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 Boch, 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 contained in a USPAP-compliant appraisal report.
Item organization is key to saving money. Whether you’re better served by a Formal Appraisal, Value Discovery Consultation, or Sales Advisory Opinion, I will advise you of steps that will expedite the process and estimate the total time of the project prior to any commitment.
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 an 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!