MEET COURTNEY AHlSTROM CHRISTY

personal property appraiser & arts Consultant

ISA Certified, AAA Accredited & USPAP Compliant

CourtneyChristy

Courtney believes that every object has a story to tell. Her passion for material culture combined with a trained eye greatly contributes to her investigation of value.  She has worked in auction houses, museums, and galleries - all of which have provided unique opportunities to closely examine works ranging from the antique to the contemporary. Her background 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 late 19th/early 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. In addition, she has worked with the prestigious Bonhams & Butterfields headquartered in London and The Potomack Company based in Alexandria, Virginia. Courtney's interest in offering valuation services tailored to each client’s needs led to establishing her own firm that provides appraisals and consultations throughout the American 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) through December 2020, Courtney is involved in a professional community that seeks higher standards and ongoing inquiry into how to best value personal property.


Education

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

Concentration in 20th Century Design

SELECTED Courses / Workshops

International Society of Appraisers, NATIONWIDE

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, Appraising in the World of High Net Worth Individuals

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

Prints and Paintings, Wood Identification, Silver Basics, Appraising Clocks, American Country Furniture, Georgian Furniture, Japanese Decorative Arts: 1800 to Present, Valuing and Authenticating Furniture 1740-1840, Modernism in American Furniture 1880-1980 

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  

SELECTED conferences / symposiums

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF APPRAISERS

Annual Appraisal Conferences (Chicago, Philadelphia, Fort Worth, and Pasadena) 

foundation for apPraisal 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)

EXPERIENCE

Ahlstrom appraisals llc

Personal Property Appraiser and Arts Consultant (Atlanta)

Heritage Auctions

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 Decorative ArtsSpecialist 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)

AFFILIATIONS

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF APPRAISERS

Certified Member & Private Client Services Designation, Concentration in Antiques, Furnishings and Decorative Arts

APPRAISERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

Accredited Member, Concentration in 20th Century Arts and Design

Foundation for Appraisal Education

Member and Former Vice President 

GEORGIA APPRAISERS ASSOCIATION

Founding Member 

Gemological INSTITUTE OF AMERICA

Alumni

Publications

"Product Disparagement and Its Impact on Connoisseurship" in Worthwhile Magazine (August 2018). Read here. 

“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.

Disoriented in the Harem: Investigating the Orientalist’s Imagination, University College Cork Thesis, Department of Art History (2009).

Whose Lenin Is It Anyway?, University College Cork Thesis, Department of Art History (2008).

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