Fine Arts Appraisal Service

APPRAISALS FOR PRIVATE COLLECTIONS, CORPORATIONS, INSTITUTIONAL & MUNICIPAL FINE ART
appraisals@fineartsappraisalservice.com

Evan Epstein
(713) 622-8824
evanepstein@swbell.net

Gail Faerman
Fine Arts Appraiser
(713) 666-3184
faermang@swbell.net

We are celebrating 38 years of appraising art in Texas. Through the financial troubles of the 1980’s, hurricanes, floods and now, the pandemic, we’ve been able to provide quality service to our clients. We owe you a giant “THANK YOU” for your trust in us, and we look forward to a great post-pandemic future.

Evan and Gail

To All Clients, Past Present & Future,

We would like to express our gratitude for your support over these many years. Allow us to explain how we operate in 2022, post-pandemic:

Our hourly fee includes on-site or virtual inspection, followed by extensive research. We require the appraisal fee to be paid up-front, before we begin the appraisal report. The valuations reflect scope and purpose of the job, i.e. insurance, estate, donations, re-sale and liquidation. Trust in our appraisal expertise and experience!

Contact Us today for fine art appraisals.

Providing Fine Arts Appraisal Service For The Following:

PRINTS

DRAWINGS

PAINTINGS

SCULPTURES

PHOTOGRAPHS

TAPESTRIES

ETCHINGS

LITHOGRAPHS

DIVORCE

CIVIC

RESALE

INSURANCE

RETAIL REPLACEMENT

ESTATES

TAX PURPOSES

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

MUSEUMS

LIBRARIES

CHURCHES

SYNAGOGUES

CORPORATIONS

BANKS

UNIVERSITIES

INSTALLATIONS

“Grande tête de femme au chapeau orné (A.R. 518)” by Pablo Picasso - Appraised by Fine Arts Appraisal Service

We often hear from prospective clients who are interested in evaluating an art collection, but are unclear of the appraisal process. Simply put, the appraisal process is designed to discover the value of property according to uniform standards established by the industry. In our case, we appraise fine art.

 

Our Appraisal Process:

We must examine the art in question and learn as much about its provenance as can be provided. Provenance is the history of the passage of ownership of the art from creator to current owner. Often, a good provenance is unknown for obscure art and is more often well documented for fine collectible art. The purpose of gathering this history is partly to discover past valuations and, in some cases, it provides evidence of authenticity.

This however is only the beginning of the appraisal. The real work involved is meticulous research. We locate experts in the form of scholars, galleries, museums, auction houses that trade in the art, evidence of recent sales results, and if none of this turns out, we evaluate similar known art that is of the similar size, quality, medium, and esthetic value. This work is detailed, and considers factors like the condition of the art, whether it needs restoration and the cost to restore it.

Once we have gathered all the information to make an informed decision on value, we prepare a written report documenting our sources and findings. This process is individualized to each piece of art in a collection and takes considerable time to complete.

OUR EXPERIENCE:

We have appraised numerous collections: private, municipal, and institutional for 38 years spanning the U.S. and worldwide. We maintain ASA certification and great connections with many experts in the field.

LOCATION:

Our work is performed at our location and sometimes on site if the collection is sizable. We invite our clients, by appointment only, to come to our location with their artworks for the visual inspection where we interview the owner and photograph, measure, and make field notes of the art. We visually inspect the artworks onsite if the collection is substantial. Recent COVID-19 pandemic rules have been developed to permit remote examination by photographs.

COST & DELIVERY:

Our appraisals are based on a time and materials basis. We supply a small amount of materials to print and bind the reports, and print and mount representative 4×6 color photographs of the art in our reports. Finally, we ship reports by courier to our clients.

DETERMINING THE VALUE:

Sometimes, we come across work that is believed by the owner to be quite valuable and discover it is not genuine, and in fact could have little or no value. The appraisal process is unbiased as to the value of the work. The value we find is based on standard methods and is the true value. The value is unknown at the outset, as each piece of art has its own story to be revealed. We cannot simply look at art and say what it is worth without undertaking the research process. In some cases, we can reliably determine by looking at a photograph and learning what we can about the provenance, medium, size, and condition from the owner, that a work may not be economical to appraise and will so indicate at the outset.

AUTHENTICATION:

Often, the topic of authentication arises. We do not authenticate works of art. That exercise is relegated to a rare collection of subject matter experts that have made life-long studies of one or a small number of artists and are world-recognized for their credentials. We do find indications of authenticity and sometimes fraud. For works with impeccable provenances, the appraised value assumes the item is authentic. If we feel the work is a fraudulent reproduction, we will offer our advice and explain our reasoning.

SELLING YOUR FINE ART:

Some owners are interested in selling their art. The only way to know how to go about it is by knowing more about the work and reaching out to probable interested parties. The research we do can be helpful in this endeavor. We are glad to provide appropriate venues for the client to contact once we have properly evaluated the work. We are not brokers, nor do we maintain any interest in the art as independent appraisers.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU!

Thousands of clients have entrusted us to perform this service, and we will do a great job for you. Thank you for being a collector. We hope you enjoy your art and if you need an appraisal, we are the ones to contact!

Contact Evan Epstein: (713) 622-8824 evanepstein@swbell.net or Gail Faerman: (713) 666-3184 faermang@swbell.net

Clientele:

COVID-19 UPDATE

We hope that everyone stays well during this challenging time with the Coronavirus epidemic. Clients can always send us JPEG images of their artworks for us to inspect instead of the usual on-site inspection. We look forward to appraising your art collections!

Email us: evanepstein@swbell.net

PRINTS, DRAWINGS, PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES, FOR INSURANCE, ESTATE AND TAX PURPOSES

We appraise art for retail replacement value for insurance purposes, and values for estate purposes. We have also helped corporations and individuals who wish to either downsize or liquidate their fine art collections. Our relationships with galleries, dealers and auction houses serve as reliable sales outlets for our clients. Read More.