I appraise fine art such as paintings and sculptures, 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.
Why do most people have their property or assets appraised?
Formal appraisals are written to address specific needs: Estate planning and valuations for IRS taxes, insurance – including damage and loss, museum and charitable donations, equitable distribution – including matrimonial, business acquisition and liquidation, etc.
What is included with my appraisal?
A complete appraisal will include an on-site examination, assessment, inventory, photography, market research and valuation of the property as well as a written USPAP-compliant appraisal report.
How do I prepare for an appraisal?
Preliminary organization is key to saving money. Prior to making any commitment, I will advise you of steps that will expedite the process.
Do you provide appraisal services for a single item?
Yes, I can help you 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.
How do you charge to appraise my items?
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 will include on-site inspection, assessment, research time and final appraisal report.
Verbal appraisals and value discovery consultations are also available for those seeking only guidance or basic information about their collection. Call at (816) 289-5400 or email me for more information or to get started!