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Candy Moffett is an accredited member of ISA with special interest in art, antiques and jade. Candy is the owner and director of Alder Gallery located in lane county since 1987. Candy works with a network of collectors and dealers worldwide, selling fine antiques and quality personal property

Art Appraising is a very specialized field of appraising. By definition, it is impossible to be an expert in all fields. If you are having an antique appraised, you seek an appraiser who specializes in antiques. If you want art appraised, you seek an appraiser who specializes in art. is a source of art professionals who provide appraisals.

      Art is appraised for many reasons. The primary purpose is to update the value of their art for insurance purposes. Secondly, appraisals are undertaken for potential sales purposes or for estate settlement. Thirdly, when significant art is donated, the appraisal is nece


ssary to determine value, and of course to satisfy Internal Revenue requirements. The purpose of the appraisal will determine the kind of appraisal required.


     Selecting a appraiser depends on many factors. Since the work should be visually inspected by the appraiser, it is best to find an appraiser near you. Since you are seeking the most accurate appraisal possible, it is important to find the most qualified appraiser for your kind of art. An appraiser specializing in art with a specialty in the particular type of art is your best choice. Since the appraisal fee depends on both the rate and the hours expended, and expert may be able to complete an appraisal in a few hours whereby it may take a general appraiser a week to complete the appraisal.


SEE: Appraisal Fees


     We hope is helpful in your pursuit of an appraiser. We are always seeking feedback on how we can improve.




Types of appraisals


Fair Market Value: Fair market value (FMV) is the price that the art would sell for on the open market between a willing buyer and a willing seller, with neither being required to act and both have reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts. If there is a restriction on donated art, the FMV will reflect this restriction. This is the appraisal value that usually applied to charitable donations and estate values.


Replacement Value: Replacement value (RV) is the amount it would cost to replace an item with one of similar and like quality purchased in the most appropriate marketplace within a limited amount of time. This is the highest of the appraised values and is applied primarily to insurance coverage.


Market Value: Market value (MV) is the value realized, net of expenses, but a willing seller disposing of property in a competitive and open market to a willing buyer, both being reasonably knowledgeable of all relevant facts, and neither being under any constraint to buy or sell.


Liquidation Value: Liquidation value (LV) is the value realized in a sale situation under forced on limiting conditions and some time constraints.



Authentications and Appraisals

     Appraising and authenticating are often confused. A piece of art is authenticated to determine the identity of the artist who created the piece. Authentication requires the services of an art expert or experts in the field of the particular art.      Authentications are much more time-consuming and expensive. Of course, artwork that may have historic value certainly makes the investment in authentication worthwhile.

     Appraisals assume the art is authentic.


Authentication Process

     The process authenticating a piece of art is complex and time-consuming, and therefore expensive.

     The authentication process begins with a physical examination and testing of the particular piece of art. The piece is subjected to several tests including: infra red tests, wood lamp tests, a study of the pigments, etc.. The purpose of these physical tests is to insure the work was completed at the time of the assumed artist.

     These physical tests are followed by the work of graphologists who examine the signature and any other writing on the work that might be attributed to the artist.

     Then experts of the assumed artist examine the work in context to other work of the artist as well as work from other similar artists who painted within the same time frame. There will also be an examination of any documents associated with the painting including provenance. Finally a process of research on the artists life to discover any mention of such a painting. This might include exhibition catalogs, gallery records, etc..

     After this thorough examination, the expert or panel of experts will determine whether an authentication is possible. In many cases, the art cannot be authenticated.

     The cost of authentication can run into the thousands of dollars so the process should not be taken unless there is solid foundation to believe the work has been done by a significant artist.


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Appraisal Fees


     The cost of an appraisal ranges from as low as $25 an hour to over $300 an hour. So selecting the right appraiser is not only a matter of the accuracy of the appraisal, but also the cost of the appraisal. It makes no sense to spend $600 appraising a $500 painting. In fact, in many cases, gallery appraisers will offer price evaluations at a rate less than a formal appraisal. Price evaluations may be sufficient for insurance purposes, whereas estate settlements and charitable donations always require a formal appraisal. Note also, since the cost of an appraisal depends on the time required, it is always wise to find an appraiser that specializes in the particular art to be appraised. An expert in antique Chinese brush painting may be able to perform an appraisal in an hour, whereas a general appraiser may require days.

     Before an appraisal is initiated the appraiser should provide you with their hourly rate, plus some estimate of the time required. If the appraiser cannot furnish you with such an estimate, it is suggests the appraiser does not have experience in this particular area of art. Some appraisers require a deposit with signed approval to pursue the appraisal, whereas others the process is more informal.



The International Society of Appraisers provides education and organizational support to our members and serves the public by producing highly qualified and ethical appraisers who are recognized authorities in professional personal property appraising.

The International Society of Appraisers was founded in 1979. ISA is a not-for-profit, member driven, professional personal property appraisal society and is the largest association of experienced and professionally educated and tested personal property appraisers in North America.

Members of ISA are charged with the responsibility of estimating accurate values of personal property for such functions as buying and selling objects, insurance coverage and claims, estate and gift taxes, charitable contributions, bankruptcies, family and business dissolution, liquidations, casualty loss, collateral, and expert witness testimony.

ISA is affiliated with the University of Maryland University College. The University program provides academic guidance to the ISA Certified Appraiser of Personal Property (CAPP) professional education program, reviews ISA course material, and ensures that the courses meet the University's high academic standards.

ISA Course Summaries

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    REQUALIFICATION COURSE - Distance Education




    This is a "nuts and bolts" approach to personal property appraising for use in all of the specialty disciplines. Standardized checklists and sample appraisal reports are included. Special attention is paid to identification and authentication, market and value research, and analysis, ethics and professional conduct, and preparing professional reports. This course is also offered as a text-based home study course with ongoing registration.




    A refresher course on appraisal studies and report writing. Emphasis placed on new regulations and standards affecting appraisals, report writing skills, research resources and methodology. Also offered in a text-based home study format. Open only to those who have completed the ISA Core Course in Appraisal Studies or an approved equivalent course, and those bridging to ISA CAPP. Course fee includes all requalification application fees.




    Emphasizes the primary categories of fine art frequently encountered by appraisers and dealers: paintings, sculpture, works on paper, frames, photography, animation art, Russian icons and Spanish Colonial art. Major areas of focus: art history, looking at artworks properly, identifying and researching fine art works, properly describing art works, correctly employing specific vocabulary, and art conservation. A field trip to appropriate local venues provides students with close exposure to the property categories being studied. Test given the afternoon of the last day. Pre-course reading and a written assignment are required for this course.




    This course provides information necessary to properly identify and value items falling into the broad category of antiques and residential contents. Focus is on analysis of construction and manufacturing, discerning the difference between "good", "better", and "best" quality, design characteristics pertinent to general periods and styles, and research resources for the appraiser. Course sections include furniture, ceramics, glass, silver, toys and dolls, and vintage fashions as well as general household contents. The course includes an off-site field trip. Pre-course reading and a written assignment are required for credit in this course. Exam given morning of last day.




    If your appraisal practice involves damage claims, this is a Course that you can use immediately to enhance your Personal Property Appraisal Business. Appraising damage/loss claims is a growing need in our society.


    This two-day workshop focuses on preparing appraisals in connection with situations involving the moving and storage industries. It introduces you to typical situations confronting those who move, both from the perspective of the person who is moving (so you can better educate them on what to expect) and from the perspective of the appraiser, who must be prepared for all eventualities. You will learn the proper procedures to follow when problems arise in order to better serve your clients and bring damage claims to an agreeable resolution. Not tested.


    2 Days: 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

    15 ISA Professional Development Credits




    Polish the professionalism of the Expert Witnessing you currently do, or add a new client service to your portfolio. Our contemporary society is a litigious one. An increase in lawsuits creates an equal rise in the number of expert witnesses needed in every field. Unfortunately, most who serve as expert Witnesses are unprepared for the onerous task of trial preparation and giving testimony.


    In this course you will learn about evidence and proof, the qualification an expert needs to be credible, the rules of discovery, what to expect when giving a deposition or going to trial, professional tips on handling yourself when appearing as an expert witness.


    Examples from real life situation illustrate how seemingly innocuous questions from an attorney can trip you up and damage your credibility in the courtroom. Being prepared in advance will allow you to handle these situations effectively. What you learn in the course will also help you write appraisals you can be confident of defending should they be challenged.


    2 Days: 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

    15 ISA Professional Development Credits




    This course by Daphne Rosenzweig, Ph.D., ISA CAPP is presented exclusively by ISA. Gives students a background of history, artists, periods and styles that appraisers/dealers/collectors must know to analyze and value Japanese prints. Students must do pre-course reading and data collection at home prior to coming to the course, bringing their completed work with them. The course then provides a two-day workshop with formal instruction plus a "hands on" connoisseurship session with prints. Students are encouraged to bring a Japanese print or two of their own to be reviewed in class if they wish. Final course test by proctor is optional. An additional five professional development points is given for passing the exam.




    Do you know that painting, sculpture, and architecture have had an effect on nearly everything the residential content appraiser looks at? This course will examine periods, themes, trends and styles in the history of art which have left their mark on furniture, decorative arts, china, crystal, textiles and a myriad of other things which you encounter in your daily appraisals. Learn the origins of Wedgwood's Portland Vase. Discover the egg and dart in the works of antiquities. Learn the origins of Rococo or Gothic or Renaissance revival furniture. These two days will be packed full of art history especially designed to enrich your knowledge and enhance your ability as an appraiser.




    The 15-hour National Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) material is designed to aid appraisers in all areas of appraisal practice seeking competency in the USPAP. This course is intended to fulfill the USPAP requirement for credentialed membership levels within professional personal property appraisal organization. This course will be taught by an active Personal Property Appraiser.


    This course focuses on the requirements for ethical behavior and competent performance by appraisers that are set forth in the (USPAP). The course material emphasizes the role of the appraiser and the impartiality associated with this role. In addition to lectures, the course includes Discussion Examples that show how USPAP applies to situations that appraisers encounter in everyday practice.




    Students enrolling in the ISA Core Course distance education program use the same text materials used in the on-site course offerings coupled with a series of interactive learning exercises and open book quizzes that must be completed as the course progresses. Each student is assigned to a personal instructor who answers questions, grades assignments and reviews the final appraisal project. Students are allowed one year to complete this course, with a maximum of two six-month extensions available at a cost of $200 each. Successful completion of all assignments and exams are required for credit in this course.




    This course provides a refresher on report writing and an update on happenings in the appraisal field, new requirements and information of importance to practicing personal property appraisers, and current checklists and sample appraisals. Designed to keep ISA members on the cutting edge of appraisal knowledge, this is a good preparatory course for taking the ISA Requalification exam (required every five years) or the certification exam. Students are allowed six months for completion of this course, with two three-month extensions available for an extra fee. Completion of assignments and a final exam are required for ISA credit. Course fee includes all requalification application fee. Open only to those who have completed the ISA Core Course in Appraisal Studies or an approved equivalent course, and those bridging to ISA CAPP.