An appraisal is only as good as the credentials
of the appraiser inspecting and issuing the appraisal. And anyone in a legal situation will
tell you the same. Appraiser credibility is very important when appraising art and Dr. Darragh
Elliott has quite a distinguished background in Art History and Art Appraisals. We're talking
the very first in his class no matter what the area of study !
Philosophy, (Summa Cum Laude) LaSalle University, LA.
Science, (Summa Cum Laude) La Salle University, LA.
in Canadian Art History, Seneca College, Toronto.
(in an adjunct capacity) of La Salle University, Louisiana.
by the Courts of Florida as a Fine Art Expert.
of the Lladro Porcelain Collectors Society.
Dr. Elliott, the valuator, (unless otherwise stated) was initially taught by his mother,
who was a major performing artist, (mainly in Europe, a student under Bennetti, and a performing
artist at La Scala in Milan, Vienna Symphony Orchestra etc.) as well as, a painter of fine art for
more than forty years. As such, he was given many years of training on a 'hands on basis', primarily
into European fine art, and studies into Western European Art History, consisting mainly of , but not
limited to the areas of English, Scottish, Irish, French, Dutch, Belgian, German, Spanish and Italian.
2. In 1963, he
commenced his undergraduate studies at Mount Allison University in Sackville
3. In further support to this training, he has taken and passed
in 1987 with a 4.0 grade average ('A with Distinction') being, the highest academic mark obtainable,
a course in Canadian Art History from Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario Canada with expertise in the
American Art History: The following private studies have been undertaken.
- Eskimo Art, Images, Stone,
- Inuit and Dene Art. Artist
of The Shamon - The purpose of native art and its significance within
its community. Inuit Masterpieces.
- Painting in Quebec. French
and British regimes, Rediscovered Quebecois art.
- Canadian painting - British
- Canadian Art - finding its
own sense of expression. The search for the relationship of art consciousness
to the new land. The national landscape. The Canadian Art Club. The
Group of Seven.
- The First Great War period.
- The Great Depression - the
period expressed through the changes in the concerns of Canada's artists.
- The Second Great War. The
period as chronicled by Canada's war overseas artists.
- The Post War Period. A survey
of the various movements that characterize this period.
- The 1960's. The arts in
an age of change.
- Contemporary Art. A survey
of current artists and movements.
- A concise history of Canadian
- The history of painting
1985, he became a Charter Member of the Lladro Porcelain Collectors Society.
- Pioneer American Art.
- Art History of The American
- Early American Western Art
- The Hudson River School.
- 18th, 19th
& 20th century American Art.
- The prints of Currier and
- The Art of The American
- American Art of The Second
- Contemporary American art
- The history of modern art.
5. In 1986 he was critiqued by a Senior Member of the
International Board of Examiners of The American Society of Appraisers, as to his
authentication and Valuation of more than one Hundred and fifty (150 +) works of art, and sworn
evidence was given in a court of law that his work was true and correct, without exception.
6. In 1986, he was certified by the Courts
of The State of Florida as a Fine Art Expert in 17th, 18th,
19th, and 20th century American, Canadian, and European
7. He has made an in depth study, and is experienced
in the acquisition, purchasing, and selling of fine art, china, porcelain,
sculpture, bronzes, and in the operation of auctions.
8. He has made a study the work of conservation and/or
restoration of fine art, early American and Canadian furniture and artifacts
and also, a forensic study into many of the various methods of fakery pertaining
9. He maintains a major up-to-date research
library and databases on fine art, sculpture bronzes, Lladro porcelain, and various antiques,
10. An article regarding his expertise and porcelain collections,
appears in the 1999 Summer edition of Expressions Magazine for collectors of Lladro porcelain
that was printed in four (4) languages other than English, and circulated to more than eighty (80)
11. He has a working knowledge of the French, Italian and
12. In further support to his training, in
1995, he completed and passed his Masters of Science degree, (Summa
Cum Laude) having a 4.0 grade point average in Business Management, with emphasis
on the business aspects of fine art, sculpture, porcelain, objet d'art,
auctions, and collectibles in general from La Salle University in Mandeville,
13. In further support to his training in 1996, he
completed and passed his Doctor of Philosophy degree, (Summa Cum Laude) having a 4.0
grade point average in Business Management, with emphasis on the business aspects of fine art,
sculpture, porcelain, objet d'art, auctions, business methodologies, and
collectibles in general, from La Salle University in Mandeville, Louisiana, USA.
14. In 1996 he was appointed as a full professor of La Salle
University in an adjunct capacity for Business Management and Business Administration degree
studies to assist students with their thesis and dissertation submissions.
15. He was accepted by the United States Immigration and
Naturalization Service for his 'Green Card' on the basis of having post graduate degrees,
exceptional ability, and expertise in business, arts or science that is in the National
Interest of the United States of America.
16. He has been a special guest lecturer to
the graduating class of the Art, Drama, and Music Department at McMaster
University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, whos contemporaries include those
of Robert Bateman and Alex Coville.
17. He has been a special guest lecturer to the graduating O.C.A.
students of Lakefield College School at Lakefield, Ontario. Canada. (The school that His Royal
Highness, Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, and Prince Felipe, the Crown Prince of Spain attended
for their North American studies.)
18. In February 1997, he was appointed to the
position of a full Professor of Business Management in an adjunct capacity;
and in September 1997, he was appointed to a position as a full Professor
of Business Administration in an adjunct capacity of La Salle University,
and its colleges including: Kent College, Southland Law School, McPherson
School of Theocentric Counseling, and Nova Institute. His duties were to
counsel and assist students with their theses and dissertations.
In 1999, he re-wrote the English translation from the Russian text for The Quick Price Index
for fine art valuation using numerical coefficients in ratio to various mathematical factors
for accessing values by area as to the square centimetre.
20. He is also a part-time sculptor, and a conservationist of early
American and Canadian Furniture, and artifacts. His works are located within major institutions
and private Collections.
21. In November 2002 he was appointed as the appraiser, and
commissioned to appraise the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
(Presidentially authorized limited editions by the American Monument Foundation.)
22. In December 2004 he was commissioned to appraise the United
States Presidential Monument and the United States Bicentennial/Constitution Monument, the later
being currently located at the entrance to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in
In September 2005 he was commissioned to appraise the original oil on canvas painting titled
'The Crocuses' by Vincent van Gogh. This painting was valued at 30 million dollars US funds.
In April 2007 he was qualified by the Superior Court of Justice of the Province of Ontario, as a fine
art expert witness in 17th to 21st century American, Canadian and European fine art, sculpture and
prints by Blenus Wright. J.
25. In September 2007, he was commissioned to appraise the diptych painting
of Ernest Hemingway in his boat The Pillar for its donation to the Hemingway Foundation.
26. In September 2008, he was selected to value a 35 foot long scroll
that traces the history of the Inuit Nation from the earlier of times to the coming of the white
man by Norval Morrisseau, 1931-2007, Canadian. This scroll was valued at two million dollars.
27. In November 2008 he was selected to value a mosaic work of
approximately thirty inches high by sixty-six inches wide, consisting in its entirety of half
inch square, 24K gold tiles by Pablo Picasso. Fair Market Value was 55 million Canadian dollars.
In May 2011 he was qualified by the Superior Court of Justice of the Province of Ontario by A. Morocco J.
as a fine art expert in 17th to 21st century American, Canadian and European fine art, sculpture and
prints. The case was one of the largest privately owned art collections in Canada that was lost to a
fire. Prior to the appraisal being written, the loss had to be constructed from shards of paintings,
bills of sale, photographs of the interior of the home etc. There were some 2,580 works of art appraised.
After two trials the client won a judgement against the Chubb Insurance Company of Canada for approximately
ten million dollars including costs. According to the Toronto Star article, the case pivoted upon the
testimony of the appraiser.
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*** Additionally published by The Epoc Times Newspaper — New York, N.Y. and ARTFUNatic.com — Online publication.
RECENT NEWSPAPER ARTICLES PURSUANT TO DR. ELLIOTT
The New Paper — Singapore. December 11th, 2005.
The Star Newspaper — Johannesburg. March 10th, 2006.
The Java Post — Jakarta. May 1st, 2006.
The Java Post — Jakarta. May 2nd, 2006.
The Sunday Times — Johannesburg, South Africa. October 3, 2009.
The Epoch Times Newspaper — New York, N.Y. February 2011 published in 17 languages, 10 installments and
circulated to 33 countries.
The Toronto Star — Business Section. First and second pages. November 17, 2011.