Art Advisory + Collections Management
Elisabeth Hahn has worked as an Independent Art Advisor and Collections Management Specialist for over 25 years, leading and completing projects for individuals, non-profit organizations, arts marketing, public relations, interior design, appraisal and collections management companies.
Ms. Hahn has worked with collections of Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture, Photographs and Prints as well as Chinese Works of Art, Native American Basketry, Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts, and Textiles, among others. She has led the strategy, overseen the standards and created inventory and cataloging systems for an artist’s estate, as the basis for a catalog raisonné. The estate includes thousands of paintings, drawings, and sculpture, as well as extensive paper and photographic archives. The collections management and detailed cataloging are recorded in a sophisticated database specifically designed for the creation of catalog raisonnés.
Earlier, she was Vice President at Christie’s Auction House and Head of the Prints and Modern Illustrated Books Department for ten years. As department head, she represented five hundred clients yearly. She consulted with collections in private residences, corporations, and museums, advising individuals and associations on placing and selling fine art in collections. She tracked growing collections over ten years and worked closely with dealers and interior designers in putting together collections. During her tenure, she was responsible for cataloguing and evaluating all of the prints in both the Andy Warhol and the Keith Haring Estates, as well as inventories for Castelli Graphics and others. She was responsible not only for ensuring the authenticity and value of individual works of art, but also for marketing, advertising, special events, acquisitions, sales, customer service, budgets and financial contract negotiations.
Since 2001, Ms. Hahn has worked with architect and interior designer Roger Cardinal. She has also worked with David Gallager Appraisals in New York to document and research valuations of collections for insurance, fair market value and dispersal purposes. Ms. Hahn created the strategic plan and marketing programs for an international startup focusing on fine art prints. Her work has also included positions at Independent Curators Incorporated, a non-profit traveling exhibition service specializing in contemporary art where she was the registrar, and with private art advisors, art dealers and museums.
Elisabeth Hahn has successfully completed the examination on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and is a member of The Extended Family Office Group.
The daughter of a French-born professor and an American opera singer, Ms. Hahn completed graduate studies in Art History at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and holds a BA, cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College. She has lectured at NYU and at the Appraisers Association of America national conference, studied services marketing at New York University and followed business courses at the American Women’s Economic Development Corporation. Ms. Hahn is fluent in French and Italian and has a reading knowledge of German.