Kensington Fine Art Services provides personal property appraisals of fine and decorative arts for insurance, non-cash charitable donation, resale/liquidation, damage or loss, estate tax, estate planning and gifting, and divorce purposes.

An appraisal can reduce risks such as being over or under insured, inequitably dividing personal property as part of an estate, being audited when claiming a deduction for charitable contributions or filing estate taxes, or selling for too little/paying too much. Appraisals conducted by Kensington Fine Art Services, an independent appraiser firm, are unbiased and impartial. Objective, qualified and professional, our goal is to minimize your financial risk.

Our comprehensive understanding of the art market can provide purchase and sales services for a single object, collection or estate. When starting a collection, we help you define, select, and buy art tailored to your unique aesthetic preferences and budget. When selling, we can negotiate preferential terms of sale on your behalf and identify the most advantageous venues for disposition including private sale, consignment, or auction.

Organize, preserve and protect the aesthetic, historic and financial value of your art. We begin by ensuring your collection is properly inventoried so you can take a more strategic approach to managing all aspects of your art including acquisition, disposition, loans, display and conservation.

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(646) 825-1606​

Our Services

Kensington Fine Art Services is based in New York State.  While we prefer to personally examine your items, it is not always necessary.  Please call us to help you determine which option will work best for you.

APPRAISALS

What an appraisal includes, in compliance with the most current Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice:

  • A cover document explaining in detail what type of value is being sought (“purpose”) and how the appraisal is to be used (“function” or “assigned use”).
  • The methodology and resources relied upon, including market analysis and market(s) selected.
  • A complete and accurate description of the property written in such a manner that it can be identified without photos.
  • The date(s) and location of inspection, and the effective date of value.
  • A statement by the appraiser that he or she has no financial interest in the property or that such interest is disclosed in the report.
  • The appraiser’s qualifications and signature.

All our appraisal reports meet IRS and Insurance Industry Standards. Appraisals are conducted impartially, with the utmost attention to detail, thoroughly researched and clearly written.

​ART ADVISORY and COLLECTION MANAGEMENT

Buy and sell with confidence.  Our services include:

  • Determining individual art interests and needs
  • Planning strategies to create an art collection
  • Researching international markets and sourcing suitable artworks at a fair market value
  • Valuing and assessing potential purchases
  • Assisting with proof of authenticity, insurance, shipment and installation
  • Representing our clients at auctions and private negotiations
  • Evaluating, providing advice and making recommendations for existing collections
  • Creating and managing inventories.

You’ll benefit from our fine eye for art and superior knowledge of the market when acquiring, refining or selling your collection. Rely on Kensington Fine Art Services to search out authentic quality works on the primary (dealer) and secondary (auction) markets. We provide advice on price, quality and condition before you purchase so you can buy with confidence. Let us be your single point of contact – from researching prices to arranging art handling, shipping, storage, insurance and installation.

SELLING AND LIQUIDATION

Organize, preserve and protect the aesthetic, historic and financial value of your art. We begin by ensuring your collection is properly inventoried so you can take a more strategic approach to managing all aspects of your art including acquisition, disposition, loans, display and conservation.

Selling and art liquidation services include the following:

  • Securing competitive proposals from different market sources
  • Comparative analysis of sales options
  • Negotiating dealer sales and preferential terms at auction
  • Managing estate liquidation and household clean-outs by determining the best disposition of all items.

DO YOU NEED A PROFESSIONAL APPRAISER?

A professional appraiser provides a written opinion of value upon which you can base your financial decisions. Rather than being just an “educated guess,” the professional appraiser’s value conclusions are based on prescribed methods of evaluation, research, and report writing. Bankers, financiers, investors, insurers, adjusters, estate managers, trustees, executors, attorneys, judges, federal and state tax agencies—all are dependent upon the knowledge and expertise of the appraiser, and so are you.

Whenever there's a question about the value of your personal property, there's also a risk involved. It may be the risk of selling too low, or of paying too much; the risk of being under or over insured; the risk of not getting your fair share in a division of the property; the risk of incurring tax penalties or being audited when claiming a deduction for charitable contribution or when calculating estate taxes.


Too often and too late, people find out that the appraisals they have are inaccurate or misleading, resulting not only in greater risk to themselves but also in an annual waste of insurance dollars. A competent appraiser helps you manage financial risk.

We're a team of dedicated individuals who love what we do. Contact us to learn more!