By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2009
Arthur Feldman, director of the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, examines a piece of Indonesian mamuli. The museum is having its first Treasures in Your Attic Appraisal Day on June 28.
On Sunday, June 28, the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art will present its first Treasures in Your Attic Appraisal Day. This is an opportunity to have your antiques and family heirlooms examined and appraised. Bring any and all antiques; this event is not limited to Judaica.
“We will have experts available to examine almost anything that is seriously collected, including textiles, gold and silver, ceramic and porcelain, furniture, woodwork, treen, and photography,” says Arthur Feldman, director of the Sherwin Miller Museum. “Our goal with this event is to use our expertise to strengthen people’s collecting, and to encourage interest in collecting. I’m here to contribute as an educator, and this is a great event to come out and learn.”
Feldman, a second-generation antique dealer, has served as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. He writes for “Antiques Price Guide.”
The Sherwin Miller Museum will have several local experts on hand to conduct appraisals. These include Linda Greever from Art Market, whose specialty is Indian art; Mike Anderson from Tulsa Gold and Silver, whose specialty is precious metals; Mike Ratcliffe of Mike Ratcliffe Appraisal and Estate Services, whose expertise is American furniture and glass from the 19th and 20th centuries; and Lottie Stevens, whose specialties are art glass, silver, and art pottery. Feldman and Dr. Karen York, curator of the Sherwin Miller Museum, will be on hand to provide additional information. This event’s featured guest expert is Kerry Shrives. Shrives is a vice president at Skinner, an auction and appraisal company, and is a regular on PBS’s popular “Antiques Roadshow.”
“When we talk about antiques, we’re generally talking about items made prior to the industrial age – items touched by the hand of the master,” says Feldman. “These include prints, drawings, Native American arts, ceramics and porcelain, European silver, porcelain and China, and often articles with historic significance.” They will also look at furniture if you would like to bring it in, but they are not equipped to move it.
“As an academic, I enjoy listening to the stories that accompany these items,” says Feldman. “Surprise is also part of the appeal – we never know what will come in.”
The cost is $10 to have one item examined and $25 for three items. If you have an item examined, you will also receive free admission to the Sherwin Miller Museum that day.
The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art was founded in 1966 (as the Gershon & Rebecca Fenster Museum of Jewish Art) by several local Jewish families, in order to provide the Jewish community with a fuller understanding of its heritage, and to serve as an information source on Jewish history and culture for non-Jews. Sherwin Miller was the museum’s first curator; the museum was renamed in his honor in 2000.
Treasures in Your Attic Appraisal Day is Sunday, June 28 from noon until 4:30 p.m. at the Sylvan Auditorium on the Zarrow Campus, between Lewis and Riverside on 71st. The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For much more information, visit them on the web at www.jewishmuseum.net.