Reasons to have your artwork appraised

  • To determine the insurance value of a piece or collection.

  • To determine value for tax purposes in an estate or charitable contribution.

  • For informational purposes to inform decision-making.


The Appraisal Process

Once we have determined why an object should be appraised, the next question is how. Michael prefers to appraise objects by viewing them in person. This can be done in the comfort of your home or office. After viewing the object or objects, Michael works with the client to create a scope of work. He then writes a thorough and detailed appraisal report compliant with the Uniform Standard of Professional Appraisal Practice, the only Appraisal standard accepted by the US Congress. Appraisal times vary based on a variety of factors including number of objects, complexity of their markets, and the purpose of the appraisal. We take this process seriously and hold the work we do for our appraisal clients in the strictest confidence.


Non-appraisal options

For individuals who do not feel ready to have their artwork formally appraised, there are other choices. Michael is happy to work with owners of artwork to research their pieces simply to give them more information about the maker, time period, medium, and the like. A trained art historian, Michael is passionate about educating collectors on the context in which their artworks were created. Some collectors may not be as interested in value as in organizing and caring for individual objects or larger collections. For more about advisory services for collectors, please see our Art Advising page.


How We Can Help

Michael earned his Bachelor's Degree in Art History from Providence College, where he served as a research assistant under art historians whose expertise ranged from Renaissance and Baroque Painting, to Modern & Contemporary Art, to the Arts of Asia. During his undergraduate career, Michael developed a sense of the scholarly foundations necessary for high quality art historical research. In addition to his BA in Art History, Michael holds a Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts at New York University in Manhattan where he has studied with the most skilled and respected appraisers in the industry. Michael has successfully passed the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) Exam and is USPAP compliant through 2020. A current associate of the Appraisers Association of America, Michael has appraised objects now in the collections of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, the Newport Art Museum, and the RISD Museum.



Appraisals and Research are billed strictly on an hourly basis stated on Michael’s current rates page. Michael does not perform appraisals in exchange for any form of commission-based payment related to sales of researched or appraised works of art. Michael strives to make high quality appraisals and research affordable and completes appraisals in accordance with rules laid out by the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.