One chair ... or an entire estate

We provide professional estimations of the value of your personal property.

The process...

Typically, clients will schedule an initial consultation after which Susan will conduct the appropriate inspection and documentation of the items.  She then prepares an objective, descriptive USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) compliant report.  Fees are based upon services rendered, never on final appraisal value.

Why choose us?

You want the most accurate appraisal from a professional who has respected credentials and years of experience. Because personal property appraisers are not licensed by the state, it is important that you carefully screen the appraiser that will work for you. There are many personal property appraisers that have no professional education.  A professional appraiser will be educated in methodology as well as the connoisseurship of antiques and personal property.  Additionally, professional appraisers are held to a code of ethics and standards of conduct.  Reports are researched and written utilizing strict guidelines.

   Qualified appraisers understand the many different types of value, assigned uses and market levels. They work with you to choose the proper type of value so that you can use the appraisal correctly. Staying informed of all aspects of the antique and art  world is a full time job that requires continuing education, referencing and subscribing to countless periodicals, informational web sites, research databases, auction catalogs and access to private resource materials. Working with dealers, museums, auction houses, private collectors and educators are also an important tool Susan utilizes to stay informed.

Areas of expertise

Services

  • Negotiations with auction house

  • Licensed Bonded Auctioneer

  • Deaccessioning

  • Equitable distributions, bankruptcies,

  • Legal settlements

  • Law enforcement (stolen personal property, expert witness)

  • Estate tax

  • Insurance claims

Specialties

  • Americana

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Decorative arts, accessories

  • Furniture

  • Silver

  • Porcelain

  • Crystal

  • Wrought Iron

  • Artwork

About us

Susan is an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers and has formal education in appraisal theory, principals, procedures, ethics and law with professional credentials based on testing and successful course completion. She has passed the rigorous Core Course Curriculum on Appraisal Methodology from the American Society of Appraisers at George Washington University as well as the Ethics and USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) exams.  She also keeps up with the latest information in the antiques and appraisal world by attending continuing education courses and antiques symposiums.

     In addition, Susan completed the post baccalaureate certificate program in appraising Antiques and Decorative Arts and is a licensed auctioneer.