Karen S. Rabe, ISA CAPP, Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts, Fine Art

Karen S. Rabe, ISA CAPP, Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts, Fine Art


Karen S. Rabe
ISA member since Jan 01, 1990

8362 Parkfield Dr
Nolensville , TN 37135 , United States map

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Owner of Appraisal Specialists & Associates, LLC

Continuous work as a personal property appraiser of antiques, decorative arts and general household items from 1987 to present.

Affiliation: Certified Member -Personal Property,  Appreciable Residential Contents, Fine Art, International Society of Appraisers, Chicago, Illinois.

Past Board Member and Secretary of the International Society of Appraisers. 2012 - July 2016.

Past Board Member and Treasurer 1998-2000, International Society of Appraisers, Seattle, WA

Instructor, International Society of Appraisers-Antiques & Decorative Arts Course, 2002- 2012

Selected Education:

American Society of Appraisers, “Italian Fine Arts Study Tour,” Florence, Venice & Milan, Italy, 2008

Colonial Williamsburg, 60th Annual Antiques Forum, “Regional Diversity in American Decorative Arts,” 2008

American Society of Appraisers, “Study of Russian Decorative Arts,” Moscow & St. Petersburg, 2007

Northern Ceramics Circle, “English Ceramics,” Chester College, Chester, England, 2004, 2006

Scottish Furniture Design, Dr. David Jones, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 2006

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, “Fanciful & Functional: The Art and Mystery of Painted Furniture,” Winston Salem, NC, 2004

International Society of Appraisers, “The Appraisal of Fine Arts,” San Antonio, TX, Oct. 2002

Colonial Williamsburg 54th Antiques Forum, “French Taste in Early America,” February 2002

Northern Ceramics Circle, “English Ceramics,” Keele University, Stoke on Trent, England, 2001

Parsons School of Design/Smithsonian, “French Decorative Arts,” Paris, France, 2000

George Washington University & Sotheby’s Institute, “Fine & Decorative Arts in Georgian England’,” London, 1999

International Society of Appraisers “Expert Witness,” University of Maryland College, 1997

Winterthur Winter Institute, Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, Delaware, 1996

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Summer Institute, Winston Salem, NC, 1996

The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Course Compliant.

New York University -School of Continuing Education, Authenticating American Antique Furniture, 1993

International Society of Appraisers, Lyndhurst, NJ, 120 hours of classroom instruction and testing toward advancement to Certified Appraiser of Personal Property (CAPP). Courses 101, 102, 103, and 104. 1990-1991

Successful completion of ISA Requalification Exam, 2001 and 2006. Requalification course, 2010,2015

Indiana University -School of Continuing Studies, ISA-105, Appreciable Residential Contents 1990-1991

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1967-1970


Charter Member of the Foundation for Appraisal Education, Chicago, Illinois.

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona

Winterthur Guild, Henry DuPont Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Historic National Trust, Hagerstown, Maryland

The English Ceramic Circle, London, England

The Northern Ceramics Circle, Chester, England

The American Ceramic Circle


ISA Special Merit Award, 2015.

Guest Appraiser on PBS Channel 8- “Arizona Collectibles”, 2014-2015.

Frequent guest Appraiser on HGTV, “The Appraisal Fair,” hosted by Leslie Hindman 1998-2003

Appraiser for Gorton Community Center, Lake Forest, IL, “Heirloom Discovery Day” 2000-2006

Past Board Member and Past President of the Indianapolis Museum of Art Columbus Gallery, Columbus, Indiana 1986-1990



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  • Collectibles
  • Decorative Arts & Accessories
  • Furniture
  • Silver


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