Contributors’ Consultation Day is a benefit where members at the Contributor Level ($150) and above can bring in works of art for review by the museum’s curatorial staff.
The purpose of Contributors’ Consultation Day is purely educational: museum staff will help members identify, date, attribute, and describe their objects. Staff members who examine the objects can respond to inquiries about origin, age, medium, iconography, condition and care. If members have questions about the care of their object, they may request that a conservator attend the appointment.
Appointments are held on the third Friday of the month (excluding December) and are 20 minutes in length. Members may bring up to three (3) objects for review, and the objects may come from different cultural areas. We ask that all Chinese appointments be seen in the morning. Generally, due to demand, members may make only one appointment per membership year.
Please note that this is not a monetary appraisal, as museum staff are prohibited by IRS guidelines from giving monetary appraisals. However, the museum can give members a list of appraisers of Asian art in the Bay Area for insurance or other purposes. The museum will also not provide any opinions in writing.
Members can make appointments by contacting Susie Kantor, Contributors’ Consultation Day Coordinator, by email (email@example.com) or by phone (415.581.3677).