Chinese Art Appraisal

~ Asian Art Consulting & Appraisal ~

Meet Our Chinese Art Specialist

Dr. Wei Yang, ASA 2014

We are independent Art Appraisers, Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of Asian Art and Appraisal Review and Management (ARM-PP). We serve the public with expertise, experience and integrity. Quality, honesty and transparency are our values.  We never mislead you. We never ask you to pay for services that are unnecessary. Our job is to provide you with objective advice that would assist you to achieve your goals. We are honest about the art you own and its likely performance in the current art market or potential issues. The written reports we prepare are based on a thorough research on the history, style, and artistic background of your art, as well as the performance of relevant objects in the market place.

We are transparent in providing high-quality, professional services. Before we begin research, we state what you can expect in a written report, explain the way we figure costs, and ask for your approval in the form of an engagement letter. We insist that you understand the appraisal process before committing to it. We are happy to answer any questions. If possible, we often extend a discount for appraisal of multiple objects of a similar style, by the same artist or workshop, or offer a flat fee for a sizable collection.

We don't try to be an expert on all forms of Asian art, although we have been exposed to all major Asian cultural traitions and visual aesthetics in our graduate studies. We limit our practice largely to the areas in which we are qualified, by dint of our Ph.D. and M.A. degrees and our research experience: Asian Fine Arts, Japanese Prints, Buddhist Art, Chinese art and Tibetan Art.

We are independent art professionals. We pledge to offer affordable high quality professional art consulting & appraisal servcies to Asian art owners and art collectors who have no access to the elite professionals or scholars.



Qualified Chinese Art Specialist

Dr. Yang has had a long and successful career in different aspects of Chinese art and art connoisseurship. For more than 30 years, Wei Yang has been educating the public about Chinese art. For many years she ran the education division at the Dunhuang Research Academy (Mogao Caves) in Dunhuang (Gansu, China), the largest repository of Buddhist art in the world. Subsequently she moved to the U.S. and earned a B.A. degree in art history in 1997 and a M.A. degree in Asian Art at Smith College (Northampton, MA) in 1998, and completed a Ph.D. degree in Chinese art and Tibetan art at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) in 2005. Before she started her own art consulting & appraisal company, WEI YANG ART APPRAISAL, she held the position of Chinese Art Bibliographer for the Marquand Art Library at Princeton University for almost three years. In 2011, Dr. Yang earned a Certificate of Antique Scroll Restoration in China. Currently, Dr. Yang is an independent scholar, Chinese art adviser, Asian art appraiser and Accredited appraisal reviewer.

Dr. Wei Yang is committed to all Asian artistic traditions. As an academic, she dedicates her career to helping others understand and appreciate Asian art, particularly Chinese art. With a scholarly focus on Chinese painting and Buddhist Art, doctoral training on Chinese art and Chinese Art Connoisseurship, as well as a mastery of a few Asian languages, such as Chinese (both classical and modern), Japanese, and some Tibetan, Dr. Yang guarantees that her clients receive professional services of the highest quality.

Dr. Yang has never stopped sharpening her consulting & appraisal skills. As an independent appraiser, Dr. Yang earned a certificate of Fine and Decorative Art Appraisal from Pratt Institute in New York in 2009. She took the four Principles of Valuation courses in order to serve as a professional appraiser. She successfully completed the four-level-courses for Personal Property Valuation programmed by Pratt Institute (NY), the American Society of Appraisers, the 15-hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice administrated by the Appraisal Foundation, and passed a code of ethics exam required by ASA for a professional designation. She passed the qualification exam for Asian Art and earned an accredited senior appraiser (ASA) designation from the American Society of Appraisers in 2010 and a 2nd designation as Accredited Senior Appraiser of Appraisal Review and Management in 2017. As an independent Asian art appraiser, with a focus on Chinese art and Tibetan art, she complies with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and conforms to the Code of Ethics in her services.

Dr. Yang consults & appraises Chinese art of major categories. Her expertise includes Chinese fine arts (paintings, calligraphy, and prints), antique furniture, textiles, wood/ivory carvings and scholarly objects (ink stones, brush holders, etc.). She also appraises Chinese decorative arts, such as screens, jade, glass painting, and Tibetan Buddhist fine arts (Thangkas) and ritual objects. Working with WEI YANG ART APPRAISAL, you will receive Dr. Yang's full attention and her dedicated professional services from the moment you pick up the phone or send us an email to the delivery of a well-written appraisal report. Post-appraisal consulting services are also available.


How to Prepare for Appraisal

Engaging professional art services can be expensive. Being prepared and specific about your appraisal needs will certainly cut down the cost. The amount of information you request determines the appraisal cost. The more you request, the more expensive an appraisal is.

Appraisal reporting options are Restricted Appraisal and Appraisal. They differ in the amount of information provided and the intended use of the report. A Restricted Appraisal states the basic information relevant to the subject propert, serving art owners with a limited goal and modest budget. An Appraisal Report summarizes important details in a concise manner, serving art owners with general appraisal needs such as insurance, sale, consultation, tax-related purposes.

Step 1: Identify your need with a specific focus (insurance, sale estate distribution or tax, etc.). Consider how much imformation you need to achieve your goal. For example, if you need an appraisal for sale, you need to discuss the marketability of your property with an art professional before investing in an appraisal. Not all art works merit professional attention.

Step 2: Discuss your concerns and find alternative solutions. Think hard about why you need an appraisal and your budget for appraisal. Sometimes, you may not need an appraisal at all. For example, for insurance coverage, if your art work is of modest value, including it in your house insurance might be a better option as compared with a special art coverage. For sale, marketing it yourself at a popular online sales venue or consign it to a suitable auction house might be more appropriate than having it appraised by an appraiser without any follow up plans.

Step 3: Request a Preview: An informational Preview My Artwork will lead you to quality art services you deserve from art professionals. We are happy to help you figure out what you have and your options before you invest in a formal appraisal.

Have Questions? Need Professional Assistance? Please Contact Us or call us at (609) 688-6891.

We Consult & Appraise Asian Art

Classical Chinese Fine ArtsPottery  PorcelainJade

Wood CarvingAntique FurnitureAntique Textile Buddhist ArtTibetan Thangka


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