“I found a painting in my grandmother’s attic. Can someone at The Cummer tell me how much it is worth?”
You might be surprised how often we receive a call like this. Unfortunately, staff at The Cummer are unable to provide appraisals or valuations of works of art. Although the museum would seem to be a logical place to discover that sort of information, appraisals and valuations are highly specialized areas that require extensive education and certification for their practitioners.
Appraisers often participate in rigorous training programs, and many are then subject to the professional standards of different organizations. One such organization is the American Society of Appraisers, which only accredits members after they complete a testing and evaluation process that requires years of study, training and peer review.
If you need an appraisal, valuation, or authentication of any work of art, please contact one of the following organizations that will help you locate a specialist in your area:
Once you have determined the basic facts about the artwork in question, you are welcome to make an appointment with one of The Cummer’s volunteer librarians, who will help you find additional information about the artist, style, or subject matter.