Art Appraisers answer your most basic questions about one artwork or hundreds. You might be curious about your Grandmother's painting and want to know if it has any value. You might be considering a donation of a large art collection to a museum or university. Or, you might be thinking of selling a painting that you inherited. Art appraisers can assist you with options in all of these instances.
Art appraisers are unique in that they are frequently self-employed, meaning that their service to you is unbiased and objective. As such, art appraisers can provide you with an array of answers and paths to follow with your artworks, allowing you to make a fully informed decision as to your next step.
The pricing for services depends upon the scope and type of service being provided. Examples of the types of services provided are in the link.
Unlike a dealer or auction house, an appraiser can provide an objective opinion of value and offer options for selling in a variety of markets. An appraiser compiles information, conducts market research, consults with other experts as needed, and analyzes the compiled data before writing the final report with the artwork's value.
Appraisers are trained and educated by, and typically belong to, one of the three main appraisal organizations in the US: ISA (International Society of Appraisers), AAA (Appraisers Association of America)or ASA (American Society of Appraisers).
Appraisers are required to follow not only the ongoing educational requirements and ethical standards required by their organization, but also to write appraisals to the standards of USPAP, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.
USPAP standards are revised every two years, and are revised, edited and published by the Appraisal Foundation. USPAP was adopted by Congress in 1989. See www.appraisalfoundation.org for more.