WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR OBTAINING AN APPRAISAL?
Each appraisal assignment is unique; however, generally the appraisal process consists of the following steps: inspecting and photographing the objects to be appraised (either on-site or in our office); reviewing client paperwork; completing artwork descriptions using our extensive library and other references; researching the value for each object by consulting the proper sources in the most appropriate marketplace; and compiling a written, professional appraisal report that will pass the scrutiny of your insurance company, the Internal Revenue Service, or other intended user.
DO YOU AUTHENTICATE WORKS OF ART?
Appraisers do not authenticate works of art; however, every effort is made to properly identify the appraised objects by reviewing client paperwork and by referencing catalogues raisonnés and other appropriate research materials. Additionally, we are able to facilitate the authentication process by corresponding with the recognized committee, foundation and/or expert for a particular artist. There may be fees associated with authentication such as photography, shipping, and administrative costs.
HOW MUCH DOES AN APPRAISAL COST?
Our fee to prepare an appraisal depends on several factors, including the purpose of the appraisal, the number of objects to be appraised, the amount of descriptive and provenance information provided for each object, and whether or not there are multiple similar works by the same artist. We will happily provide a written estimate of our time and fees based on the scope of the particular assignment.
WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS?
The firm has extensive experience appraising art of all media from the mid-19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Our staff is extremely knowledgeable on art market issues and dedicated to objective research and analysis of market data and trends. JS&A has appraised art from every level of the market, from widely affordable prints by emerging artists to multi-million dollar individual paintings by modern masters. Of course, our appraisal reports comply with the standards set forth in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) of The Appraisal Foundation and the Code of Ethics of the Appraisers Association of America. Visit the ABOUT page for a downloadable PDF of our curricula vitae.