Conference Program

Explore the topics and speakers of the Assets 2019 educational program, including pre- and post-conference courses for added training.  

Thursday, April 11, 2019

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Friday, April 12, 2019

8:15 AM - 5:00 PM
2:00 - 7:00 PM
Assets 2019 Registration Open
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Opening Reception
A warm welcome to all conference attendees.
8:00 - 9:00 PM
New Attendees Welcome Reception
Join Heritage Auctions and ISA Leadership in celebrating first-time conference attendees and new ISA members.

Hosted by:
Heritage Auctions

Saturday, April 13, 2019

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Registration Open
8:00 - 9:00 AM
Coffee and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 AM
President's Welcome & Opening Remarks
Perri Guthrie, ISA CAPP
9:15 - 10:15 AM
Impactful Valuation Interactions of Fine and Decorative Arts in the Marketplace
The traditional presentation, cataloguing and sales offerings of auction categories has experienced a series of permutations in the last few years as auction houses focus their efforts on capturing the attention of emerging collectors with interests as diverse as their cultures. The most significant shifts are within the broad field of decorative arts where individual categories and historic decorative arts are being re-contextualized to promote contemporary lifestyles of these connoisseurs and collectors.

Ann-Marie Richard
Director of Fine and Decorative Art and Design
Sotheby’s Institute of Art

10:20 - 11:20 AM
Ethical Best Practices and the Appraiser
Scott Fintzen, a Partner in Gaido-Fintzen, ISA's legal council, will discuss ethical concerns that all appraisers should be aware of. He will help demystify the relationship between ISA’s Code of Ethics and USPAP. Mr. Fintzen will also discuss issues frequently asked about such as antitrust for appraisers and chapters and how Fair Trade/Free Trade applies to ISA members.

Scott Fintzen
Law Firm of Gaido & Fintzen
11:20 - 11:40 AM
Networking Break
11:40 AM - 12:40 PM
Between a Rock and a Hard Price: Evaluating Historic Objects Without Direct Comparables
Everything has a price, but not everything is priceless. In the world of historic artifacts and memorabilia, it is not always easy to find comparable sales. An item linked to a historic person or event may have a value far beyond their intrinsic value. Using case studies and examples, we will go through different approaches and methods to valuing and appraising historic items, and how to find comps where there are no comps to be found!

James Supp
Coronado Trading Company & Appraiser for Antiques Roadshow
12:40 - 2:00 PM
Please Enjoy Lunch on Your Own.
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Breakout Presentations:
Presentation A:
Silver - A Tarnished Reputation

This discourse will review a particularly American history of silver, in its many incarnations, to demonstrate its rise- before and after the country’s supply of the precious metal - to its fall, post WWII to today. There will also be an explanation of the silver that still has social, monetary and utilitarian value. Forms and favorites that are still in demand will be examined, as well as important silver markets that still exist and, finally, what to tell clients to do with the rest.

Dianne Wachs
Fine and Decorative Art Consulting
Presentation B:
Bronze - Beyond Its Surface

This presentation will discuss the types of bronzes many collectors have in their homes. Better understand classification types, identification (original, lifetime and posthumous casts) and condition issues which effect value and are essential to connoisseurship.

Robin Salmon
Vice-President of Collections & Curator of Sculpture
Brookgreen Gardens
3:05 - 3:30 PM
Networking Break
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Collecting Appraisal Opportunities
Mr. Bryan will share personal experiences and discuss who he employs to help with acquisitions, collection and exhibition management, restoration and conservation, shipping and storage of works and preparations for the future of his collections. Learn about appraisal opportunities when working with collectors and how to expand your appraisal practice by networking with other professionals providing ancillary services to your clients.

J.P. Bryan
Founder of Torch Energy
Owner of the Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas
Creator of The Bryan Museum, Galveston, Texas and Life-Long Collector
4:30 - 6:30 PM
Committee Meetings

Sunday, April 14, 2019

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Registration Open
8:00 - 9:00 AM
Coffee and Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Perils for the Appraiser Intersecting with Emerging Art Technologies: Demystifying Blockchain and Crypto-Currencies
The art and collectibles markets are faced with better prepared, more skeptical and more risk averse buyers whose wants and needs are changing. Many believe that modern technologies should be embraced to improve their clients’ experiences - that’s where blockchain can play an important role. In this session Nanne Dekking will discuss the advantages and potential pitfalls of blockchain technology and its application to art and collectibles.

Nanne Dekking
CEO & Founder - Artory
The European Fine Art Foundation
10:10 - 11:20 AM
Breakout Presentations:
Presentation A:
Unlocking Furniture Secrets in the 21st Century

Using traditional resources joined by new technologies - ranging from internet databases to advanced scientific analysis - appraisers now have the ability to ask questions that would have been impossible to answer in the past. This gives examining furniture new meaning. Is it real, or is it fake?

Daniel Ackerman
MESDA Collections
Presentation B:
How Can Science Move Us Past Readily Apparent Identity? Let's Ask Willem de Kooning, Amedeo Modigliani, and Piet Mondrian from Beyond the Grave

Explore how scientific analysis can be combined with a knowledge of the history of artists’ materials and the history of technology, allowing the ability to rule out paintings with anachronistic materials and/or forged provenance and faked labels. Case studies will be provided to show when it is useful to consult with a scientist on attribution issues and how science can identify appropriate evidence of age in a work.

Dr. Jennifer Mass
Scientific Analysis of Fine Art, LLC
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Conference Luncheon and ISA Awards Presentation
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Breakout Presentations:
Presentation A:
Navigating the Military Minefield: A Guide to Evaluating 20th Century Military Antiques

As “The Greatest Generation” continues to depart the stage, an increasing amount of primarily WWll military memorabilia is discovered in estates. In this session, appraisers will be introduced to resources for proper identification of this material. Current market trends for the purpose of valuation and issues of historical and cultural sensitivity that often emerge as concerns when 20th century military souvenirs are brought to the market will be explored.

Jeff Shrader
Advance Guard Militaria
Presentation B:
Classical and Contemporary Photographs: New Trends, New Marketplaces

As fine art photography has transitioned from an emerging to a mature market, digital processes have replaced wet darkroom analogue practices, resulting in new challenges to properly identify photographic prints and establish market values.

Daile Kaplan
Vice-President, Director of Photographs & Photobooks
Swann Galleries
Presentation C:
Southern Pottery

Detailed description of this presentation to be announced soon.

John Case
2:10 - 3:10 PM
Breakout Presentations:
Presentation A:
Rug Identification: It’s Not The Design, It’s The Construction

This presentation will focus on construction and how different tribes and manufacturers weave their rugs. Ms. Amirkhan will also address the many challenges of looking beyond the characteristics of design.

Ellen Amirkhan, ISA CAPP
Master Rug Cleaner
Presentation B:
African American Art: Reconstructing the Narrative

ZuCot Gallery has grown to become the largest fine arts gallery in the southeastern United States focusing on living African American artists from across the country. Gallery partner Onaje Henderson will discuss the art market’s emerging interest in works by African American artists and the effects of this “new found” discovery on the overall state of African American art.

Onaje Henderson
Partner and Gallery Director
ZuCot Gallery
Presentation C:
Precious Metal Jewelry: How to Test, Mark & Value it

Renee Newman, a respected gemologist and author, will give insight on how to test and evaluate quality metals. Gold and platinum jewelry markings and how Fair Trade markings effect value will be explored.

Renee Newman, GG and Author
3:10 - 3:50 PM
Networking Break
3:50 - 4:50 PM
Breakout Presentations:
Presentation A:
John James Audubon: A Guide to Identification and Valuation

Michael Foley will present a brief biography of John James Audubon, his family and their place in the story of natural history illustration. He will discuss Audubon’s principal works as well as modern editions, restrikes and reproductions. Tips on the connoisseurship and valuation of Audubon prints will be shared including the state of the current market what is influencing it.

Michael Foley
Arader Galleries, New York
Presentation B:
The Future of Art Fairs in a Globalized Economy

A detailed description of this topic to be shared shortly.

Eliza Osborne
Deputy Director
The Armory Show (New York)
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Appreciating and Appraising Bourbon
Susan Reigler will explain how to appreciate bourbon like a Kentuckian. The session will include some basic advice for knowing if that dusty bottle found in the closet is of collectible value or not. Helpful resources will also be shared.

Susan Reigler
Author, Executive Bourbon Steward and Past President
The Bourbon Woman Association
6:30 - 9:30 PM
Foundation for Appraisal Education Reception
"Winner’s Circle of Appraising"

Monday, April 15, 2019

8:00 - 9:00 AM
Coffee and Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Advancing Excellence in Methodology
Education Director Meredith Meuwly will lead a panel of ISA Instructors as they discuss a number of prevailing methodology questions many appraisers commonly have with the report development and writing processes. Q&A will follow.

Instructor Panel
10:00 - 11:00 AM
ISA Business Meeting
(open to ISA members only)
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
ISA Committee Chair Reports / Board of Directors Meeting
11:30 AM - 6:30 PM
7-Hour Personal Property USPAP Course
This is the required 7 hour update for personal property appraisers seeking to fulfill the 2 year requalification process. This class covers the 2018-2019 version of USPAP. The class does not include an exam. Students must have previously attended the 15 hour National USPAP class.

Tim Luke, ISA AM

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Requalification Course
This two day course is a review and update of ISA's Appraisal Standards covering significant recent changes, including those in the ISA Core Course Manual, the IRS, and the insurance industry. The class is a requirement for requalification and provides current guidelines, checklists, and forms helpful for every member. No exam is given.

Kirsten Smolensky, JD, ISA CAPP

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Requalification Course
This two day course is a review and update of ISA's Appraisal Standards covering significant recent changes, including those in the ISA Core Course Manual, the IRS, and the insurance industry. The class is a requirement for requalification and provides current guidelines, checklists, and forms helpful for every member. No exam is given.

Kirsten Smolensky, JD, ISA CAPP
Affinity Business Partnerships

Exhibit at Assets and explore year-round opportunities to connect with ISA members as an Affinity Business Partner.