Isadore M. Chait: Appraiser - Auctioneer - Asian Art Expert
Two years after he started selling Chinese antiques from his living room in 1967, Isadore Chait opened his first gallery of Asian Art. Today, according to Arts of China, it looks as though he is going to take over the space Sotheby's vacated several years ago.
In addition to the daily operation of one of the prominent Los Angeles galleries, he is a licensed auctioneer in the State of California and holds the only monthly auction in Southern California devoted to Asian Art. His auctions commonly sell out their approximately 400 items, with prices ranging from $100 to $10,000 each. Chait believes in demonstrating through the auctions that collectors do not need to pay extravagant prices for genuine art; as a result of his widespread reputation for ethical business practices, his expert advice is frequently sought by sophisticated art lovers, decorators, beginning collectors and fellow experts alike.
According to Architectural Digest "Isadore Chait, specialist in Oriental sculpture and expert in gemology, has developed a worldwide reputation among museums and collectors, and is frequently consulted by both groups for authentication, market value and appraisals." He is a recommended appraiser for many museums and universities, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Norton Simon Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the Claremont University Center.
He has served on panels of the Appraisers Association of America, as President of their Southern California regional office, and sits on the board of the Los Angeles Gem Council as well as numerous other professional associations. 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. He has appeared on Financial News Network, and has authored a series of articles on beginning collecting, now appearing in Antiques West and scheduled for further publication in other antiques and arts periodicals. His overview of the Asian Art market, with current price listings, will be published in Fall of 1993 in the Official Price Guide to Antiques and Collectibles, a Random House publication.
He writes a bimonthly column of advice on collecting Asian Art in Antiques West, and is completing the manuscript for a comprehensive guide to collecting Asian Art.
Curriculum Vitae of I. M. Chait
* Graduated cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles, Bachelor's Degree, Anthropology.
* Established as a dealer in Oriental art in 1969.
* Member of the Appraisers Association of America, having served as a panel member regarding fakes and forgeries in Asian art and also as a consultant specializing in Asian Art.
* President of the Appraisers Association of America, Southern California Regional Headquarters.
* Wrote the Qualifications Examination in Oriental Ceramics for the International Society of Appraisers.
* Member Mid-American Appraisers Association.
* Appointed panel member to the Board of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association.
* Member Alumni Association of the Gemologist Institute of America.
* Charter Senior Member National Association of Jewelry Appraisers.
* Member American Association of Dealers in Antiques.
* Member Antiques Dealers Association of America.
* Recommended appraiser and used by many of the major national museums and universities, including: J. Paul Getty Museum, Norton Simon Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Claremont University Center, University of California at Los Angeles, etc.
* Former Consultant to Sotheby Park-Bernet, Los Angeles, in the area of Oriental arts.
* State of California licensed and bonded auctioneer and member of the Southern California Auctioneers Association and California Auctioneers Association.
* Travels to Asia three or more times per year, actively buying and selling through his Gallery and at auctions. He frequents Antiques Fairs, and other auctions across the United States to keep current with the values and trends in the art field.
* Is used as consultant to most local appraisers when specialized expertise is required in Oriental art.
* Has testified and been deposed as an expert witness on numerous occasions and is frequently called upon by Law Enforcement agencies as an expert witness.
* Having a vast library of books and monographs on all aspects of Asian art and other arts, Mr. Chait also has auction records relating to sales in New York, London and Hong Kong on various Oriental arts, collectibles, jewelry, etc. dating back more than twenty years.
* Has held several very successful auctions through his Hong Kong based auction company.
Professional Services Offered
Specialist on all Oriental Objects of Art: porcelains, enamels, jades, carvings, bronzes; snuff bottles, netsuke, lacquer, etc.
Gems and Gemological Reports: precious and semiprecious stones, antique and modern
Objects d'Vertu: antique and ancient jewelry, enameled arts, Russian works of art, etc.
American Indian Arts and Artifacts: baskets, rugs, beadwork, jewelry, North West Coast, etc.
Antiquities: Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Pre-Columbian, etc.
Art Nouveau and Art Deco: jewelry, art glass, pate de verre, Tiffany, etc.
Catalogue compilation and photography
Purchasing and Marketing information
Investment consultant in all phases of the Antique, Jewelry, or Art world markets -- local and abroad
Publications and Appearances
Interview by James Normile, Antiques Notebook, Architectural Digest
"Behind the Scenes," biographical sketch by Mary Ann Chait, Arts of Asia
"Chinese Porcelain", by I.M. Chait, West Coast Peddler
Arts of Asia - May/June 1993 - Sales Room News
Arts of Asia - July/August 1995 - Sales Room News
Two articles covering auction, (Chinese), Arts of China Letters of expert advice frequently published in Arts of Asia
"Getting Started in Asian Art," by I.M. Chait, Antiques West
"Understanding Ivory", by I. M. Chait, Antiques West
Interviewed on FNN (Financial News Network) for advice on purchasing Asian Art (video available)
Interviewed on Dateline USA (cable television), advice on how to collect Asian Antiques
Holds regular seminars in the Los Angeles area, instructing on various areas of Asian Antiques
Bimonthly column of advice on collecting Asian Art, Antiques West
Fall, 1993: Overview of Asian Art Market and price listings, The Official Price Guide to Antiques and Collectibles, Random House.