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Presented by Peggy McClard

A webinar is an online seminar in real time. The audience will see a slideshow and hear Ms. McClard discuss the following aspects of antique silhouettes:

  • The period of silhouette-cutting between 1760 and 1860
  • The history of silhouettes
  • Varieties of silhouettes
  • Prominent artists from the period
  • Proper framing, conservation, and daily care
  • Spotting 20th-century reproduction and fakes
  • References for your continued use
  • Value

About the Instructor:

Peggy McClard has been collecting, buying and selling antiques from Houston, Texas, for more than 30 years. She carefully researches most items that pass through her hands and provides the collector with as much information as possible, including artist biographies, sitter genealogy information and references to books and museum collections that will help the collector understand and appreciate the items purchased as well as add value to the pieces.

Ms. McClard retired from the practice of law to devote her time and energy to being the best antiques consultant she can be. She regularly attends educational conferences and seminars at museums around the country, including Winterthur, Colonial Williamsburg, American Folk Art Museum and Bayou Bend. She provides consultation to major auction houses, museums and appraisers with regard to antique silhouettes.

Ms. McClard has served as historical consultant for several publications, including Early American Life Magazine, Country Living Magazine, Country Home Magazine,, and the soon-to-be-published reference book: Silhouette: The Art of The Shadow, by Emma Rutherford (U.S. scheduled publication September, 2009).  Ms. McClard’s Web site,, provides a wealth of educational material about many areas of collecting.         

Duration: 60 minutes     PASSWORD: abc123     Cost: $60 for ASA members, $75 for nonmembers. (Note: A long-distance telephone charge may apply to individuals unable to access the audio portion of the program.)    Register by Calling: (800) 272-8258.