Advisory

Conservation & Restoration

If one of our appraisers deems it necessary during the appraisal of your item, a conservation proposal will be included as part of your verbal consultation fee as a courtesy. Our conservators are academically and/or museum-trained in conservation science and have provided services internationally for the finest museums and conservation facilities. Going forward with a conservation plan can often increase the value of your piece and ensure the highest sale potential for your item.

 

Our conservators adhere to a strict code of ethics as they determine the necessity and cost-effectiveness of conservation and restoration services. During an appraisal, our appraisers will address and discuss the following topics with you if your item needs conservation: 

  • The practicality of conservation and restoration services

  • The feasibility of conservation and restoration with regard to risk of further damage

  • The various treatment options for the work of art under consideration

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Research towards Authentication

The authentication process is different for every artist, artwork, or collectible. The authentication process requires professional and dedicated research, working knowledge of the field, the artist's history and career, and familiarity with their artwork. Here at MIR Appraisal Services, we can facilitate the authentication process and perform the required necessary research.

Expert Witness Testimony

When determining authenticity and value, oftentimes the average person, lawyer, or insurance company will not have sufficient knowledge to act as a witness in court. These situations require an expert witness to proceed. Our appraisers are accredited members of the ISA and are qualified to serve as expert witnesses in court. Expert witnesses may be called upon to: 

  • Assist in case studies. As experts in our field, we can assist lawyers in evaluating their case, help determine if the claim has merit, and give specific and knowledgeable information to the council. 

  • Provide written statements. An expert witness may be called upon during a trial to prepare a report of their findings to be used in negotiations. With our experienced and knowledgeable staff, MIR Appraisal Services is qualified to testify with supporting documents and evidence.

  • Testify at a deposition and/or trial. It is important to help persuade the judge, jury, or arbitrators in any trial. With the use of our expert witnesses, your case will be argued with complete confidence and experience.