The short answer is yes. If you give me information about the artwork you have, for whatever reason you wish to hire me, I will let you know if I think it is worth the cost of my services.
Appraisers have not only passed exams testing their knowledge of appraisal methodologies, but they also have accrued many years of experience in the art world. Based upon a combination of their knowledge and experience of the art markets, appraisers give accurate estimates for the value of your artworks.
Yes. All appraisal client information is kept confidential. If I need to consult with another expert in the field, whether that is an auction house, a dealer or another appraiser, I will let you know up front.
If you just have a few images to send, you can send them to my email. If there are over 5 large resolution images, it is better to use a free service like Wetransfer.com or Dropbox.com to get the images to me. These file transfer services are easy to use and free in most cases.
Although I do not appraise items in these areas, I can assist you in finding an appraiser who can. The North Texas Chapter of ISA is a large and active chapter with appraisers who specialize in all areas. I can give you the names of appraisers who can assist you.
I would like to have dimensions of the artwork and any information you can provide to me about the history of ownership. How did you obtain the item and when? Was the artwork ever damaged? Did your family ever provide you with information about the artwork’s past?
It is best if you can photograph the artwork in natural light, but not direct sun. This means taking the photo in a well-lit room or outside. Turn off the flash on your camera or phone. If you are getting a glare, take the picture from an angle. Take a photo of the whole artwork, then take a few photos of the details. Take a photo of the signature and any text that you see. Also, take a photo of the back of the work, even if it is covered with a dust cover. Sometimes there will be gallery label or artist signature on the back. Take a picture of that as well.
I will acknowledge all appraisal inquiries within 24 hours. At the time of my reply, I will let you know the length of time it will take me to respond to your inquiry more specifically. Typically my response time to give you an estimate for your appraisal will be several days.
Please feel free to ask me about anything you have questions about. We can talk over email or by phone. Each appraisal assignment is different, and I will be happy to go over any details of the appraisal process with you so that you feel comfortable with the approach.