About Us

Appraisal Background

Principal and founder of BJL Appraisal, Barbara Jo Lubitz earned her certificates in Appraisal Studies and Art Business at New York University.  Ms. Lubitz has completed appraisals covering a broad spectrum of antiques, fine art and prints, silver, oriental rugs, African art, ceramics and jewelry.  She recently completed the appraisal and disposition of several large estates, as well as appraisals for donations to several museums of over 300 works of fine art for a major public company and has appraised an artist’s estate consisting of over 1400 works.  Ms. Lubitz regularly attends local auctions in order to have the most up-to-date pricing on everything from valuable paintings and antiques to regular household items.  She continues to take specialist courses and regularly attends appraisal and professional conferences to further her connoisseurship and stay current on the latest developments and regulations in the industry.

Legal Expertise

With a law degree from Cornell Law School, Ms. Lubitz brings legal/business acumen to the appraisal field developed through a 20-year career as a corporate/banking attorney in the financial services industry.  This experience strengthens her ability to assess the marketplace, value each item appropriately and understand the complex legal nuances involved in IRS appraisals.

Professional Associations

Ms. Lubitz is a member of the American Ceramics Circle, The Glass Forum, the French Porcelain Society, the American Association of Museums, the Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle and the Professional Organization of Women in the Arts.  She has participated in appraisal events for several charitable organizations, including the Milburn Library, Milburn, NJ, Hill-Stead House Museum in Farmington, CT and the Pequot Library in Southport, CT.  Ms. Lubitz has participated in countless auctions over the years, including as a consultant to Phillips and Heritage Auctions in New York.  

Ms. Lubitz is an associate of the Appraisers Association of America, and a candidate for accredited membership.  She is also a member of the American Association of Museums and is USPAP-compliant.