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Helen Frankenthaler, Weeping Crabapple, 2009, woodcut on paper


Helen Frankenthaler, Weeping Crabapple, 2009, woodcut on paper

Norman Rockwell

Art Appraisal

Know what it’s worth.
Reduce financial risk.

An appraisal can reduce risks such: as being over or under insured, inequitably dividing personal property as part of an estate, being audited when claiming a deduction for charitable contributions or filing estate taxes, or selling for too little/paying too much.

Appraisals conducted by Cheney Appraisal are unbiased and impartial. As an independent appraisal firm, we are objective, qualified and professional. Our goal is to minimize your financial risk.

Types of Art Appraisals


are used to determine the appropriate amount for Federal tax deductions and are written in full accord with requirements of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS Form 8283) and Treasury Regulations.


are used to determine the correct coverage to carry on personal property policies to protect against fire, theft or other disasters. Insurance appraisals include written descriptions and photographs which facilitate claim settlements by providing detailed inventories and itemized replacement costs.


help the executor, accountant and attorney determine tax on the personal property of a taxable estate. Estate appraisals provide fair market values and are written in full accord with Federal Treasury Regulations and Internal Revenue Service guidelines.


designate appropriate values to ensure fair division of property in estates, divorces and business dissolutions.


determine replacement costs for claims settlements due to fire, flood, theft or other disasters. The appraisal report includes cost of restoration and any diminished value after restoration to determine the compensation due to the client.


are appropriate for those who want to sell their personal property. This type of appraisal estimates the marketable cash value for property sold at auction or by private negotiation through a dealer.


provide replacements costs required for scheduling valuables on your insurance policy before moving to support claims on any damages as result of the move.

Art Appraisal Process



Let's chat

Our appraisal process starts with a conversation with you to determine the purpose of the appraisal and scope of the artwork you'd like us to appraise. We'll discuss your goals and any specific requirements you have, so we can provide you with the most accurate and relevant appraisal possible.



Determine The Approach

Once we understand your needs, we'll determine the most appropriate approach for valuing your artwork. In most cases this will include looking at comparable pieces, analyzing market trends, researching the history and provenance of the artwork. We'll then provide you with an estimated fee based on the hours of work we anticipate to complete the assignment.



Schedule An Onsite Inspection

After we've agreed on the approach, we'll schedule an onsite inspection to examine, measure, and photograph the artwork. This will give us a better understanding of its condition and help us identify any unique features that may affect its value. In some cases, we can work from your high resolution photographs - as long as we can ascertain details such as medium and condition.



Research Comparable Pieces

After our onsite inspection, we'll research comparable pieces using selected academic resources, online databases, and auction prices, as well as exhibition and catalogue raisonnés. This will help us to determine the appropriate value of your artwork and provide you with a comprehensive appraisal report.



Receive Your Appraisal Report

Finally, we'll provide you with a detailed appraisal report that includes a description of your artwork, its value, and all information compliant with Uniform Standards of Professional Practice (USPAP). We'll be available to answer any questions you have and provide additional guidance as needed.

Art Advisory

Buy and sell with confidence.

Our comprehensive understanding of the art market can provide purchase and sales services for a single object, collection or estate.


When starting a collection, we help you define, select, and buy art tailored to your unique aesthetic preferences and budget. You’ll benefit from our fine eye for art and superior knowledge of the market when acquiring or refining your collection. Rely on us to search out authentic quality works on the primary (dealer) and secondary (auction) markets. We provide advice on price, quality, and condition before you purchase so you can buy with confidence. Let us be your single point of contact – from researching prices to arranging all art handling, shipping, storage, insurance, and installation.

Selling and art liquidation services include the following:

Securing competitive proposals from different market sources

Comparative analysis of sales options

Negotiating dealer sales and preferential terms at auction

Managing estate liquidation and household clean-outs by determining disposition of all items

Collection Management

Organize and protect your valuables.

Know what you have and what it’s worth. We begin by ensuring your collection is properly inventoried so you may take a more strategic approach to managing all aspects of your art including acquisition, disposition, loans, display and conservation.

Cataloguing provides a documented inventory of your art objects and can be presented in a report or entered into a relational database, providing a digital archive that can be sorted and viewed for any purpose.

Condition assessments made through the inventory process include recommendations for art conservation treatment, proper storage solutions and framing.

Clients often request an insurance appraisal once the cataloguing is completed to protect their valuable art assets against damage or loss. Because markets can change quickly, insurance companies encourage collectors to have works reappraised periodically to make sure coverage is adequate.

For established collections we can help by conducting scholarly research on works of art, handling loan logistics and assisting with estate planning.

  • Do you specialize in any particular area?
    Our expertise includes a broad range of fine and decorative arts such as fine art paintings, sculptures and prints, antique and modern furniture, silver, ceramics, rugs, and other collectibles. For items outside these general categories experts are consulted as needed and noted in the appraisal report.
  • What are your fees?
    All compensation for appraisal work is based on an hourly rate and never contingent on reported values.
  • Can you work from photographs?
    In some cases, yes, although an on-site inspection is preferred when possible. High resolution photos are needed so the appraiser can determine medium, signature and condition.
  • Can you help me sell my things?
    Yes, although we do not buy your items, we can provide values to determine the appropriate price and make recommendations on the best market (auction or private sale).
  • Can you provide an appraisal for my insurance company to include my valuables on my policy?
    Yes, all our appraisal reports meet Insurance Industry Standards under the guidelines of Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). Appraisals are conducted impartially, with utmost attention to detail and accuracy, and backed by excellent research.
  • Are you qualified to perform IRS appraisals?
    Yes, all our appraiser’s meet IRS qualifications to perform IRS appraisals for estate, charitable donation and gift tax purposes.
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