Chinese Art Appraisal

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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 & Appraisal Review and Management (ARM), Dr. Yang serves her clients with a set of skills unmatched in the field, as Asian art specialist, review appraiser of personal property appraisals, based on her academic training and professional appraisal experience.

Dr. Yang has served as an independent art appraiser, review appraiser, Chinese art expert (consulting & testifying) witness for litigation. She is lifelong Chinese art educator and writer, bringing integrity, professional training, competence in multiple fields, and impartiality to her work.


-Value of Art Works

You need an art appraiser if you are interested in the value of an artwork and are able to hire a professional to provide the appropriate written report. An art appraiser is expected to perform valuation services competently and in a manner that is independent, impartial and objective. Professional art appraisers are prohibited from being involved in the sale (past, present, or near-future) of the objects they appraise. Appraisers are required to comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP, published by the Appraisal Foundation and updated biennially) and the code of ethics for appraisers. Appraisers are certified by professional societies such as the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), Appraisers Association of America (AAA) or International Society of Appraisers (ISA). The reliability of an appraisal also depends on the appraiserís expertise. General knowledge is a foundation, but expert training and research are also needed. In general, Chinese art appraisers must possess broad knowledge of Chinese art history, cultural traditions, techniques and aesthetics as well as Chinese language(s). Beyond this rudimentary level, Chinese art experts bring knowledge based on a specific medium or genre, such as classical Chinese painting and calligraphy, Buddhist art, ceramics or jade.

Wei Yang, Ph.D., serves as Asian art appraiser with the designation of Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in Asian Art, specializing in Chinese painting and calligraphy. With a M.A degree in Asian Art, she covers some forms of Asian Art.

-Reliability of Appraisal

You need a review appraiser if you have doubts about the reliability, quality, or value conclusions of an appraisal thatís already completed. People requiring appraisal reviews range from collectors and inheritors to parties involved in tax questions, loan disputes, insurance issues, estate planning or litigation. Professional review appraisers are prohibited from being involved in the sale (past, present, or near-future) of the objects discussed in their reports. Written appraisal reviews typically focus on the quality of appraisal(s) prepared by other appraisers in terms of original appraiserís qualifications, the appraisal methodology, and the reliability of value conclusions, based on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP, published by the Appraisal Foundation and updated biennially).

Wei Yang, Ph.D., holds the designation of Accredited Senior Appraiser in Appraisal Review and Management in Personal Property (ARM) and offers appraisal review of Asian art.

-Management of Art Collection

You need an art adviser if you desire expert guidance on building and managing an art collection over time or formulating strategy for the disposition of a collection. Art advisers often possess expert knowledge of a specific period, artistic school or genre that match your collecting focus, and they should have strong research skills in provenance, authenticity and marketability. Most art advisers typically attend auctions and private viewings on your behalf to remain knowledgeable about current market trends and the performance of relevant artists.

Dr. Yang does not serve as Asian art adviser for collectors.

-Asian Art Appraiser & Review Appraiser

Dr. Wei Yang has limited her services to the appraisal of Asian art, with a concentration on Chinese art. Although certain levels of consultation is unaoidable, Dr. Yang does not present herself as an Asian art adviser. Her doctoral training, working experience and research interest all point at art connoisseurship, criticism and valuation. Her writing focuses on Chinese art, techniques, valuation criteria and authenticity issues.

Dr. Yang neither accepts consultation assignment on the management of an art collection nor offers advice on how to build up a quality collection.

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