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Are you interested in knowing the value of the items in your home or business, such as fine art, collectibles, antiques, silver, china, or other personal property? Perhaps you’re a professional needing advice for clients on valuing their property for an estate, donation, or insurance. We are fully qualified appraisers and accredited members of the International Society of Appraisers. 

Dale Chihuly, Jasmine Basket Studio Edition, 2010, glass, 4 x 7 x 7 inches

Estate Tax & Estate Planning Appraisal

We write our estate planning and estate tax appraisal reports according to the rules and guidelines of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP) and the International Society of Appraisers (ISA). They are accepted and respected by federal and state government agencies and courts of law. We have conducted hundreds of estate tax appraisals that have been submitted to the IRS and have never had a report questioned. We also assist clients with estate planning appraisals so they can make informed decisions about what to do with their artwork and collectibles as part of the willing and estate planning process. An estate planning appraisal can inform you of the current Fair Market Value of collectibles so you can make decisions regarding possible future estate tax owed, wills, trusts and future donations to museums or other institutions.

Paul Horiuchi, Perception in Time, 1980, mixed media collage, 49-1/2 x 40-1/8 inches, Portland Art Museum permanent collection

Charitable Contribution / Donation Appraisal

When a collector makes generous decision to donate an artwork, antique or collectible to a charity, museum or institution, they must consider the regulations and rules set forth by the IRS if they want to claim a tax deduction. Our independent non-cash charitable contribution appraisals are written to the high standards of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP) and the International Society of Appraisers (ISA). They are accepted and respected by federal and state government agencies and courts of law. We have no financial interest in the property being appraised because we are not affiliated with any venue that is sells personal property for a profit.

Pablo Picasso, Portrait de Jacqueline au cheveux lisses (Portrait of Jacqueline with Smooth Hair), 1962, Linocut in colours, on Arches paper, with full margins,

Insurance Appraisal

Our insurance appraisal reports are accepted by brokers and underwriters across the country and have received accolades from internationally recognized insurance companies. Reports strictly adhere to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and the guidelines of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA). Each object is appraised on a current Retail Replacement Value bases, ensuring that should damage or loss occur, fine art and collectible assets are protected by an upfront agreement with your insurance company. The Inland Marine Underwriters Association (IMUA) recommends that fine art be appraised every three to five years.

Edward S. Curtis, A Family Group - Noatak (Plate 722), photogravure, c. 1928 (1)

Equitable Distribution Appraisal

Equitable Distribution reports assist in the division of assets among heirs of an estate, or following the dissolution of marriage or other partnership by providing unbiased, objective analysis for your personal property. The division is based on a method agreed upon by the entities or is at the direction of a third party or court. In most cases Fair Market Value is required for equitable distribution appraisals, however in some cases Marketable Cash Value is requested.We write our equitable distribution appraisal reports according to the rules and guidelines of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP) set by the Appraisal Foundation, which is based in Washington D.C.

George Tsutakawa, Fountain of the Pioneers, 1969, bronze, Bentall Centre, Vancouver, BC

Damage/Loss Appraisal Reports

Our damage and loss appraisal reports are accepted by brokers and underwriters across the country and have received accolades from internationally recognized insurance companies. Each damaged article is carefully examined, catalogued, digitally photographed, and appraised on a Pre-Loss Replacement Value basis as of the date of loss. In the event of a total loss or theft, valuation is based on available information provided by the client. Our appraisal reports strictly adhere to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP) and the International Society of Appraisers (ISA). Should court testimony be required, we provide qualified and impartial expert witness testimony.

Albert Bierstadt, Mount Baker, Washington, 1891, oil on canvas, 14-1/2 x 20 inches

Fine Art Appraisal

McAllister/Fossum Appraisal Services has been a leading independent art appraisal firm in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest for more than 30 years. We operate independently of any auction house or dealer and specialize in confidential and objective appraisal services and advice. We appraise artwork in a variety of media, including paintings, drawings, prints, works on paper, sculptures, statues, glass, ceramics, and art installations. We are well-versed in appraising a variety of fine art, namely American and European art from the 19th century through today. Our specializations include Northwest artists, including the work of the famous Northwest Mystics (Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves and Mark Tobey).

Tiffany Studios, Maple Leaf Table Lamp, circa 1913, leaded glass and patinated bronze

Antiques & Residential Contents Appraisal

McAllister/Fossum Appraisal Services has been a leading independent appraisal firm of antiques and residential contents in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest for more than 30 years. We operate independently of any auction house or dealer and specialize in confidential and objective appraisal services and advice. We appraise a variety of objects that fall into the category of antiques and residential contents, including furniture, silverware, silver hollowware, china, crystal, figurines, memorabilia, books, lighting, mirrors, collectibles, glassware, coins, and many others.

Tlingit, Chilkat blanket, late 19th or early 20th century, mountain goat wool, yellow cedar bark, vegetable fiber, Fowler Museum at UCLA

Northwest Coast Native & Alaskan Native Art Appraisal

McAllister/Fossum Appraisal Services has been a leading independent appraisal firm of Northwest Coast and Alaskan Native art in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest for more than 10 years. We operate independently of any auction house or dealer and specialize in confidential and objective appraisal services and advice. As part of her research for her M.A. degree in Art History at the University of Washington completed in 2009, Erin Fossum studied Northwest Coast Native American art and artifacts, as well as Alaskan Native art and artifacts. These graduate studies and further research throughout Erin’s ten year appraisal career include the appraisal of wood carvings, masks, pottery, baskets, stone and ivory carvings, and other media such as paintings, sculptures, prints and works on paper.

Seattle Mariners Ken Griffey Jr. autographed and framed game used 1994 teal jersey

Sports Memorabilia Appraisal

McAllister/Fossum Appraisal Services has been a leading independent appraisal firm of sports memorabilia in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest for more than 10 years. We operate independently of any auction house or dealer and specialize in confidential and objective appraisal services and advice. Unlike auctioneers or resale dealers, we are a disinterested third party and appraisal professionals that have no desire to purchase or profit from your items. Our service is focused on providing a third-party, independent valuation, and our fees are the same regardless of the value of your items. We write our sports memorabilia appraisal reports according to the rules and guidelines of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP) set by the Appraisal Foundation, which is based in Washington D.C.

Glenfiddich 1955 Private Vintage, Pure Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

Wine & Spirits Appraisal

Wine enthusiasts and serious collectors have valuable allies in independent appraisers. These experts help wine lovers protect their wine collections by inventorying them and assessing their current value. Obviously, a good wine appraisal and inventory are essential when wine collections are insured. Many of the experts and professionals that appraise wine and spirits are also dealers. Unlike auctioneers or dealers, we are a disinterested third party and appraisal professionals that have no desire to purchase or profit from your items. Our service is focused on providing a third-party, independent valuation, and our fees are the same regardless of the value of your items.We write our wine and spirits appraisal reports according to the rules and guidelines of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP) set by the Appraisal Foundation, which is based in Washington D.C.

Working with Us

McAllister/Fossum Appraisal Services provides an easy, confidential and seamless experience of having your object or collection appraised for any purpose and provides you with an accurate and professional appraisal report tailored to your specific needs. Our 30+ plus years of combined appraisal experience make us an unparalleled resource for appraisal expertise in the greater Seattle area, Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and beyond. We are fully qualified appraisers and members of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), the largest organization of trained and tested personal property appraisers in the country.

Our Appraisal Process

The appraisal process begins with a discussion with our clients to determine the intended use and scope of the objects to be appraised. The valuation approach is then determined, and an onsite inspection is arranged to examine, measure, and photograph each item. Next, an estimated fee is given based on the hours of work anticipated to complete the assignment and the type of appraisal needed. The value of each object is researched based on comparables sales using selected online databases and gallery and auction listings, as well as academic resources, exhibitions, provenance, and catalogue raisonne research.

Erin G. Fossum, MA

Erin G. Fossum, MA

Accredited Appraiser

Erin specializes in appraising fine art, antiques & residential contents. She offers appraisals for a variety of purposes, including insurance, estates, donations and divorce.

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