Appraisal Services

For over 200 years Freeman’s has provided skilled appraisals of fine art, antiques and jewelry to clients with various valuation needs. Freeman’s expertise extends from insurance, probate and family division, to charitable contribution, gift and divorce. This extensive experience places Freeman’s in a singular tier among auction houses; trusted, regarded and internationally respected.

Understanding the product, its history and its current market is critical in appraisal processes. Freeman’s appraisers employ the comprehensive knowledge of in-house, regarded experts to ensure each report produced is as reliable and extensively vetted as possible. 

Each member of Freeman’s appraisal department is either an accredited or certified member of the Appraiser’s Association of America (AAA). As such, each report Freeman’s produces conforms to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Freeman’s fields of appraisal expertise are extensive.
Areas include:

-American Furniture, Decorative Arts & Folk Art

-American Paintings & Sculpture

-Silver & Objets de Vertu

-Books, Maps & Manuscripts

-British & European Furniture & Decorative Arts

-Asian Arts

-Modern & Contemporary Art


-Old Master Drawings, Prints, Paintings & Sculpture

-Midcentury Modern / 20th Century Design

-Art Glass

-Pennsylvania Impressionists

-Russian Works of Art


As the nation’s oldest auction house, Freeman’s has supported some of the most historically significant estates. Of note, the estate of Mrs. Mary S. Irick Drexel and Mr. George W. Childs Drexel. In recent years, Freeman’s has provided appraisal services for the Estates of Robert Montgomery Scott, William & Mary Scranton and Joseph Sorger among many others with an arsenal of experience and expertise, Freeman’s appraisers are able to anticipate client needs and collaborate with estate management professionals such as attorneys, fiduciaries, financial planners, estate administrators, accountants, executors, trust officers and more. This foresight enables Freeman’s to provide efficient, interpersonal guidance to clients. 

Some written appraisal reports include:

-Estate Tax

-Equitable Distribution

-Inventory Listings

-Estate Planning,

-Divorce Settlement,

-Charitable Donation


-Gift Tax

-And More

Trust & Estates | Appraisals News Bulletin
News happens quickly when art markets change and new policies are enacted. In the aftermath of change, buying, collecting, appraising and planning for art and collectibles are impacted. Freeman’s monthly News Bulletin showcases timely articles written by a variety of industry experts, providing guidance to professionals and their clientele.  The News Bulletin keeps readers up-to-date regarding estate planning—from art and collectible market trends and selling, to fiduciary responsibility and personal property appraisal issues and updates. 

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For further information and confidential advice

Benjamin A. Farina
Head of Department | Appraisals



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Donald Walter
Vice President | Senior Appraiser



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Laura Cox
Associate Appraiser



Lisa DiCarlo
Appraisals Coordinator