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Webinar Appraising American Indian Fine Arts

Dubbed “World Class” !!! 70 attendees indicated its content was well worth the time and money

Looking forward to creating a Power Point presentation titled “Purchasing American Indian Jewelry Intelligently“.

Corinne Cain, ASA
Accredited Senior Appraiser
American Society of Appraisers
Personal Property/ Fine Arts & American Indian Arts


Splendid Fine Art Appraiser’s Handbook !!!

This understated publication spells out succinctly what is expected from a competent Fine Art appraiser.

  • art handling, naming recommended tools
  • condition issues — what to look for
  • fine art terminology used in the descriptive process

Mature collectors can review this treatise to learn if the appraisals they’ve obtained in the past were properly carried out.  Curatorial people might want to be acquainted with what proper fine art appraisals are expected to contain.  Insurance company representatives may want to be sure high ticket artworks have been properly investigated.

www.JudithVance.com has copies for sale, as does Fraser Publishing based in New Hampshire

Judith is a fellow Accredited Senior Appraiser with a designation in Fine Arts and a very fine member of the appraiser community.

Price is $45

Corinne Cain, ASA  Accredited Senior Appraiser, Fine Arts & American Indian Arts  www.SavvyCollector.com


The “Good Old Days” ???

A fine couple brought paintings to my office to learn how their values had changed, since having been valued in 1988. They brought the original appraisal with them.

I am not sure how the original appraiser would defend a value of $2,800 for an unsigned painting. 

Another painting had been linked to a generous value.  It was likewise unsigned, but the appraiser had misinterpretted some painted grasses as “E.E.”

Still another painting that was signed, its signature was misread.  Secondarily, the artist identified by the appraiser was not a painter.

The two best paintings were watercolor on paper.  I wish the appraiser had campaigned for the substitution of archival framing materials for the highly acidic boards used, resident now for an extra 23 years. 

The couple volunteered “The appraiser charged a percentage of value for their fee”. 

Initially egos were stroked by the lofty values.  Now the couple is elderly, expecting perhaps values could have increased from values identified over twenty ago, their hopes were somewhat dashed. 

Had they also paid insurance premiums based on these inappropriate values for over twenty years?   I did not have the courage to ask.

Professional appraisers do not currently charge for their services based on a percentage of the value of the property they appraise.

Corinne Cain, ASA    Accredited Senior Appraiser/ Fine Arts as well as American Indian Arts

www.appraisers.org   American Society of Appraisers website  or 1800 ASA VALU  1 800 272 8258


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