ABOUT ELISABETH POOLE PARKER
I advise on buying and selling privately and at auction. I also conduct fair market appraisals for estate tax, estate planning, charitable donation, and insurance purposes which are all USPAP (Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practices) compliant and adhere to the highest professional standards.
I have over 25 years experience in the field of rugs and carpets. As an independent consultant and appraiser I specialize in carpets from Iran, Turkey, India, China, the Caucasus, and Europe.
Between 1996 and 2017, I was Vice President, Senior Specialist and International Head of the Rugs and Carpets department at Christie’s Rockefeller Center. I researched and priced all carpets in the Americas and was responsible for all appraisals containing carpets generated by the company, for insurance, fair market value, charitable donations and auction purposes. During my tenure, I was instrumental in achieving some of the exceptional prices in this category such as the record-breaking $4.4 million sale of a Louis XV Savonnerie carpet, the Doris Duke 17th century silk Isfahan rug for $4.9 million, and the record for a Chinese Ming carpet for over $650,000.
A long-time member of the Hajji Baba club, I have lectured widely on carpets and appeared as a guest specialist on The Antiques Roadshow from 1999-2002. I have also contributed articles to Hali, Cover and Rug Insider magazines
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and French from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and received a post-graduate Works of Art certificate from Sotheby’s Institute in London.