Donald Wilson

Donald Wilson works as an independent fine and decorative arts appraiser in New York City and the surrounding areas. For the past 18 years he has dealt with law firms and bank trust departments doing estate and insurance appraisals.

His especial interest is European history of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including World War I, the Weimar Republic, and the Russian Revolution, together with the art and social movements — including Arts & Crafts, Expressionism, and Aesthetic Movement — associated with those eras.

He spent an undergraduate university year in Costa Rica before receiving a BA degree in history and political science from the University of Kansas. He also has a certificate in German from the Goethe Institut in Berlin and completed the New York University appraisal studies program.

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