After ten years in the academic and professional art world, Amanda Rittenhouse Williams founded Rittenhouse Art Appraisal & Consulting, LLC in San Antonio, Texas. Williams is a member of the Appraisers Association of America, a New York-based professional appraisal organization with rigorous standards of membership and training. She is the only Appraiser who currently holds Member status with the Appraisers Association of America in San Antonio or South Texas. Williams is a general personal property appraiser specializing in 19th century European and Impressionist painting.
Williams’ knowledge as an art appraiser and consultant is backed by years of intensive academic training. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College in North Carolina with an Art History major and French minor. She continued her art history studies at Christie’s Education, London and graduated at the top of her class with a Masters Degree accredited by the University of Glasgow, Scotland in “The History of Art and Conoisseurship from Renaissance to Present Day”. During this time, she was selected as a Graduate Assistant in the Silver and Metalworks Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum and published a Masters Thesis entitled, “A Peculier Type of Beauty: Picturesque Landscape Scenery on British Ceramics.” The hands-on education and knowledge given to Williams through her studies at Christie’s provided a natural foray into the object-based world of fine art appraisal. With her solid background in art historical education, Williams learned the technical business of appraising in the Appraisal Studies Program at New York University. Before opening Rittenhouse Art Appraisal & Consulting, LLC, Amanda worked as an Appraisal Associate at Banks Fine Art in Dallas, under the tutelage of Robert H. Banks, former Board Member and Regional Representative of the Appraisers Association of America.
Rittenhouse Art Appraisal & Consulting, LLC strives to support and promote the arts in San Antonio. Williams exhibits the work of local artists in her position as the Bright Shawl Gallery Chairman for the Junior League of San Antonio. She is also a Supporting and Friends Member of the McNay Museum of Art, a Sponsor Member of the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA), a Friend of Contemporary Art at SAMA, a Friend of Decorative Art at SAMA, and a Friend of Blue Star Contemporary Art. Amanda is also proud to support local civic charities, particularly through her position as a Board Member of the Friends of the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas.