Gardiner Museum, Toronto
If you love Seves porcelain then watch the newly released videos from the Gardiner Museum featuring Dame Rosalind Savill. You will see and learn about three of her favorite pieces of porcelain dating to the 1700’s. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InvlNZ7Kr3g. Dame Rosaline Savill was the keynote speaker at the Charleston Arts and Antiques Forum that I attended in March. She began her museum career as a museum assistant at the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Ceramics Department in 1973 and stated her first job was “washing pots”. She is a very interesting, friendly and wonderful speaker and Director Emeritus of The Wallace Collection. She was appointed a Commander of the British Empire for Services to Ceramics in 2000 and a Dame of the British Empire for Services to the Arts in 2009. She is a fellow of the British Academy, and sits on a number of boards.
Who am I? I am an individual who values the contents of people's homes for a variety of reasons. I'm called a "personal property appraiser" and certified by the International Society of Appraisers which requires educational courses, examinations, keeping up with current tax laws and every two years taking a course called the Uniform Standards of Personal Property Appraisals. Every five years, I am required to keep up my ISA certification by proving I have a minimum of 100 personal property development credits - that's course hours and actual research time spend on appraisal work. As a long time collector I have turned a hobby into a profession and for the last 22 years worked as an independent appraiser. My specialties include china, pottery, sterling silver, crystal and glassware, costume jewelry, Carnival Glass, Belleek Irish porcelain, collectibles and furniture. Why do you need an appraisal? The purpose of an appraisal may be for obtaining insurance, probate of an estate, equitable division of an estate or divorce, or a damage claim. I also give lectures on several different topics to antique clubs, provide consultations in person, by phone and through email. No my service is not free! But I will also advise you if I believe it is in your best interest to do research on your own if you just want an idea of what something is worth rather than pay for an appraisal.