SPECIALIZING IN FINE ART APPRAISALS OF 

NATIVE AMERICAN & ESKIMO ART,

NORTHWEST REGIONAL ART, AMERICAN FINE ART,

& HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHY

DUWAMPS APPRAISALS

CHRISTY CHRISTODOULIDES, M.A.

ISA ACCREDITED MEMBER

Seattle, WA

Specializing in Native American & Eskimo Art,

Northwest Regional Art,American Fine Art,

& Historic Photography  

 

Expertise, integrity, objective analysis, and professionally - crafted and informative appraisal reports tailored for your needs are the cornerstones of what we do. Based in Seattle, Washington,

DUWAMPS APPRAISALS strives to make the appraisal process of your artwork straightforward and easy, offering a full range of appraisal services for individuals, non - profits and businesses in compliance with USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice), the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), and IRS rules and regulations. 

 

Specializing in historic and contemporary Native American, First Nations and Eskimo (Inuit, Inupiaq, Yup’ik) artwork and material culture, regional art of the Pacific Northwest ranging from the Arts & Crafts – period through the mid – century Northwest Mystics, 19th – 20th century American fine art, and historic photography, we welcome the opportunity to review your works and offer our expert analysis. 

 

MEET THE APPRAISER

CHRISTY CHRISTODOULIDES, M.A.

ISA ACCREDITED MEMBER

With over a decade of experience and art connoisseurship developed in the museum and appraisal industries, and as an IRS QUALIFIED APPRAISER and an ACCREDITED MEMBER of the INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF APPRAISERS (ISA), you can feel confident that I will be able to assist you in accurately identifying and valuing your objects through targeted market research and analyses, as well as provide skillfully - crafted and polished appraisal reports to the highest standards. 

 

My formal training in art historical research and knowledge of the evolving dynamics of both the primary and secondary art markets was cultivated while pursuing my B.A. in Art History, B.F.A. in Painting & Drawing, and my M.A. in Museology (Museum Studies) from the University of Washington. Prior to establishing my independent art appraisal business, my professional career afforded me an opportunity to deep dive into my specific subject areas of interest, conducting extensive research and cataloging Native American artwork, Northwest regional art and historic photography for the Seattle Art Museum, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, and the University of Washington Libraries’ Special Collections division. 

 

As an IRS QUALIFIED APPRAISER and ACCREDITED MEMBER of the INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF APPRAISERS (ISA) in good standing, my professional accountability ensures that my value conclusions are accurate and grounded in prescribed methods of appraisal evaluation, research, and report writing. My appraisal reports conform to the current International Society of Appraisers (ISA) Report Writing Standards and Code of Ethics, the current Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) as developed and overseen by the Congressionally-authorized Appraisal Foundation, and IRS rules and regulations. The International Society of Appraisers (ISA) is the largest professional organization of trained and rigorously - tested independent personal property appraisers in America and Canada.

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OUR APPRAISAL SERVICES

Whether handling a single piece of artwork or a large and varied estate, DUWAMPS APPRAISALS offers a full suite of appraisal services to assist individuals, non - profit institutions and businesses in unlocking the history and value of their personal property.

We are happy to travel to your personal residence, office, or storage facility to inspect works of art, and additionally offer online appraisal options for certain appraisal services. 

INSURANCE COVERAGE

Insurance coverage appraisal reports will document the ownership of your personal property, and will assist you and your insurance underwriter in determining the proper coverage to carry to protect your investments in the case of a natural disaster, theft or accident. The resulting appraisal report will adhere strictly to both Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) guidelines and provide a thorough record of your possessions, including a detailed written description, photographs, and retail replacement cost (the amount it would cost to purchase the same or similar item in the event of loss) of each object to facilitate in claim settlements.

We suggest that appraisals of fine art and antiques are revisited every three to five years to adjust item valuations to reflect the current market.   

NON-CASH CHARITABLE DONATION

When you are considering donating a piece of art or a grouping of items to a non-profit cultural institution, a charitable contribution appraisal report is necessary to provide documentation of the appropriateness of the donation for the selected charitable organization, as well as to determine the fair market value of the donated item(s) at the time of contribution. The fair market value of an item is ultimately the amount paid back to you in the form of a larger tax refund or smaller tax payment to the IRS. As an IRS QUALIFIED APPRAISER and ACCREDITED MEMBER of the (ISA), my academic qualifications and professional credentials guide my ability to conduct a thorough, accurate and impartial investigation of your artwork and provide you with a well-polished appraisal report that conforms to current Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and IRS rules and regulations. Non-cash charitable donation appraisal reports include comparable works within the appropriate market to provide full transparency and clarity to valuations.  

 

Non - cash charitable donation appraisals are required by the IRS for tax credit purposes if the single item or group of artwork donated have an appraised fair market value totaling $5,000 or more. 

RESALE & ESTATE PLANNING

If you are considering marketing an item or collection of personal property for sale, we can provide you with an informative market value appraisal report that is both Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and International Society of Appraisers (ISA)  - compliant and which empowers you to best understand the market desirability of your property, as well as present the different scenarios available to you as a seller based on the time allowed to sell.  

Estate planning appraisals are completed during the creation of a will or trust to document your artwork and establish the current fair market value of your collection. Such appraisal reports are both Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and International Society of Appraisers (ISA) - compliant and can assist you and/or the designated executor(s) of your estate in making decisions for possible estate tax owed, division of personal property within a will, and possible future donations to non-profit organizations. 

For resale purposes, we additionally offer a budget - conscious option of an online informal identification and valuation of your artwork for those seeking more basic information and secondary market valuation on their artwork without a formal written appraisal report. Please note that this type of service would not be USPAP -compliant.   

EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION:

ESTATE, PROBATE, DIVORCE, BUSINESS LIQUIDATION

We offer impartial appraisals that can assist you in times of estate division, court - ordered probate, or the dissolution of a marriage or business to ease and speed up the equitable division of assets, supplying you with incontestable values in a professional appraisal report that is both Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and International Society of Appraisers (ISA) - compliant. In most instances, fair market value is required for equitable distribution appraisals; however, some cases require that objects be valued for their marketable cash value. If requested, we can additionally include comparable works within the appropriate market to provide full transparency and clarity to valuations. 

IRS ESTATE TAX

An appraisal report for estate tax purposes is necessary to provide documentation to the IRS of an estate’s personal property assets, and provide the objects’ fair market values at the time of a loved - one’s passing. As an IRS QUALIFIED APPRAISER and ACCREDITED MEMBER of the (ISA), my academic qualifications and professional credentials guide my ability to conduct a thorough, accurate and impartial investigation of the estate's artwork and provide you with a well-polished appraisal report that conforms to current Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and IRS rules and regulations. Estate tax appraisal reports include comparable works within the appropriate market to provide full transparency and clarity to valuations. 

DAMAGE/LOSS CLAIMS

If an art object or antique has been damaged by theft, fire, natural disaster, or damaged or lost by a moving or shipping company, we can assess the damages and provide a Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and International Society of Appraisers (ISA) - compliant appraisal report that presents the appropriate replacement cost to facilitate a claim settlement. In the event of damage, your object(s) will be thoroughly and carefully examined and documented with photography in - person, and appraised on a pre-loss replacement value basis as of the date of damage. Should the object(s) be unavailable for inspection due to theft or total loss, then valuation of the object(s) will be based on the information provided by the client as of the date of loss. 

FINE ART & ANTIQUES RESEARCH & ANALYSIS SERVICES

In addition to appraisal services, I provide fine art and antiques research and analysis services as an independent art scholar, including contributing essays for exhibitions, collection research, as well as exhibition conception and development services.

 

In 2018, I contributed an essay to the exhibition catalogue for “Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis, Marianne Nicolson, Tracy Rector, Will Wilson” at the SEATTLE ART MUSEUM detailing the unique non -photogravure processes EDWARD S. CURTIS utilized to garner support for his mammoth documentary project, The North American Indian. The essay includes never-before published research on Curtis’ use of the GUM -BICHROMATE process, as well as the historical development and employment of the luminous OROTONE, or GOLDTONE, photographic process by Curtis.

 

COLLABORATIONS &

CLIENTS

NON-PROFIT & STATE ORGANIZATIONS

  • BURKE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY & CULTURE // Seattle, WA

  • CHIHULY STUDIO Native American basketry collection on display at CHIHULY GARDEN & GLASS //Seattle, WA

  • DUPONT HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM //DuPont, WA

  • FRYE ART MUSEUM //Seattle, WA

  • KING COUNTY PARKS, MARYMOOR PARK //Redmond, WA

  • TULALIP TRIBES' HIBULB CULTURAL CENTER //Tulalip, WA

  • UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO (UCSF) //San Francisco, CA

  • WANAPUM HERITAGE CENTER //Beverly, WA

TRIBAL ORGANIZATIONS & MUSEUMS

  • PUYALLUP TRIBE OF INDIANS //Tacoma, WA

  • TULALIP TRIBES' HIBULB CULTURAL CENTER //Tulalip, WA

  • SNOQUALMIE TRIBE //Snoqualmie, WA

  • SWINOMISH INDIAN TRIBAL COMMUNITY //La Conner, WA

  • WANAPUM HERITAGE CENTER //Beverly, WA

SPECIAL APPRAISAL & ARTIFACT IDENTIFICATION EVENTS

  • TULALIP TRIBES' HIBULB CULTURAL CENTER //Tulalip, WA   March 25, 2017 | November 19, 2016 | July 23, 2016 Guest Appraiser for Hibulb Cultural Center's Artifact Appraisal Fairs.

  • BURKE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY & CULTURE //Seattle, WA |  January 11, 2017                               Guest Ethnology Expert for the Burke Museum's annual Artifact ID Day public event.  

SELECT SPECIAL APPRAISAL PROJECTS

  • ALASKA AIRLINES, INC. // SeaTac, WA

  • EXHIBITION LOANS for "SEATTLE COLLECTS: NORTHWEST COAST NATIVE ART" on display at the SEATTLE ART MUSEUM (February 12 - May 17, 2015) // Seattle, WA

  • WEIDNER APARTMENT HOMES CORPORATE ART COLLECTION, consisting of HISTORIC ALASKAN PAINTINGS and NATIVE AMERICAN ARTWORK// Kirkland, WA

  • ESTATE COLLECTION of Seattle entrepreneur and founding owner of the NFL Seattle Seahawks, M. LAMONT BEAN (1924 - 2004), including HISTORIC ALASKAN PAINTINGS and NORTHWEST MODERN ARTWORK OF THE "NORTHWEST MYSTICS"// WA

  • ANCESTRAL COLLECTION of DARIUS KINSEY PHOTOGRAPHS// WA

  • KEIRO NORTHWEST CORPORATE ART COLLECTION, consisting of NORTHWEST JAPANESE AMERICAN ARTWORKS // Seattle, WA

  • DONATIONS of NATIVE AMERICAN & ESKIMO ARTWORK, NORTHWEST REGIONAL ARTWORK, WESTERN AMERICAN ARTWORK, & HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHY to regional organizations, including the BURKE MUSEUM (Seattle, WA), the PORTLAND ART MUSEUM (Portland, OR), MARYHILL MUSEUM OF ART (Goldendale, WA), MUCKLESHOOT INDIAN TRIBE (Auburn, WA), TULALIP TRIBES' HIBULB CULTURAL CENTER (Tulalip, WA), VASHON-MAURY ISLAND HERITAGE MUSEUM (Vashon, Vashon Island, WA), CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS (Seattle, WA), FRED OLDFIELD WESTERN HERITAGE & ART CENTER (Puyallup, WA), KLAMATH BASIN AUDUBON SOCIETY (Klamath Falls, OR), and THE OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA'S WOMEN'S BOARD (Oakland, CA) 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Christy helped us with my late Mother’s estate of mid century Northwest paintings, Indian baskets, and Navajo rugs. The division of these items amongst myself and my siblings was incredibly daunting, and made much more manageable thanks to Christy’s in depth description and valuation for each item. Her help was immeasurable and I highly recommend her services.

KIMBERLY M. ​

Working with Christy has been an invaluable service for the Hibulb Cultural Center over the past five years. We've utilized her for numerous reasons: insurance purposes and to learn the value of museum collections, and also to receive assistance in identifying any information about an object. We are always thrilled to receive the appraisal reports back due to their detailed nature.  Christy offers a professional service in that is highly knowledgeable in identifying Native American collections and art. 

TESSA CAMPBELL, SENIOR CURATOR

TULALIP TRIBES' HIBULB CULTURAL CENTER

The Frye Art Museum employed the services of Christy to appraise for insurance purposes a significant collection of more than 300 artworks by 20th - century Pacific Northwest and Alaskan artists. The entire process was clear and efficient, from discussing the project and receiving a time and cost estimate , providing data and showing the works to her in person, to receiving her appraisal figures in a timely fashion. She was already very well -acquainted with the works of the artists, which provided further reassurance that she was an appropriate expert to consult for appraisal values. She was also pleasant to work with!

COORY GOOCH, CHIEF REGISTRAR / HEAD OF COLLECTIONS, FRYE ART MUSEUM

I highly recommend Christy for anything related to First Nations collections. Christy has helped with authority and professionalism. After inheriting a small collection that had been in the family for about a century Christy was able to provide an authoritative appraisal. The pieces are now appropriately insured, displayed and secured – something my family had never done. The education I have received from Christy through that appraisal and other research she has done for me has been exciting and valuable. An example would be her ability to attribute some of the family pieces to a specific artist. Wonderful to get that connection to the past and to the culture.​ I’m looking forward to our continued collaboration.

JAMES DUFFUS

SEATTLE, WA

CAROL ESTEP, PRESIDENT

DUPONT HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 In 2016 and again in 2018,  the DuPont Historical Society had Christy appraise two of the DuPont Historical Museum’s collections. It was a fun, enjoyable experience to learn what some of the artifacts really are, where they originated and the value of each piece. We felt it was well worth the time and expense. The reports Christy produced were professionally printed and have proven to be very helpful to us.   

I decided to donate my Northwest Coast Indian artwork collection to the Oakland Museum. Christy spent several days going through the thirty plus pieces of artwork. She really investigated the individual artists and set the price for each piece. I received a detailed report and she communicated with my tax firm. I was really impressed with the way Christy managed my situation. She was very professional, nice to work with and delivered on time. 

GERALD SALTZGABER 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. WHAT DO YOU CHARGE FOR YOUR SERVICES?

My rates are very competitive and are charged on an hourly basis for both the on - site inspection and photographic documentation of your artwork, as well as for my time spent off - site conducting market research and developing your tailored USPAP and ISA - compliant appraisal report. Typically, the quotes for my services are dependent on the number of items to be appraised; my fees are never dependent on the appraised value of your artwork. Please CONTACT US to share more about your appraisal needs and receive a FREE APPRAISAL CONSULTATION

2. ARE YOU CONSIDERED A 'QUALIFIED APPRAISER' BY THE IRS?

YES, my academic qualifications (B.A. in Art History, B.F.A. in Painting & Drawing, and M.A. in Museology (Museum Studies) from the University of Washington), professional credentials and appraisal experience, and ACCREDITED MEMBER status with the INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF APPRAISERS (ISA) in good standing, designates me as an IRS QUALIFIED APPRAISER. As an IRS Qualified Appraiser, you can feel confident that I will be able to assist you in accurately identifying and valuing your objects through targeted market research and analyses, as well as provide skillfully crafted and polished appraisal reports that conform to current Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and IRS rules and regulations.

My ACCREDITED MEMBER status with the INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF APPRAISERS (ISA) indicates that I have successfully completed a rigorous education program, accrued substantial experience, and undergone extensive testing in both my speciality area as well as the principles and ethics of appraisal methodology and valuation. 

3. WILL YOU COME TO ME TO APPRAISE MY ITEM OR COLLECTION?

YES, I am happy to travel to your personal residence, office, or storage facility to inspect works of art. Please CONTACT US to share more about your appraisal needs and receive a FREE APPRAISAL CONSULTATION

4. CAN YOU APPRAISE MY OBJECT(S) ONLINE FROM PHOTOGRAPHS?

For many types of appraisal functions, I can assist you with a fully USPAP and ISA - compliant appraisal of your artwork from the provision of photographs, measurements, notes on condition, as well as any known provenance details. Please CONTACT US to share more about your appraisal needs and learn if a long - distance online appraisal is the right option for you

5. WHAT IS YOUR APPRAISAL PROCESS?

I strive to make the appraisal process of your artwork straightforward and easy, offering a full suite of appraisal services for individuals, non - profits and businesses in compliance with USPAP (Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice), the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), and IRS rules and regulations. 

 

The appraisal process is tailored to the specific appraisal needs of each of my clients. Following your FREE CONSULTATION, where we will discuss your goals, projected timeline, scope of the project and estimate, a time to inspect your artwork in-person will be scheduled (or, in the case of online appraisal projects, gathering of materials to send electronically commences). 

 

The on-site inspection of your artwork provides me with the opportunity to examine each object and thoroughly take down each item's characteristics (such as measurements, medium, identifying signatures and/or labels, and condition), document each piece with photography for inclusion within the appraisal report, and gather all other relevant information pertaining to the object(s). Provenance details that can be shared pertaining to the item(s) – such as original purchase receipts, former appraisals or family history – are additionally gathered at this time. 

 

Following the on-site inspection (or, for online appraisal projects, after receipt of requested photographs and details), meticulous research will be conducted off-site, shaped by your appraisal objectives, to investigate the appropriate market(s) and locate pertinent comparables to accurately identify and value your artwork objectively. My professional accountability ensures that that my value conclusions are fact-based and grounded in prescribed methods of valuation theory and market research.  

 

You will be presented with two hand-signed hardcopies or, if preferred, an electronic PDF of the completed appraisal report. My professionally - crafted appraisal reports conform to the current International Society of Appraisers (ISA) Report Writing Standards and Code of Ethics, the current Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) as developed and overseen by the Congressionally -authorized Appraisal Foundation, and IRS rules and regulations.

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