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Quinn's Auction Galleries to host second annual seminar with blockbuster lineup of experts
David Quinn, president of Quinn’s Auction Galleries (far right), discusses the Helen and Jack Mang Collection of Japanese Netsuke with 2012 ISA FAE symposium participants. The Netsuke collection was auctioned in a high-profile sale held at Quinn’s on December 7, 2012. Image courtesy of Quinn’s Auction Galleries.

FALLS CHURCH, VA.- The Foundation for Appraisal Education (FAE), the fundraising arm of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), has announced the establishment of a scholarship program at Winterthur Museum, Library and Gardens in the name of revered antiques authority the late Wendell D. Garrett. To be awarded over three consecutive years to graduate students or professionals with less than five years of experience in the field, the scholarships will be underwritten by funds raised through a series of FAE activities including their educational seminars. The scholarships to be awarded in Wendell Garrett’s name are for Winterthur Institute, Furniture Forum and Ceramics Conference.

This year’s seminar will take place Sept. 6-7 at Quinn’s Auction Galleries in Falls Church, Va. (suburban Washington, DC). Registration is open to anyone with a working association or interest in antiques and fine art. The ISA will award 15.5 professional development credits to those appraisers who attend the event in its entirety.

The seminar agenda is packed with entertaining, informative talks, as well as ample leisure time for socializing, dining and networking. A meet-and-greet reception to welcome attendees will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Quinn’s second-floor gallery.

On Friday morning at 9:15, the lecture series will begin with Sumpter Priddy III’s discourse on Religion and Furniture in Southern Back-Country. This will be followed by noted New York art dealer Betty Krulik’s address on The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in American Painting.

Friday afternoon speakers include Luke Zipp of Crocker Farm Auctions, who will discuss American Stoneware: Its History and Uses 1812-1900; and Yale Fellow Louisa Brouwer, of Israel Sack Inc., who will recount the story behind the building of the Israel Sack empire and its legendary founder. An evening reception will follow immediately afterward.

Saturday offers another full day of insider information from a formidable lineup of experts. At 9 a.m., Daniel K. Ackerman, associate curator of the Museum of Southern Decorative Arts, Old Salem (N.C.) Museum and Gardens, will lecture on Internet search techniques. His talk is titled Google It: Using New Tools to Unlock Secrets of Old Things. Next, Alan Fausel, MA, FRICS, vice president and director of fine arts at Bonhams, will reveal Ten Ways to Tell a Fake Painting Without Looking at It. After lunch, Ronald W. Fuchs II, curator of ceramics and manager of the Reeves Collection, Washington and Lee University, will speak on Chinese Export for the American Market 1785-1940. The seminar will conclude with the personal recollections of highly decorated former FBI Agent Robert K. Wittman, who spearheaded the crack FBI Art Crime Team and authored a riveting autobiography titled “Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures.”

FAE Board member Marcy Molinaro, ISA AM, said the FAE made a commitment to underwrite the three Wendell Garrett Scholarships over the next three years as a posthumous tribute to one of the antiques trade’s most influential contributors.

“Wendell Garrett left an immense legacy to appraisers, dealers and collectors through his lectures, books and magazine articles. In recognition of his lifetime of achievement, we approached the Winterthur Museum and asked if we could partner with them to fund scholarships in his name. Winterthur was an appropriate choice, as Mr. Garrett was a member of the first graduating class, in 1957, of Winterthur’s Early American Culture Program,” Molinaro said.

Matthew Quinn, vice president of Quinn’s Auction Galleries, noted that the series of seminars will offer attendees “not only a wealth of useful information, but also a unique opportunity to network at the highest echelons of the antiques and fine art trade.” He added: “It’s rare for so many VIPs to come together under one roof, make themselves accessible to others one on one, and share their knowledge so openly.” Quinn’s is hosting the seminar at its venue and providing hospitality to guests a courtesy to the antiques and fine art appraisal community.

The cost to attend the Sept. 6-7 seminar, inclusive of receptions, lunches and refreshment breaks, is $375. Of that cost, $200 is a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation for Appraisal Education. Attendance is limited to 100 registrants. Quinn’s is located at 360 S. Washington St. Falls Church, VA 22046. Nearest airports: Reagan National and Dulles International. A special room rate of $95/night is available at the Hyatt House, 8296 Glass Alley, Falls Church, Va., by quoting the booking reference QUINNS. To reserve a room at the Hyatt House, call 571-327-2277.

Questions regarding the FAE Seminar may be directed to Andrea Lee at Quinn’s Auction by calling 703-532-5632 or emailing; or Marcy Molinaro at

To view the entire seminar agenda, or to download a brochure or registration form, visit

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