|The appraisal identifies and values the artwork|
|The Value of Glass offers
appraisal services for those seeking insurance
or charitable tax donation appraisals, and for appraisers requiring advice.
Decades of experience as well as an extensive
computerized database and archival library of images and texts form an
unparalleled basis for establishing and supporting values. The appraisal
practice is limited to glass of the modern era, specifically: Studio
and contemporary glass,
Louis C. Tiffany, Emile Gallé and Venetian glass.
William Warmus prepares the appraisals. He is an experienced appraiser, the author of 10 books, a past curator at The Corning Museum of Glass, and former editor of Glass magazine. Mr. Warmus curated the landmark New Glass exhibition of contemporary glass that traveled to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and he has over twenty years of appraisal experience in the field of modern glass. See his resume on this web site for details at resume.
"Warmus’ credentials are bulletproof—he was the curator of the Corning Museum of Glass, was the editor of Glass magazine, and has written books on the biggest names in glass art, from Rene Lalique to Dale Chihuly. Although his expertise extends far beyond the realm of glass art into the broader study of art, there is little that happens in the medium that he cannot speak to in an eloquent and informed way."
Chris Peterson, reviewing "Fire and Form" in Glass Craftsman at:
For a brief market overview for studio glass, follow this link: Studio Glass Market Analysis
Appraisals can be done on site or sometimes through the mail by photographs. If the appraiser decides that an on site review is required, he can sometimes suggest a qualified appraiser near the collector's home who can conduct the appraisal, thus saving travel expenses. Collectors may also want to use the appraisal service as a second opinion, in order to add strength or credibility to an existing appraisal. We are not a member of the American Society of Appraisers or the American Association of Appraisers. If a collector prefers to use a member of one of these organizations, we may be able to help suggest one.
|Credentials of the
IRS publication 561 has this to say about the qualifications of appraisers (excerpted):
Opinions of Experts
"The weight given an appraisal depends
Conduct of the Appraisal
Guidelines for professional conduct are well established in the field of appraisals. It is our opinion that appraisers should meet at least the following minimum criteria:
1-Professional and Ethical
Collectors seeking appraisals should ascertain that the individual or organization selected is well qualified through experience in the field and that they are aware of and follow established appraisal practices such as Uniform Standard of Appraisal Practices. Appraisers should not act in such a way that they damage the reputation of other qualified appraisers who follow established professional guidelines. The reasoning of the appraisal document should be detailed and include an explanation of how the value was determined.
2-Accurate and Confidential
While recognizing that appraisals are a matter of informed opinion and that the value of an object is only determined when or if it is sold, appraisers have a duty to their clients to provide accurate numerical values based upon careful research and analysis. The appraiser should protect the confidentiality of the material prepared for the client, unless otherwise authorized.
3-No conflicts of interest
Appraisal fees should not be based upon a percentage of the final appraised value or contingent upon a court settlement. If the appraiser has a possible interest in the material being appraised (as a possible agent for sale of the material, for example) this interest should be disclosed and approved by the client.
Is the appraiser also a dealer? Does this pose a possible conflict of interest? In general, the tax law prevents dealers who sold objects to collectors from appraising those objects to support charitable tax deductions. While there are good appraisers who are also dealers, collectors should be sure that dealer-appraisers certify and describe any financial dealings they have had concerning the artworks or artists being appraised, as well as the extent of any future interest in selling the artwork. William Warmus Inc. is not a gallery or dealer in art. On occasion, we may negotiate a small broker fee (never above 3%) if asked to locate a dealer for a specific artwork, but we do not actively seek such business.
4-A complete report
The appraisal report should include the following: A detailed description of the material appraised and the market in which it is situated; the objectives to be achieved; limitations of the process (if any); the appraisal method used; the kind of value to be established (insurance; tax); analysis of the material and a determination of its value (including authenticity, condition, comparable values from auction records, etc.); the credentials of the appraiser; a disclosure of any interest on behalf of the appraiser; the signature of the appraiser and of any others who have provided essential assistance with the appraisal.
For more information:
For our rates, click here: Rates
For resume, click here: Resume
For information about insuring a collection, click here: Insurance
William Warmus Inc. The Value of Glass
PO Box 30 Lansing New York 14882
The appraisal identifies and values the artwork