Art Appraisals

Art appraiser San Francisco

Robert Rauschenberg
Untitled 37, 1990
Screenprint, Gemini G.E.L.

We provide competent, independent, impartial and objective art appraisals for insurance, estate and charitable donation purposes. Our clients include private, corporate and institutional collectors, executors, bank trust departments, insurance companies and counsel.  We serve the San Francisco Bay Area, Sonoma/Napa, Silicon Valley and beyond.  Jeanie Craig is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) with a specialty designation in Fine Art awarded by the American Society of Appraisers.

The appraisal process consists of three components:
• On-site examination and documentation of artwork
• Research and report writing
• The completed appraisal report

Our appraisals are thoroughly researched legal documents that satisfy all insurance and Internal Revenue Service valuation requirements and adhere to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP 2018-19) and the Principles of Appraisal Practice and Code of Ethics of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). We are qualified appraisers, as defined and required by the Internal Revenue Service for federal tax appraisals. Support services include detailed, illustrated artwork inventories and catalogs. We maintain strict confidentiality while providing collection management and appraisal services in the most time and cost efficient manner. Fees are based on an hourly or flat-fee project rate, depending on the needs of the client, and not on the value of the property appraised.  Below are the types of art appraisal reports we have prepared for clients.

Insurance Coverage  Each appraised object is thoroughly examined, photographed and researched, then catalogued and valued on a retail replacement basis. This is essential information in the event of damage or loss.

Charitable Contribution – Fair market value appraisals are required for qualifying non-cash charitable contributions that exceed $5,000.  We are qualified appraisers as defined and required by the IRS, and our reports satisfy all federal tax requirements.

Estate or Inheritance Taxes – Comprehensive estate appraisals include on-site examinations, color photographs which meet IRS requirements, full cataloging and valuation using fair market value based on documented comparable sales.

Equitable Distribution  Accurate and professionally prepared appraisals are an important tool in making equitable distribution possible when planning for the division of assets to family members, or when a business partnership or marriage is dissolved.

Damage/Loss – Photo documentation and forensic examination is necessary to determine the nature and extent of damage, the probable cause and the condition and replacement value prior to damage. We can refer you to conservation experts for advice on the proper method of restoration or conservation, the probable outcome of such treatment and the realities of devaluation.


Art appraiser, San Francisco
Art appraisals, San Francisco