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Angela Gräfin von Wallwitz to Share Collecting Secrets at Detroit Institute of Arts

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Angela Gräfin von Wallwitz, an independent appraiser and adviser, will address questions on how to choose an area of collecting, what to look for when purchasing, and ways to detect fakes and forgeries. She will also share the pleasures and virtues of collecting art, including traveling, increasing one’s knowledge, and making new friends at home and abroad.

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2 p.m.

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

Gräfin von Wallwitz, a foremost expert on porcelain, has been an independent appraiser and adviser since 1987. She was for 11 years involved with the European ceramics department of Sotheby’s London, where she served as head from 1984-1987. Gräfin von Wallwitz specializes in fine and early Continental pottery and porcelain from 1450 – 1850, and has pioneered new methods of dating Nymphenburg and Meissen porcelain sculpture. In addition to her advisory work, she also organizes courses for the attribution, the dating, the care and the handling of silver, glass, furniture and ceramics. Her DIA appearance is sponsored by the Visiting Committee for European and Decorative Arts.

Free with museum admission.

Hours and admission:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, and $4 for youth ages 6-17. DIA members are admitted free. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or see the website at


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA),located at 5200 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, is one of the premier art museums in the United States and home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth.

Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

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