If you are looking for a personal property appraisal or need an update to an existing appraisal, we encourage you to speak with our team for a confidential consultation.
Your free online consultation will assist you with finding the right appraisal type for your needs, as well as the associated costs.
Please provide the following details in your email:
Artist(s) Name, Title, Date, Dimensions (unframed)
Any documentation, stamps or labels on the work(s)
Photographs of the front, back and signatures (if possible)
All of our appraisals are written in accordance with the
International Society of Appraisers (ISA) code of ethics as well as USPAP Standards.
What is an Appraisal?
An appraisal is an opinion of value, present worth of future earnings or estimated cost or price, that is performed by a qualified appraiser. The appraisal consists of a written report that outlines the value of the work in question in regards to the client's objective needs. We create appraisals for the following needs:
Inherited or purchased artworks and antiques that require a market value appraisal.
Private and public gallery collections that require an insurance appraisal.
Estate appraisals to determine Fair Market Value.
Appraisals of Market Value required for the equitable division of personal property.
Short-form evaluations suitable for client interest only.
Why should I get an Appraisal?
Art appraisals are necessary to determine value in regards to insurance coverage, tax liability, charitable contributions, capital gains and equitable distribution of property. Appraisals are recommended every five years or concurrent to market changes in order to keep the value current.
How much does an Appraisal typically cost?
Appraisals are priced in relation to the amount of time or scope-of-work that is required to meet the client's objective. They are not priced in relation to the value of the artwork. Estimates are provided to our clients after the appraiser has garnered a good understanding of the clients objectives and the size of the collection being appraised.
Once the client has approved the estimate a 50% deposit is required for the appraiser to begin their work.
What counts as a qualified appraiser?
A qualified appraiser is an individual who has a thorough understanding of the theory, principals and standards of value. This includes a learned methodology, an understanding of the standards set by Appraisal Standards Board Uniform Professional Appraisal Practice. A qualified appraiser will be in good-standing with their affiliated appraisal organization and normally will be required to update their skills every two to five years.
What if I just want someone to come and take a look at my collection?
Our appraiser can provide you with a walk-through evaluation to determine if the collection is worthy of a full appraisal report or price evaluation. A walk-through is simply performed by the appraiser to get a sense of the collection and no values will be determined or reported at the time of the service.
Shelby Richardson, MA, IDI, ISA Member
Shelby Richardson provides professional art advisory, consulting, community development, appraisal and collections management services for art galleries, museums, public institutions, private collections, private and corporate businesses as well as government departments.
Shelby has spent the last 15 years working in the Arts and Heritage sector, specifically in the areas of museum practice and art history. She has an in depth understanding of Coastal and Interior BC Indigenous artwork and has expanded her practice to include the decorative arts and Canadian artifacts. Shelby has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Curatorial Practice from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a Minor in Aboriginal Visual Culture. She also holds a Masters of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Victoria.
Shelby began her career in the Arts sector by working with local galleries throughout Toronto and Vancouver. She has gone on to work with larger museums and galleries including the North Vancouver Museum and Archives, University of Victoria, University of Northern British Columbia and serves as Board Director for Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George.
A member with ISA since 2021, Shelby's credentials as an appraiser are in compliance with the International Society of Appraisers and the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice 2020-2021 (extended into 2022).
- Collections Management
- Damage Claims
- Divorce Settlements
- Non-Cash Charitable Donations
- Estate and Probate
- Insurance Claims
Performs Appraisals of
- Canadian Art
- Indigenous Art and Artifacts
- Decorative Art and Antiques