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ARTSmart New England

ARTSmart New England

Artsmart appraisals are fully qualified and meet USPAP standards. Our clients include individuals, insurance companies, banks, museums, and others.

Who does your Appraiser Work for?

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. 

ARTSmart ​​Provides Appraisals for 

  • Insurance
  • Estates, Equitable Division, Donation, IRS
  • Resale, Opinions of Value, Consultations, Pre-sales

Keep Appraisals Up to Date

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  Insurance companies and others will not recognize outdated, incomplete  and inaccurate valuations.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. 

Experience and Competency

There is no substitute for experience. Our experienced appraiser, Jill Harrison works fast which can cost you less in the long run. She can give you examples of  appraised items which are similar to your own. She has excellent research, data and observational skills. She also has a large network of professionals to provide you with the best results. She has written more than 3,000 qualified appraisals for every purpose. She has appraised more than 10,000 various artists in every artistic medium. She also has extensive experience appraising furniture, silver, rugs, glass, porcelain and other objects. 

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. Jill obtained a certificate in Appraisal and Antiques from the Rhode Island School of Design and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University and Franklin University in Switzerland. She has also worked at the Peabody Essex Museum. She has attended more than 40 seminars/ classes and series on a variety of decorative and fine arts.  She attends auctions regularly and has assisted clients who wish to place their items at the appropriate venue. If she does not have the appropriate experience she will refer you, at no cost  to another professional who can assist you. 

Ask appraisers for qualifications 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. Jill uses USPAP as a guideline for her reports. In more than 15 years, She has never purchased an item from a client. She believes that an unbiased approach provides the best appraisal experience to the client. 

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.