“Having an eye” is the most important credential that any appraiser can have.
"When we decided to sell some items I inherited, Sheri walked into our apartment and in minutes had everything organized into groups. Within a couple of days she had reps from two auction houses and one dealer come over and submit bids to purchase the items. I really felt in good hands, and that we got the absolute highest price!" Suzanne L., New York, NY
Sheri holds a Certificate in Fine and Decorative Art Appraisal from NYU, is USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) compliant through June 2022, and is a Member the Appraisers Association of America (AAA) and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.
Sheri was involved in the family antiques business starting in her teens. She opened the New York office for Kaminski Auctions, was the principal appraiser, as well as a key member of the team selected by Oprah when she decided to downsize and sell the "Oprah Winfrey Collection."
She is an Instructor for the AAA Comprehensive Appraisal Studies Program (CASP) and frequent lecturer. Her standing Monday 4-6 PM appointment is Tutor for a 6th grader!
And there is no way to put a value on this particular and unique skill set. You can’t learn it from a book or in a classroom. In our experience, what looks like just “stuff” to most people almost always contains at least one gem. And THAT is why our clients keep coming back.
Sheri Mason, Principal, has been actively involved in the antiques trade for over 20 years. As a 2nd generation dealer, she grew up in the business and has an inherent knowledge and expertise that can only be acquired through the handling of hundreds of thousands of pieces over the years.
Oprah and her mopeds
Sheri Mason on Oprah's moped
By definition, a generalist has the ability to identify items of value in all categories. There will be times when a specialist is required, and over the years we have built a strong network and respected relationships with experts in each category, and will not hesitate to call upon one when necessary.
A professional appraiser’s value conclusions are based on prescribed methods of evaluation, research, and report writing. There are many public and proprietary resources available-- knowing which tools in the toolkit to use and when to use them is the key to a realistic and comparable valuation.