Certified Specialist in Appraising Art & Antiques

About the Appraiser

A Certified Member of International Fine Art Appraisers (IFAA) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Gallery President Kurt Shaw evaluates a work of art, antique and/or object of historical importance by sourcing past and current art and antique auction records for comparable items, comparing current market prices within a dealer network, as well as by using the gallery’s own extensive art and antique library resources.

Over the past decade Mr. Shaw has appraised thousands of art and and antique objects for numerous clients both private and public, including such notable clients as Dollar Bank, The National Football League Alumni Association, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Saint Vincent College and Wesley Glen Retirement Community, to name just a few. Give him a call to see how he can help you.

Currently Shaw Galleries conducts two types of Valuation Services - the issuing of Certificates of Valuation and the writing of Certified Appraisal Reports. Both are described below...


Certificate of Valuation

Shaw Galleries provides an easy, inexpensive means of obtaining concise appraisals or estimates of an object’s current market value via our On-Line Appraisal service.

All for a low $30 Valuation Fee!

This simple appraisal or valuation is intended to give a reasonable estimate of the fair market value of the work and also to estimate what price it might fetch at auction based on its description.

For most collectors, the price estimate and appraisal information provided with this service is all they need to know to understand the value of their painting, print or antique. The Certificate of Valuation provided can aid you greatly in determining what you can sell, consign or trade the items for. (This is a value only service. Not a USPAP Certified Appraisal Report* - see below.)

On-line Appraisal

That's right, for $30 you will get a high-quality Certificate of Valuation mailed to you. Please note that the certificate contains the IFAA seal and must be mailed via USPS. Please do not request that we e-mail a digital substitute. More info here.

NOTE: Excludes appraisal services for purposes of insurance, distribution for divorce, etc. Please see Certified Appraisal Reports below. 


In-House Appraisal

Not one to use computers? Would you prefer to meet in person? No problem. For only an additional $100 travel fee, Mr. Shaw can come to your home to appraise your art or antique furniture. All visits must be within the Allegheny County area; all others, please call to ask if we can travel to you. To set up an appointment today, dial 412-944-4159. 


Certified Appraisal Report*

Shaw Galleries offers appraisal reports for the purposes of estate valuations, gift tax and charitable donations, equitable distribution for divorce, dispute settlements, and for insurance for either scheduling or a damage and loss claim. This full, Certified, signed appraisal report, which is published as a legal document, contains full documentation and photographs of all of the artwork in your collection

Certified Appraisal Reports start at $175 for a single item.

Shaw Galleries provides clients with highly accurate and detailed appraisals that are accepted by the Internal Revenue Service, courts-of-law and insurance companies.  Our appraisals adhere to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), The American Society of Appraisers (ASA) Code of Ethics, and the Appraisal Standards as set forth by the Appraisal Foundation of America.  All appraisal reports include full descriptions for each article along with photos of high-value objects.

Each item is carefully examined and photographed on premises (yours or ours), then thoroughly researched in accordance with the Art Loss Registry and the Getty Research Institute Object ID standards.  All reports are generated in a timely manner to ensure all deadlines are met, but we also offer express services for our clients with more immediate needs.

Our fine art and personal property appraisal reports can be use in the areas of probate resolution/estate tax and IRS submission, estate planning, fair equity/marital distribution, debt obligation, bankruptcy/liquidation and insurance underwriting as well as for non-cash charitable contributions.

All appraisals prepared by Shaw Galleries adhere to professional and ethical guidelines as laid out by the Uniform Standard of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).