Minnick Appraisal Service was established in 1999 as a sole proprietorship of Margaret Minnick. I am a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property (CAPP) in two specialties: Antiques & Residential Contents (awarded March 2003), and Fine Art (awarded June 2006). Both certifications were awarded by the International Society of Appraisers. It is their highest designation and very few members of ISA earned two CAPP certifications.
Most of my work comes from attorney and art dealers’ referrals for estate filing purposes, and donations of collections for charitable purposes. In these instances, my work must stand up to IRS scrutiny, and possible court review. In that regard, my reports are supported by extensive market research and analysis based on the most recent market information available. I also provide appraisals for insurance and divorce settlement purposes.
My educational background includes the following:
- New York University, Institute of Fine Arts, New York, N.Y. Master of Art, (History of Art), June 1982.
- University of Washington, Seattle, WA, History of Art, 1976-1977.
- Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, Bachelor of Art (History), June 1974.
- Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant through February 8, 2020.
I have been on the faculty at the following colleges:
- Adjunct Faculty member, Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA. History of Furniture and Modern Furniture, Five-credit courses, 2001 to 2005.
- Faculty, Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle, WA. History of Art, History of Furniture & Interiors, and World Civilization. 1984 to 1998.
- Cornish Institute, Seattle, WA, Instructor. American Design History; Spring 1983.
Minnick Appraisal Service has written donation appraisals for clients making gifts to the following collections:
- Alaska State Museum
- Bainbridge Art Museum
- Boston Museum of Fine Art
- Eastern Washington University
- Frye Art Museum
- Gonzaga University
- Hallie Ford Museum (Willamette University)
- Henry Art Gallery (University of Washington)
- Museum of Northwest Art
- Museum of History and Industry, Seattle
- Seattle Art Museum
- Seattle University
- Tacoma Art Museum
- University of Puget Sound
- University of Washington
- Washington Art Consortium (educational cooperative of 7 art museums in Washington State)
- Whatcom Museum, Bellingham
- Whitworth University
- Whitman College
- Art Law Day, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York NY November 2016 and 2017. Art Law Day, New York University School of Continuing & Professional Studies. Seminar focusing on an array of timely legal and tax issues concerning the appraisal of fine art, including presentations by IRS officials. Four years at NYU: November 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
- Annual Conference, Appraisers Association of America appraisersassociation.org New York NY. Presentations feature topical information from curators, auction house specialists and independent scholars. I attended six years from 2011 to 2017.
- Annual Conference, International Society of Appraisers isa-appraiser.org Chicago IL. Presentations by a private banking executive, an art historian specializing in forgeries, professional art advisors, and auction house specialists. April 2017.
- Courtly Collections: Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin, special tours of public and private collections in the Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg and Berlin. The Decorative Arts Trust, May 18-26, 2015.
- New York V.I.P. Weekend with Decorative Art Trust, featuring private tour of Winter Antiques Show, private tour of newly-reopened Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and home tour of private collection. The Decorative Arts Trust, January 23-24, 2015.
- The Upper Rhine, tours of public and private collections in and around Strasbourg, Nancy and Basel, led by curators and/or owners of the collections. The Decorative Arts Trust, September 7-15, 2013.
- Foundation for Appraisal Education Conference, Quinn’s Auction Galleries, Falls Church VA: Lecture presentations: IRS Donation & Estate appraisals (presented by retired Director of IRS Art Appraisal Services); Fraud in Asian art market, US Fish & Game agents explaining laws regarding endangered species (i.e. ivory, tortoiseshell); presentations by national experts in art pottery, contemporary furniture & glass. September 6 – 7, 2012.
- Newport Symposium, Great Places, three-day seminar focused on extraordinary art & architectural collections, Newport, Rhode Island, May 1- 4, 2011.
- German language courses; Goethe-Institut, at Schwäbisch Hall, Bonn, München & Dresden, 2011-2016.
- American Studio Crafts: An Emerging Force in the Decorative Arts Market Appraisers Association of American, One-day seminar on the post-WWII craft movement, Bonham’s & Butterfield’s, New York, NY. October 2, 2009.
- Best of the Northwest–Painters from Collections of the Seattle Art Museum. Appraisers Association of American, One-day seminar with SAM curators. June 26, 2008.
- Pacific Coast Ceramics Seminar, Scholarly presentations on a variety of 18th-19th & early 20th C British & Continental ceramics topics, Victoria, BC, Three years: September 1-3, 2006; August 24-26, 2007 and August 30, 2008.
- Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Wilmington, DE. These are seminars of recent scholarly research for curators and connoisseurs of American decorative arts.
- Looking Closely, Becoming a Furniture Detective, March 6-7, 2008
- Inlay, Veneer, and Imported Woods in America, 1785-1830, March 1-2, 2007
- Understanding Surface on American Furniture Then and Now, March 2-4, 2006
- Tools and Techniques for Understanding Old Furniture, March 6-8, 2003
- Furniture of the Colonies 1680-1740, March 8-10, 2001
- Ceramics in America 1999, April 15-16-17, 1999
- Deceit, Deception & Discovery, Fakes in the Museum and Marketplace December 5, 1998
- Painted Furniture 1750-1850, April 16-17-18, 1998
- Furniture from Newport, Rhode Island 1750-1800, June 7-8, 1996
- Federal Chairs, June 9-10, 1995
- The Art and Architecture of Middle Tennessee, Seminar of The Decorative Arts Trust, tours and scholarly presentations, Nashville, Tennessee, April 1-4, 2004.
- American Studio Furniture 1940-1990 A Retrospective View, one-day symposium, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, January 17, 2004.
- The Boston Furniture Symposium—New Research on the Federal Period, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, November 14-16, 2003.
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