I appraise individual paintings and prints 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


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


American Art


Maps & Atlases

USPAP compliant:

USPAP compliant through September, 2020.  

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 7-hour USPAP update course on September 18, 2018 -

compliant through September 2020

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.

Professional affiliations since 1970

American Art Appraisal, New York - Est. 2003 - Present

Godel & Co., Inc, New York, NY. 2003-2018
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

Fine Art Appraiser

American Art Appraisal - Est. 2003

Specialist in American Art

​Specialist in Prints

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 museums including The White House, (Washington, DC).  Major institutions have sought my opinion on current values for specific works of American Art to establish current insurance values for paintings in their collections when they are on loan to other institutions for exhibition.

​​Ellery H. Kurtz, AAA - American Art Appraisal