Monday, December 12, 2011

APPRAISING FURS IN FLORIDA - THE ST. LUCIE APPRAISAL COMPANY

APPRAISING FURS IN FLORIDA
BOCA RATON, Florida - A number of furriers and department stores in Florida recommend their customers to St. Lucie Appraisal to appraise the value of their fur coats for donation, estate or insurance purposes. Occasionally, however, owners of minks and chinchillas have to find us on their own. Often, when they do, it is only after a frustrating search for a licensed appraiser. People take their fur purchases very seriously. Exhaustive shopping trips attempting to find just the right fur are common. One can find a broad spectrum of prices for high quality furs. Small furriers can carry a huge selection of furs, much more extensive and even nicer than you find in the high end stores, and often priced much lower. When buying from department stores, try to make the purchase during an annual inventory clearance sale.

Just like your furrier, the person handling your fur coat appraisal should be extremely knowledgable and honest. He should be educated on the desirability of different furs and the quality of workmanship. Whether you plan to buy, sell, donate or insure a fur coat or collection, determining its value by hiring a competent appraiser is important. Florida is a warm weather state but a huge number of furs have migrated here from northern states. Often, in estate dissolutions, values must be determined, especially if assets are being divided among family members. At St. Lucie Appraisal, when it comes to furs, proper identification and thorough research results in accurate valuations and satisfied customers.
 
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Keywords for this article: APPRAISAL, APPRAISER, Boca Raton, buy, donation, estate, FLORIDA, fur coat, furrier, insurance, sell, value


Revised 09-04-2012
Updated 06-20-2013

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

FLORIDA IS AN ANTIQUE AND COLLECTIBLES ROADSHOW FOR A PERSONAL PROPERTY APPRAISER

 
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - Sports memorabilia, a first edition book, crystal and vintage cars are all pretty common items that folks want appraised. Ditto for porcelain dolls, die cast cars, baseball jerseys and firearms. Every personal property appraiser in Florida has come across these items at one time or another.

But when we were asked to place a value on a very large collection of Pez dispensers, we figured that we'd seen everything. Now there's nothing unusual about candy-related collectibles, of course, but who knew that they were worth very much? Could their value justify paying an appraiser's fee?

The Pez dispenser shown was appraised for $300.00. Others are worth far more including Disney themed examples and rare models from the 1950s.

Below you will find an assortment of oddities that we have either seen before or have never seen and probably don't expect to.

Well, maybe we're being a bit hasty.....

Advertising, Phillumeny, Matchbooks, Matchboxes, Premiums, Radio premiums, Prizes, Bazooka Joe, Cereal box prizes, Cracker Jack prizes, Pin-back buttons, Avon, Campbell's Soup, Coca-Cola, Disneyana, Disney pins, Harley Davidson, John Deere, Maytag, Ronson Lighters, Zippo lighters, Tazos, Architectural, Fireplace, Furniture, Hardware, Lighting, lamps, lampshades, Locks and keys,Tile, Art, Artifacts, Folk Art, Native American art, Photographs, Prints, Books, magazines, Advertisements, Absolut vodka ads, Got Milk? Ads, Autographs, Map collecting, Globes, Roadmaps, Paperweights, Books and periodicals, Books, Children's literature, First editions, Comic books, Manga, Magazines, Magazine clippings, Newspapers, Cards, trading cards, Phone-cards, Playing cards, Jokers, Tarot cards, Postcards, Trade cards, Cigarette cards, Tea cards, Trading cards, Insert cards, Non-sports cards, Sports cards, Baseball cards, Basketball cards, Football cards, Hockey cards, Jersey cards, Ephemera, Bookmarks, Brochures and Guide books, Cheese labels, Greeting cards, Lottery tickets, Newsletters, Pamphlets, Post cards, Posters, Public transport timetables, Airline timetables, Public transport timetables, Railroad timetables, Tickets, Clothing, fabric, textiles, Buttons, Needlework, Quilts, Scutelliphily, Patches and badges, Sewing, Textiles, Thimbles, Vintage clothing, Coins, currency, stamps, Numismatics, Coin collecting, Notaphily, Paper currency, Exonumia, Token coins, Scripophily, Bonds, Stocks, Philately, Federal duck stamps, First day covers, Postmarks, Stamp collection, Film and television, DVDs, Films, Film props, Movie posters, Television shows, Videocassette tapes ,Glass and pottery, Bakeware and cookware, China, porcelain, pottery, Art pottery, Nippon, Whisky decanters, Jim Beam bottles, Glass, crystal, Art glass, Bread plates, Bottles, Beer bottles, Milk bottles, Perfume bottles, Snuff bottles, Wine bottles, Depression glass, Paperweights, Pattern glass, Shot glass, Appliances, Beverage coasters, Candles, Corks, Figurines, Netsuke, Holiday collectibles, Jewelry and gemstones, Keyrings, Music boxes, Perfume bottles, Sterling silver, Utensils and silverware, Kitchen collectibles, Bottle caps, Beverage cans, Beverage can tabs, Cookie cutters, Cookie jars, Hip flasks, Housewares, Lunch boxes, Mason jars, Refrigerator magnets, Shakers, salt, pepper, sugar, Teapots, Memorabilia, Event memorabilia, Sports memorabilia, Baseballs and baseball bats, Boxing fight programs and posters, World's Fair, Media memorabilia, Film memorabilia, Film props, Movie posters, Organization memorabilia, Police memorabilia, Police patches, Political, Bumper stickers, Campaign buttons, Nazi memorabilia, Scouting memorabilia, merit badges (Boy Scouts of America), Music, Records, CDs, Jukeboxes, Cassette tapes, Musical instruments, Analog synthesizers, Tube amplifiers, Vintage guitars, Nature, Butterfly collecting, Conchology, Crystals, Fossils, Minerals, Gemstones, Insects, Oology, Plants, Rocks, Sports, Golf, Automobilia, Bicycles, Calculators, Clocks and watches, Computers, Fans, Firearms, Fireworks, Fountain pens, Jukeboxes, Knives, Motorcycles, Phonographs, Photographica, Cameras, Movie cameras and projectors, Radios, Record players, Recording media, Film and television, Music, Scales, Scientific instruments, Telephones, Televisions, Tools, Hand tools, Tractors, Vending machines, Weapons, Writing Implements, Inkwells, Airline, Animals, Automotive, Automobiles, Classic cars, Vintage cars, License plates, Oil cans, Farming, Gambling/gaming, Casino chip collecting, Hawaiiana, Orientalia, Historical themes, Breweriana, Beer can, Militaria, American Civil War, Faleristics, Military art, Military models, Military uniforms, Model figures, Tin soldiers, Petroliana, Railroad, Science fiction, Tobacciana, Cigar boxes, Cigar cases, Cigarette cases, Cigarette holders, Lighters, Smoking pipes, Western Americana, Cowboy, Travel themes, Souvenirs, Souvenir spoons, Trunks, Toys, games, dolls, Action figures, Board games, Collectible card games, Dolls, Barbie dolls, Beanie babies, Blythe dolls, Porcelain Dolls, Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls, Teddy bears, Toy soldiers, Figurines, Keshi erasers, Mechanical banks, Model cars, Corgi, Hot Wheels, Matchbox , Webkinz, Model horses, Breyer, Pez, Piggy banks, Playing Cards, Pogs, Rubber duck, Scale models, Model airplanes, Dyna Flites, Herpa Wing, Schabak, Skybusters, Model trains, Ship models, Video games and the list goes on and on.

You need it appraised? We can appraise it.
 
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AUTO & PERSONAL PROPERTY
SERVICE THROUGHOUT SOUTH FLORIDA

Our service area includes St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, Brevard, Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties. Cities include Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Pompano Beach, Tamarac, Sunrise, Lauderhill, Plantation, Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Hollywood, Hallandale, Miami, Opa Locka, Hialeah, Coral Gables, Kendall and Homestead.

Diminished Value Appraisals throughout Florida including, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, Pensacola, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Port Charlotte, Clearwater, Kissimmee, Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Ocala, Gainesville, Bradenton, Titusville, Panama City, Bonita Springs, Naples, St. Petersburg and Tallahassee.

Our rates for services are as follows:

Auto Appraisals (Donations, Bankruptcy, Divorce, Insurance Disputes) $125.00

Stated Value Appraisals (Antique & Classic Cars, Street Rods, Motorcycles, RVs, Trucks) $175.00

Diminished Value Appraisals (Determines how much less your car is worth after accident repairs) $225.00

Personal Property Appraisals (Contents, Collectibles, Art, Antiques) $225.00

All other services and additional time when necessary  $75/Hr.

You may obtain appraisals for Charitable Donation Tax Credits, Collateral, Damage Claims, Equitable Distribution, Bankruptcy, Estates, Insurance Stated Value, Purchase & Sale and Diminished Value.

Appraisals of Personal Property, Art, Boats, Classic & Custom Autos, Collectibles and Memorabilia, Electronics, Machinery, Motorcycles & Choppers, Furnishings, RVs, Trucks & Heavy Equipment. Business Valuations specializing in all types of small businesses.


 
 
 
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Phone: (772) 359-4300
Fax: (772) 466-8400


 
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Revised 09-04-2012
Updated 06-20-2013

Friday, August 19, 2011

HOW TO APPRAISE ART, ANTIQUES, COLLECTIBLES & OTHER PERSONAL PROPERTY - THE RIGHT WAY


WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - An essential part of appraising an item is establishing provenance and then researching what I've found. What's particularly enjoyable is speaking to former owners or sellers of  unique pieces of art, transactions that took place years ago, about where they acquired them, details about the artists and any other pertinent and interesting info.

Collectibles and antiques have similar histories that can also prove valuable to an appraiser. The television show "Storage Wars" has illustrated how valuable people's personal property can be. Here in Florida, in the Miami to West Palm Beach corridor in particular - where the wealthy have gathered for generations - investigating items for an appraisal can be an adventure. But what has all of this fun stuff  to do with appraising the value of items for financing, insurance, donations, estates, bankruptcy, divorce, guardianships, purchase, sale or what have you?

My correspondences with former owners, galleries, or tradesmen associated with an item sometimes casts a harsh light on the subject. While it's great to learn that a sculpture once belonged to royalty, further enhancing the item's value, it is an infinitely greater feeling to discover that the piece - presumed to be valuable - was created by an assembly line operation back in the 1920s and not worth a fraction of what a seller is asking for it.

Provenance is essential to the proper appraisal of high-end sports memorabilia, rare stamps and coins, musical instruments, rare classic automobiles as well as art because things aren't always exactly what they seem. Being on the short end of a deal can prove to be an expensive mistake as buyers at the recent "Items Seized From Bernie Madoff Auctions" have learned. Online buyers be similarly aware of the scams galore out there in cyberspace. And for those who have purchased art while on cruises, I need go no further.

If a piece of artwork or other valuable item is located in South Florida, rely on a top-notch appraisal firm that is licensed by the State of Florida Department of Financial Services - an appraisal firm that does it the right way.


AUTOMOBILE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY APPRAISERS
SERVICE THROUGHOUT SOUTH FLORIDA

Our service area includes St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, Brevard, Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties. Cities include Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Pompano Beach, Tamarac, Sunrise, Lauderhill, Plantation, Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Hollywood, Hallandale, Miami, Opa Locka, Hialeah, Coral Gables, Kendall and Homestead.

Diminished Value Appraisals throughout Florida including, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, Pensacola, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Port Charlotte, Clearwater, Kissimmee, Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Ocala, Gainsville, Bradenton, Titusville, Panama City, Bonita Springs, Naples, St. Petersburg and Tallahassee.

Our rates for services are as follows:

Auto Appraisals (Donations, Bankruptcy, Divorce, Insurance Disputes) $125.00

Stated Value Appraisals (Antique & Classic Cars, Street Rods, Motorcycles, RVs, Trucks) $175.00

Diminished Value Appraisals (Determines how much less your car is worth after accident repairs) $225.00

Personal Property Appraisals (Contents, Collectibles, Art, Antiques) $225.00

All other services and additional time when necessary  $75/Hr.

You may obtain appraisals for Charitable Donation Tax Credits, Collateral, Damage Claims, Equitable Distribution, Bankruptcy, Estates, Insurance Stated Value, Purchase & Sale and Diminished Value.

Appraisals of Personal Property, Art, Boats, Classic & Custom Autos, Collectibles and Memorabilia, Electronics, Machinery, Motorcycles & Choppers, Furnishings, RVs, Trucks & Heavy Equipment. Business Valuations specializing in all types of small businesses.


 
 
 
The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Phone: (772) 359-4300
Fax: (772) 466-8400
Email: contact@stlucieappraisal.net





 


Keywords for this article: antiques, APPRAISAL, APPRAISER, art, bankruptcy, COLLECTIBLES, divorce, donations, estate, finance, FLORIDA, insurance, Miami, PERSONAL PROPERTY, provenance, purchase, sale, West Palm Beach
Revised 09-04-2012

Thursday, June 30, 2011

A PETER MAX PAINTING - APPRAISING UNFORGETTABLE ART IN FLORIDA


PETER MAX PAINTING
FORT PIERCE, Florida - What are the chances that the largest Peter Max painting ever created would surface in St. Lucie County - Fort Pierce, Florida to be exact? Receiving an assignment to appraise artwork like this wouldn't surprise me coming from Miami or Palm Beach but right here in Fort Pierce? I'd also like to point out that the owners were the most elegant of people. It was my privilege to encounter this very rare piece of art in conjunction with insurance and estate appraisals we conducted in the area. Peter Max’s paintings are generally priced according to size so it is noteworthy that this work, measuring 80” X 62” may be the biggest painting ever done by this artist.

For anyone not already familiar with Mr. Max, since the late 1960's, when I first remember seeing his pop-art work adorning entire sides of New York City transit buses, he has been a prolific artist of great renown. This work of art was painted in 1970. Mr. Max signed and dated the painting, also making the inscription "NYC." It is interesting to note the painting was purchased the same year as it was created, in Little Rock, AR, more than one thousand miles west of New York City.

There are little pleasures associated with finding, researching and evaluating the fair market value of almost everything we encounter - antique cars, trucks and heavy construction equipment, RVs, motorcycles, art, antiques and all the rest of the unique things people own.

Whether you plan to insure, make a donation or finance a valuable item, The St. Lucie Appraisal Company can assure that you will have documentation of its true worth.


AUTOMOBILE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY APPRAISERS
SERVICE THROUGHOUT SOUTH FLORIDA

Our service area includes St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, Brevard, Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties. Cities include Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Pompano Beach, Tamarac, Sunrise, Lauderhill, Plantation, Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Hollywood, Hallandale, Miami, Opa Locka, Hialeah, Coral Gables, Kendall and Homestead.

Diminished Value Appraisals throughout Florida including, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, Pensacola, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Port Charlotte, Clearwater, Kissimmee, Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Ocala, Gainesville, Bradenton, Titusville, Panama City, Bonita Springs, Naples, St. Petersburg and Tallahassee.

Our rates for services are as follows:

Auto Appraisals (Donations, Bankruptcy, Divorce, Insurance Disputes) $125.00

Stated Value Appraisals (Antique & Classic Cars, Street Rods, Motorcycles, RVs, Trucks) $175.00

Diminished Value Appraisals (Determines how much less your car is worth after accident repairs) $225.00

Personal Property Appraisals (Contents, Collectibles, Art, Antiques) $225.00

All other services and additional time when necessary  $75/Hr.

You may obtain appraisals for Charitable Donation Tax Credits, Collateral, Damage Claims, Equitable Distribution, Bankruptcy, Estates, Insurance Stated Value, Purchase & Sale and Diminished Value.

Appraisals of Personal Property, Art, Boats, Classic & Custom Autos, Collectibles and Memorabilia, Electronics, Machinery, Motorcycles & Choppers, Furnishings, RVs, Trucks & Heavy Equipment. Business Valuations specializing in all types of small businesses.


 
 
 
The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Phone: (772) 359-4300
Fax: (772) 466-8400
Email: contact@stlucieappraisal.net

 

 

 
 
 
Keywords for this article: Peter Max, painting, art, Fort Pierce, Miami, PALM BEACH, appraise, APPRAISER, artwork, St Lucie Appraisal, FLORIDA, value


Revised 09-04-2012
Updated 06-20-2013

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

APPRAISING CONTENTS & VALUABLES. ARE YOUR FLORIDA APPRAISERS LICENSED?


INSURE YOUR VALUABLES
DELRAY BEACH, Florida - If you live in South Florida, it's possible that you've called us to inquire what we could do to mitigate your loss of uninsured valuables after they were stolen or lost in some other manner. If you hadn't taken out a personal property endorsement, your insurer most likely informed you that these items weren't covered under the contents portion of your homeowner's policy. Your insurance agent may have forgotten to tell you about that.-
Your only hope of recovery will be to inquire whether the lost items are tax-deductible. So, with our best wishes for success, first call your accountant. Then you'll know whether or not you'll need us to piece something together for you. Please tell us you've at least kept a descriptive inventory with corroborating photos.

Have valuables? Insure them.

Ann Douglas from the very informative web site DoorFly.com has written to St. Lucie Appraisal both to complement our articles and to let us know how many of their own blog posts might be of interest to us. While our business is appraising contents, art, collectibles, antique cars and the like, DoorFly.com concerns itself with matters involving real estate. Their articles about contractors, home insurance, building a house, getting a mortgage, selling a home, realtors, shopping for condos, etc. are a must-read for anyone with these objectives in mind.

Ann writes, "I have become a frequent reader of your blog and we recently posted an article “10 Things Not Covered by Home Insurance” that dovetails well with your viewers. Perhaps you would be interested in sharing with them. Thanks again for the great content, and I hope the article I've linked primes your interest."

Here's the link: http://blog.doorfly.com/articles/2011/10-things-not-covered-by-home-insurance


FLORIDA LICENSED
ADJUSTERS & APPRAISERS
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In response to an article we published about licensed vs. non-licensed appraisers doing business in the State:
Russell: "In Florida, it seems as though people are confusing accreditation with licensure. Every question that has been asked about licensure has been answered from an accreditation standpoint. An appraiser may be accredited to provide insurance services in New York but it doesn't mean that they have a license to practice in Florida.”

Fran: "True story. In trying unsuccessfully to find an appraiser to act as a third-party umpire in an insurance dispute, I called Farmer's Insurance, Markel Insurance as well as a few other insurers who use independent appraisers in an attempt to locate one. What I learned was basically that every independent appraiser in the area was unlicensed. These weren't just mom and pop operations; some of these appraisers worked for national adjusting firms."

Florida Statutes 626.855: Any person who is self-employed or is associated with or employed by an independent adjusting firm or other independent adjuster, and who undertakes on behalf of an insurer to ascertain and determine to amount of the claim, loss, or damage payable under an insurance contract or undertakes to effect settlement of such claim, loss or damage must possess a RESIDENT INDEPENDENT ADJUSTER license from The State of Florida Department of Financial Services.
 
Robert Bryant: I don't know how significant the fines and/or penalties are for insurors using unlicensed professionals. If a serious accident occurs involving an auto or heavy truck that was repaired under the terms of an appraisal and agreement between a repairer and someone found to be unlicensed, I wouldn't want to be that VP of Claims.

The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Phone: (772) 359-4300
Fax: (772) 466-8400
Email: contact@stlucieappraisal.net

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Revised 09-04-2012
Updated 06-20-2013

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

APPRAISALS OF ART, COLLECTIBLES AND PERSONAL PROPERTY - SERVICE THROUGHOUT SOUTH FLORIDA

APPRAISALS OF ART AND
PERSONAL PROPERTY
http://stlucieappraisal.net/
PALM BEACH, Florida - When a customer calls to inquire about having something appraised, the first thing we ask is for what purpose is the appraisal being done. In fact, if you are planning to hire any appraiser, if he or she doesn't ask that question early on in the conversation, chances are you'll receive an incomplete or useless report. How does one go about finding a competent appraiser?

Is your appraiser licensed in the state where you live? In Florida, an appraiser may not perform any type of appraisal that pertains to insurance without an adjusters license from the State of Florida Department of Financial Services. The requirements read: Any person who undertakes on behalf of an insurer to ascertain and determine to amount of the claim, loss, or damage payable under an insurance contract or undertakes to effect settlement of such claim, loss or damage.

Most appraisers you'll find are not licensed, rather, they obtain credentials in other ways. A person must have a clean record, for instance, to obtain an adjusters license in all states. You'll find plenty of fraud in the world of auctions and appraisals and a conviction for such an offense disqualifies an appraiser from licensure. The American Society of Appraisers in Washington, D.C. is just one organization for appraisers. One need not be licensed in order to receive an ASA designation. After passing an examination, all you need is money - the annual dues are $560.00 after an initial payment of $565.00.

One important difference between a licensed appraiser and appraisers with other types of accreditations and certifications is that a licensed appraiser is held to higher standards, both ethically and professionally, by virtue of the fact that his or her license may be revoked. Conversely, the only way an accredited or certified appraiser can lose their designation is for failure to pay membership dues in a timely manner. In cases where expert testimony is given, judges and arbitrators recognize the legitimacy of licensure over other types of qualifications. Often, the outcome of legal decisions hinges on details such as these.

Have questions? We are always glad to help. In fact, we turn away more work than we take in after hearing some of the things people want appraised. We try to be fair and always strive to provide prompt, professional service to our customers.


APPRAISAL SERVICES FROM MIAMI TO MELBOURNE


The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Phone: (772) 359-4300
Fax: (772) 466-8400
Email: contact@stlucieappraisal.net



Updated 06-20-2013

Saturday, February 5, 2011

ART & ANTIQUES, THE APPRAISAL PROCEDURE AND WHETHER YOU NEED ONE


ART AND ANTIQUES APPRAISALS IN FLORIDA
MIAMI, Florida - Owners of valuable items often call St. Lucie Appraisal to ask about our services. Some of the descriptions and stories about the items are fascinating. It is the nature of the business that we turn away more assignments than we accept though. Most of the time callers aren't purchasing, insuring or donating things - or divorcing or going bankrupt - rather, they are simply looking to sell. They don't need an appraiser, they need eBay.

This week I had the pleasure of meeting a Cuban-American family in Hialeah and viewing an oil painting of Jesus Christ. The painting had been purchased in post-war Europe by an uncle who brought it home but never attempted a restoration or tried to display it. The work of art had been passed down and the new owners were curious as to both it's value and origin. There was lore about it being an original Rembrandt or that it was painted in the 15th century. The family has wisely decided to insure it.

While most of the paintings and sculptures we appraise are identifiable through various avenues of research, others are so obscure as to have no references anywhere. So it was with this painting that had no kin in any library or online resource I searched. The painting style was definitely not Rembrandt. The canvas and what was left of the frame were many centuries old though. The paint and varnish was chipping and cracked. The canvas had become practically see-through along some of the edges. Only the top portion of the frame was still attached. The rest of the frame and stretcher bar was gone. This was a delicate piece, indeed, any nothing like we had ever seen before.

How do we appraise an item that gives no indication of origin and has no verifiable comparables? As businessmen our time is valuable but ethics also prevents us from taking money under false pretenses. The family decided to pay us a minimum fee for the inspection and subsequent research which included a telephone call to The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC who agreed to identify the painting.

Once their assessment is complete we'll have an idea of what to do next. I am hoping that it turns out to be of interest to a museum or collector and very, very valuable. Everyone has read a story about a priceless work of art that had been valued at only a few thousand dollars by some appraiser somewhere. At The St. Lucie Appraisal Company, we try to make absolutely certain that story will never be about us.


The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Phone: (772) 359-4300
Fax: (772) 466-8400
Email: contact@stlucieappraisal.net

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Keywords for this article: antiques, APPRAISAL, APPRAISER, art, bankruptcy, divorce, donations, eBay, FLORIDA, hialeah, insurance, Miami, St Lucie Appraisal,  work of art


Revised 09-04-2012
Updated 06-20-2013

Sunday, January 16, 2011

APPRAISING MATRYOSHKA AND OTHER PERSONAL PROPERTY IN FLORIDA





MIAMI, Florida - Since receiving our first appraisal assignment for a Matryoshka collection (Russian Nesting Dolls) I have obviously learned a lot, viewed many beautiful examples and developed an appreciation for the art.  These outstanding pieces of art haven't lost value like most other categories of collectibles.

In Florida, particularly Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, eclectic treasures gather from all parts of the world. These examples as well as  antiques, art and other ephemera make being an appraiser fun. These dolls, also known as "babushka" were created in the late 1800s in Russia where they are still made today.

Most personal property consists of items purchased from local furniture, electronics and appliance stores so evaluating their worth is easy. We charge about $325 to prepare an appraisal for the contents of the average 3/2. Add rare art, collectibles, antiques, etc. and that figure can reach into the tens of thousands of dollars - especially if extensive inventorying is required. One day I'll write an article about my encounter with a room full of more than a thousand Barbie dolls.

Please feel free to call The St. Lucie Appraisal Company when you need an appraisal for a stated value policy, donations, estates, bankruptcy, divorce, purchase and sale, etc. Your questions are always welcome. Service from Miami to Melbourne!


The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Phone: (772) 359-4300
Fax: (772) 466-8400


 
 
 
Keywords for this article: antiques, APPRAISER, art, contents, divorce, donations, ephemera, estates, FLORIDA, Fort Lauderdale, insurance, Matryoshka, Miami, PALM BEACH, PERSONAL PROPERTY, stated value


Revised 09-04-2012
Updated 06-20-2013