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Arts & Culture

Discover the value of your antiques and heirlooms at “Hidden Treasures Unveiled”

Ever wonder how much your antiques and heirlooms are worth?  Or wish you could take your treasures to a certain antiques appraisal TV show? Now’s your chance.

On Saturday, June 8, specialists in fine art, decorative art, Asian art, books and manuscripts, and jewelry will be on campus to provide verbal fair market appraisals. This daylong event is hosted by the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, with appraisals by Hindman.

One of the nation’s leading fine art auction houses, Hindman operates more salesrooms in the U.S than any other auction house and conducts more than 100 auctions a year in categories such as fine jewelry, fine art, modern design, fine books and manuscripts, furniture, decorative arts, couture, Asian works of art, arts of the American west, numismatics, and more. Headquartered in Chicago, Hindman opened an Atlanta office in 2018.

Each attendee may bring up to five objects for appraisal. The first appraisal is $20, and each additional appraisal is $15. All proceeds benefit Oglethorpe’s museum and its mission as a teaching collection for students and faculty.

The museum will also receive a portion of proceeds from any consignments Hindman receives as a result of the appraisal event.

The Hindman specialists are providing their time and expertise pro bono to the Oglethorpe museum.

Annie Wu is a specialist for the Asian Works of Art department at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Wu joined the firm in 2014 after receiving her Master of Fine Art in Management from the American University in Washington, D.C. She researches and appraises property daily, which includes jades, bronzes, ceramics, sculptures, snuff bottles, paintings, furniture and other classical media. Prior to joining Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Wu worked at Sloans and Kenyon Auctioneers and Appraisers in Bethesda Maryland as a specialist for the Asian Works of Art and Ethnographic department from 2012 -2014. Born and raised in Mainland China, she is fluent in both Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese and English.

Gretchen Hause joined the Fine Books and Manuscripts Department at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in 2017, after working for over 7 years as a specialist in the Books and Manuscripts Department at Christie’s in New York. Thus far, Hause has handled a rare copy of Palmatary’s 1857 pre-fire view of Chicago (the only copy in private hands) for nearly $200,000, the Robert L. McKay Collection of manuscripts, the Fine Cartographic and Printed Americana Collection or Evelyn and Eric Newman and the Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett.

Kate Stamm graduated from Wellesley College and later received her Master’s degree from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. After spending time in New York, Stamm relocated to East Hampton where she worked as a private art consultant for various contemporary artists, including the Guggenheim Fellow Kasumi. She then worked for several boutique auction houses in Cleveland, Ohio and Washington, D.C, finally finding her way to Palm Beach, a place where she always enjoyed spending winters. At Leslie Hindman Auctioneers she serves as a Fine Art Specialist for the Southeast region, working with large estate collections. She most recently brought to auction the iconic Phillip and Mary Hulitar Estate.

Nicole Gunn, who was born and raised in Florida, found her love of jewelry at an early age; studying and collecting antique costume jewelry. This began a career that has now spanned over 22 years and taken her to Boston, London and then back to Florida where she joined the team of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in 2018. A graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, Gunn has earned her Graduate Gemologist degree. As a specialist for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, she meets with clients across the Southeast region to evaluate their private jewelry collections and facilitate bringing special heirlooms to auction.

Jon King is Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Senior Consultant for the Southeast region. King began his career in the early 1980s at Sotheby’s in Los Angeles and New York. He later ventured into the world of auction house management. He first oversaw a staff of 60 as Executive Vice President, Director of the Butterfield Los Angeles gallery and became a founding Vice President and Director of Bonhams, New York when the British firm opened their doors in September of 2003. After a decade directing the New York operation, he went on to spearhead business in both New York and Florida as Vice President and Director of Business Development for Bonhams. King had the pleasure of securing and overseeing such collections as the estates of Lauren Bacall, Truman Capote, Aimee de Heeren, Liberace, Kalef Alaton, Michael Taylor, Burton Bettingen, among others, as well as having the distinction of working with the PBS Antiques Roadshow and HGTV’s Appraise It!.

Open to the public, Hidden Treasures Unveiled will be held in the Turner Lynch Campus Center, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. It is first-come, first served, with no reservations. Parking is free. For more information, call 404-364-8555.

Additional support is provided by the Brookhaven Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Image: Charles Willson Peale (1742-1827) The Artist in His Museum, 1822
Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. Gift of Mrs. Sarah Harrison.

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