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How to start a short form art appraisal

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Defining a  short-form appraisal

A short-form appraisal is just what it sounds like, it's short, concise and to-the-point. It will contain all the pertinent information concerning the artwork in question, but it will lack the complete well-rounded facts, a bio and a selection of recent comparison price/value references. It may not include all the bells and whistles of a full written art appraisal, but it will give you the relevant facts that you need to know about your painting or vintage hand-pulled print.

It's important to note that our research tells us that it would be at the discretion of the Insurer, whether or not to accept a short-form appraisal for the purpose of obtaining insurance coverage for an artwork in question. Insurers can choose not to accept a form of short-form appraisal report to provide full insurance coverage. Whereas, they can request that you provide a fully annotated art appraisal for the purposes of obtaining maximum insurance coverage.

As independent qualified appraisers with over sixty years of combined experience, specializing in 20th century fine art sales and operating a fulltime website gallery, we are best positioned to bring our clients consistent and insightful valuations from a continually evolving art market for 20th century works. It's important for appraisers to be well acquainted with the retail art gallery marketplace, because it's this interrelationship that helps to bring you appraisal valuations that are up to date, the data presented is within a realistic value range and that appraisal reports are as accurate as possible.

We perform in-depth research, referencing a cross section of art price resources and contacts with other art associates, then fine-tune the accuracy of this initial data to present you with our final appraisal analysis. It's important to note that the flat rate fee we charge for a report is not contingent upon the valuation of the artwork nor the time it takes to complete an appraisal report.

It is the advantage of having knowledgeable professionals with direct marketing experience that can bring you information that is reliable, accurate, and focused on your particular need for a short-form valuation at a reasonable cost of only $89. per artwork appraised.

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How our short-form system works

  1. Contact us by email with your basic query about an art appraisal.

  2. Next, you'll need to email us all relevant photos of the artwork in question.

  3. After a pre-examination we'll then respond with a request for pre-payment of your appraisal.

  4. Payment can then be made online by using Interac e-Transfer within your banking system.

  5. Your completed appraisal will then be sent to you in an email as PDF document files within two to three business days.

  6. Please note that: A pre-examination of an artwork's general value is necessary, as we apply a minimum threshold value limit of $500. on any artworks submitted for a short form appraisal. The reason being, that without a minimum value limit, the cost of an appraisal could be judged disproportionate to the value of an artwork.

The fine details to proceed

  1. Contact us about a short-form appraisal for an original work of Canadian, European or American art, giving us the artist's name and a few relevant details, such as size and overall condition.

  2. Upon hearing back from us you'll need to take, direct straight-on high resolution photos of the work you want a short-form appraisals for and email us your photos. Include photos of the frame and all parts of the art work in question. Photo both the front and back and close-ups of all notations, signatures and anything else that is relevant, such as a label, a receipt or a known provenance. When taking photos try to avoid glare and reflections and it`s best to take these photos in a well lit setting.

  3. We'll then respond, usually within 1 or 2 business days, and give you the instructions on how to proceed.

  4. Next, you will receive an email invoice for a mandatory pre-payment of $89. Cdn, all inclusive total, for each artwork submitted for a short-form appraisal. Payment can be made through Interac e-Transfer, using your online banking services.

  5. Your completed short-form appraisal documents will then be sent to you as email attachments, usually within the next 2 to 3 business days. This email will contain your attached PDF document files, which you can then print out as many cpies as needed from your computer on any standard printer.

Up-To-Date Short Form Art Appraisals

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Updated December 12, 2023


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