Decorative Arts, Silver
David A. Gallager has 25 years of experience in the appraisal and cataloging of works of art and furniture. He has appraised collections and estates for private individuals, international auction companies, museums, and fiduciaries throughout the United States.
He was employed for 14 years by Sotheby's as the director of a furniture department, a cataloguer of decorations, and for eight years as one of the two full-time general appraisers. As an appraiser for Sotheby's, Mr. Gallager performed a wide range of insurance and fair market value appraisals for institutions and private clients, and he advised clients as well as the gallery's specialty departments on the sale of fine and decorative arts. He was responsible for creating reports in defense of appraisals by other Sotheby's specialists, which were reviewed by the IRS Art Panel.
Mr. Gallager joined Doyle New York in 1994 as Senior Estate Appraiser and Director of the American Furniture Department. He was responsible for appraising important estates serviced by the gallery, as well as researching and cataloging all the American furniture and related decorative arts sold by the firm. As needed, he was called upon to catalog Important English and Continental Furniture for auction. Additionally he made numerous proposals for the consignment and outright purchase of the items by the gallery. Mr. Gallager became one of four Senior Vice Presidents, and as such advised the chairman and senior executives on numerous strategic and internal management issues and policies.
He is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America, the leading professional organization of personal property appraisers. From 1998, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors, and is currently the President of the Association.
Mr. Gallager is on the adjunct faculty of New York University/Appraisal Studies Program where he teaches courses on the connoisseurship of furniture.
He holds a Master Degree in the History of Art from Boston University, is a graduate of the Attingham Summer School for the Study of the English Country House, and the Victorian Society Summer School in Britain. He is a member of the Furniture History Society.