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"Hi.  I am Selma Paul and I truly enjoy what I do for a living."


The photograph above was taken at an educational seminar I attended on silver in July 2012.  I was excited to hold this electrotype of the original plate used for the Wimbledon Women's Trophy especially because my tennis team was headed to the playoffs.  Just days after this photo was taken my "sister" Serena appeared on the cover of Inside Tennis magazine holding her sterling silver version!

She is an appraiser for HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk" series

Selma is an appraiser for the Cathedral of St. Philip Antique Show in Atlanta, GA

A personal message...

    "It seems as if I have been in this line of work all of my life; growing  up in the family businesses, obtaining an undergraduate degree in Economics (aka Supply and Demand), and continuing through a series of my own businesses in the jewelry, art and antique arenas.  It is in these businesses and the Real Estate industry that I learned the importance of customer service. I have always enjoyed learning from teachers, curators, professionals and scores of customers over the years, and I still do.  A lifetime of learning and dedication to customer service compose the foundation of my business philosophy."  


At the Bark & Boogie Ball 2010
Degrees, Certifications and Education
University of Memphis 
     Bachelor of Science, Honors in Economics 
University of Maryland
     Core Course in Appraisal Studies
     Appraising Antiques and Residential Contents
University of Georgia
     Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice
Gemological Institute of America
     Diamond Grading
     Colored Stone Identification
Trenton Jewelers School
     Jewelry Design and Fabrication
Atlanta Real Estate Institute
    New Home Styles
    Building a House
Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts
    Furniture and the Art of the Carver
    American Material Culture, Conference 2011
International Society of Appraisers
     ISA Requalification Course 2014
     ISA Conferences: 2004 - 2005 and 2008 - 2015
       Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas
       Mid-Century Modern Art Glass
       The Wood Detective
       Working With Living Artists
       Identifying American Art Deco Furniture
       Furniture in the Antebellum South
       The Appraiser & the Endangered Species Act
       Identifying and Appraising Clocks
       Fakes, Fantasy, & Fraud in Civil War Memorabilia
       IRS and the Appraiser
       Chinese Export Porcelain
       FBI Art Crime case study
       Basics of Expert Witness
       Appraising Tax Appraisals
       History of Antiques
       Charleston Historic Jewelry
       Identifying Black & White Photographs
       American Folk Art: Real or Fake
       A Survey of Southern Pottery
       Modernism: Furniture & Accessories
       Due Diligence and the IRS
       Quality vs Price; Value of Art
       American Indian Objects
       Serving as Consultant or Expert Witness
       Identifying Religious Objects
       Russian Silver, Faberge & Icons 
       Following Your Appraisal at IRS 
     ISA Webinars
       Mastering the Art of Object Description 
       Chinese Porcelain Mania
       Changes in USPAP 2014 
     ISA GA Chapter sponsored event
       Appraisal of Oriental Rugs
Whitehall Antiques Seminars
     Ivory & It's Look Alikes
     Asian Decorative Arts
     19th & 20th Century Furniture
     Clocks and Barometers
     Fakes & Frauds of the 19th & 20th Centuries
     Silver: Modernism & Post-Modernism
     Wood Identification
     American Federal Furniture
     Identifying Oriental Rugs
     Silver: An Advanced Seminar
American Society of Appraisers 
     Restitution of Looted Art (webinar)
Appraisers Association of America
     All About Appraising: Prints
     Tiffany Glass: Identifying Good, Better, Best
     Silver Study

Charleston Art & Antiques Forum
     2014: 300 Years of Georgian Art & Design
     2015: West Meets East Asian Art & Design in Europe and the Americas 
Colonial Williamsburg Symposia
     2013: Painters & Paintings in the Early American South 
Henry D. Green Symposia
     2010: Decorative Culture of Our Southern Cousins 
     2014: Georgia in the World
Brunk Auctions Appraisal Seminar 2011 
Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)
     15 Hour class and examination September 2006
     7 Hour biennial updates: 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016  
Winterthur Institute 2014 
      Intensive study of American period furniture and decorative arts
Tennessee Decorative Arts Symposium 2016 

Civic, Cultural, Professional Organizations

International Society of Appraisers

     Nominated to the Board of Directors 2011- 2014

     Chair 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 Antiques & Residential Contents

     Educational Committee  *  Conference Committee  *  Website Taskforce

Tennessee Chapter International Society of Appraisers

     Founding Member 2011

Mid-South Chapter International Society of Appraisers

     President 2016 

Georgia Chapter International Society of Appraisers

     Secretary 2005, President 2006 and 2007, Vice President 2008

American Society of Appraisers Candidate member 2010


American Wine Society

Humane Society

High Museum

South Carolina Yacht Club

Harley Owners Group

HOA President (formerly 7 years)

Room mother, Team mother, PTA member  (formerly many years!)

In loving memory of Sammy 1996-2007

Boo and Ben (My Wire Fox Terriers)

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Selma Paul is available for presentations to your club or organization. Please contact her for your next event.