We have always conducted online inspections when in-person was not an option. Given the current pandemic and the recommendation by the World Health Organization for physical distancing more clients are requesting online inspections.
The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and the International Society of Appraisers have set guidelines for appraisers to conduct online inspections when necessary and appropriate.
At ENA Appraisals, all our appraisal reports follow our standard process regardless of how the inspection is handled. However, if an online inspection is requested, we then substitute an in-person appointment with images provided by the client. These images are used to determine condition, to validate and to record the artwork.
For online inspections, the appraiser would need several images for each piece including but not limited to the following:
- Close up view of artist signature, edition number and/or any other markings
- Full view of the front, back and sides
- Close-up images of the medium
- When possible remove from frame or any other casing for accurate images
Another option your appraiser may request, is a zoom meeting where the appraiser can view through video and ask to see additional views.
As mentioned, online inspections are acceptable if the appraiser feels confident that he/she was able to validate the subject property based on images or other tools. Under these conditions, however, the appraiser may note “extraordinary assumptions” in the appraisal report. An Extraordinary Assumption means that the auditor made some reasonable assumptions but could not validate because they did not inspect in person.
Hope you found this post useful and understand you have this option if you are in need of a fine art appraisal. Please contact us if you have any questions about online inspections.