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Betsy Thomas

Adjunct Faculty, MA, New York and Online Premier

MA, Courtauld Institute of Art

BA, Pomona College


Betsy Thomas is the founder and director of BTFAA, LLC, an art advisory and appraisal firm based in New York.  She has worked closely with private collectors and institutions developing high-quality collections as well as managing sales of estates, private and corporate collections. Her breadth of expertise spans a range from early 18th c. to Contemporary Masters.  An auction house veteran, in her 15-year career, she served as Associate Specialist and VP in the European Paintings Department at Christie’s New York. During her time at Christie’s, she helped organize bi-annual sales working with an international clientele of buyers and sellers.

She currently teaches an MA course on Auctions, Museum and Galleries, Art Advisory + Collection Management and runs an online premier course entitled The Art of Collecting.

She is a frequent contributor to Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine and has written for other privately published catalogues.

Betsy Thomas
  • Professional Affiliations

    Professional Affiliations

    Chair, US Alumni Association, Courtauld Institute of Art

    Certified Member, Appraisers Association of America

    Member, American Chapter, Society for the History of Collecting

  • Publications


    The Shafik Gabr Collection, Various essays, ACR Editions, 2008.

    Chubb Collectors Quarterly "Good Housekeeping 101:Lessons in Preservation from the British Stately Home and the Real Life Downton Abbey" May 2013.

    Fine Art Connoisseur, "All in the Family: Taos's Couse Foundation", May/June 2014;  "Art Thrives in California's High Country, May/June 2015; "Printed Treasures at Vanderbilt's Biltmore," Jan/Feb 2016.

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