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Chinese Art Connoisseurship Course: Listening to the Object

Jun 24

Course Details

Date Thursday, June 24, 2021 to Saturday, June 26, 2021
Time 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM (Eastern)
Location Live Online
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$450.00 before June 23, 2021
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In collaboration with Toronto auction house A.H. Wilkens, Susan Lahey, MA, ISA CAPP, specialist in Asian art, will present a three half-day virtual online course providing knowledge essential to the connoisseurship of Chinese art.  It will focus on the traditional collecting areas of ceramics, jades and paintings, and provide familiarity with a wide range of decorative arts such as ivories, cloisonné, bronzes and snuff bottles.  A critical awareness of materials, techniques and themes will be developed, as well as an understanding of the key challenges specific to appraising Chinese works of art.  Susan will demonstrate strategies to hone observation skills through the examination of objects available at Wilkens.  The goal is for online participants to increase their ability to identify, analyze and compare examples of good, better and best works of art, including fakes. The current market for Chinese art will also be discussed. 

This course will take place from 12:00-5:00pm ET on June 24-26, 2021. 

All students are required to have either a built-in microphone, headset with microphone and webcam in order to participate in the course. Students also need to have the following operating systems to access an online course: Windows 7 or later, Windows Server 2008 or later, Mac OSX 10.7 or later.

Don't have time to attend all three live days of the course but still want to attend? Don't worry! Everyone who registers for this course in advance will receive the full course recording. You will have up to 3 months to watch the course on your own time. The recordings will only be made available for those registered by June 23rd. 


Susan E. Lahey

Susan E. Lahey
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.

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