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May 4-6, 2017

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

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2017 ASA Personal Property Annual Connoisseurship Conference


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.

View attendees and photos from last year's conference.


Member: $650 | Non-Member: $750*
Students: $350**
Spouse/Guest $150***
Post-Conference Tours $70****

*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.

****Choice of one post conference tour 


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: ASA for discount.


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 (Sponsored by Kersten's Antiques and the ASA Boston Chapter)


Thursday, May 4, 2017
  • 7:00am-8:00am—Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast (Sponsored by Freeman's Auctions)
  • 8:00am-8:30am—Welcome and Announcements— Edie Yeomans, FASA, Chair, Personal Property Committee and Nelson Clayton, FASA, Chair, Boston ASA's Personal Property Conference
  • 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 S. 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 (Sponsored by Artex)        

  • 11:00am-12:00pm—Connoisseurship: The Development, Current Use and Pitfalls of Connoisseurship— Peter C. Sorlien, ASA, Senior Accredited Appraiser
  • 12:00pm-12:30pm—Special Presentation by Collectrium


  • 12:00-1:00pm—Lunch (Sponsored by Collectrium)
  • 1:00pm-3:15pm—Small Group Tours: Isabella Gardner Museum and Boston Museum of Fine Arts
  • 5:00pm—Tour and Demonstration of Massachusetts College of Art and Design's Print Making Shop by Professor Nona Hershey and her students.

  Friday, May 5, 2017

  • 7:00am-8:00am—Breakfast
  • 8:00am-8:30am—Announcements and Presentation by Kersten Antiques on Social Media
  • 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 and Domestic Wares, Jayne Stokes, Principal, Goodwood Consulting 
  • 10:30am-11:00am—AM Break (Sponsored by The Antiques and The Arts Weekly)


  • 11:00am-12:00pm—Current Trends in British Ceramics at Auction—Stuart Slavid, Senior Vice President, European Decorative Arts, Silver, Skinner Inc.
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm—Lunch (Sponsored by Hagerty's)
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm—Boston Silver and Boston Arts and Crafts Silver, Particularly "Colonial Revival" Silver— Gerald W.R. Ward, Senior Consulting Curator and the Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture Emeritus at the MFA
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm—Part One: Changing Demographics and Its Effect on Values, Analee McClellan, ASA
  • 3:30pm-4:00pm—Break
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm—Part Two: Panel 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 (Sponsored by Bonhams)
Saturday May 6, 2017
  • 7:00am-8:00am—Breakfast and Announcements
  • 8:00am-9:00am—A Deeper Look: Frames Designed By and For Artists—Suzanne Smeaton, Frame Historian and Consultant, Suzanne Smeaton LLC
  • 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 Andersen, 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.


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 A
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 B
 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. Attendees must retain copies of the form in their personal files to receive credit for attending and refer back to them when they renew their reaccreditation online. CE forms are no longer processed by ASA HQ.


  • 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.



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