The Museum of American Porcelain Art designated as South Euclid Landmark: Creating Museum-Quality Collections

The Telling Mansion which houses the Museum of American Porcelain Art was designated a South Euclid Landmark by the Landmark Commission of South Euclid, Ohio. Already on the National Register of Historic Places, this additional landmark status underlines the local importance of the mansion and its museum – and the timeless beauty of porcelain art.

DeChant Art Consulting, LLC builds art collections worthy of museums. With over three decades of art consulting expertise, DeChant Art provides each client a high quality and uniquely personal selection that reflects and creates a sophisticated, well thought out art collection.

If you are interested in porcelain or other fine art for your collection, please send your inquiry to

Lincoln Center Editions: Supporting the Arts

“Festival Predella,” 1988. Don Nice

A little over a year ago today, the New York Philharmonic premiered rock guitarist Bryce Dessner’s piece for electric guitar and orchestra Wires. Sandwiched between well-known works, Tchaikovsky’s familiar Romeo and Juliet and Sibelius’ moving 1st symphony, Dessner’s already experimental piece came off as shockingly different than its program mates: sparse, full of tension, but in a very modern way, as the music led to no crescendo, no closure, but ended abruptly on a cliff.

Support for unusual yet stimulating programming like this at Lincoln Center comes from the generous patrons and initiatives it has in motion—without them, it would have little chance of continued success. One of these initiatives focused on the visual arts at Lincoln Center and partnered with many of the best contemporary artists to create limited edition prints exclusive to Lincoln Center. Artists like Chuck Close, Helen Frankenthaler, Barbara Kruger, and Andy Warhol participated in the project’s initiation, with contemporary artists like the late John Baldessari, Angel Otero, Robin Rhode, Carlos Rolón/Dzine and Lorna Simpson providing more recent prints in the collection. Over the years, DeChant Art has purchased many of these limited edition works to support the innovative programming at Lincoln Center. Please enjoy browsing the available works by artists like Joseph Raffael, Ben Schonzeit, Steve Sorman, Joel Shapiro, Don Nice (pictured above), and more on our website.

Why To Hire an Art Appraiser

If you are asking yourself these questions…..please let me help

Can’t I appraise the art myself or do I need an art appraiser? Can I look at lists of selling prices for some of the artists who need appraising? Are lists of art prices just as good as appraisers?

A: If you need an art appraisal, hire a professional art appraiser who’s experienced in art appraisals. If you’re not qualified to appraise art, don’t try to appraise it yourself. That can be very frustrating and inaccurate.  If you need legal assistance, you hire an attorney, right? If you need medical advice, you see a doctor, right? If you need something done that you don’t know how to do yourself, you hire someone who knows how to do it, right?  Researching accurate dollar values on art might seem like something anyone can do… it’s not. Some of the local resources I use as part of my appraisal process are the Cleveland Museum of Art Library, Cowan Auctions, and Rachel Davis Fine Arts.

Appraising art is fine art.

Paramount (from the Ads Portfolio) (1985), Andy Warhol

Treasure your family Treasures!

How to place your family treasures…..

We all have a piece of artwork, furniture or an object that’s valuable to us emotionally if not financially. One does not always outweigh the other.
Even if it’s not worth a great deal of money these are your “family treasures.” Your treasure may be a painting that belonged to your mother, a set of silverware or china that’s been in your family for generations and received as a wedding gift.

Downsizing doesn’t mean that you have to part with cherished items, I  can help you place or make room for your family treasures.


Many of my clients bring treasured items and furniture with them to new residences. Before they move, I they should make a plan of their space. Together, we determine which items will fit and where they will work best. It’s important to plan ahead and know exactly where everything will go before you move.

Items for gifting

There are also  many options for donating, selling, or otherwise disposing of items you no longer want or need. I can connect you with trusted auctioneers, estate sale personnel, charitable organizations, and more.

Get started 

When downsizing, I advise my clients to begin with closets, cabinets, and drawers. Start by downsizing clutter, then move on to bigger items like furniture. Above all, start early. The more time you give yourself, the more selective you can be in terms of selling, donating, and keeping your treasures.

 Adjust mindset

When downsizing, it’s important to adjust your mindset. You do not want to bring everything with you. When you walk through your new door, you will want to see a beautiful uncluttered home….. familiar and inviting!

A few Results of Arts in Healthcare Research

Art should be well thought out for each planned healthcare area. This is one website I review for old and new evidence based art planning recommendations for Healthcare.

14.Rubin, H.R and Owens, AC. A Concept Paper to Develop a Research Agenda to Determine the Effects of the Healthcare Environment on Patients’ Health Outcomes. The Center for Health Design. 1995.

Another study compared the effects of photographs of nature scenes, computer-generated abstract art, a blank panel, or nothing on heart surgery patients. Less postoperative anxiety was experienced by patients who looked at a picture of open water with trees(15).

  1. Ulrich R. The effects of photographs of nature scenes, computer-generated abstract art, a blank panel, or nothing on heart surgery patients. Presented at the Conference of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare on Diabetes and the Arts, 2002.

Pediatric Art for Healthcare Facilities

After over 50 Building projects for 15 years as the art consultant to Cleveland Clinic.

Highlights of Pediatric Projects:

CCF Westlake had a large atrium in which I planned a series of “high flying ” colorful large Kites that could be seen through the glass walls of the five floors looking into it.  a large mural wall was commissioned of a lovely expanse of a lakefront home with children flying kites and a garden below. Each pediatric exam room had a kite hanging from the ceiling.

CCF Solon: The corridor leading to the Pediatric waiting area was filed with holograms at various levels for children of all ages to move about and enjoy. Robert Vickrey prints danced with balloons and children on bikes through the waiting area. Each exam room had a hand held puppet hanging by the exam table that doctors could use to amuse and distract children as they made diagnostic evaluations.

I curated the only two art exhibitions with NASA Glenn in a healthcare facility. We placed in the Children’s Hospital lobby a large 20 foot long space related LEGO installation by Adrian Drake.

Other pediatric waiting rooms included main campus and satellites that spread throughout northeast Ohio and into Florida. I preferred to intermingle Important American art by artists selling at the major auction houses with important regional art.

In Florida we secured the acquisition of a bronze Manatee and cub as well as a jumping dolphin by Kathy Spalding…she is world renown for the flying fish in the Atlantis Fountain. Birds and animals indigenous to Florida were added by Connie Bransilver with Jennie, Jones, and other photographers.

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Art Consultation Early Career

Professional History: As a corporate Interior Designer for a turnkey architectural firm, my professional experience provides me with a unique professional art consulting background. I have been trained to architecturally consider finishes, furnishings, and lighting when selecting artwork.

Business experience: This includes sales, marketing, contract negotiation, and art acquisition, advisory services for current collections, fine art exhibitions and archival preservation.

Corporate clients: She has led and coordinated fine art projects have included architectural firms Cesar Pelli’s Office, Perkins and Will, Bostwick Associates, among others.

Artist Representation: Ms. DeChant strongly support important local artists as well as nationally and internationally recognized artists.

Represented Artists have included Andrew Reach, Anne Mitro, Audra Skuodas, Camille Pissaro, Charlotte Lees, Don Boncela, Eddie Mitchell, Elizabeth Murray, Evie Zimmer, Gary Paller, Gerhard Richter, Jackie Battenfield, James Rosenquist, John Pearson, John Raimondi, Kathleen Hammett, Ora Sorensen, Randy Grantham, Robert Swedroe, Robert Winkler, Tom Wesslemann, and Philippe Morel.

Cleveland Clinic Fine Arts Program: The art program at the Cleveland Clinic was instituted by Dr. Shattuck Hartwell and his Clinic Aesthetics Committee along with Julie Meyers from Cesar Pelli’s office in 1985. Other notable committee members included Carol Tomer, archivist for the Cleveland Clinic, and Andrew Chakalis from the Cleveland Museum of Art.  The program was established as a regionally based art collection.

DeChant Art Consulting’s collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic was under the leadership of Dr. Floyd Loop, President and CEO, and Dr. Joseph Hahn, Chairman Aesthetics Committee.

This partnership was established in the 1990’s. At that time Cleveland Clinic had no artwork in public spaces. Under DeChant’s art curation she instituted the professional art program guidelines for the institution, implemented their first art systems database, established best practices for professional art framing and installation practices, and expanded their collection to include important American artists. DeChant’s curatorial work on the  CCF Art program was early evidence-based art planning using research on color theory and artworks that would be appropriate for pediatric care, geriatric care, psychiatric care, and healthcare institutions in general. 

As part of her healthcare art management experience DeChant organized or curated approximately 8-10 art exhibitions every year. Some of these exhibitions included the first Kinetic Art exhibit, two CCF/ NASA exhibits ( Unique to a Healthcare Institution), Women in Art exhibit, The 75th Anniversary Exhibition with Jennie Jones photography, annual Calligraphy Shows, annual Quilt Shows (that supported the Diabetes Research Department at the Cleveland Clinic), the Employee Art Show, and an annual Nature a Cure for Stress exhibition.  The Nature A Cure for Stress Exhibition DeChant curated for the hospital environment during the dead of winter with paintings, photography, sculpture and prints of the most beautiful scenes of vacation places, botanical gardens, favorite animals, seascapes, etc.

As part of DeChant’s success with the CCF art program, The Society for the Arts in Healthcare asked her to speak at two of their conferences about the history of the Cleveland Clinic art program. The second Society for the Arts in Healthcare conference presentation also included the impact of art and their role in reducing stress among doctors, hospital staff and patients.Dr. Michale McKee, Head of Psychiatry developed a dvd of the Nature A Cure for Stress Art Exhibit with voice over to calm patients and uplift their spirits. It was presented at the Society for the Arts in Healthcare conference, and then broadcast daily on the CCF closed circuit station.

DeChant has since curated art programs for Benesch Law, Majestic Steel, Nuveen Investments, and other institutions.


DeChant Art Consulting, LLC

Teresa M DeChant
How Much is That Art Worth ?  
When encountering artwork, people often ask some of the following questions. Who
is the artist? When was it made? How was it made? What does it mean? There is, however, one other popular question regarding art that people of all ages and all backgrounds tend to ask: how much is it worth?

This question is not as easy to answer as the preceding ones, because the answer depends on the intersection of three fluctuating elements: art collecting, art history and the art market.
Art collecting is the basic foundation for how values are assigned to artwork. Those
who collect art include individual collectors, corporations and museums. While individual art collectors may pay the same high prices for artwork as corporations and museums, the function of these collections differs greatly. Most simply, individual art collectors collect for themselves, while corporate collectors and museums collect for their institutions and a public audience. Individual collectors may someday deposit their artwork into museums, but collecting categories tend to be more rigid in corporations and museums than for individual collectors.
These collecting  categories are directly related to art history.  It is art history which defines which artists and artwork are valuable to our society and are deserving of further study.

In some sense, once a work of art becomes famous, its intrinsic value increases, as does its financial value. Art history, however, does not happen overnight. It is a process that involves weighing the impact an artist has had on the art world, based on exhibitions, reviews and influence on other artists.
The market depends on art history and encourages art collecting, the foundation of the art market stems from a basic economic rule: supply and demand. It may seem greatly disrespectful for the value of artwork to increase after an artist is deceased, but again, market value assignments depend on rarity. Once an artist is no longer living, the supply of their artwork becomes limited and their artwork increases in value.

This short essay only gives a glimpse as to how value is assigned to artwork. It does, however, offer insight into the systems of art collecting, art history and the art market that together inform individuals, corporations and museums what artwork to buy and how much to pay. However, looking at financial value alone when determining the success of an artist is not always sufficient.
An artist should have their artwork in important exhibitions, as well as in museum and corporate collections. These factors are just as important.
These collecting categories are directly related to art history. It is art history that
Art history and art collecting together influence the art market. Although the art
This short essay does not fully answer the question it posed in the first paragraph
A successful artist should have artwork in important museum and gallery exhibitions.
These are as important to make an artist successful as the actual sales and again, demonstrate that art collecting, art history and the art market collectively and systematically
answer the question….. “How much is that art worth?


Michael Kenna, Ponte San Niccolò, Firenze, Italy (1998) & Jardin Du Roi, Versailles, France (1997)


Michael Kenna

Ponte San Niccolò, Firenze, Italy (1998)

Sepia toned gelatin photographic print

Size: 8 x 7 inches

Edition: 6 of 45

Price: $3000



Michael Kenna

Jardin Du Roi, Versailles, France (1997)

Sepia toned gelatin photographic print

Size: 8 x 7 inches

Edition: 11/45

Price: $3500