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Ultimate Appraisal Guide Out Now for Fine & Decorative Arts

November 11, 2013

Appraising art

Becoming a vintage or antique appraiser can be an intimidating process; most believe they never know enough to be certified.  But, with the new book by the Appraisers Association of America, The Definitive Guide to Appraising the Fine and Decorative Arts [$175 retail + $6 shipping more for overseas and less for members] you might well be on your way to confident valuation.  The hardcover tome contains 450-pages with color-illustrations and essays contributed by the top appraisers in their fields.   According to the AAA, the guide is for “appraising fine and decorative art, antiques and collectibles–from connoisseurship and appraisal methodology to legal considerations and beyond.”  It covers over 75 topics including: American Paintings, Drawings, Baseball Memorabilia, Appraising Works of art for Tax Purposes, Resolving Art Disputes, a Guide to Appraisal Contracts, as well as Conservation Issues, Title Insurance, and more.

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The Appraisers Association of America (AAA) was founded in 1949 and boasts over 700 independent appraiser members in over 100 areas of specialization.  Their members are former museum curators, heads of auction houses and even celebrity appraisers from TV shows like the Antiques Roadshow.  To be accepted into the association members must be certified in USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice).  USPAP are the professional standards, ethics, and accepted methods for the personal valuation practice required for appraisals to be valid in court (and estate escrow cases).

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The book contains essays from Cole Ferry (Poster expert on the Antiques Roadshow), Debra Force (owner of an important American Art gallery in New York), and Joseph P. Brady member of the AAA and expert on American and English Silver and many more.

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The book is available online in hardcover at the AAA bookstore website [Hardcover, $175].  A softcover version of the book is available but only at the New York University (NYU) bookstore in person [Softcover, $125].


About the author: Bill Indursky
Bill Indursky is an architect, trend expert, and digital entrepreneur. He is the former founder of V&M (Vintage & Modern (2006-2013)) and the current founder of Design Life Network (DLN). DLN is a MAGAZINE + DESIGN AGENCY + MARKETPLACE + TV CHANNEL promoting inspiring design of all eras online and on TV.

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