Vicky Nash Shaw, ISA CAPP, Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts, Fine Art



Vicky Nash Shaw
ISA member since Jan 27, 2004

(919) 475-6930 (Office)
(919) 475-6930 (Mobile)

Address #1
8311 Brier Creek Parkway 105-344
Raleigh, NC 27617 map

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PO Box 516
Townsville, NC 27584 map

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Vicky, a full time professional appraiser, has completed a wide variety of formal training, hands-on training, international self-study, and seminars to earn her credentials and to become qualified to appraise American, English and Asian furniture and decorative arts, Sterling silver, American fine art, Asian ceramics, Asian arts including cloisonné and lacquer, Portuguese and Turkish ceramics, Spanish American decorative arts and glassware.  In addition, she is a generalist appraiser who can appraise residential contents and decorative arts.  Her firm also appraises classic and collector cars, tractors, and general machine and shop equipment.  While she can assist individuals in brokering and consigning items for sales, she does not hold estate sales or purchase items from clients.

Academic Background: Bachelors of Science from the University of Kentucky and Masters of Business Administration from Marshall University.  Graduate of International Society of Appraiser’s (ISA) Core Course(University of Maryland College 2004) and graduate of Antiques and Residential Contents Specialty Course, (University of Maryland College 2005). Also, a Graduate of the Asian Art III: Foundation in Asian Ceramics Course (2015), ISA's Fine Arts Specialty Course(2008), Appraisal of Japanese Prints Course (2007), Asian Art III: Foundation Course in Asian Ceramics for Appraisers (2015), and Chinese Decorative Arts Course (2017).  She completed the University of Oxford’s India Art course in December 2017 and completed the University Carolos III of Madrid's European Paintings: From Leonardo to Rembrandt to Goya course and examination in 2019.

Completed  of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPSP) 15 hour course, August 2008, and the 7 hour refresher course in February 2014, March 2016 and February 2018. Completed the University of Glasgow's Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime  course (2016) and Graduate of The Asheford Institute of Antiques, (February 2005).  Attended independent appraisal educational courses such as National Appraisal Consultants’ “Appraiser’s Boot Camp." 

Completed re-qualification as an ISA Certified Appraiser in 2019, and is certified through 2024.

Specialty Training:


Advanced silver training included “Savvy About Silver” by Shirley Sue Swaab, “Silver and the Modernism Movement” by Rod and Peter Tinkler, and “Important Silver Forms and Unusual Marks”,including American, Spanish and English Colonial silver, Chinese Export silver, English Provincial silver, and Irish and Scottish silver.”

Attends Asian specialty courses; recent Asian ceramics courses include “18th, 19th and early 20th Century Chinese and Japanese Ceramics - Identification and Authentication” and an advanced course “Identifying and Valuing Later Asian Art,” both taught by Dr. Daphne Rosenzweig, PhD.  Also taught by Dr. Rosenzweig were a series of courses grouped “Hot and Cold in the Asian Market” and segments included “The Art of Asian Screens”“Themes in Asian Painting” and “Japanese Art – Netsuke, Inro, Ojime, Sagemono and other forms.”  Other courses, seminars and lectures attended include Chinese Jades: Value and Power”, “Made in China: Export porcelain for England and America”, Chinese Export Porcelain of the 1800’s, “Chinese Porcelains Copper Red Peachbloom Glazes”, “Fakes in Southeast Asia”, “Authenticating Chinese Porcelains From Fakes and Copies”, “Ceramics of the Goryeo and Joseon Dynasties”, “Koryo Celadon”,  Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art”,  “Dating and Understanding Chinese Porcelain and Pottery”, “Ilkhanid Architecture and Art”Introduction to Chinese and Korean Ceramics”,Pots & How They Are Made in Southeast Asia”19th Famille Rose Chinese Porcelain”, 19th & Late Qing Dynasty Chinese Porcelain Famille Verte Enamels” and “Blue and White Porcelains – Ming to Transitional Period” .   In 2012, attended the specialist course “Identifying Oriental Rugs” by Dr. Doug Lay.  in 2019, completed Harvard University's EDX course Cosmopolitan Tang: Aristocratic Culture in China.      

Attended furniture specialty courses including “Modernism in American Furniture” and “American Folk Art and Country Furniture”,  presented by Dr. Oscar P. Fitzgerald (adjunct professor at George Mason University and Corcoran School of the Arts and Design).  Also attended “18th - 20th Century Furniture - Sorting out the Fakes” and “Fakes and Frauds of the 19th and 20th Century” by author David Lindquist.  Attended specialty furniture courses such as “18th and 19th Century French Formal and Country Furniture” and “American Federal Furniture” by Elizabeth Lindquist and David Lindquist of Whitehall at the Villa Antiques of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Furniture identification skills were expanded through attendance at “The Analysis and Authentication of Antique Furniture”.  In 2012, attended ISA’s continuing education lecture “Mid-Century Furniture” and attended the 2013 MESDA Furniture Seminar“ The Serviceable Sideboard Evolution in Design, Region Style and Construction.”  Topics included “A Virginia Sideboard and Beyond”, “Sideboards and Servers in the Lower Southern Piedmont”, “The Evolution of the Safe in the Valley of Virginia” and “The Sumptuous, Serviceable Southern Sideboard: An introduction to Evolution in Design and Construction”. 


Other specialty training includes Deciphering Secrets: Unlocking the Manuscripts of Medieval Spain”, “Fine Wine Seminar/Wine 101”,Ceramics Up Close” at Colonial Williamsburg,  Antique Silhouettes” and “Furniture Wood Identification”. Fine Art courses in 2011 include “The Essentials of Print Identification and Appraising” and “The Essentials of Painting Appraisals".

Attends ISA's continuing education lecture series and conferences, including reently "Considering Picture Frames When Appraising Fine Art", “Cabinetmaking in the late 18th & 19th century Baltimore," and "Amish Quilts of Lancaster County". 2011 and 2012 ISA specialty seminars attended included “American Folk Art, Past through Present: Real or Fake”, “Sculpture by Remington and Russell”, “Toy and Doll Collectibles”, “Unraveling the Mysteries of Good, Better Best of Clocks”, “Appraising Autographs, Manuscripts and Historical Documents”, “The Art Pottery of Oklahoma at a Glance” and “A Survey of Southern Pottery: Characteristics and Value Factors.”  ISAappraisal theory seminars attended include “Appraising Tax Appraisals: The (IRS) Reviewer’s Perspective”, “IRS and the Appraiser” and “The Basics of Expert Witness.”  

Studied American ceramics, including seminars at ceramic conferences and symposiums, most recently attending “Art in Clay: Revolution and Revelation in North Carolina Earthenware.”  Lecturers and speakers included “The Potter’s Art” with Mary Farrell and Michelle Erickson, “Slipware from the St. Asaph’s District” by Luke Beckerdite, “The Moravian Potters in North Carolina” by Johanna Brown, “German Potters Adapting to an American Market” by Robert Hunter and “Quaker Potters of North Carolina” by Hal Pugh.

Attended lectures by renown decorative arts scholars including Sumpter T. Priddy (American Fancy: Exuberance in the Arts), Wendell Garrett (The Rise of American Nationalism) and Tom Savage (Y’all are not from around here, are you?).  Maintains market awareness through attending workshops such as "FBI Art Fraud Workshop”, presented by the FBI Art Fraud Team.  Expanded Northern European art specialty knowledge with attendance at the North Carolina Museum of Art’s seminars, including  “Rembrandt in America” and “The Art and Architecture of Holland and Belgium,” both presented by Dr. Dennis P. Weller.

Independently studied the collections of Chinese ceramics, paintings and Chinese furniture at the Shanghai Museum, the Imperial Palace Museum in Beijing, and the Shaanxi History Museum in Xian, China, during 2008.  Toured traditional rug, silk, cloisonné' and jade factories in China.  In 2011, independently studied Chinese ceramics at the Museum of Trading Ceramics and at the Hue Imperial Citadel and Antiquities Museum in Vietnam.  Domestically, studied American collections of Chinese and Asian ceramics, including collections in the National Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, the Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, the Virginia Fine Arts Museum and the Detroit Institute of the Arts.

Toured ceramic factories in Vietnam in 2011, including the Minh Hai Ceramic Company of Bat Trang, and ceramic factories in Dong Trieu.  Independently studied collections of Vietnamese ceramics including: jade and bronzes at the National Museum of Vietnamese History in Hanoi, the Museum of Trading Ceramics in Hoi An, the Exhibition of Antiques from Dong Son Tradition to Dai Viet Civilisation (Cham Museum) in Danang, and the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of History.  Studied Vietnamese fine art and sculpture at the Danang Museum of Cham Sculpture, the Hanoi Fine Art Museum, and the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum.  Also in Vietnam, toured the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, the Dong Ho Folklore Exchange Center, and Tray Son Lacquer Factory; visited a remote village specialized in the making of art paper.

For Anatolian and Turkish arts specialty, studied the Turkish arts of Seljuk ceramics, Iznik pottery (Anatolian Pottery) and Turkish miniatures in 2009; studied collections at the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in Istanbul, at the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, at the Antalya Archaeological Museum in Antalya, and at the Melvana Museum in Konya.  Visited independent, private and commercial Turkish kilns and pottery factories to observe both traditional and contemporary techniques.  Furthered knowledge of Islamic Arts via online video courses including American University in Cairo’s ARIC 271 “Islamic Art and Architecture from 1271 - 1800” courseby Professor Bernard O’Kane.  Segments completed include “Ilkhanid Architecture I & II.”

While in Morocco, studied Safiot and Fez pottery, meeting with local potters in those towns.  Independently studied Berber rugs and carpets in Morocco and traditional Moroccan arts in 2010; viewed collections across Morocco, including at the National Moroccan Ceramics Museum in Safi, and the Dar Si Said Museum in Marrakech.  During 2015, viewed Moorish and Portuguese ceramics and furniture across Portugal, including collections at the “Museu de Artes Decorativas Portuguesas”, “Castelo de Sao Jorge”, “Museu de Sao Roque” and “MuseuNacional de Arte Antiga”.

During 2012, studied collections of Mughal and later Indian decorative and fine arts at the National Museum in New Delhi, the City Palace Museum and the Hawa Mahal Museumin Jaipur, the Mehrangarh Museum in Jodhpur and the Fort Museum in Bikaner.  Also studied Indian silver in 2013 through “Indian Silver for the Raj” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Furthered Asian studies with continuing education through the Metropolitan Museum of Art’sPoetry in Clay: Exploring Korean Buncheong Ceramics, Japanese Revivals, and their Significance Today” by Soyoung Lee, and the Korea Society’s “Contemporary Printmaking” and “Korean Contemporary Ceramics.” Also studied the Freer Sackler Galleries’ Cranes and Clouds: Evolution of the Inlay Technique in Korean Ceramics” by Pamela Vandiver and “Contemporary Korean Ceramics” by David McClelland.  Studied “New Century/New Markets: Export Porcelain of the 1800’s” by Daniel Nader and Freer Sackler’s “Porcelain for the Emperor”.  AlsoJordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s“Japanese Friendship Dolls” by Alan Scott Pate, “Japanese Fushimi Doll” and“Japanology – Japanese Dolls”

Studies and researches at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, including attending seminars like "The Art of the Carver Furniture Seminar.”  Studies at renowned decorative arts exhibitions via special tours; recently attended a lecture and tour of the Maryland Historical Society’s storage vault collection of the Peale Paintings.  Also studied Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum special exhibits including “Pottery with a Past: Stoneware in Early America”, “Moravian Pottery”, “Inspiration and Ingenuity: American Stoneware”, “Identifying Ceramics: The Who, What and Ware”, “Painters and Paintings in the Early American South” and “Keeping Time: The Tall Case Clock”.  Attended a Luke Beckerdite led tour of  Art In Clay” at MESDA in Winston Salem, NC, attended a curator (Dennis Weller) led preview tour of “Rembrandt in America” and attended a private tour of the North Carolina Museum of Art’s "The Potter's Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina Pottery".   

Professional Credentials and Awards:  

Awarded the designation of “ISA Certified Personal Property Appraiser (CAPP)” by the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) in October 2009; previously accredited in 2004. Maintains professional credentials by meeting ISA ongoing testing and educational requirements.  Scholarship recipient from the International Society of Appraiser’s Educational Foundation (2006).

Authentic Appraisal & Estate Services, LLC was selected for the 2011 “Best of Raleigh Award” in the Antique Appraisers category by the US Commerce Association (USCA).

 Professional Experience and Affiliations: 

Founded Authentic Appraisal & Estate Service in February 2004 and incorporated into Authentic Appraisal & Estate Services, LLC in 2008. Currently has over eight years experience in Antiques, Art and Residential Contents’ appraisal and valuation, and over twelve years experience in the field of antiques.

Member of the International Society of Appraisers since 2004; member of the North Carolina Chapter and the National Capital Area Chapter of the  International Society of Appraisers.  

Member of Durham/Orange County Estate Planning Council since 2005.  American Ceramic Circle member since 2010.  0Member of the International Ivory Society since 2010.  

Past president and former Board of Director for The Foundation for Appraisal Education. Foundation for Appraisal Education President 2012, Secretary 2009-2010, and Treasurer 2011-2012.   Member International Society of Appraisers’ (ISA) Conference Sponsorship Committee in 2008-2009, and adhoc Marketing Committee member in 2008.

Participated in a mini-appraisal fair with international antiques expert and author Judith Miller in 2007; worked “Roadshow” style appraisal fairs in North Carolina. Virginia and Florida. 

Regularly attends regional and national antique shows; recent shows include the Miami National Antique Show, the Naples Antique Show, the Antiques Extravaganza of North Carolina, the Liberty Antique Festival and Heart of Country National Antique Show.

Presents seminars and workshops to professional organizations, including to the Durham/Orange County Estate Planning Council, and to clients of commercial establishments, including Flanders Art Gallery of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Edward R. Jones. 

Member of the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA). 

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  • Ceramics
  • Ceramics - Asian
  • Decorative Arts & Accessories
  • Furniture
  • Silver


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  • Estate Tax
  • Insurance Claims

Performs Appraisals Of

  • Americana
  • Art - 19th Century
  • Art - 20th Century
  • Ceramics
  • Collectibles
  • Decorative Arts & Accessories
  • Furniture - 19th Century
  • Orientalia
  • Porcelain
  • Pottery
  • Silver
  • Transport - Classic Cars