Appraisal and Consulting

Desmond Fine Art is an independent personal property appraisal firm located in midcoast Maine, specializing in the valuation of fine art. It was founded by Jo Desmond, an Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, holding a designation in Personal Property/Fine Arts. Expertise includes the valuation of paintings, sculpture, art glass, prints, drawings, site specific sculpture, murals, vintage and modern photography. In addition, qualified consultants are available as part of a team approach in such classified specialties as antiques and decorative arts, rare books, Asian art, oriental rugs, and others.

DFA provides appraisal services for the purposes of:

  • Insurance Scheduling
  • Damage and Loss
  • Charitable Contribution
  • Estate Tax
  • Asset Management
  • Estate Planning
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Potential Sale
  • Acquisition
  • Research

The appraisal process begins with a personal inspection of the property, during which it is described, documented and photographed, to be followed by research, analysis and value conclusion.

All appraisal reports are prepared in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) published by the Appraisal Foundation and comply with the Principles of Appraisal Practice and Code of Ethics of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), and IRS regulations. All reports, consulting assignments and client information are confidential.

Consultation is provided in the areas of:

  • Collection Management
  • Cataloging Inventory
  • Photo Archiving
  • Shipping and Storage
  • Conservation and Restoration
  • Art Research
  • Proper Care and Display
  • Museum Framing
  • Purchase
  • Sale or Donation

Desmond Fine Art offers an extensive background in the arts, appraisal, conservation framing, and first hand working knowledge of materials and methods to assist in evaluating client needs. We work closely with museum trained conservators and other qualified professionals.

Appraisal services are billed on an hourly rate basis, including travel time. A non-refundable retainer to cover the inspection is required, after which half of the estimated fee will be due. Full payment is due before delivery of the final report.

Fees are based on the nature and complexity of the assignment. Please contact us for further information.