Blue Heron Fine Art

Art Appraisal Service

  Blue Heron Fine Art is an established antiques and fine arts company specializing in exceptional 19th and 20th century American paintings. As a private dealer our works are shown by appointment and displayed at numerous antique and fine art shows throughout the Northeast. Fine art appraisals, collection management and bidder representation are among the additional services that we offer. Our current inventory of fine art paintings can be viewed at

Blue Heron Fine Art offers written art appraisals for a fee of $175 per piece of artwork appraised. If the appraisal is for a charitable deduction for IRS purposes, an additional fee of $125 will be required. The specialty of our fine art appraisal service is American landscape paintings, portrait paintings, and marine art of the 19th and early 20th century. We are members of the New England Appraisers Association

What You Receive

Art appraisals rendered will conform to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). This is the national standard to which all appraisers adhere.

The art appraisal report will offer an opinion of "fair market value", not a retail value. A "fair market value" is defined as an amount of money a willing buyer would pay and a willing seller would receive for the item. In practical terms, this is usually what your work would bring at a competitive auction or through a sale to a reputable dealer who specializes in such works.

This "fair market value" will be established by the sales comparison approach and will utilize data including sales at galleries, auction results, Price guides, opinions of other experts, or other personal observations. Finally, this report will be heavily dependent on the information you provide us. Since this service does not depend on a physical examination of the work, the more comprehensive the information you provide us, the more accurate your art appraisal will be. Please read below for the types of information that we will need in order to perform your art appraisal.

Written art appraisals such as the ones we prepare online are used primarily for personal planning reasons, such as a contemplated sale or purchase, or for establshing an "agreed upon value" for insurance purposes. If you require an art appraisal for other reasons, such as establishing a value for charitable purposes, an additional IRS form is required to be completed by our gallery to be included in your tax return. As noted above, there is an additional fee of $125 for this. Finally, if a written appraisal is not required, we are happy to provide a free verbal appraisal of your artwork. Call the gallery to see which option is best for you.

We are confident that we will be able to appraise your work. If for some reason, we are unable to determine a value using the methods outlined above, we will promptly refund any amounts paid to us.

What We Require

In addition to receipt of the art appraisal fee, we require three photographs of each painting to be appraised; one photo of the front, one of the back, and one closeup photo of the artist's signature.

Condition issues such as rips, patches or losses to the canvas of any kind should be noted. Include other relevant information to the art appraisal such as artist name, painting title (if any), size, medium (oil, watercolor, etc.) and whether the painting is framed. Note any descriptive labels on the back, or any previous purchase/acquisition information.

How To Proceed

If you are interested, you can either,

Email Us:

Attach the three photos to your email
and include in your message the information as requested above.
Make payment to us via Paypal (Credit Cards accepted)
by clicking on the button below.


Mail Us:

Send the three photos and the information as requested above
along with check or money order for $175 per piece of artwork to:

Blue Heron Fine Art
31 Nichols Road
Cohasset, MA 02025

Thank you for allowing us to appraise your artwork. We look forward to working with you!



A fine art gallery of American paintings from the 19th and early 20th century by listed artists.
Our online gallery features selections from our inventory of landscape paintings, portrait paintings and marine art.

31 Nichols Road, Cohasset, Massachusetts  02025    Phone: (781) 383-3210
Gallery Hours: By Appointment          Email us at