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When:
May 4-6, 2017

Cost:
Member: $650 | Non-Member: $750
 
Where:
Hilton Boston Back Bay
40 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 0211

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2017 ASA Personal Property Annual Connoisseurship Conference

Overview

The theme for the 2017 conference is "The Eye of the Beholder—A Revolution in Materials and Methods". Participants will discuss and examine fine and decorative arts with sessions on ceramics, Boston silver and similar subjects, plus a forum on authentication and provenance, and much more—all in the historic city of Boston, MA, the center of American history and culture.

In addition to speakers, seminars and panel discussions, there will be featured museum and gallery tours, including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as cocktails at the famous Vose Galleries.

Appraisers, auctioneers, museum curators, insurance underwriters, estate attorneys and others with an interest in personal property will benefit from this unique opportunity to acquire practical knowledge and insight from highly esteemed experts in dealing with these important segments of the market.
 

Cost

Member: $650 | Non-Member: $750*
Students: $350**
Spouse/Guest $150***

*ASA member guests/employees and members of compeer organizations (AAA, AAM and ISA) are eligible for member rate—call (800) 272-8258 for details.
 
**Must provide evidence of enrollment in a qualified part-time or full-time post-secondary education program, and NOT be appraising—call (800) 272-8258 for details.

*** Includes pre-conference reception on Wednesday, May 3 and small group tour on Thursday, May 4.


 

Hotel Accommodations

Hilton Boston Back Bay
Online Reservations
Phone Reservations: (800) 445-8667
Rate: $239/night (single or double)
Reservation discount deadline: April 11, 2017
Must indicate or mention group code: 2017 Personal Property Conference for discount.


Sessions

Wednesday May 3, 2017
  • 8:00am-5:00pm—Personal Property Committee Meeting
  • 3:00pm-8:00pm—Conference Registration
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm—Pre-Conference Reception
Thursday May 4, 2017
  • 7:00am-8:00am—Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00am-8:15am—Welcome and Announcements— Edie Yeomans, FASA, Chair, Personal Property Committee
  • 8:15am-8:30am—What It Is, What It Isn't— Nelson Clayton, FASA, Chair, Boston ASA's Personal Property Conference
  • 8:30am-12:00pm—Investigating Identity: The Four Pillars of Identification
  • 8:30am-8:45am—Marks, Signatures and Unique Characteristics of the Object—Peter C. Sorlien, ASA, Senior Accredited Appraiser
  • 8:45am-9:45am—Provenance: Museum Best Practices in Provenance Research and Collecting Cultural Property— Victoria P. Reed, Ph.D, Curator for Provenance Museum of Fine Arts Boston
  • 9:45am-10:45am—Material Analysis: New Techniques for Identifying Proteins and Modern Organic Pigments— Daniel P. Kirby, Ph.D, Primary Analytical Investigator, Scientist
  • 10:45am-11:00am—Break
  • 11:00am-12:00pm—Connoisseurship: The Development, Current Use and Pitfalls of Connoisseurship— Peter C. Sorlien, ASA, Senior Accredited Appraiser
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm—Lunch
  • 1:00pm-3:15pm—Small Group Tours: Isabella Gardner Museum and Boston Museum of Fine Arts
  • 5:00pm—Tour of Massachusetts College of Art and Design's Print Making Shop
Friday May 5, 2017
  • 7:30am-8:15am—Breakfast
  • 8:15am-8:30am—Announcements
  • 8:30am-12:00pm—Ceramics: Differences Among Pottery, Stoneware and Porcelains. Individual presentations with panel discussion led by Charles T. Rosoff, ASA, Appraisal Services Associates; Caroline Cole, Assistant Curator; Jayne Stokes, Consulting Curator; Nicholas Dawes, Vice President of Special Collections for Heritage Auctions
  • 8:30am-9:30am—Identifying Ceramics Through Material and Method of Manufacturer: A comprehensive look at the evolution of bodies, surface materials and manufacturing techniques in western earthenware and procelain from circa 1650 to 1950— Nicholas Dawes, Vice President of Special Collections for Heritage Auctions  
  • 9:30am-10:30am—Stoneware in America – Imported wares and moving into domestic production of utilitarian wares in the 19th century with a focus on Bennington—Jayne Stokes, Consulting Curator and Rhode Island School of Design Instructor
  • 10:30am-11:00am—AM Break
  • 11:00am-12:00pm—TBA
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm—Lunch
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm—Boston Silver and Boston Arts and Crafts Silver, Particularly "Colonial Revival" Silver— Nonie Gadsden, Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Art Boston
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm—TBA
  • 3:30pm-4:00pm—Break
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm—Discussion on Changing Demographics and Its Effect on Values—Analee McClellan, ASA, Moderator, Jonathan Francis,Economist, ASA Candidate; Carey Vose, Director, Vose Galleries, Boston; and Karen M. Keane, Partner, Chief Executive Officer, Skinner Inc.
  • 5:30pm-7:00pm—Cocktail Reception, Vose Galleries
Saturday May 6, 2017
  • 7:30am-8:00am—Breakfast and Announcements
  • 8:00am-9:00am—Artist's Work in Their Frames Through the Centuries— Suzanne Smeaton, Expert Period Frames
  • 9:00am-10:00am—Asian Art and Asian Styles in Colonial America— Dennis Carr, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Art Boston
  • 10:00am-10:15am—Break
  • 10:15am-11:15am—The American Impressionists in Connecticut— Jeff Anderson, Director, Florence Griswold Museum
  • 11:15am-11:30am—Session Wrap-Up
  • 11:30am-12:30pm—Lunch
*Any opinions presented in the sessions are those of the instructor(s) and do not represent the official
position of the firms the individual instructors represent, sponsors or the American Society of Appraisers.

Events

Wednesday May 3, 2017
  • Welcome Reception at the Hilton Westminster Room
Thursday, May 4, 2017
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Tour—The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (ISGM) houses an art collection of world importance, including significant examples of European, Asian, and American art, from paintings and sculpture to tapestries and decorative arts. Today, the museum hosts exhibitions of historic and contemporary art, as well as concerts, lectures, family and community programs, and changing courtyard displays.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston TourThe Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 500,000 works of art. The museum welcomes more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design's Print Making Shop Tour and Print Making DemonstrationsMassArt’s Print Making Shop’s 9,000 square foot studio offers students easy access to cross media investigation and installation in a collaborative community. See up close where students in the printmaking program at MassArt take courses in etching, lithography, silkscreen, photographic print processes, digital and manual color separation, relief, monotype and drawing. Join Professor Nona Hershey and her students for demonstrations on print making.
Friday May 5, 2017
Saturday, May 6, 2017
  • Post-Conference Tour of Boston’s North Shore (separate registration required)
    Two tours by bus, maximum 35 participants per tour.
Tour One
The North Shore of Boston Tour will include stops at the Peabody Essex Museum, with private tours of museum exhibits, China Trade and Chinese Export, Maritime History, and Colonial Antiques, Fine Art and Decorative Art.

Tour Two
 Cogswell's Grant - historic home of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little, a 1728 farmhouse with outbuildings overflowing with "country art." The Little's were prominent members of collecting clubs and historical societies. Mrs. Little was a scholar in the field of American folk art. The property will be open just for ASA members; and six antiques stores in the town of Essex.

CE Credits

This event qualifies for 20 ASA continuing education (CE) credits.

Attendees may request reaccreditation credits for attending educational sessions held at the conference. The CE form will be available at the registration desk. You may submit your completed CE form at the conclusion of the conference or to:
  • American Society of Appraisers
    11107 Sunset Hills Road, Ste.
    310, Reston, VA 20190
    Fax: (703) 742-8471
    Attn.: Jennifer Schleining    

Travel

  • Airport Transfers: Taxis from the Boston Logan International Airport are readily available at the Arrivals Level. The trip to the Hilton Boston Back Bay will take 15 minutes and the cost is a metered rate of approximately $38. In addition to taxi service, Logan Express provides regular, shared ride service to the Back Bay/Hynes Convention Center (1 block from hotel). For details contact Logan Express at 800-23-LOGAN.
  • Directions & Maps: Click here for directions and map from the Logan International Airport to the Hilton Boston Back Bay Hotel. Note: If you are using a satellite navigation device to direct your vehicle to hotel, please input street address as 40 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02115 for convenient access to hotel driveway.
  • Parking: Self-parking is available in our secure attached garage by entering the motor court entrance on the Belvidere Street side of the building. Parking comes with unlimited in/out privileges up to 5pm on the day of departure.

Sponsors

Sponsorship opportunities available - view opportunities or call (800) 272-8258. Download Sponsorship Agreement.


Contact

For more information e-mail asainfo@appraisers.org or call (800) 272-8258.