Fine Arts, Paintings, Drawings, Prints & Sculpture

Additional Services Offered
Art Collection Management,
Museum Conservation Picture Framing,
Art Consultation Services,
Expert Witness, Important Art Case Law Decision

An appraisal document is an official document which determines the value of your personal property. It is prepared to comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. (USPAP).

As set by the Appraisal Foundation authorized by Congress as The Source of Appraisal Standards and Appraisal Qualifications. The IRS requires verifiable documentation on the value of property in cases of gifts, donations and estate taxes. An appraisal document prepared in accordance with IRS guidelines and regulations assures you of proper documentation.

Insurance Appraisals are necessary in order to protect the value of your collection from loss due to fire, theft, damage etc.

Division of Property Appraisal will help determine the division of personal property due to divorce, bankruptcy or death. A current appraisal provides the necessary information to help ascertain equitable distribution of the collection.

Donation and Gift Appraisals are required by the Internal Revenue Service when a donation of one or more items are worth more than $5,000. The appraisal assures the value of the contribution for tax benefit purposes.

Estate Appraisals are required when an artist or collector dies. The estate must be given a value for federal tax purposes. Careful consideration to determine the Fair Market Value of the collection will ensure the estate is not over taxed. The estate planning appraisal offers an up to date determination of value which can be attached to a will.

Sales or Purchase Advise Appraisals include marketing consultation with regards to analysis of buying and selling in the appropriate market to optimize financial benefit decisions regarding the collection.

Barbara J. Sussman, is an accredited member of the American Society of Appraisers designated as a fine arts specialist. She is President of Fog Hill & Co., Inc. which is a fine arts service organization founded by her husband and herself in 1976. She has extensive education in the fine arts field. She is a Life Member of the Arts Students League and Artists Fellowship Organization of New York City. She enjoys a career as an art appraiser, professional artist and art consultant. Barbara is currently serving a term as Vice President and is past President of the American Society of Appraisers, Hudson Valley Chapter. As an active member, she has organized many education programs about the appraisal profession. She was certified by the Professional Picture Framer's Association in 1988 as a CPF. As a professional artist, Barbara J. Sussman's paintings are represented by the Newman Galleries in Philadelphia. She has shown her work internationally in Zurich, Japan, France, Scotland and throughout the USA. She is listed in Who's Who Among Professional American Women, Who's Who of American Artists and in the 2002 edition of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers in the US.

Selected Clientele

  • Art Students League, The Print Collection at Paine Webber, New York, NY - 2002
  • Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA
  • The Bond Market, Rotating Exhibition of Contemporary Art, New York, NY - 1992-2003
  • Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
  • Charlesbank, New York, NY - 1998-2005
  • Covington and Burling, New York, NY - 1984-2005
  • The Institute of Medical Humanism, Southwestern Vermont Cancer Center, Bennington, VT - 2002-present
  • Mr. Harvey Isbitt's collection of Winslow Homer Engravings shown at the Brooklyn Museum of Art,
    Brooklyn, NY - 1999
  • Lowell Thomas Collection of Photographic Archives, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • McKinsey & Co., Inc., Stamford Ct., New York, NY 1986-2005
  • Curator Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, New York, NY - 2002
  • Monmouth University, Monmouth NJ
  • New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, CT
  • New York Historical Society, New York
  • Norman Rockwell Museum of Art, Stockbridge, MA
  • Vanity Fair Magazine, Conde Nast Publication, Photographic Travelling Exhibition, New York, NY - 1990-2000
  • Wichita Museum of Art, Wichita KS
  • Williamstown Conservation Center, Williamstown, MA - 2003-2004
  • Yale Art Gallery, Yale University, New Haven, CT - 2003