of fine art
We offer qualified, properly prepared appraisal reports.
An appraisal as defined by the Appraisal Standards Board in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice is "the act or process of developing an opinion of value."
Why do you need an appraisal, and for what purpose? These are important questions to ask yourselves before hiring an appraiser because the purpose of the appraisal determines the value of the object.
See our APPRAISALS page for more about the types of appraisals we offer our clients and their subsequent definitions of value.
We also offer Collection Management if you need to inventory, catalog and organize your collection.
Aitchison's Appraisals is USPAP compliant through May 9, 2020
Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) are the appraisal procedures and guidelines for conducting and writing appraisals published by the Appraisal Standards Board of the Appraisal Foundation. First codified in 1987, these standards apply to all disciplines of appraising and are predicated on the concept that there is common methodology which can be found in all aspects of appraisal practice including appraisal, appraisal review and appraisal consultancy. (Source: Appraisers Association of America)
Joy Aitchison is a qualified Fine Art Appraiser and Art Historian with experience in the art world spanning nearly twenty years in both Europe and the United States. She is an Associate Member of the Appraisers Association of America, and additionally consults as an Appraiser and Advisor for the internationally renowned asset management company, Pall Mall Art Advisors. Joy is qualified to appraise a wide variety of fine and decorative art with a specialization in 19th century European paintings.
With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from University of the Pacific and Certificates in Appraisal Studies from both Christie's Education in London and New York University, Joy has experience working in several museums and fine art auction houses including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Oakland Museum of California, Bonhams&Butterfields and Christie's.