulting and management services to individuals, corporations and municipalities for over 30 years. Russell has been a contributor to numerous professional catalogues, publications, and seminars.
A Discussion on Texas Art, RON TYLER
Ron Tyler is the retired Director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. He is former Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin and Director of the Texas State Historical Association and the Center for Studies in Texas History at the University, during which time he was the editor-in-chief of The New Handbook of Texas (6 vols.; 1996 and now online) and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. Before moving to Austin he served as Curator of History and Director of Public Programs at the Carter.
He has also published a number of works in the areas of Texas, Western American, and American art and history. Major publications include Alfred Jacob Miller: Artist as Explorer (1999), Prints of the West (1994), Audubon’s Great National Work: The Royal Octavo Edition of The Birds of America (1993), Views of Texas: The Watercolors of Sarah Ann Hardinge, 1852- 1856 (1988), Visions of America: Pioneer Artists in a New Land (1983), and Alfred Jacob Miller: Artist on the Oregon Trail (1982), Posada’s Mexico (1979), The Rodeo of John Addison Stryker (1977), The Mexican War: A Lithographic Record (1975), The Cowboy (1975), The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier (1975), The Slave Narratives of Texas (1974), and Santiago Vidaurri and the Southern Confederacy (1973; translated and published in Spanish in 2002). He edited the Southwestern Historical Quarterly from 1986 to 2004 and co-wrote Texas: Crossroads of North America (Cengage, 2015) with Jesús F. de la Teja and Nancy Beck Young. He is currently working on an exhibition tentatively titled 250 Years of Texas Art.
Honors include the Capitan Alonzo de León medal for contributions to Mexican history from the Sociedad de Historia, Geografía, y Estadística de Nuevo León (2002), Best Contribution to Knowledge from the Texas Institute of Letters (1995) and Best Book of the Year from the American Historical Print Collections Society (1995) for Prints of the West; Best Texas Book of the Year from the Texas State Historical Association (1976) for The Big Bend; and a D.H.L. from Austin College (1986). Tyler is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society, the Philosophical Society of Texas, the Institute of Texas Letters, and Phi Beta Kappa.