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What to Expect in an Art Value Appraisal:

Prior to my arrival at your residence or business, all records (receipts, provenance, etc.) relating to the art to be appraised should be compiled and copied. I will review these with you, set up my camera and studio lighting and photograph each item. An examination of the artwork is conducted, noting artist, media, dimensions, condition and all other pertinent information. It is best if two-dimensional works can be removed from the wall to allow inspection of the back side, or verso.

Thorough research of the artists’ markets is conducted, including appropriate levels of gallery and auction sales, and analyzed.

A written report is prepared in compliance with the Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice (USPAP). Identification of each art object includes the following documentation, in conformity with the Getty Object ID:
  • Maker (artist or culture)
  • Type of Object
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Measurements
  • Inscriptions and Markings
  • Distinguishing Features
  • Title, if known
  • Subject
  • Date or Period

Condition is specified, along with provenance information. At least one 4" x 5" photo (8” x 10” for IRS charitable contribution reports) accompanies a written description of each object, with any additional information that helps to identify it. Included is a narrative, which details whom was consulted, resources used and how the value conclusion was reached. Also noted is biographical information on the artist. If the item is Native American and the specific artist in not known, cultural information relating to the tribe is provided.

Art Value, LLC provides one original full-color report and one black-and-white copy upon completion of the assignment.

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