Donald King Cowan


Donald King Cowan, ISA AM

Donald King Cowan, ISA AM, a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, is a Dallas antiques dealer and appraiser specializing in fine quality 18th and 19th century American furniture, decorative accessories and quilts as well as Chinese Export porcelain. At Snider Plaza Antiques he offers a large selection of collectible Native American turquoise and sterling silver jewelry along with gold estate jewelry from the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco eras. In addition, each fall he presents a unique selection of vintage Christmas items, including early German Nativity sets, hand-blown glass ornaments and handmade feather trees.

An Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers, Cowan has written several appraisal columns for regional magazines and trade publications. The founder of the Antiques Roundtable Seminar Series, which offers in-depth instruction in antiques and decorative arts, he also co-hosts the popular interactive appraisal program Tea Time Appraisal Fair with fellow appraiser C.L. “Sam” Webb, is a frequent guest speaker on American antiques and has taught continuing education courses on antiques and decorative arts for Southern Methodist University and Brookhaven College.

Cowan also helped appraise the Bybee Collection of 18th and 19thcentury Americana for the Dallas Museum of Art. He is a past president of the North Texas Chapter of the International Society of Appraisers and currently serves as Authenticity Advisor for the Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top, Texas.