Resources and Tips

Appraising advice and insights from our fellow expert members

Become a Qualified ISA Appraiser

Personal property appraising is a growing profession. As Canada prepares for the largest transfer of wealth in history, third party expertise in high-value personal property is in demand from estate lawyers, insurance companies, cultural institutions and government agencies.

A personal property appraiser is a professional who develops and reports an opinion of value on items …

The Market and Valuation of Ivory Objects

In the areas of Asian and African art, objects made from elephant ivory are quite commonplace, in particular, Japanese okimono (sculptures), and netsuke (a small carved ornament/toggle), and human figures from China, and animals from Africa.

  Ivory is a challenging area to value for two reasons: First, it is difficult to date; and second, …

Markets and Appraisals – ISA Featured in Canadian Art Magazine

Mixing on-the-job knowledge with professional development

“Third-party expertise in high-value personal property is in demand from estate lawyers, insurance companies, cultural institutions and government agencies,” states Kelly Juhasz, president of the Canadian Chapter of the International Society of Appraisers…The Society has just introduced a new student membership so that emerging professionals can access some of …

Millennials Aren’t Buying Fine China — and They Don’t Want to Inherit it

Set of Royal Crown Derby would have retailed for over $500 in its heyday but now you’d be lucky to get $75

CBC News · Posted: Feb 16, 2018 12:39 PM MT | Last Updated: February 16

We all remember those family dinners growing up, the ones important enough that your parents or grandparents brought out …

Beware the One-Page Appraisal

Insurers are increasingly rejecting one-page appraisals for valuable property such as jewelry, artwork or antiques – and for good reason.

Written by: Kelly Juhasz, ISA Accredited Member & Principal, Fine Art Appraisal and Services Darlene N. Wong, ISA CAPP Member & Owner, Brilliant Evaluations & Appraisals  

Originally published by Canadian Underwriter, June 2018, pg. 38.

As …

Is Your Family’s Stuff Worth Anything?

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY: INVESTORS GROUP / MARCH 2018 View the article here   If you or your parents are downsizing, you may want to purge, even family heirlooms. Here’s how to find out if those old things have any monetary value. Stuff, stuff, everywhere you look. At your parents’ place – and possibly your own …

10 Tips for New Art Collectors

I’m always being asked by new art buyers for help in better understanding the art markets so here is an introductory list of ten tips that can provide some foundational knowledge.

Learn and study as much as you can about art.The more art you can look at the more you’ll start to identify styles and images …

10 Questions New Art Buyers Are Afraid to Ask

Many people interested in learning more about buying original art are intimidated by the art world and are afraid to ask about what they don’t know. If this describes you, then you are not alone. To support new art buyers in building a foundation of art market knowledge, here is an introductory list of …

Death, Disaster, Debt and Divorce – the Need for Personal Property Appraisers

An article in the Huffington Post offers advice to consumers on how to navigate the “4 D’s” in Personal Property: Death, Disaster, Debt, and Divorce.

“When a loved one dies, a personal property appraiser can help determine the value for an equitable distribution of an estate as well as any potential federal, state, or local …

New Rulings on Ivory Trade Affecting Appraisers, Antique Dealers, Collectors, Museums

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a final ruling and revisions to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) regarding the African Elephant taking effect on June 6, 2016.
The almost complete ban on elephant ivory trading takes into account activities that do not contribute to elephant poaching and illegal trade in ivory while ensuring that …