Karen S. Rabe, ISA CAPP


  • Owner of Appraisal Specialists & Associates, LLC
  • Continuous work as a personal property appraiser of antiques, decorative arts and general household items from 1987 to present.
  • Affiliation: Certified Member -Personal Property, designated in Appreciable Residential Contents, International Society of Appraisers, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Current Board Member ISA. Past Board Member and Treasurer 1998-2001, International Society of Appraisers, Seattle, WA
  • Instructor, International Society of Appraisers-Antiques & Decorative Arts Course, 2002-2012
  • Selected Education:
    American Society of Appraisers, “Italian Fine Arts Study Tour,” Florence, Venice & Milan, Italy, 2008
    Colonial Williamsburg, 60th Annual Antiques Forum, “Regional Diversity in American Decorative Arts,” 2008
    American Society of Appraisers, “Study of Russian Decorative Arts,” Moscow & St. Petersburg, 2007
    Northern Ceramics Circle, “English Ceramics,” Chester College, Chester, England, 2004, 2006
    Scottish Furniture Design, Dr. David Jones, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 2006
    Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, “Fanciful & Functional: The Art and Mystery of Painted Furniture,” Winston Salem, NC, 2004
    International Society of Appraisers, “The Appraisal of Fine Arts,” San Antonio, TX, Oct. 2002
    Colonial Williamsburg 54th Antiques Forum, “French Taste in Early America,” February 2002
    Northern Ceramics Circle, “English Ceramics,” Keele University, Stoke on Trent, England, 2001
    Parsons School of Design/Smithsonian, “French Decorative Arts,” Paris, France, 2000
    George Washington University & Sotheby’s Institute, “Fine & Decorative Arts in Georgian England’,” London, 1999
    International Society of Appraisers “Expert Witness,” University of Maryland College, 1997
    Winterthur Winter Institute, Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, Delaware, 1996
    Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Summer Institute, Winston Salem, NC, 1996
    Successful completion of The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Course. 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009. 7 Hour USPAP, 2012
    New York University -School of Continuing Education, Authenticating American Antique Furniture, 1993
    International Society of Appraisers, Lyndhurst, NJ, 120 hours of classroom instruction and testing
    toward advancement to Certified Appraiser of Personal Property (CAPP). Courses 101, 102, 103, and 104. 1990-1991
    Successful completion of ISA Requalification Exam, 2001 and 2006. Requalification course, 2010.
    Indiana University -School of Continuing Studies, ISA-105, Appreciable Residential Contents 1990-1991
    Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1967-1970

    Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona
    Winterthur Guild, Henry DuPont Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware
    Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    Historic National Trust, Hagerstown, Maryland
    The English Ceramic Circle, London, England
    The Northern Ceramics Circle, Chester, England

    Frequent guest Appraiser on HGTV, “The Appraisal Fair,” hosted by Leslie Hindman 1998-2003
    Appraiser for Gorton Community Center, Lake Forest, IL, “Heirloom Discovery Day” 2000-2006
    Past Board Member and Past President of the Indianapolis Museum of Art Columbus Gallery, Columbus, Indiana 1986-1990