Pencil This In: Antiques at the Alexander

Two days of education and antique appraisals.

The bad news: Antiques Roadshow won’t return your emails. The good news: There’s another option for appraising your antique finds and hand-me-downs. This weekend, the Dallas Woman’s Forum will host their third-annual Antiques at the Alexander event at the Alexander Mansion on Ross Avenue. The two-part event begins on Saturday, with lectures on French jewelry, art, furniture, and porcelain taking place from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. On Sunday, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, appraisers and conservators will be on hand to give consultations on antiques and collectibles. Each consultation costs $25 (or three for $60). Tickets for the Saturday lecture series, including lunch, are $85, or attendees can also purchase a two-day ticket (which includes three consultations) for $125. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by visiting

A full schedule and list of the attending appraisers and conservators follows:

9:30 am         This Grand Old Home: The Alexander Mansion and the Dallas Woman’s Forum
Catherine Mahon-Gunnell, The Art Department, Dallas Woman’s Forum

10:00 am       Fabulous French Jewels: Cartier, Chanel and more
Bill Noble, William Noble Rare Jewels

11:00 am        The School of Paris:  French art between the Wars
Brian Roughton, Roughton Galleries & Heritage Auctions

12:00 pm       Buffet lunch in the Alexander Mansion

1:15 pm          Care & Conserve:  How to care for antiques and what can be done when they are damaged
A panel of professional conservators

2:30 pm         Ne Plus Ultra:  18th and 19th century French furniture
Nancy Smith, ISA, AM, Golden Corridor Appraisals

3:45 pm         White Gold: French porcelain and the tale of one Old Paris Porcelain tureen
Susan Sturdivant, PhD, ISA CAPP, Highland Park Appraisals, LLC

Pamela Cole-Witt, ISA, AM                Cole-Witt Enterprises
Kim Kolker, ISA, AM                          BAACS, Paintings & Prints
Jerry Forrest, ISA, CAPP, GG, CGA Gems & Jewelry
Dana Franklin, ISA, AM                      Antiquity Asian Antiques
Anne Kelly, ISA, AM                           David Dike Fine Art
Christine Guernsey, ISA, AM             Guernsey & Associates, Fine Art
Shirley Dyess, ISA, AM                      The Dust Jacket, Books & Ephemera
Cathy Otto                                          Appropriate Appraisals
Mark Peniston, ISA, AM                     Ashton Ltd. Appraisals, Guns & Weapons
Dink Starnes                                       Cole-Witt Enterprises
Nancy Smith, ISA, AM                       Golden Corridor Appraisals
Susan Sturdivant, PhD., ISA, CAPP Highland Park Appraisals, LLC
Maggie Turnipseed, ISA, AM             Worthpoint online auction database

Tish Brewer, AIC*                                                                Maria Sheets, AIC*
The Center for Art Conservation                                       Maria Valentina Sheets Conservation
Documents & Paper                                                            Glass & Ceramics

Laura Pate, AIC*                                                                  Brad Ford Smith, AIC*
Brown Mountain Art Restoration                                      Studio Six Art Conservation
Paintings                                                                               Wooden Objects

Melanie Sanford, AIC*
Textile Preservation Services of Texas

*American Institute for Conservation