Brokering and Appraising Fine Quality Art
Appraisal & Liquidation Services
Formal, on-site (in-home) appraisals are only done within the State of Iowa. We provide this service for attorneys, executors, institutions and private collectors. We do not provide appraisals for single items. Due to time constraints, we only provide out of “Metro Des Moines” area appraisals services for collections of fairly significant size (75 or more individual items). We do not appraise coins, jewelry, stamps or furs. Nor do we provide appraisal services over the phone or via email.
When a formal appraisal is not needed, and the owner merely wants to sell or liquidate their collection, we are very experienced in helping you decide how best to quickly and effectively dispose of your items. If the collection consists of items which may be of interest to our extensive list of pre-screened buyers, we may suggest utilizing our professional Brokerage Services. For other items, we have often referred our clients to the same central Iowa auction house (who we know to be 100% honest, reliable, competent and very professional) for over 15 years. We will help you get in touch with the auction house owner to arrange for a personal inspection and evaluation of your items without the need for paying our firm for an appraisal.
Tiffany Lamps and Antiques Nationally Since 1972
“Helping preserve the best from the past as a legacy for the future.”
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Other Fine Quality Art Items and Antique Examples
Please Note: All images on this page and others are merely very fine representative examples of the quality and styles of art glass, art work, and other fine items we are seeking on behalf of our clients, or which we may have evaluated or personally brokered on behalf of our clients since 1972. We do not maintain an open inventory.
In addition to fine quality Artwork and Art Glass items, we ocassionally have clients interested in purchasing other top quality and antique items. If you have an item that is high quality, in very good to excellent condition, and you feel it might be of interest to our clients, please feel free to email or call us. We often find some of the best pieces for our clients from people who have inherited things, or who are simply not collectors who don’t realize the potential value of what they have until they email us or speak with us.
Superior Grade Wooten Desk Gustav Stickley Setee 20th Century American Tall Case Clock John Belter Tete a Tete Furniture c1850-60 American Coverlet Dated 1803 Fine Quality 9.75 Carat Diamond Ring
American Sterling Teapot 18th CenturyFaberge EggRare Pocket Flask 18th Century Pensylvania FlintGlass
Chinese Tang Dynasty BuddhaEarly Navajo Chiefs BlanketFulper Pottery Vase Circa 1915
American Sampler Early 18th Century Ansel Adams Photograph American 20th Century Thomas Jefferson Hand Written Letter
Our Private Tiffany Clients Are Currently Eager To Buy: Old signed authentic Tiffany lamps of any size and style, including Tiffany hanging shades, Tiffany table lamps, Tiffany floor lamps, Tiffany desk lamps, Tiffany chandeliers, wall sconces, individual authentic signed Tiffany bronze lamp bases, and authentic signed Tiffany lamp shades in very good-excellent condition.
Dennis R. Tesdell, Owner
If what you have is high quality, in very good to excellent condition, and you feel it might be of interest to our clients, please feel free to email me with photos and details (see “Easy Steps To Getting Started” on the Brokerage Page). We’ll do all the research. At no charge to you. We often find some of the best pieces for our clients from people who have inherited things, or who are simply not collectors who don’t realize the potential value of what they have until they email us or speak with us.
The Appraisal Process A Few Easy Steps To Help Us Get Started
Call or email us with a description of your situation:
If it is an estate, unless the estate is settled or is not going through probate, we prefer to speak with the executor/executrix or the attorney for the estate.
If it is a collection, either private or an institution, we would want to speak with whoever is legally in charge of the art and antique items and who would have an inventory list and the best knowledge about the number and scope of the items needing evaluation.
If it is a personal collection, we always work with the legal owner(s) or someone we know is appointed by them to work with us on the appraisal if they cannot do it themselves.
We will need to know the following things to enable us to decide if we are the appropriate business to help you:
Where the items are located (city).
The purpose for the appraisal (insurance, estate, liquidation, divorce equitable division of assets, etc.)
The categories of art and antiques you have: This would be categories such as furniture, artwork, glassware items, silver and china, pottery and porcelain, collectibles, antique toys, dolls, quilts, tools, firearms, etc. (See our Inventory Worksheet for more information.)
After hearing the categories you have, we ask you to approximate the total number of items in each category, so we can get some feel for the amount of time our appraiser would be spending in-person doing the inspection. Sometimes going from room to room is a good way to make your list; we also offer this handy, easy to use, Inventory Worksheet to make the task simpler. You can take your time in doing this of course. If you already have a list or can do it fairly accurately in email or on the phone, that is fine also.
We explain all of our fees to you and how we charge for our services. If it is something you wish to pursue, we then proceed to schedule a date and time to begin the on site appraisal. Download Inventory Worksheet
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Once we agree to work together, we will establish a date and time, depending on where the items are located and how much there is to inspect and evaluate, to perform the actual on-site inspection portion of our service.
Our appraiser will arrive on the appointed day and time and begin the appraisal. At no time do we take possession of any of your items.
Once the appraiser has finished the on-site inspection, they will bring all the written descriptive notes, 35mm photos and other materials back to our office. We will then begin the task of doing the market research in order to accurately arrive upon a fair price each item. This research and pricing process can take from a few days, to two or three weeks, depending on the size of the appraisal and our current workload.
After pricing for your items has been completed, the information is given to our typist, who will prepare the professional appraisal report forms. Turn-around time for this phase of the process depends on the number and size of completed appraisals waiting to be typed, and can take from three to eight weeks. We will be happy to give you an estimate on the turn-around time for your appraisal, once we see how much you have to appraise and once we know your appraisal date.
Your completed typewritten report, with 2-3 additional copies, along with any photos the appraiser took, will be mailed back to you. In most cases, the photos will be numbered on the back to correspond to the number of the item on the appraisal report. This helps greatly in identifying which item is which, especially if the person who ordered the appraisal is not knowledgeable about antiques and art.
That is how we work and have worked for over thirty years. With almost twenty years of membership with the International Society of Appraisers, Inc., we have the skill and ability to provide you with an accurate and professional quality appraisal to suit your individual needs.
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Please leave a message or send an email if we happen to miss your call. We return all emails and phone calls promptly within the hours stated above.
Please Note: No Appraisals Are Ever Given By Phone. Once we know the scope and number of items you have to appraise we can usually provide you with a fairly accurate estimate of the time that will be needed on site for the inspection and evaluation.