Art, Antiques & Collectibles

A Designer's Due Diligence

Credit/ 1 CEPH

13 CEPH block offering

Date/  Thursday, October 29

Time/ 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Location/  Reniassance Tile, 1617 Hi Line Dr., #280

a la carte offering

Date/  Friday, October 30

Time/ 11:00am - 12:00pm

Location/  Interior Resources, 1620 Oak Lawn Ave.

When helping your clients select art, antiques, or collectibles to integrate into the design of their home, what can you do to ensure that the items they're purchasing are as advertised and that the pricing is appropriate?


Is that an original oil painting, a gicleé, or an outright fake? Is that print an original etching, or much later photolithograph? And that antique highboy - is it all authentic, or is it a "married" piece?  Is it 18th century, or a 20th-century reproduction of an 18th-century piece? How can you tell if that Barcelona chair is an original from the mid 20th century, or a 10-year-old reproduction?   This presentation explores the questions you need to ask and the steps you need to take to ensure that the investment is sound.


When assisting your clients with the procurement of collectibles, art and antiques, it's paramount that a thorough investigation of the true and current value of the piece is researched.  But   what does an antiques dealer or showroom mean when they say "This is worth . . .".?  Are they talking about what it would cost to replace the piece (Replacement Cost) or what they might reasonably expect to receive if they sold it (Market Value)?  This presentation will help designers protect the integrity of their brand by increasing their knowledge of how art, antiques and furnishings are valued. 


Give your client the peace of mind that you have conducted due diligence on the valuables that will bring personal meaning to their space and are often a pivotal point that dictates the design of the space.


The presenter invites participants to submit questions before the presentation date to make the seminar fit their needs. 

Susan Sturdivant

Certified Appraiser of Personal Property

Susan Sturdivant, PhD., is a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property, appraising all types of antiques and collectibles including silver, glass, porcelain, furniture, needlework, textiles and samplers for insurance coverage; loss/damage claims; charitable donation; estate division or liquidation; equitable distribution; estate planning; divorce; and prospective purchase or sale.  She has served three terms as President of the North Texas chapter of ISA and currently serves on the Board of the Foundation for Appraisal Education and on the Advisory Council of the Dallas Foundation.

She is also experienced in media consultation, having acted as consultant for the Buried Treasure TV series, starring Leigh & Leslie Keno and has served as an expert witness in litigation cases including Walker v. the Neiman Marcus Group.  She contributed two articles to Accent by Chubb, the online magazine for Collectors.