Chinese Art Appraisal
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Appraisal Types & Consultation Services

We are Asian art historians (Ph.D. in Chinese History, Ph.D. in Chinese art & Tibetan Art; M.A. in Buddhist Art and Asian art) with integrity. Our goal is to help you achieve your goals at the minimum cost. We firmly believe that having an appraisal is not the only solution to your problem or needs. When you request an appraisal, we are not eager to solicit the assignment but willing to listen to your needs, concerns, plan and budget. Our job is to help you see your options before commissioning an appraisal. If an appraisal is in order, we will customize our services to serve you to the best of our abilities. Once we understand what you wish to accomplish, we will propose the most appropriate appraisal plan that suits your needs.

We are committed to serve you with honesty and integrity. We comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) in practice. To help you understand your appraisal options, we outlined the appraisal reporting options recommended by USPAP for your reference. A typical written appraisal report starts with an identification, description and visual analysis of your art work, followed by a proper ranking of the property among its equals in rarity, quality, artist or workshop and condition, closed by a value assessment that reflects the market desirability of the subject property in an appropriate open market. In the report, we will comment on the value features of your property in light of its comparables. Our value conclusion is based on the facts and the market evidence. We aim to demystify Asian art appraisal, explain the valuation methodology in plain language, and help you achieve your goals in complete conformity with the law.

The scope of work determines the appraisal cost. Our goal is to help you understand what you have, its market potential and your feasible options at the minimum cost.

Restricted Appraisal for Personal Use

The Restricted Appraisal Report is restricted to the client as the only intended user. This appraisal report is designed to meet a narrowly defined need of the intended user. Due to its succinct nature, parts of the report, particularly, the appraiser's opinions and reasoning for value conclusion, may not be discussed in detail and the analysis of facts and data leading to the conclusion is not fully spelled out. However, if you are considering a general understanding of what you have and its potential and under no obligation to share the report with third parties, this appraisal option may work for you.

A Restricted Appraisal report is not recommended for insurance, tax-related purposes (capital gains, charitable contribution, estate tax, etc), dissolution of marriage or business, and bankruptcy, etc.. If your property is valuable or of high quality, in-depth analysis of the subject property should be in order.

Appraisal Report

(Contents of an Appraisal Report)

An Appraisal Report serves people with standard appraisal needs. It is suitable for general purposes, such as insurance coverage & claim, estate planning & distribution, marriage dissolution, Pre-nuptial agreement, and bankruptcy, as well as tax-related purposes. An appraisal report summarizes the appraiser's analysis and the rationale for his or her value conclusion in a clear, logical and orderly manner, providing a reasonable amount of information to other intended users (insurance agents, attorneys, estate executives or IRS agents). The appraisal cost depends on the nature of your property and the scope of work necessary to complete the assignment.

A properly done appraisal report is informative and educational. Information included should equip you with the knowledge of an expert and help you achieve your goals with confidence. Whether marketing the property on your own, working with an insurance claim agen or a divorce lawyer, negotiating with a buyer, or hiring a sales agent, an appraisal report will support you at all levels of negotiation. In the report, we report our finding on your property in terms of originality, quality, craftsmanship, aesthetics adn the performance of items of compatible features in its most appropriate market place. Our comments on the current art market, introductions of qualified comparables, the ranking of your property among its equals are particularly informative.

Customised Research Report

We offer research support to art owners and scholars. With our doctorial training in Chinese art, history, philosophy, religion and our hand-on experience on major forms of Asian art, we assist your research project with your vision or research goals in mind. We are interested in studying items of unique features in terms of rarity, quality and aesthetics or authorship. We are excited to work on items that are not well attested in the standard sources and references. Art works by marginal artists or workshops also merit our research attention. The fee for research assistance is determined by the nature of the subject property, your research needs and time needed to complete the project. A retainer is required to engage our research services.

A Research Report also serves Chinese art collectors and owners of quality art objects. Information. Either you aim to build up a quality Chinese art collection or appreciate what you have collected or inherited, the kind of research we conduct on your art work is often extensive. We are willing to put our doctoral training in Chinese art, history and religion, our specialiszed knowledge of Chinese art & a set of unique language skills at your service. If we accept your assignment, you are guaranteed to receive the information you need, the guidance you seek and the advice you desire.

We are highly trained art professionals. Art is our passion and research is our strengh. Our qualifications are unmatched in the field. We have the highest degrees in the field (Ph.D in Chinese Art, Chinese History and Religion), over 25 years of hand-on research experience with Asian art works. We understand Asian art traditions, cultures and aesthetics. We are well-trained art professionals in the field for both academic research and providing professional Asian art consulting & appraisal services.

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How to Select Appraisal

Before selecting one of the two appraisals (Restricted Appraisal and Appraisal), you first identify your need with a specific focus (insurance, estate distribution or tax, etc.). Then you think about the reason why you need an appraisal and your budget for appraisal. The two appraisal reporting options differ in the amount of information provided in the report and the intended use of the report. A Restricted Appraisal states the basic information relevant to the subject propert, serving art owners with a limited goal and modest budget. An Appraisal Report summarizes important details in a concise manner, serving art owners with general appraisal needs such as insurance, sale, consultation, tax-related purposes.

If you need assistance, please Contact Us, we are happy to help you choose the appraisal reporting option that works best for you.

The amount of information you request determines the appraisal cost. The more information you want, the more expensive the appraisal gets. Therefore, being specific and targeted about your appraisal needs will certainly cut down the cost.

Questions? Please Contact Us, or call us at (609) 688-6891.

Discounted Collection Rate

A discounted collection rate in the form of flat fee is available upon request. The appraisal fees reflect the nature of your collection, the scope of work, and time required for completing the research and composing the report. We consider sensible to offer a discounted collection rate to owners of a medium-large collection (25 items or more), often a mixed colloection of any of the following categories.


We will invite other experts to join us for a thorough investigation of your collection if necessary. Our research team consists of highly trained and dedicated Asian art historians and specialists, however, sometimes, we see the needs of consulting other experts on certain items. Once we understand your needs, concerns and objectives, we will design an appraisal plan that suits your appraisal needs and budget. Prior to proceeding, we will make a proposal on a suitable appraisal approach, inspection options, fee estimate, payment structure, a tentative completion schedule and delivery method. A signed engagement letter and a retainer are required to engage our services.

What You Pay For

We NEVER sell you services you do not need. You pay ONLY for the appraisal or consulting services suitable to your needs. We only recommend services to you based on the information you provide and the goal you wish to acompolish. Our job is to help you appreciate your art work, understand it, take care of it, and make an informed decision with a fact-supported value conclusion. We run extra miles for our clients if we find additional information that is important to your needs. For example, in a Consultation Appraisal Report for Sale, we often identify the most appropriate market for the sale of the subject property, the current marekt trends and the merits of a private sale or marketing-it-yourself approaches to the market.

We help you meet your needs at the minimum cost. Although a thorough investigation of your property is impossible under a limited budget, we pledged to make our quality professional services as affordable as possible.

If you are not certain about what you have or what to do with it, we invite you to consider an informational Preview prior to appraisal. By submitting three or four photos of your art work (front, back, and a close-up of inscription or mark), report basic featrues (measurements and condition, etc), our art experts will tell you HONESTLY if your property merits an appraisal or not. If your property is of some market appeal, we usually make some recommendations based on the quality of your art work and your needs.

You don't have to be an art expert before you contact us--otherwise you probably would not be seeking a professional art appraiser in the first place! Our Asian art specialists are happy to help you with a suitable solution to your appraisal needs.

Interested? Please Contact Us, or call us at (609) 688-6891.

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