About American Art Appraisal


Since 1970 I have worked with many important private collections throughout the United States to help build their collections and have placed significant American Art with many museums including The White House, (Washington, DC). Major institutions have sought my opinion on current values for specific works of American Art in order to establish proper insurance for paintings in their collections when they are lent to other institutions for exhibition.

I appraise individual paintings or entire collections that require updated appraisals for fine arts insurance policies or financial planning.

Over the years I have compiled a large network of professionals that service the fine arts marketplace. I am available free of charge to private collectors, corporate collections and museums to advise and assist them by offering referrals to framers, restorers, installation specialists, insurance brokers and fine art movers.

Working with estate attorneys I have written appraisal reports to help facilitate the estate with establishing values in the current market and provided referrals for the proper placement of works of art for sale.

In the past years I have assisted private collectors establish values for donation of their fine art to museums and provided them with written appraisals to be filed with the I.R.S. for tax deductions based upon the current I.R.S. guidelines regulating such donations. You can obtain relevant I.R.S. forms (such as form 8283) and publications by visiting their website: www.irs.gov


Credentials

​I am a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America, Inc. www.appraisersassoc.org, and thereby subscribe to their Code of Ethics.

USPAP compliant:

Successfully completed a 15-hour course and examination of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), the Congressionally-recognized set of appraisal standards promulgated by The Appraisal Foundation. Completed on September 25, 2010.  

Successfully completed a 7-hour course on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), the Congressionally-recognized set of appraisal standards promulgated by The Appraisal Foundation: Completed on September 26, 2016, effective through September 26, 2018.

I have been actively involved in purchasing and selling fine American Art since 1970 with personalized attention provided to museums, private collectors and corporations, specializing in American paintings & sculpture of the period from 1800 – 1950.


Affiliations since 1970

Godel & Co., Inc. Fine Art, New York, NY. 2003- Present
Spanierman Gallery, LLC, New York, NY. 1986-2003
Andrew Crispo Gallery, Inc. New York, NY. 1975-1985
Kennedy Galleries, Inc. New York, NY. 1970-1974

Ellery H. Kurtz, AAA - Certified Member, Appraisers Association of America, Inc. Specialist in appraisals of 19th and early 20th Century American Art - American Art Appraisal