PASADENA, CA- In celebration of the museum’s 40 years of collecting, Pacific Asia Museum will be hosting an Appraisal Day on Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm to help the community with their own collections. A variety of appraisers and conservation experts will be available to help visitors identify, appraise, and better preserve their own Asian and Pacific Island artifacts. To ensure all participants enjoy sufficient time with the visiting experts, attendance is limited.

$15 for museum members, $30 for non-members

Pre-registration is highly recommended, call (626) 449-2742 ext. 31.
Admission includes three consultations, Additional consultations $10 each.

Appraisers in Attendance:

I.M. Chait opened his first gallery of Asian Art two years after he started selling Chinese antiques from his living room in 1967. As a licensed auctioneer, he also holds the only monthly auction in Southern California devoted to Asian and Fine Art. He is a recommended appraiser for many museums and universities, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Norton Simon Museum, LACMA, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the Claremont University Center.
Mr. Chait has served on panels of the Appraisers Association of America, as President of their Southern California regional office, and sat on the board of the Los Angeles Gem Council. A member of many of the international appraisers’ associations, Mr. Chait has been called on to write the tests qualifying other appraisers in his field. Mr. Chait’s expert advice on subjects ranging from Chinese porcelain, price fluctuations, appraisals, and unethical business practices is frequently published by Arts of Asia magazine.

Osamu Konishi has been a dealer and appraiser of Oriental art and antiques for 50 years. He began as an apprentice with the Uchida Art Company in Tokyo, and came to the U.S. to catalog the Japanese print and painting collections of Dawson’s Book Shop in Los Angeles. He has owned his own shop since 1973. Areas of expertise include Chinese, Japanese and Korean scroll paintings, screens, porcelains, ceramics, furniture, ivories, and decorative arts, plus Southeast Asian sculptures and Japanese woodblock prints. He has close ties with European and Japanese art dealers, making frequent trips to Japan. He has done appraisals for many years for major insurance companies, museums, and private collectors; he has also assisted police departments in investigations involving Oriental art.

Bob Moore is a certified appraiser, as well as an active collector with a collection that has been featured in exhibitions at institutions such as Pacific Asia Museum, Los Angeles County Art Museum and Mingei International Museum. He has written numerous articles on Korean art, and spoken on a broad range of Asian art topics throughout the region. Mr. Moore is a member of the International Society of Appraisers, the Oriental Ceramic Society, LACMA’s Far Eastern Art Council, and The Korea Society. He has consulted with institutions such as the Fowler Museum, LACMA, and Asian Art Museum of San Francisco as well as private collectors.

Joe Schulman is co- owner of the F. Suie One Company at 1335 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. The company is 113 years old and Mr. Schulman has been involved in the Asian antiquity business for 35 years. His specialty is sculpture in all materials and from all Asian Cultures, particularly China and Southeast Asia.

Erica Voogd-Phillips is a tested and certified appraiser in the field of Asian art, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Southeast Asian art. From 1978 to 1987 she was employed at Sothebys Los Angeles and later, Butterfield & Butterfield Auctioneers.  At Sotheby’s it was Mrs. Phillip’s responsibility to estimate, date, catalogue and compile the monthly sales of 240 lots for the Oriental department, as well as the Fine Sales held three times a year. Currently, she is a consultant for Bonham’s Asian Department in San Francisco, and throughout the last fourteen years she has provided donation appraisals for museums and educational institutions, as well as having prepared appraisals for important private collections – including the Collection of Margot and Hans Ries at Pacific Asia Museum. Ms. Voogd- Phillips has served as a specialist to PBS’s Antiques Roadshow since 2008.

Edward Wilkinson, of EW Art, has conducted appraisals on behalf of private individuals and corporations for charitable donation to museums, including: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Norton Simon Museum of Art; Pacific Asia Museum; Asian Art Museum-San Francisco; Seattle Art Museum; San Diego Museum of Art; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Rubin Museum of Art; Museum Rietberg, Zurich; Royal Ontario Museum, and many more.

Prior to the founding of EW Art, Wilkinson was Worldwide Head of Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art at Sotheby’s, New York. During his tenure (2000 to 2003), he coordinated and conducted numerous auctions. These sales included important ancient religious sculpture, painting and related decorative arts from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tibet, Nepal, Mongolia, Indian, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Wilkinson was also responsible for all appraisals, worldwide, for auction, insurance, and fair market valuations at Sotheby’s, Inc.

Conservators in Attendance:
Irena Calinescu is a professional objects conservator and Principal at Fine Arts Conservation LLC. ( She obtained her MA and Certificate of Advanced Studies in Art Conservation at Buffalo State College’s Art Conservation Department. After her graduate internship in the Department of Antiquities Conservation of the J. Paul Getty Museum, she received a three-year NEA/Mellon Fellowship in Objects Conservation at the LA County Museum of Art. During this time, Irena also participated in three archaeological excavation seasons as field conservator at the Bronze Age site of Mochlos in Crete, Greece. Since 1996, Irena has worked as a consultant and contract conservator for both public and private museums, including the UCLA Fowler Museum, LACMA, the Huntington, the Natural History Museum, FIDM and Riverside Metropolitan Museum. She is currently assisting Pacific Asia Museum with an IMLS grant-funded storage upgrade project for their ceramics collection.

Victoria Blyth-Hill worked for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for over thirty years, retiring from her position as Director of Conservation in June 2005. At LACMA her work focused on the conservation and preservation of works on paper; she now has a private conservation studio in Venice, CA. In addition to working with modern and contemporary western art, she has specialized training and experience with East and South Asian art, including Indian Miniatures, Japanese prints and screens and Tibetan thangkas. Victoria has published several articles on the subject of thangka preservation and has written a handling guide for monks, which has been translated into Tibetan and Chinese. She is honored with the title of Senior Conservator Emeritus at LACMA.

About Pacific Asia Museum

Pacific Asia Museum is one of only four institutions in the United States dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. The museum’s mission is to further cultural understanding through the arts. Since 1971, Pacific Asia Museum has served a broad audience of students, families, adults and scholars though its education and outreach programs.

Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. Museum opens Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is $9 general, $7 students/seniors, and free for children ages 11 and younger. Admission is free every 4th Friday of the month.