MEET COURTNEY AHLSTROM CHRISTY
personal property appraiser & arts Consultant
ISA Certified, AAA Accredited & USPAP Compliant
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 with auction houses, museums, and galleries - all of which have provided unique opportunities to examine works ranging from the antique to the contemporary closely. 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.
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)
Ahlstrom appraisals llc
Personal Property Appraiser and Arts Consultant (Atlanta)
Co-Editor and Contributor (Online)
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 Arts Specialist 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
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
The Ephemera Society of America
Society of American Archivists
International Map Collectors Society
Gemological INSTITUTE OF AMERICA
“What to Look for When Seeking a Qualified Personal Property Appraiser” in The Family Law Review (Winter 2019), p. 36-38. Read here.
“An Evolving Market of Light and Color: A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting American Studio and Contemporary Glass Art” in Worthwhile Magazine (November 2018). Read here.
"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).