Robert Aibel has been doing appraisals of the work of George Nakashima, Wharton Esherick, Sam Maloof and many others of the American Studio Craft Movement, as well as French and American Art Deco, for over 20 years. He has completed extensive appraisals for the Wharton Esherick Museum, The Nakashima Foundation for Peace as well as Esherick and Nakashima family members, and is the regular appraiser for modern and contemporary decorative arts for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Written appraisals can be done for insurance, estate and/or sale purposes at a cost of $250 per hour. Most appraisals can be performed via email or regular mail, expediting the process so that a typical fee is based on 1-3 hours of work.
In order to do an appraisal, we request photos of each whole item, a photo of the top of anything with a top surface (tables, buffets, etc.), and photos of any special details that aren't easily apparent. In addition, we require the dimensions of each item and copies of any documentation (invoices, drawings, etc.) that you might have. Also, please let us know the purpose of the appraisal. Once all of your materials have been received, they will be reviewed in order to provide you with a price quote for your approval, prior to proceeding with the appraisal. Please feel free to email or call Dr. Aibel directly to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have.