ARTSmart New England
The appraiser you hire should have no present or future interest in your property as an auctioneer or art dealer. Appraisers should always work on behalf of the client and only the client. Only an unbiased qualified appraiser will act in your best interest. Hire only someone who has no interest in selling or buying your items.
There is no substitute for experience. Our experienced appraiser works faster and costs less in the long run. She can give you an examples of appraised items which are similar to your own. She has excellent research, data and observational skills.
A fully vetted appraiser should hold a degree in appraisal studies, have at least ten years of experience and will also have some museum or auction experience. You should expect them to be able to BOTH value the item and understand its artistic merit.
Ask appraisers for qualificiations beyond USPAP. Appraisers who list USPAP as the mainstay of their qualifications, should be a red flag. Another red flag should be appraisers who are also an art dealers/auctioneers. One cannot offer a fair value on an item which they plan to buy.
Research is very important. Ask your appraiser what languages they speak. Also ask your appraiser about specialty courses they have taken. This shows a commitment to further education. Jill speaks French and Italian and has a working knowledge of other languages.
Artsmart appraisals are fully qualified and meet USPAP standards. Our clients include individuals, insurance companies, banks, museums, and others.
It is important to have a current appraisal written by a qualified, competent and experienced appraiser who is properly trained. Insurance companies and others will not recognize outdated, incomplete and inaccurate valuations. Receipts alone are not acceptable.
Never make the assumption that your household insurance automatically covers fine art, antiques or decorative items. It rarely does. You must have a valid appraisal and you must submit it to your insurance company before you are covered.
Jill Harrison, Qualified Appraiser
Specialties: Appraises alll types of art, general household contents, including but not limited to silver, decorative art, rugs, furniture and other specialties.
Education: Appraisal Studies in Art & Antiques, RISD
(Rhode Island School of Design); Graduate and Undergraduate: Harvard University and Franklin University Switzerland.
Qualified: Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice-USPAP, American Society of Appraisers, and many specialized courses.
Museum Experience: Peabody Essex Museum
Art Appraisal Experience: Jill Harrison has written 3,000+ appraisals for every purpose. She has appraised more than 20,000 different artists in every artistic medium resulting in an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. She works with individuals, insurance companies, adjusters, attorneys, non-profits and museums.
ARTSmart fees are based on our hourly rate. Fees and estimates are provided in conjunction with a written agreement.