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The Appraisal Process

The Appraisal Process

Consultation

Before the appraisal begins, we will consult with you to determine your specific requirements. Whether for insurance, estate division, domestic litigation, or charitable donation, we can provide you with an appraisal that satisfies your needs.

Examination

The appraisal process begins with a careful on-site examination of your heirlooms, antiques and fine art. Objects are identified, described and photographed according to form, style, design, artisan, period and provenance. When necessary, we can arrange authentication, videography or professional restoration services.

Market Research & Analysis

Following the examination, objects are researched in their most common market to determine their appropriate market value or replacement cost. Value conclusions are derived from data reported by International auction & art galleries, antiques shows, online resources and trade publications. We do not engage in educated guesswork. Our market research and analysis assures you an accurate, reliable appraisal of your art and antiques.

Appraisal Report

When a value conclusion is determined, it is explained in a clearly written and illustrated report based on the Getty Research Institute’s Categories for the Description of Works of Art (CDWA) and the ISA Report Writing Standard. You will receive two copies of the appraisal report.

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