Katherine is a certified member of both the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and the Appraisers Association of America (AAA).  She has been appraising antiques and fine art since 1999 for insurance, estates, donations, equitable distributions and damage loss.

Katherine studied in England and received a Diploma in Antiques and Decorative Arts from the Regent Academy of Fine Arts in London and subsequently attended New York University to complete her Certificate for Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts. She continues to take specialist courses and regularly attends appraisal conferences to further her education and stay current on the latest developments and regulations.


The insurance appraisal is an important way to protect your investment in personal property such as furniture, antiques, porcelain, silver, paintings and collectibles.

Sometimes it is necessary to value an estate for tax reasons. When this is the case, the executor should consider using a certified appraiser for this purpose.

It is very important for consumers to understand the limited level of protection for damage or loss that can apply to moves unless a proper insurance policy is taken.

Equitable Distribution Appraisals are based on Fair Market Value. They are used in distributing property in divorce settlements or dividing property from a decedent’s estate.


One of the most misunderstood aspects of personal property appraising is in defining the value. Because there are different definitions of value, you must understand the purpose of the appraisal before you can really understand which value is appropriate to use. Fair Market Value and the Replacement Value are the most commonly used.