Meet Principle appraiser & Consultant
COURTNEY AHlSTROM CHRISTY
Courtney Ahlstrom Christy has long loved visual creativity, allowing her to become a skilled investigator of value and cultural meaning. She has worked in auction houses, museums, and galleries - all of which have provided great opportunities to closely examine works ranging from the antique to the contemporary. Her specialization 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 19th and 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. She has also 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 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 always seeks higher standards and ongoing inquiry into how to best value personal property.
SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES / Corcoran College of Art, Washington D.C.
Masters in the History of Decorative Arts
University College Cork, cork city, Ireland
Bachelors of Arts, with an Art History major and Spanish minor
Sotheby's Institute of Art, London
Focus in 20th Century Design
SELECTED Courses / Workshops
International Society of Appraisers, chicago & toronto
Core Course in Appraisal Studies
Personal Property 15-Hour USPAP Course
Personal Property 7-Hour USPAP Update Courses
Asian Studies including Japanese Prints and Asian Ceramics
New York UNIVERSITY, Continuing EDUCATION
Ethical and Legal Aspects of Appraising
Appraisers association of america, NEw York
Appraisal Theory and Methodology
Elements of a Correctly Prepared Appraisal
Winterthur museum Institute, delaware
Intensive Two Week Study of American Decorative Arts
Whitehall Antiques Seminars, Chapel Hill
Silver Basics, Prints and Paintings, and Wood Identification
Appraising Clocks, American Country Furniture, and Georgian Furniture
GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA, DISTANCE EDUCATION
Accredited Jewelry Professional Certificate (Jewelry, Colored Stones, and Diamond Essentials)
University of Salamanca, Spain
Spanish Study Abroad Program, High Honors
ATLANTA COLLEGE OF ART
Art Studio Summer Courses, Focus in Painting and Drawing
Classical american homes preservation trust
Seminar in Fakes, Forgeries, and Reproductions
conferences / symposiums
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF APPRAISERS Conference
Annual Appraisal Conferences (Chicago, Philadelphia, Fort Worth, and Pasadena)
foundation for aprraisal education
Annual Seminars on Connoisseurship (Philadelphia and Dallas)
henry D. green symposium of decorative arts
Biannual Scholarly Event hosted by the University of Georgia (Athens)
SELECTED WORK EXPERIENCE
Ahlstrom appraisals llc
Personal Property Appraiser and Arts Consultant (Atlanta)
Senior Personal Property Appraiser (Dallas)
Great Gatsby's AUCtion gallery
Fine & Decorative Arts Specialist (Atlanta)
Bonhams & Butterfields
Assistant to Regional Director (Atlanta)
THE POTOMACK COMPANY
Junior Specialist for Decorative Arts, and Catalogue Photographer (Alexandria)
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY
Fellowship as curator's aide (Washington, D.C.)
FLORIDA GOVERNOR'S MANSION
Aide to Curator (Tallahassee)
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF APPRAISERS
APPRAISERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
Accredited Member, Focus in 20th Century Arts & Design
Foundation for Appraisal Education
Board Member and Current Vice President
GEORGIA APPRAISERS ASSOCIATION
Gemological INSTITUTE OF AMERICA
“Less is More: How Appraisers Can Assist You in Your Downsizing or Minimalism Journey” in ISA Now (November 2017). Read here.
“Nile Style” in Nile Magazine, Vol. 9 (August/September 2017), p. 62-63. Learn more here.
“Objectifying China, Imagining America By Caroline Frank” in Material Culture, Vol. 49, No. 1 (Spring 2017), p. 257. Read an excerpt here.
A Space In Between: Material Enclosures for the Women of New Orleans, 1850-1870, Corcoran College of Art and Design Thesis, Department of History of Decorative Arts, (2012), Smithsonian DSpace Repository.