With broad experience and training in the arts, our research and valuation team has the qualifications to help you care for your art collection. We can determine values for American and European paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, crafts, folk arts, and Japanese woodblock prints, from the 18th century to yesterday. In our work, we are guided by The Appraisal Foundation's Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and the Code of Ethics of the American Society of Appraisers. With our network of colleagues and contacts among art dealers, collectors, curators, appraisers, historians, artists, critics, and other experts in the visual arts, we are prepared not only to meet your appraisal needs, but to consult with you on adding to your collection, selling, and caring for works of art.
The first step in an appraisal report is to ask the client for general information on the intended use of the appraisal (insurance, charitable giving, estate settlement, equitable distribution of property, sale, etc.) and the objects to be appraised. We will then make an appointment with you to identify, examine, photograph and record detailed information on each object. After collecting this information, we research each object, find comparable sales data, and market conditions. We then prepare the final written report, including photographs of each object.
All appraisals and consultations are billed at an hourly rate, in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. Please contact us for a current rate schedule. If you are located outside the Salt Lake Valley, travel is negotiable, but generally will be billed at an hourly travel rate, plus automobile mileage.
“Thank you for your excellent work in appraising the paintings at our residence. I thought your analysis was excellent and the presentation of your findings most impressive.” - S. C.
Why hire a professional appraiser?
Before you select an appraiser, you should be aware that there are no state or federal laws that regulate the minimum training of a personal property appraiser. It is important that you make an informed choice about the appraiser you are about to hire as there are many untrained and under-qualified individuals who pose as appraisers.
What is included in the appraisal report?
Our reports are prepared in compliance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. In addition to an appropriate valuation of each object, our reports present a thorough physical description of each object, assessment of condition, biographical information on the artist, comparable sales if available, notes on the general market conditions for each object, and a photograph. We also included definitions of the appropriate value type, a statement of limiting or qualifying conditions, a full bibliography, list of research resources, and an overview of the appraiser's qualifications.
"Thank you for your services! Very nicely done." - D.M.