Chinese Art Appraisal

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Dr. Wei Yang, ASA, ARM

Dr. Wei Yang is qualified to appraise Chinese art and some forms of Asian Art. Yang has been serving as a full-time art appraiser since 2005. She provides appraisal services for a wide range of purposes, ranging from insurance, estate, and taxation, to sales consultation. She prepares tax-related appraisals in compliance with IRS rules and regulations. She also serves as consultant, appraisal reviewer and expert witness for litigation. Yang has been serving her clients based on her experience, academic training, and professional education.

Wei Yang Art provides quality professional services unmatched in the field. We don't claim to be experts of all Asian art forms. We would encourage our clients to consult other experts or seek a 2nd opinion if necessary. We have been serving our clients based on our experience, academic training, and professional education since 2005. We honor respect, expertise and integrity in our practice.

Dr. Wei Yang is a trained Chinese art historian and an independent scholar with a Ph.D. in Chinese art and Tibetan Art and a M.A. in Asian art. Yang has dedicated her professional life to the study of Asian art, history and cultures. Yang received a B.A. degree in Art History in 1997 and a M.A. degree in Asian art and Buddhist art in 1998 from Smith College (Northampton, MA), and a Ph.D. degree in Chinese art and Tibetan art in 2005 from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). Her doctoral training in Chinese art concentrated on Chinese painting and calligraphy of the 10th-17th centuries. Her extensive fieldwork in Asia provides her the needed hands-on research experience with Asian art, allowing her to extend her expertise from Chinese art to that of China’s neighbors (Japan, Korea, India, Tibet, Mongolia, Cambodia and Thailand, etc.). Her research interests on Chinese art techniques and connoisseurship, Asian art market and art economics have sharpened her skills as an insightful researcher and a sensible art appraiser. Yang also possesses a set of special language skills (classical and modern Chinese, Japanese and some Tibetan) fundamental to the evaluation of Asian art.

Dr. Yang is an independent Chinese art consultant and qualified Asian art appraiser. She has had a long and successful career in teaching Chinese art. To ensure the quality of her services, Yang completed all appraisal-training courses for professional appraisers, received a certificate of fine and decorative art appraisal from Pratt Institute in New York in 2008. After having passed the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) exam and the test on the code of ethics for appraisers in 2009, Yang was designated by American Society of Appraisers as an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in Asian art in 2010 and Appraisal Review and Management (ARM) in 2017. In order to identify condition issues with accuracy and offer adequate conservation solutions, Yang earned a certificate of Antique Chinese Scrolls Mounting and Restoration from Chinese Fine Arts and Crafts Academy in Jinan, Shandong, China, in 2011. Yang serves her clients by complying with the highest professional standards.

Wei Yang's Guide to Chinese Painting and CalligraphyDr. Yang published Wei Yang's Guide to Chinese Painting and Calligraphy (2 vols) (Tianjin: Nankai University Press, 2022), a comprehensive reference book for Chinese art professionals, including appraisers. Dr. Yang’s book is designed to assist professionals (appraisers, sales agents, legal counsel, consultants) as well as collectors and the general public in mastering the basics, learning the skills and developing expertise in the appraisal of Chinese art. These publications are based on Dr. Yang’s research notes as well as knowledge gained in specific assignments over the course of her career. Each book addresses the history and main features of the medium, techniques and materials, cultural traditions, aesthetics and art criticism. The books wed these subjects to a comprehensive, practical, and objective appraisal methodology appropriate to the subject matter and accessible to newcomers.

Dr. Wei Yang is completing a trilogy on the connoisseurship and valuation of Chinese art. The trilogy teaches Chinese art lovers and art professionals how to identify, appreciate and judge the quality of a Chinese art work and rank it among its equals in valuation. The second in the trilogy is on Chinese ceramics (forthcoming), and the third one is on Chinese jade (forthcoming).


No matter what your situations are or what particular needs you have, Dr. Wei Yang will be on your side. How do you choose an Appraisal Option? How do you know what kind of appraisal service you need? Finding the right expert with a set of skills matching your needs is the key.

With a M.A. in Asian art, a Ph.D. in Chinese art history and two designations of Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in Asian art and appraisal review, Dr. Yang serves her clients with a set of skills unmatched in the field, as Asian art appraiser, review appraiser of personal property appraisals, based on her academic training and professional appraisal experience.

We share critical information on your property in a concise manner. We strive to offer a carefully structured, self-explanatory appraisal (Restricted-Use or Apppraisal required by USPAP) that meets your needs at the minimum cost. Whether you need an appraisal for acquisition or disposition, insurance coverage or claims, tax-related affairs (income tax deduction for charitable donation, estate planning or distribution), pre-nuptial agreement, dissolution of marriage or business, or bankruptcy, you can count on us to make a clear, professional presentation on your behalf.

We meet your consulting and appraisal needs with professional dedication. Our objective analysis of your property and its target market is particular important if you have limited knowledge of the art market. A well-researched appraisal report tailored to meet your individual needs will inform you, educate you, and help you achieve your goals with the knowledge of an insider.

We aim to provide you with quality professional Chinese art consultation and Asian art appraisal services at a cost you can afford.

Merits of Our Art Appraisals

We are dedicated art consultants and appraisers, working exclusively for you. Our art appraisal report analyzes your property, its value, answers practical questions, and highlights the feasible strategies appropriate to your needs.

We provide you with the crucial information you need to achieve your goals. For insurance coverage, for example, a fact-based replacement value conclusion will allow you and your insurance agent to take precautions to prevent or minimize loss. For insurance claim settlement, a thorough investigation of your damaged or lost property and its place in the current market will make the claim conversation between you and your insurance agent efficient and less complicated. Our expertise, scholarly research on your property, and professional presentation of value conclusion explains why your art work is unique and how it should be protected, preseved or compensated properly.

We comply with IRS rules in preparing taxation (charitable contribution, capital gain tax, or estate tax) appraisal. We are not tax advisors, but we can help you understand IRS's tax regulations on "a qualified appraisal" and "Qualified Appraiser." We are qualified art appraisers for IRS taxation appraisals. We comply with IRS rules in meeting your appraisal needs. We work diligently to make an objective professional presentation. We are on your side from the beginning to the end.

We prepare appraisals for pre-nuptial agreement or dissolution of marriage with impartiality. We understand your anxiety or desire to dissolve the situation quickly and fairly. We will follow your instructions, pay attention to details, and help resolve issues to the best of our abilities.

We offer appraisals for bankruptcy (forced liquidation, orderly liquidation or salvage/scrap). We provide guidance and solutions that target the issues. Our appraisal report will allow you to stand firmly on your feet and make a convincing argument in any context.

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