What is an appraisal?
An appraisal is a current valuation based on the purpose of the Appraisal using comparable values of the same or similar items in the appropriate market.
Why do I need an appraisal?
Have you ever seen Antiques Roadshow on TV? Well, you might have some priceless valuables sitting around your home – and you’ll never know until you get your items appraised! Our gallery has three appraisers on staff with combined experience of over 90 years to evaluate your property. Once you get an appraisal, you can make an educated decision on how you would like to proceed with the sale of your property. Our appraisal staff covers the immediate tri-state area and for extensive appraisals, will travel cross-country.
Free estimates are offered in house, Tuesday through Thursday 10 am – 4 pm; we welcome walk-ins and we are also available by appointment. (Link to Contact Us page and Consignments page)
Our appraisals are accepted by Insurance Companies and Attorneys for valuation of property. Copies are sent to your Attorney or Insurance companies, if needed. Cost is based on an hourly rate irregardless of valuations. Estimates are provided before work begins.
All of our appraisers have over 90 years of combined experience.
We can appraise your items in the comfort of your own home; verbal appraisals are the least costly and start as low as $100. These are expert opinions based on current market value and the experience of our esteemed appraisers. Verbal appraisals are used as a guide to the value of your property. Our fees are customer-friendly and we work with everyone from estate attorneys to estate liquidators, and especially private owners.
Meet Our Appraisers
Maurice W. Steiker – Certified Appraiser
Maurice has had over 30 years of experience as personal property, antiques, and fine arts dealer in both the New York Metropolitan area and France. He is an expert in 19th and 20th century continental European furniture, decorative arts, and fine arts. A fluent French and Spanish speaker, Maurice has helped create antique collections – both corporate and private – worldwide. He works closely with numerous antique and fine arts dealers as well as auction houses as a buyer in the United States, France, and Argentina.
Experience (Click to expand)
1994 – Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA) – expertise in 19th and 20th Century Antique and Decorative Arts, as well as 19th and 20th Century Fine Arts.
2001 – Appraisers Association of America (AAA) – certified in General Household Property.
2009 – Completed and passed current, updated U.S.P.A.P. compliance program.
Matthew is a buyer of antiques and fine arts in Europe, South America, and North America. He advises and represents clients around the world as they invest in antiques and fine arts. He is a sales liaison for numerous auction houses. Matthew has experience in purchasing, packing, and shipping logistics from Paris, France, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Experience (click to expand)
Auction House Experience:
Christie’s Fine Art Auction (1982-1997)
502 Park Avenue
New York , N.Y. 10021
Head of 19th century furniture and decorative arts, overseeing North and South American sales and catalogue production for bi-yearly sales.
Trained as a generalist covering appraisals of 16th to 20th century European furniture, 19th and 20th century American furniture and decorative arts, sculpture and fine arts. Experience with estate tax and insurance appraisals as well as expert witness work.
Education: New York University School of Continuing Education
New York University Appraisal Studies Program – Taught courses on 19th Century Furniture and Wood Identification.
George Washington University, New York University, Appraisers Association of America, Christie’s, and private lectures.
Judith Lipton – Certified Appraiser
With more than fifteen years of experience in the auction business, Judith has wide general knowledge in all aspects of art and antiques and current market values. Working in conjunction with Time & Again Galleries, she can assist with all aspects of estate liquidation including appraisal, consignment to auction, private sales and estate sales in the home. Together with the client, she will advise as to which type of service will be appropriate to realize the highest prices for their property.