Appraisal Process

Once engaged, we arrange an inspection of your items at your location. During our inspection, we photograph your property and record its physical characteristics such as size, date, artist or manufacturer, condition, marks, etc. Additionally, we assess quality and other important characteristics of value.

If you have any relevant documentation, such as receipts, invoices, or old appraisals, we ask to review these. Documentation can provide a previous context of worth in the marketplace and enhance the value of your property.

In situations where a personal inspection is not possible as a result of theft, destruction by fire, or other circumstances, we rely on the client to provide us with photographs and/or detailed descriptions of the property.

After collecting the necessary data, we undertake the research phase of the appraisal project. When appropriate we consult with curators, dealers, artists, and appropriate experts. Our appraisers are highly experienced and efficient researchers.

Finally, the items are appraised using generally accepted principles of valuation, and we compose the written appraisal report. Reports address the specifics of the appraisal engagement and comply with professional standards.

Appraisal reports are issued in electronic form with digital signatures. Although we discourage it for environmental reasons, reports can be issued on paper if arrangements are made in advance.