Personal Property Consulting and Appraisal Services

Personal Property Consulting and Appraisal Services

Personal Property Consulting and Appraisal Services Personal Property Consulting and Appraisal Services Personal Property Consulting and Appraisal Services




Jennifer M. Wood Consulting and Appraisal Services is a boutique firm 

offering professional valuation and advisory services since 2003.  We assist our clients with single items and collections comprising thousands of objects. 

Assignments are performed with impartiality, objectivity, and strict confidentiality.

We serve clients throughout Colorado, California, and nationwide.



Prints and Drawings






Luxury Goods

Public Art

Residential Contents

Appraisals are prepared for a variety of intended uses: 

Insurance coverage 

Property loss and damage 

Estate tax 

Estate planning 

Charitable donation 

Gift tax 

Equitable distribution 


Dispute resolution 

Asset management

Artist estates

Blockage discounts

Litigation Support

Our  appraisal expert witness testimony and litigation-support services provide impartial opinions to assist in the resolution of complex appraisal and valuation issues.  We have extensive experience performing original and rebuttal appraisals that prevail for plaintiffs or defendants.  

All appraisal reports are unbiased and carefully researched.  We adhere to the professional standards set forth in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and the Code of Ethics of the American Society of Appraisers. 


In addition to appraisal services, we offer consulting on the purchase of fine art and antiques, commissioning art work, as well as advisory services for clients 

deaccessioning property. 

We also provide provenance and art historical research, cataloguing, and 

curatorial services to collectors, corporations, organizations, and artists. 

We hold no inventory and do not buy or sell items that we appraise.

About Us


Jennifer M. Wood is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of the American Society of Appraisers.  She holds ASA designations in Fine Arts, Antiques, and Decorative Arts.  She received a Master's degree in Art History from the University of Southern California, a Bachelor's degree in Art History from Lake Forest College, and a Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts from the University of California-Irvine. Jennifer is a graduate of the Winter and Fall Institutes in American decorative arts at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware, the Attingham School for the Study of Historic Houses and Art Collections in England, the Attingham Study Program in Scotland, and the Victorian Society School in London. 


Jennifer has worked as a personal property appraiser since 2003.  Preceding her appraisal career, she worked at the Getty in Los Angeles for ten years where she served as an assistant editor and archivist for The Union List of Artist Names, The Getty Provenance Index, The Collectors Files of the Getty Research Institute, and The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names. 


Prior to her work at the Getty, Jennifer was a research assistant for two Old Master exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): Italian Panel Painting of the Early Renaissance and Spanish Polychrome Sculpture 1500-1800 in United States Collections.

In addition to her museum experience at LACMA, she co-curated the exhibition Richard Diebenkorn: Works on Paper from the Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson Collection at the Fisher Museum of Art and wrote the essay The Private Realm of Richard Diebenkorn's “41 Etchings Drypoints” for the accompanying scholarly catalogue.  She has written articles on appraisal research and methodology for the appraisal publication Personal Property Journal.

Her professional service includes Vice Chairing the Executive Committee of the Southern California Chapter of Art Table, a professional organization of women in leadership positions in the visual arts.  She also served as the Co-Chair of the Personal Property Committee of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are appraisals compliant with USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice)?

Yes.  USPAP are the current accepted standards for professional appraisal practice.  The standards articulate procedures to be followed in the development of a credible appraisal and the manner in which the results of that process are reported. USPAP establishes requirements for appraisers to perform assignments with impartiality, objectivity, and independence.  A USPAP compliant appraisal is an indication of professionalism to which the appraiser adheres. 

  • How often should my collection be appraised?

It depends on the objects in the collection.  With prices in the market fluctuating widely, it is recommended that personal property be appraised every three to five years.  Collectors often do not realize they need to have their collection reevaluated or that some insurance companies require it.  Additional insurance coverage might be necessary on works that have increased in value.  An updated appraisal will also help collectors realize which works may need coverage adjusted lower.  Consequently, your premium may continue to increase, even if the market is declining.  


  • Are the appraised values based upon research in the marketplace or do the values just restate the purchase price of the property?

An appraisal is an opinion of value developed and supported by data gathered, analyzed, and interpreted from the marketplace.   A purchase price is a fact of the amount paid for the property.  The purchase price may not have any relation to the value that might be given due to the financial capabilities, motivations, or special interests of a buyer or seller. In addition, if an appraisal is based only on the purchase price, it may not be accepted by an insurance company for insurance coverage. 

  • How are fees determined?

Fees are based on the appraiser's time and expenses.  

Fees are never based upon the appraised value of the property.  

  • Who uses your consulting and appraisal services?

Our clients include attorneys, estate and trust administrators, insurance companies, museums, universities, corporations, artists, law enforcement agencies, film and television production companies, and private collectors.   

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personal property appraisal consulting company

Denver Colorado, and Los Angeles, California

(310) 633-1736