Alice LeMacks Patrick has appraised decorative art objects in Charleston for more than 30 years and is an Emeritus Member of the Appraisers Association of America

She is a native of Charleston and serves on the museums furnishings committee for Historic Charleston Foundation and on the boards of the Confederate Home and the Milby Burton Trust at The Charleston Museum. She is also a member of the Ceramics Circle of America and has completed the Attingham Summer School specializing in the architecture and decorative arts of Great Britain.  

Elizabeth Garrett Ryan, AAA has worked with decorative arts objects for 20 years and is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America. She has a master's degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, where she trained in the connoisseurship of American and English silver, furniture, ceramics, paintings and textiles. 

She is a native of Charleston and has a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the College of Charleston. Before joining Alice L. Patrick & Associates, she was the director of museums for Historic Beaufort Foundation.  Mrs. Ryan served on the Board of Directors of the Preservation Society of Charleston from 2009-2016, and is an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston and Clemson University, teaching graduate courses on the history of American interiors.

Both Mrs. Patrick and Mrs. Ryan have completed coursework in decorative arts at the Winterthur Winter Institute and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts Summer Institutes.


Clients of the firm include
  • Historic Charleston Foundation
  • The Charleston Museum 
  • Middleton Place 
  • Drayton Hall
  • Magnolia Plantation 
  • Clemson University
  • Belair Mansion museum (Bowie, Md.)
  • historic plantations in Georgetown, S.C., and Shreveport, La.
  • Charleston trust departments, law firms and individual households.  


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