CONSULTATION Services

Consultation services are performed in the role of a consultant and not an appraiser. 

 

Walk-Through

Not sure if you need an appraiser or consultant?  A walk-through process is a good way to determine which services best suit your needs. During a walk-through, we will inspect your home from attic to basement, remarking on which items likely have a strong resale value. This brief overview is often quite helpful when deciding the next step to take in dealing with your property. 

 

Collection Advisory

Develop a custom strategy to achieve the client’s collection objectives.  Whether your passion for collecting derives from enjoyment or investment, we can help you maintain the quality of your acquisitions. We can advise about the acquisition process (private sales and auction purchases) to coordinating art transportation (shipping and storage), and assistance in physical care (framing and conservation). We tailor our services to the nature and budget of both private and corporate collections.

 

AUCTION CONSIGNMENT

Know your options when selling.  Courtney Ahlstrom Christy is the Atlanta Representative for The Potomack CompanyThe Potomack Company is celebrating 10 years as a leading auction house noted for its passion for excellence and professionalism. Based in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, The Potomack Company is strategically positioned to serve an upscale international clientele of collectors, dealers, estates, historic institutions and museums. The Potomack Company is driven by an impressive team of specialists with years of appraisal, art advisory and auction art market experience. In addition to live auctions in its Old Town Alexandria gallery, The Potomack Company conducts a variety of online auctions.

 

Research

Learn more about an object or market with an in-depth investigation. Through a combination of academic scholarship and connoisseurship, Courtney researches various aspects surrounding an item including: provenance (purchase and exhibition history), historical significance, current market trends, artist/maker biographies, literature records, etc. Provenance research is especially critical to the restitution of artworks and cultural objects. We can also provide guidance in verifying the authenticity of a work by consulting with the appropriate foundation or institution of an artist.

 

COLLECTION Management 

Create an inventory of your collection with a professional eye.  Knowing what you have and being able to refer to a complete listing is an invaluable asset to homeowners and collectors alike. During the inventory process, objects are properly catalogued, digitally photographed, and organized by either location or category. Documentation can be prepared in both electronic and hard-copy format. After a final inventory is completed, we suggest to occasionally request an update visit so that your confidential records stay current and that you may continue to easily track the status of your belongings. In addition, a private inventory often translates well into managing future insurance policies and estate probate.  

 

Speaking Engagements

Present an engaging discussion tailored to art-related interests.  As an independent scholar of fine and decorative arts, Courtney is passionate about her area of study. She believes in the constant pursuit of learning and sharing one’s knowledge with others. Courtney is available to speak on a wide variety of topics relating to art history, collecting antiques, and the ins-and-outs of the appraisal process. Please contact CourtneyLChristy@gmail.com if you are interested in arranging a presentation.