MICHAAN’S AUCTION HOUSE, Alameda, CA
Appraiser and Department Head, Furniture & Decorations Dept.
Senior Cataloguer, and Certified Appraiser for secondary auction house, responsible for company yield of consignments locally; nationally; appraise goods considered for auction; perform general estate, gift tax, division of property appraisals. Catalogue furniture; decorative objects; ancient and ethnographic objects; textiles; tapestry; embroidery; costume; silver; miniatures, porcelain, pottery; glass, all manner of decorative sculptures; furniture from 1500 and forward. Determine estimates, liaise with potential purchasers worldwide.
JILL FENICHELL, INC. 2019
Ceramics Under-Appraiser, the Estate of Mario Buatta. Responsible for reviewing, and appraising the collection of English, Continental and Asian Porcelain amassed by Buatta over a 50 year period. The work was submitted directly to the primary appraiser, thence to the Estate.
Appraiser, Gift Tax Donation of select 18th Century French Porcelains to the J. P. Getty Museum, Malibu, California. Researched and wrote the appraisal for the gift tax donation of certain remarkable ceramics donated to the Getty last year.
Expert Witness, on behalf of Schlam, Stone & Dolan, LLP in a case regarding Fine Porcelain and Silver, settlement being disputed by two parties.
None of the appraisals I have performed have been rejected by the IRS.
Jill Fenichell is a USPAP-certified appraiser, who performs appraisals for insurance, fair value, market-value, property division and estate and gift tax purposes. She has appraised the ceramic collection of Mario Buatta; an important private collection of English 18th Century porcelain; a gift tax appraisal of important 18th Century French ceramics; and has given advice to private curators, interior designers and to museum and other institutional entities.
Please email email@example.com or call 718 2372490 to discuss your needs. Jill Fenichell, Inc. also helps individuals and families to sell personal possessions with the needs of the client in mind.
ROLAND AUCTION, Glen Cove, NY February 2018–PRESENT Consultant, Senior Cataloguer, and Certified Appraiser for tertiary auction house, recently relocated from 11th Street in Manhattan. Catalogued goods of all types and categories. Determine estimates, perform appraisals, secure consignments, make business proposals, advise gallery on how to deal with today’s competitive art and antiques sales environment. Consultancy continues indefinitely.
JILL FENICHELL, INC. 1995–PRESENT Founder and President of antiques and art advisory firm advising high-net worth clients on best options for selling personal property, valuables, art, and antiques. Perform estate, gift tax, and division of property appraisals conforming to USPAP requirements; select methods to sell client property to maximize client price benefits, including through private sale, public auction, or on-line websites. Business focus 1990s–2004: antique ceramics. Business focus 2012-18: expanded range, including sales of glass, silver, jewelry, decorative objects, sculpture, bronzes, works of art, and textiles. Participate in antiques shows at the national and international level, including New York Ceramics & Glass Fair; Olympia Art & Antiques Show (London, England); Baltimore Fine Art, Jewelry and Antiques Show; San Francisco Antiques and Art Fair; Theta Design Fair, Houston, Texas.
Notable Sales: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Colonial Williamsburg, Derby Museum, England, The Corning Museum of Glass, Bayou Bend, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, among others.
JEFFREY S. EVANS & ASSOCIATES, Mt. Crawford, Virginia 2012–2015 Vice President and Ceramics Consultant Specialist, Museum & Educational Services Liaison, New York-area Representative for auction house in Shenandoah Valley. Managed international and national press outreach, New York area client acquisition within ceramics field; catalogued two complete auctions of ceramics annually. Introduced gallery to new clients using traditional, social media, and video channels; started new series of ceramics seminars. In one year, gallery sales rose 20+%, including achieving a record price for pottery of the Shenandoah Valley area.
THE CURATOR’S EYE LATE 2011–EARLY 2012 Sales associate for online-only sales of high-end art and antiques.
PHILIP COLLECK LTD. LATE 2009–MID-2010 Sales associate, shop-sitter, and website liaison, new site development, for one of the premier English furniture firms in the US.
BONGENRE.COM, LTD./THE BESPOKE PORCELAIN CO., INC. 1995–PRESENT Founder and Chief Executive Officer of tabletop design firm. Make all major decisions on sales, pricing, manufacturing; design; corporate structure and partnership relations. Oversee sales and marketing, product development; sourcing; warehouse management & fulfillment delivery systems development.
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR/FREELANCE WRITER 1988–1990 Contributing Editor, Antiques Monthly. Wrote articles for this national monthly magazine on broad spectrum of decorative arts topics, profiled dealers; covered rug market for Art & Auction; wrote articles for Antiques and The Arts Weekly on wide range of auctions & exhibitions.
CHRISTIE’S, New York, NY 1983–1989 Museum & Corporate Development Liaison. Wrote sale proposals for non-profit institutions, orchestrated departmental consignments from museums & corporations; developed “Auctiontalk,” a public lecture series; coordinated national appraisal days. Editor, Auction News from Christie’s. Press Officer, Christie’s East. Department Assistant, Collectibles: aeronautica, tribal art, lead soldiers & rugs departments.
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY/INSTITUTE OF FINE ART, NY, NY 1982–1983 Library Acquisitions Assistant, Fine Arts & Conservation Center Libraries: responsible for ordering & processing in-coming books; created & installed library signage system; maintained client contact with international antiquarian book dealers.
THE COSTUME INSTITUTE, METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NY, NY 1981–1982 Volunteer Restoration Assistant: responsible for restoration and installation of historic costumes for the “18th Century Woman” exhibition; conducted archival research, coordinated audiovisual productions to accompany curatorial lectures.
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, NY, NY. M.A., Visual Arts Administration Concentrations: Audience development & long-term planning for non-profit institutions OBERLIN COLLEGE, Oberlin, Ohio. B.A., English Literature
(With enough additional credits to qualify for double major in Art History & Studio Art)
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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & RECOGNITION
Grant Recipient, American Ceramic Circle Scholarship, 2018, for on-going research for “John Bennett, The Americanization of a British Potter”
Current Membership: American Ceramic Circle, Transferware Collectors Club; French Porcelain Society; English Ceramic Circle.
Past Membership: Antique Dealers’ Association; Appraiser’s Association of America; Art and Antique Dealers’ League of America; Art and Antique Dealer’s League; English Ceramics Society; Derby Porcelain International Society; French Porcelain Society; Friends of Blue
“Landscape Painting on English Porcelain” 1996 “Issues in Appraising European Ceramics,” 1999
“Uncle Tom’s Ceramics,” 2005 and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin Staffordshire Figures,” 2014 “Transatlantic Trends in Decoration: Surface Treatment on Pots 1880-1915,” 2015
PUBLICATIONS (partial list)
“Alexander Acevedo, Art Wheeler-Dealer,” The Robb Report, Volume XI, no. 10, October
1988, pp. 38-46
“Royal Jewels,” The Robb Report, Volume XI, no. 11, November 1988, pp. 42-50
“Flying Carpets: The Rug Market Takes Off,” Art & Auction, Volume XII, number 4, November 1989, pp. 250-254
“Reviews: Rugs,” Art & Auction, Volume XII, number 9, April 1990
“Reviews: Rugs,” Art & Auction, Volume XIII, number 2, September 1990
“Reviews: Rugs,” Art & Auction, Volume XIII, number 7, February 1991
The Bella Kleinman Collection of 18th Century English Blue and White Porcelain, An Homage to Dr. Bernard Watney, Fenichell-Basmajian Gallery, New York, 2000
“Uncle Tom’s Ceramics,” in the New York Ceramics Fair Journal, January 2005
“Fragile Lessons: Ceramic and Porcelain Representations of Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” Ceramics
in America, 2006, ed. Rob Hunter, The Chipstone Foundation, 2006
“‘Ennion and His Legacy: Mold Blown Glass from Ancient Rome’ at the Corning Museum of Glass,” Antiques and The Arts Weekly, July 2015
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“Sèvres at the Frick: Pretty Without Bells and Whistles,” Antiques and The Arts Weekly, April 2016
“Xanadu in Philadelphia: Kamelot Auction of Gibson & Merriam Estate Property” April 2016 “‘Paper Doll Dress’ and Beer Gown Are Highlights at Augusta Auction,” Antiques and The Arts
Weekly, May 2016
“Queen Victoria Ensemble Takes Top Honors At Whitaker's,” Antiques and The Arts Weekly, May 2018
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