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Thursday, August 12, 2021 EXPLORE the CSDA/CCAD Young Professionals & Creatives' talk with Anthony Wu

CHINESE ART: Collecting in the 21st Century  

Anthony Wu will speak about a selection of decorative art objects that will include porcelain, ceramics, jade carvings, snuff bottles, furniture and paintings. He will also address the changing market and the benefits of collecting for a new generation.

Event Time: 7pm (EDT)

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Based on feedback from members, the CSDA/CCAD initiated the Young Professionals & Creatives (YP&C) to further its commitment to diversity and to reflect the growing interest in areas such as design, architecture, fashion, and environmentally responsible practices.  (under 40 years find out more - join the CSDA HERE)

Image: A variety of Objects from Anthony Wu.


Anthony Wu is an Asian Art consultant, appraiser and researcher for various auction houses and clients in Canada and the USA. A world traveler fascinated by the history and provenance of objects, Anthony believes in collectors connecting with their cultural history while developing sophisticated taste and a “good eye”. 

CSDA/CCAD Sundays: The Art of Appraising - What is it Worth? with Julie Riches & Susan Layey 

Event Time: 7pm (EDT)

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Appraisal reports are an essential component of the collection process. This talk will focus on unveiling the mystery that surrounds appraisals by presenting a variety of objects and discussing the elements that make each of them desirable. Like a detective, the appraiser uncovers the clues to value questions in order to produce accurate results. Co-presenters Susan Lahey and Julie Riches will provide tips on how to better understand the current market and share past experiences identifying unique and challenging appraisal projects.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in real time.

Image: Egg-yolk Porcelain Bottle Vase


Julie Riches, AM ISA is principal of Riches Appraisals & Consult. Julie is a generalist appraiser, specializing in the field of decorative arts and is an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers. She serves as Vice Chair to the Antiques, Furnishings & Decorative Arts Committee of the ISA. Julie is a member of the Executive Committee of ISA’s Canadian Chapter and a member of CSDA/CCAD. Julie has a broad range of knowledge backed by over a decade of experience in researching, cataloguing and valuating objects of art for several auction houses throughout Canada.

Susan Lahey, MA, ISA CAPP, is President of Eastern Art Consultants Inc., specializing in Chinese works of art.  She has two decades of experience providing professional appraisal services for private clients, museums, and insurance companies.  Susan holds an Honours BA in Chinese Studies from the University of Toronto; an MA from the University of British Columbia; and a Post-Graduate Diploma with Distinction in Asian Art from the School of Oriental & African Studies (University of London, England)/Sotheby’s.  She is a frequent speaker at conferences and her articles are published in journals and magazines.  Ms. Lahey regularly teaches courses on Chinese Art Connoisseurship.  Currently she is working as managing director of the Asian Art Department at AH Wilkens Auctions & Appraisals. 

Sunday, October 3, 2021 in conjunction with the CSDA fall symposium, EXPLORE the CSDA/CCAD Young Professionals & Creatives is hosting a talk with Anjli Patel.

CERAMICS ON THE RUNWAY: Exploring the Medium Beyond the Museum

Anjli Patel will explore the work of renowned designers who are creatively inspired by decorative ceramic objects and who incorporate ceramics into their work.

Event Time: 10am (EDT)

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Based on feedback from members, the CSDA/CCAD initiated the Young Professionals & Creatives (YP&C) to further its commitment to diversity and to reflect the growing interest in areas such as design, architecture, fashion, and environmentally responsible practices.  (under 40 years find out more - join the CSDA HERE)

NOTE: This event is part of the 2021 CSDA Symposium - Preservation meets Innovation


Anjli Patel is a lawyer and trademark agent who has tirelessly devoted her practice to helping independent designers understand their rights, know their worth, and navigate all areas of the law that impact their fashion business, including contract, employment, and intellectual property.

After attending law school at the University of Calgary, articling at Borden Ladner Gervais, and completing Fordham University’s pioneering fashion law course in New York City, she was inspired to merge her lifelong interest in the the business of fashion with the practice of law.

Anjli has written for The Business of Fashion, Paper, and ELLE India, is a mentor at Ryerson University's Fashion Zone incubator, and is a board member at Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. Known locally as a "fashion lawyer", Anjli uses her platform to educate on the value of Canadian design, and through buying, wearing, and promoting independent designers, she leads by example.

Join the CSDA as it celebrates its 39th Annual Symposium and General Meeting on October 1-3, 2021

This year's theme -  'Preservation Meets Innovation' will take us to the beautiful Kitchener-Waterloo region for interactive online talks, tours and lectures from academics, local artists and curators. A special 40th anniversary panel discussion is being planned as well as the popular Marian Bradshaw Lecture.

In-person talks and exhibitions will take place at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery.  As well, a tour of a private 1842 "Georgian Mennonite" home and associated collection is planned for October 2, 2021. (if health restrictions permit)

Detailed program information and registration is open now. Click HERE for access to the program and bios. 

Sunday, October 17, 2021 Join Jennifer Franks for her "Collectors at Home: Artists as Collectors" series presentation 

Fashioning Old into New: A History of Artist-Collectors 

From cabinets of natural curiosities, known as Kunstkammern, to porcelain vessels for tea and chocolate consumption, artists have collected a myriad of ancient to modern decorative objects, reflected in their fine art practices. For the second session of the CSDA-CCAD series “Collectors at Home”, Jennifer Franks will discuss this topic in her lecture “Fashioning Old into New: A History of Artist-Collectors”, followed by a selection of artist guests, who will speak on their collections at home or in the studio.

Event Time: 7pm (EDT)

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Image (top): Still Life, Tea Set, oil on canvas, Jean-Étienne Liotard, circa 1781-1783, J. Paul Getty Museum.

Image (bottom): Art Chamber Closet (Kunstkammer), oil on canvas, Domenico Remps, 1689, Museo delle Pietre dure dell'Opificio, Florence.


Jennifer Franks, decorative arts specialist, scholar and founder of Vertu Art + Design, holds a MA in the history of European decorative arts and design and curatorial studies from Parsons, The New School (New York). She has worked as Researcher, Curator and Executive Director for renown public and private art collections / institutions. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Toronto.

The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/ Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs was formed, with the generous support
of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, to provide a forum for all those interested in the decorative arts.
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