The Art Appraisal Firm serves a national clientele of prominent private collectors, premiere insurance companies, legal and financial experts, museums and galleries, dedicated to protecting their fine art assets, and those of their clients, with the highest level of expert, truly independent art advisory and appraisal services.
Insurance Coverage and Loss
Expert Witness Services and Testimony
Collection Documentation and Risk Management
Independent advisors offering fully transparent fees, operating without hidden interest are rare. The major risks associated with building a high-value collection, including an independent assessment of value and exploration of authenticity and provenance, can be best managed at the point of sale by engaging an independent, experienced advisor ... but only if that advisor is working for you alone.
All collections benefit from accurate inventory, documentation and curation. We provide a detailed, illustrated, inventory list, as well as condition reports and recommendations for stewardship of your collection. Accession or deaccesion services are provided strictly on an hourly fee-for-service basis. We do not accept or provide referral fees, often ranging as high as 20%, when art is purchased or sold. This protects our clients from inherent bias and helps ensure maximum value.
Collection Documentation Services include: A detailed description of each work including materials, dimensions and distinguishing characteristics, professional photographs of each work, including signature, verso details inscriptions and labels, provenance and exhibition history research, and documentation of purchase history. Where indicated and desired, proper authentication services may also be accomplished, as well as research into clear title. For important collections, records are also retained of works which have been donated, lent for exhibition or sold.
Our Appraisal Reports
Our reports are written to the most stringent industry standards and are in compliance with the Appraisal Foundation's Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), as well as the report development and writing standards of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA). These standards are the highest in the industry, assuring appropriate appraisal methodology, report development, and ethical conduct. Reports written to these standards are accepted by the IRS, insurance companies, financial institutions and museums.