Fine Art and Antiques
Consulting and Appraisal Services

DENVER  AND  LOS ANGELES

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Welcome

  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.

Paintings

Sculpture

Prints and Drawings

Silver

Furniture

Ceramics

Antiques 

Collectibles

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 

Probate

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. 


Consulting

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 de-accessioning 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

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  • Jennifer M. Wood is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of the American Society of Appraisers.  She is the only appraiser in Colorado to hold 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 Collections in England, the Attingham Study Program in Scotland, and the Victorian Society School in London.  She was the Co-Curator of 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 worked as a personal property appraiser since 2003.  Prior to her appraisal career, Jennifer worked at the J. Paul Getty Trust on a variety of projects including: The Getty Provenance Index, The Collectors Files of the Getty Research Institute, The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names and the Union List of Artist Names. Jennifer previously served as Vice Chair on the Executive Committee of the Southern California Chapter of ArtTable, a professional organization of women in leadership positions in the visual arts.  Her professional service also includes co-chairing 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 fine art market fluctuating widely, it is recommended that fine art 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.  An appraisal with accurate and current values is also essential for estate planning and estate tax, charitable donation, and gift tax.

 

•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.  

A fee schedule is available upon request.


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.   

Contact Us

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personal property appraisal consulting company

Denver Colorado, and Los Angeles, California

(310) 633-1736