We focus on appraisals of a variety of fine art and decorative arts items. These frequently include paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures, art glass, ceramics, and mixed media works. Pamela Jaynes has a Fine Art designation from the International Society of Appraisers, a Masters degree and Bachelors degree in Art History and eighteen years of experience working in appraisals, museums, and galleries. With years of experience working in libraries and private collections, followed by specialized appraisal coursework, we also appraise books.

Our Appraisals

We provide appraisals for a variety of early and established collectors. Appraisals can serve many purposes, including:

  • Obtaining insurance coverage

  • Filing a damage claim for insurance coverage

  • Estate planning

  • Filing for a tax deduction on a charitable contribution

  • Filing an estate tax return

  • Obtaining current market information for resale

  • Equitable distribution during separation or divorce proceedings

  • Update a past appraisal

  • General Knowledge

Our Appraisal Process

When you contact Jaynes Appraisals, we will discuss your appraisal on the telephone or via email. Once we have conducted preliminary research, we will send an appraisal estimate and contract. When the contract is signed and returned, we will schedule an appointment to document your items. We typically document in your home or office to avoid the need to transport your property.

At your appointment, the items included in the appraisal will be documented. All items need to be accessible and in an area with appropriate lighting. We will take photographs, measure the items, and look for identifying characteristics. We will use this information to research the values for your appraisal report. This research will include a variety of sources and collaboration with experts if warranted. Within two to four weeks, as the appraisal nears completion, a final invoice will be sent to you.

Your appraisal will be mailed and/or emailed to you, depending on your preference. If you need an additional copy for other parties, please let us know.

We look forward to discussing your appraisal project!