The history of The Appraisers Association of America with its President, Betty Krulik
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW IS CELEBRATING ITS NINETEENTH YEAR ON PBS, A 12-TIME EMMY WINNER. THE SERIES FEATURES LOCAL ANTIQUE DEALERS WHO BRING IN WORKS OF ART, MEMORABILIA, AND COLLECTIBLES TO BE APPRAISED BY EXPERTS. ITS POPULARITY UNDERLINES EVERYONE’S FASCINATION WITH THE VALUE OF THEIR PERSONAL TREASURES AND, AS A RAREFIED SELECTION OF EXTRAORDINARY MASTERWORKS COMMAND RECORD PRICES AT AUCTION, EVERYONE HOPES THAT THEIR PROPERTY HAS SKYROCKETED IN VALUE.
A CRUCIAL GOAL OF AN APPRAISERS’ ORGANIZATION IS TO SUPPORT ITS MEMBERS AS QUALIFIED AND ETHICAL AUTHORITIES, AS A SOLID RESOURCE TO COLLECTORS AND DEALERS FOR KNOWLEDGEABLE EVALUATIONS IN A WIDE SPECTRUM OF AREAS. THE APPRAISERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA IS THE PREMIER NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF APPRAISERS OF PERSONAL PROPERTY WITH A FOCUS ON THE FINE AND DECORATIVE ARTS. WITH A MEMBERSHIP OF OVER 700 INDEPENDENT APPRAISERS IN 100 DIFFERENT AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION, ALL MEMBERS ARE CAREFULLY VETTED TO BE CERTAIN THAT THEY ARE ESTABLISHED PROFESSIONALS WITH A WIDE RANGE OF EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE IN THEIR RESPECTIVE FIELDS. IN THE APPRAISERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, A GREAT MANY MEMBERS ARE EITHER FORMER MUSEUM CURATORS OR DEPARTMENT HEADS FROM THE AUCTION WORLD.
IN TODAY’S LRFA BLOG, I AM VERY PLEASED TO SHARE WITH YOU THE EXPERTISE OF BETTY KRULIK, A SPECIALIST IN AMERICAN ART, AND PRESIDENT OF THE APPRAISERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA. http://www.appraisersassociation.org
BETTY, WHEN WAS THE APPRAISERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA ESTABLISHED AND WHAT INSPIRED ITS FOUNDING?
Appraisers Association of America, Inc., founded in 1949, is the oldest non-profit professional association of personal property appraisers. Early on, the members met monthly in New York at what was then the Belmont Plaza Hotel and hand-typed minutes from a meeting in December 1959 provide insight into the issues and concerns of the members at the time. By 1963, the members were voting to create a Membership Directory, and it was announced that the organization would begin to sponsor courses in the local universities, with members “participating in the teaching of such courses.”
Minutes from each meeting were published for distribution to the membership for many years in “The Wise Old Owl,” the newsletter of the Association.
The Owl logo has had a variety of iterations, see below…We rebranded with the help of Blue Medium, and of the wonderful graphic designers, Tsang Seymour, in 2012. I think you will agree; he, now, has a modernity and gravitas that is fitting our organization.
WHAT WAS THE ORGANIZATION LIKE AT ITS INCEPTION AND HOW HAS IT EVOLVED TO ACCOMMODATE THE VAST INTEREST IN FINE ARTS AND THE ART MARKET?
In the 1950’s the organization was clubby, we hear from some of our veteran members that after each meeting there were card games… but as the art world has evolved, so has the appraisal profession. The appraisal profession is now just that —a profession and not a trade— with rewards and demands that probably far exceed what the membership could have originally imagined.
Our earliest members contributed significantly to a wide variety of collaborations with the Internal Revenue Service, The Appraisal Foundation and The Getty Institute, with each project yielding yet another important step in codifying numerous aspects of the appraisal profession. As Art and Antiques have become financial instruments, of late, we appraisers must be up to date with the developments within the arts, legal, and financial communities as well as to the changing needs of private and corporate collectors.
The Appraisers Association of America has been a leader in the field by ensuring that appraisers with the AAA credential continue to be a consistently trustworthy source known for the highest standards of ethics, conduct and professionalism.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE ITS MISSION?
The mission and primary purpose of the Appraisers Association of America is to develop and promote standards of excellence in the profession of appraising through education and the application of the highest form of professional practice. We also strive to enhance the visibility and standing of appraisers within the private and professional communities (that is: in the art world and in local communities).
HOW MANY MEMBERS ARE IN THE ASSOCIATION AND WHAT IS ITS FOCUS? WHAT IS THE BACKGROUND OF THE MEMBERS AND ARE THERE SPECIFIC AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION? IF SO, WHAT DO THEY INCLUDE?
We have over 600 members nationwide, and about 50-75 new members coming in every year. We, unlike our sister organizations, only focus on Art Antiques and Collectibles as personal property (the other organizations include machinery, business valuers, and real estate appraisers). Most of our members come to us from auction houses, where they served as department heads, from galleries, and museums where they served as curators, and in some cases directors. Most have been deeply entrenched in the market for decades.
IN OUR NEXT LRFA BLOG WITH BETTY KRULIK OF AAA, WE WILL EXPLORE THE DEMANDING MEMBERSHIP PROCESS THAT THE APPRAISERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA REQUIRES. WE’RE NOT THE ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, BUT THE LRFA BLOG WELCOMES ALL QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS ON THE APPRAISAL OF WORKS OF ART THAT FORMS SUCH AN INTEGRAL PART OF ART COLLECTION MANAGEMENT.
FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN KNOWING MORE ABOUT PAUL MANSHIP’S SPECTACULAR FLIGHT OF EUROPA AT BETTY KRULIK FINE ART, http://bkrulikfineart.com/
PLEASE SEE BELOW:
Paul Manship (American, 1885-1966)
Flight of Europa, 1925
Bronze on marble base
Height with base, 23 -5/8 inches
Bronze 20-7/8 H x 31- 1/4 L x 8 -5/8 D inches
Base 2 -1/2 H x 13 -1/2 L x 9 D inches
Gift of the artist, 1939
To Leon Kroll
To his wife
And thence by descent in the family
According to Harry Rand, 20 casts were made, of those only 5 gilt versions are known—they are in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum (Wolf collection), and this work
Other versions are in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC., Reynolda House, Winston Salem, NC; Brookgreen Gardens, SC;
Casson, Stanley. XXth Century Sculptors. Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1930/1967.
Leach, Frederick D. Paul Howard Manship, An Intimate View: Sculpture and Drawings from the Permanent Collection of the Minnesota Museum of Art. Saint Paul, MN: Minnesota Museum of Art, 1972.
Manship, John. Paul Manship. New York: Abbeville Press, 1989.
Murtha, Edwin. Paul Manship. New York: Macmillan, 1957.
Proske, Beatrice. Brookgreen Gardens, Sculpture. Brookgreen Gardens, SC: Brookgreen Gardens, 1943.
Rand, Harry. Paul Manship. Washington, DC: Published for the National Museum of American Art by the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989.
In conjunction with a traveling exhibition National Museum of American Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Oh, Archer M Huntington Art Gallery, Austin TX, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN. Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wis., Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Rand, Harry, et al. Paul Manship—Changing Taste in America. Saint Paul, MN: Minnesota Museum of Art, 1985.