Courtney Ahlstrom Christy, ISA CAPP, Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts
Courtney Ahlstrom Christy
ISA member since Jul 22, 2013
(404) 219-9705 (Office)
Courtney Ahlstrom Christy
Atlanta, GA 30308 map
Courtney believes that every object has a story to tell. Her passion for material culture combined with a trained eye greatly contributes to her investigation of value. She has worked with auction houses, museums, and galleries - all of which have provided unique opportunities to closely examine works ranging from the antique to the contemporary. Her background in the field of decorative arts includes silver, ceramics, glass, and furniture. Courtney also has extensive experience in fine art with a special interest in late 19th/early 20th century American and European works.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in art history from University College Cork in Ireland, Courtney studied 20th century design at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. She then obtained a master’s degree in the history of decorative arts at Smithsonian Associates / Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, D.C. Courtney also held a fellowship at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History while completing graduate school.
Prior to Ahlstrom Appraisals, Courtney served as senior appraiser at Heritage Auctions, America’s largest auction house. In addition, she has worked with the prestigious Bonhams & Butterfields headquartered in London and The Potomack Company based in Alexandria, Virginia. Courtney's interest in providing valuation services tailored to each client’s needs led to establishing her own firm that provides appraisal and consultation services throughout the American Southeast.
As a certified member of the International Society of Appraisers, an accredited member of the Appraisers Association of America, and in compliance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), Courtney is involved in a professional community that seeks higher standards and ongoing inquiry into how to best value personal property.
Masters degree in History of Decorative Arts at Smithsonian Associates / Corcoran College of Art, Washington D.C.
Concentration in 20th Century Design at Sotheby's Institute of Art, London
Bachelors degree with Art History major and Spanish minor at University College Cork, Ireland
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Appraising at NYU Continuing Education, Distance Education
Intensive Study of American Decorative Arts at Winterthur Museum Institute, Delaware
Appraisal Theory and Methodology at Appraisers Association of America, New York
SELECTED WORK EXPERIENCE
Personal Property Appraiser at Ahlstrom Appraisals LLC, Atlanta & American Southeast
Senior Appraiser at Heritage Auctions, Dallas
Assistant to Southeast Regional Director at Bonhams & Butterfields, Atlanta
Junior Specialist for Decorative Arts Specialist and Catalogue Photographer at The Potomack Company, Washington D.C. Area
Fellowship at National Museum of American History, Washington D.C.
Aide to Curator at Florida Governor's Mansion, Tallahassee FL
- Decorative Arts & Accessories
- Estate Evaluations
- Estate Probate
- Estate Tax
- Insurance Claims
- Non-Cash Charitable Donations
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