I regularly evaluate and appraise fine art such as paintings, sculptures, and prints of all kinds, as well as practical arts such as furniture, Lalique, Steuben and Bohemian art glass; Meissen, Royal Bayreuth, Villeroy and related porcelains; Pennsylvania Dutch furniture, Gorham silver service, Hutschenreuther China, cut glass, American primitives and graniteware, clocks – and much more.
Formal appraisals are written to address specific needs and intended uses: Obtaining insurance or settling an insurance claim, estate planning and valuations for IRS tax calculations, museum and charitable donations, as well as equitable distribution – including divorce, business acquisition and liquidation, etc.
The appraisal process includes an on-site examination, assessment, inventory, photography, market research and valuation of the property, all containined in a USPAP-compliant appraisal report.
Preliminary organization is key to saving money. Prior to making any commitment, I will advise you of steps that will expedite the process and estimate the total time of the project.
I can help with a single item or entire estate, business or collection. While no project is too big or too small, if the item(s) you’d like appraised do not warrant the work or expense, I will let you know up front.
Fees for appraisal services are charged by the hour for small projects or by a negotiated project fee for larger collections, archives or estates. The fee includes on-site inspection, assessment, research time and the final appraisal report.
Value Discovery Consultations and Sales Advisory Opinions are also available for those seeking only basic information or guidance about their item, estate or collection. Call at (816) 289-5400 or email me for more information or to get started!