What makes an appraiser qualified to appraise fine art, decorative art, jewelry and collectibles?
A qualified appraiser has an in-depth knowledge of the primary and secondary markets for the particular collecting style being appraised. He or she should have an academic background in the collecting category, as well as at least 10 years of experience working in the market for that particular collecting category. A qualified appraiser should have up-to-date certification in Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). He or she should also be a member of a reputable appraiser organization, such as the Appraisers’ Association of America, the American Society of Appraisers, or the International Society of Appraisers.