Lark Mason named president of Appraisers Association of America

Lark Mason. Courtesy of the Appraisers Association of America

NEW YORK – Lark Mason will become board president of the Appraisers Association of America Inc. for a two-year beginning July 1. Nickolas Dawes will join the board of directors, serving a three-year term.

Mason is an AAA certified member and is an expert in Chinese art and antiquities. After more than 20 years at Sotheby’s, Mason left to start his own company, iGavelauctions.com. Since 1996, Mason has appeared regularly on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. He is an instructor in the Appraisers Association’s Comprehensive Appraisal Studies Program, an adjunct instructor at New York University’s School of Professional Studies and has taught at the New York School of Interior Design, Parsons School of Design and Emory University.

New board member Nickolas Dawes, also a certified member of the Appraisers Association, is a senior vice president of Special Collections at Heritage Auctions in New York and a former auctioneer and department head at Phillips and at Sotheby’s. He serves on several boards and is chairman and CEO of the Salmagundi Club, the oldest artist’s club in New York. Dawes has been an adjunct professor at Parsons since the mid-1980s and is an expert on the work of French jeweler and glassmaker Rene Lalique. Dawes is known to many from 24 years of frequent appearances on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow.

The Appraisers Association of America, established in 1949, is the premier national association of personal property appraisers of the fine and decorative arts and general household contents.