Chivian Cobb

Senior Specialist, Fine Art

Hermine Chivian-Cobb is a Specialist in Fine Art at Doyle, where she was previously a Director of Modern and Contemporary paintings. She was trained as an art historian at Smith College, the École du Louvre, and the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. As a Senior Researcher at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, she specialized in European and British paintings and drawings, and researched a major exhibition devoted to Degas. At Sotheby’s, she was Vice President and Director of the Drawings Division, and produced all the drawings catalogues, from Old Master through Modern drawings and watercolors. In addition, she formed a new category of Ballet and Theatre Design sales, and was in charge of this specialty. She has been a Senior Art Books Editor, taught art history at the college level, and curated many exhibitions.

Hermine has been appraising art works for over thirty years. She was an elected member of the Board of Directors and Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America, the highest degree of expertise in the organization. She is also a nominated member of ArtTable, a national organization of professional women in the visual arts.

Hermine has been an expert witness in a World War II art recovery case, and specialized in provenance research for this period. As a private art dealer in New York for many years, she has worked with European and British drawings and watercolors, and appraised many collections of paintings and drawings for collectors and museums, including The Harvard Theatre Collection and The Art Museum, Princeton. She is a frequent lecturer on authenticity and the art market.

Selected publications and lectures:

Set and Costume Designs for the Ballet; lecture on the Robert Bunting Collection, Boston, 2013

Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes 1909-1929; lecture on market for Ballets Russes material at Harvard Theatre Collection Symposium celebrating 100 years of the Ballets Russes 2009

Landscape Painting in France and Italy 1780-1869 Author and translator for New York exhibition, in association with Lestranger, Paris 2006

Current Trends in the Art and Auction Market Lecture sponsored by Wachovia Bank, Pinehurst, North Carolina 2004

A Passion for Art: Collecting and Investing Lecture, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. 2002

Who is an Expert, Lecture for New York University, Legal Liability Seminar, July 2000

Authenticity, Auctions and Valuations, Seminar on art law at Columbia University Law School, 1998

The Private Collection of Edgar Degas, Review of the exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in The Appraiser, First quarter, 1998

The Droit Moral, and How It Affects the American Art Market, IFAR seminar, December 1997

Connoisseurship in Drawings and Watercolors, Appraisers Association National Conference, 1997

Degas Dancer Disappointment, IFAR Reports, volume 17, no. 12, December 1996