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Meet Our Asian Art Specialist

Dr. Wei Yang, ASA 2014

WEI YANG ART provides high quality professional services you deserve from a professional. We don't claim to be experts of all Asian art forms; however, by possessing a set of trained research skills, especially a few Asian languages, we have the ability to research your Asian art work in its historical and cultural contexts and provide you with sound professional guidance. We pledged to find answers to your questions and present our findings to you in a professional manner. Our comments on your art work are always supported by evidence & facts.

Dr. Wei Yang is a Chinese art specialist with a Ph.D. in Chinese art and Tibetan Art. She is also a certified Fine and Decorative Art Appraiser and an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of Asian Art designated by American Society of Appraisers. With a B.A. in art history and M.A. degree in Buddhist art, Dr. Yang has been studying all forms of Asian art for over 25 years. Her doctorial training in Chinese Art, with a concentration on Chinese painting and calligraphy, especially her extensive field trips to Asia, enable her to have much needed hand-on experience with Asian Art. Dr. Yang consults and appraises Chinese painting and calligraphy, ceramics, decorative arts, antique furniture, textiles, wood/ivory carvings and scholarly objects (ink stones, brush holders, etc.). Art works from China's close neighbors, such as Japan, Korea, India, Mongolia, Cambodia, Thailand and Central Asia, always fascinate her research imagination.


Dr. Wei Yang in Korea 2008Dr. Yang has had a long and successful career in teaching Chinese art. For almost 30 years, Wei Yang has been educating the public about Chinese art. For many years she ran the education division at the Dunhuang Research Academy (Mogao Caves) in Dunhuang (Gansu, China), the largest repository of Buddhist art in the world. Subsequently she moved to the U.S. and earned a B.A. degree in art history and a M.A. degree in Buddhist Art at Smith College (Northampton, MA), and completed a Ph.D. degree in Chinese art and Tibetan art at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) in 2005. Before she started her own Asian art consulting & appraisal company, WEI YANG ART, she held the position of Chinese Art Bibliographer at the Marquand Art Library, Princeton University for three years. In order to give good advice on the conservation of Chinese paintings on silk and paper, in 2011, Dr. Yang earned a certificate of Chinese Painting & Calligraphy Mounting & Restoration from the Academy of Fine Art Mounting and Conservation, Jinan, China.

Dr. Yang has never stopped sharpening her consulting & appraisal skills. In order to serve the public to the best of her abilities, Dr. Yang dedicated herself to the study of the Principles of Valuation by attending professional educational programs. She earned a certificate of Fine and Decorative Art Appraisal from Pratt Institute in New York in 2009. She successfully completed the four courses for Personal Property Valuation jointly offered by American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and Pratt Institute. She passed the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) exam administrated by the Appraisal Foundation, an organization authorized by the U.S. Congress as the source of appraisal standards and appraisal qualifications, and the code of ethics exam required by the American Society of Appraisers. She was designated as an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of Asian art by American Society of Appraisers in 2010. As a Chinese art historian appraiser, she complies with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) in her research and report preparation. She conforms to the Code of Ethics in her practice. She limits her practice largely to the areas in which she is qualified, by dint of her Ph.D., M.A. and her research experience: Asian Art, with a focus on Chinese art, Buddhist art and Tibetan art.

Dr. Yang is an independent scholar and Chinese art connoisseur. As an academic, she has committed herself to all forms of Asian artistic traditions. Her mission is to help others understand and appreciate Asian Art, particularly Chinese art. In order to provide her clients with needed information and adequate advice, Dr. Yang has been a dedicated student of Asian art aesthetics, art market economics, tax laws, art laws, especially new rules and regulations on the trading of ivory and rhinoceros horn carvings. Her special abilities in reading, speaking, and writing several Asian languages (Chinese, both classical and modern, Japanese, and some Tibetan) enable Dr. Yang to conduct research in different historical and cultural contexts before forming her professional opinions. Dr. Yang guarantees that her clients are only offered quality professional consulting and appraisal services.

Understanding Art Consulting & Appraisal Services

No matter what your situations are or what particular needs you have, Dr. Wei Yang will be on your side. We listen to your needs, understand your concerns and appraisal budget. Once we reach an appraisal agreement, our academic qualifications and professional credentials will join force to serve your appraisal needs. We are committed to a thorough investigation of your art work, large or small, and present our opinions or findings based on evidence.

We share critical information on your property in a concise manner. We strive to meet your needs at the minimum cost by offering three different levels of appraisal (Restricted-Use, Summary and Self-Contained). Whether you need an appraisal for acquisition or disposition, insurance coverage or claims, tax-related affairs (income tax deduction for charitable donation, estate planning or distribution), pre-nuptial agreement, dissolution of marriage or business, or bankruptcy, you can count on us to make a clear, professional presentation on your behalf.

We meet your consulting and appraisal needs with professional dedication. Our objective visual analysis of your property and its target market is particular important if you have limited knowledge of the art market. A well-researched appraisal report tailored to meet your individual needs will inform you, educate you, and help you achieve your goals with the knowledge of an insider.

We aim to provide you with the best professional art consultation and art appraisal services.

The Merits of Our Art Appraisals

We are dedicated art consultants and appraisers, working exclusively for you. The art appraisal report we prepare analyzes your property, its value, answers practical questions, and highlights the feasible strategies appropriate to your needs.

We provide you with the crucial information you need to achieve your goals. For insurance civeragem, for example, a well-prepared replacement value analysis will allow you and your insurance agent to take precautions to prevent or minimize loss. For insurance claim settlement, a thorough investigation of your damaged or lost property and its place in the current market will make the claim conversation between you and your insurance agent efficient and less complicated. Our expertise, scholarly research on your property, and professional presentation of value conclusion explains why your art work is unique and how it should be protected, preseved or compensated properly.

We tailor our appraisal report to address your concerns with acquisition (purchase) will educate you on the artwork in question and the performance of works of compatible features in the current market. Information included in the report will help you understand the aesthetic quality of the subject property, the rank of its artist and workshop, and the future market trend for the artist in question. Unlike the real estate market, the art market can be mysterious, difficult to learn about, and subject to significant fluctuation. Our art experts will serve as an extra pair of expert eyes on your behalf and help you build up a first-class art collection.

We offer adequate guidance on disposition (sale). We aim to prepare you well so that you can negotiate from a position of strength. We identiify the quality of your property and its market desirability in an objective manner. Our comments on the target market for your art work allow you to represent your art object with an expert's knowledge and confidence. By sheding light on the operation of auction houses, dealers or sales agents, we outline proper sales strategies appropriate to the sale of your property.

A knowledgeable owner stands a much better chance of profiting from the sale. Many people assume that selling art works at the auction market is the best option. However, not all art works are suitable for auction sale, considering comissions and fees. In general, fees entailing an auction sale include insurance, catalog illustration, buy-back reserve fees, and other charges itemized in your consignment agreement will be subtracted from the hammer price after the sale. Therefore, knowing your target market and the advantages and disadvantages of an auction sale is necessary before you enter the auction market. Sometimes, adoptiong a different sale venue, such as donating to a museum for tax-deduction, self-marketing, or posting at an online sales venue, may reduce significantly your financial burden as compared with an auction sale.

We comply with IRS rules in preparing taxation (charitable contribution, capital gain tax, or estate tax) appraisal. We are not tax advisors, but we can help you understand IRS's tax regulations on "a qualified appraisal." As "Qualified art appraisers" for IRS taxation appraisals, we comply with IRS rules in meeting your appraisal needs. We work diligently to make a strong & proper presentation. We are on your side from the beginning to the end.

We prepare appraisals for pre-nuptial agreement or dissolution of marriage with impartiality. We understand your anxiety or desire to dissolve the situation quickly and fairly. We will follow your instructions, pay attention to details, and help resolve issues to the best of our abilities.

We offer appraisals for bankruptcy (forced liquidation, orderly liquidation or salvage/scrap). We provide guidance and solutions that target the issues. Our appraisal report will allow you to stand firmly on your feet and make a convincing argument based on evidence.

If you are looking for quality, objectivity and fairness, please Contact Us, or call us at (609) 688-6891.

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