What We Appraise

Tiffany Pitcher

OUR EXPERTISE SPANS a broad range of fine and decorative art, including rugs, ceramics, silver, fine art paintings, sculpture and prints, antique, mid-century and modern furniture, collectible and estate jewelry. For other categories, we consult a network of specialists as needed and they are referenced in the appraisal report.

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Types Of Appraisals


WE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING types of appraisals:

• TRUSTS & ESTATES / EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION: Essential for Internal Revenue Service filing requirements, probate reporting and equitable distribution among heirs.

• NON-CASH CHARITABLE DONATION: Required by the Internal Revenue Service when a gift of one or more like items valued at $5,000 and above is donated to a qualified non-profit organization. Items must be appraised by a “qualified appraiser” as defined by the IRS.

• INSURANCE: To protect your investment if your valuables are lost or damaged, or during a move.  The appraisal should be updated every three to five years due to fluctuations in the marketplace.

• DAMAGE OR LOSS: Required by insurance carriers when there is a total or partial loss to property.

• DIVORCE OR SALE OF A BUSINESS: To ensure equitable division of property.


• RESALE: Recommended when selling art, antiques or collectibles in order to select the appropriate sale venue and set an appropriate price or auction estimate.

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The Process

Lucie Rie

AFTER DETERMINING THE PURPOSE AND SCOPE of the appraisal, we determine the appropriate valuation approach and provide an estimate of the fee.  A full onsite inspection is performed to examine, measure and photograph each object.  Combined with our own expertise, research is conducted through on-line, gallery and academic sources to determine comparable values and our findings are analyzed and written up into a comprehensive report. 

Our compensation is based on an hourly rate and never contingent on reported values.

Our appraisals meet IRS and Insurance Industry Standards and are highly detailed and thoroughly researched.  We adhere to all applicable professional standards.  Value conclusions are determined employing the Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice (USPAP), and are in accordance with the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA).

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