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Appraisal Services

Amanda Winstead is dedicated to providing the highest level of professional appraisal services. Her appraisal reports and methodologies conform to the latest Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) providing her clientele with the most complete and accurate valuations. Amanda Winstead specializes in providing objective and well-researched written appraisals of American and European paintings, prints, and sculpture dating from the 18th c. to the present. She also appraises select categories of decorative arts such as Newcomb College pottery, Shearwater pottery and American and New Orleans coin silver. She performs appraisals for insurance, donation, estate tax, resale, collection management and damage and loss purposes. Amanda Winstead has worked as an expert appraiser for the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The appraisal process involves the identification, description and valuation of a work of art. Amanda Winstead physically examines, documents and photographs each work of art included in the appraisal. She fully describes each object including a condition report and notations about provenance, publications and exhibition history. When appropriate, a market analysis is included as well. All of this information is presented in a concise report including color digital photographs of the works of art. Our vast research library and use of multiple price databases ensure that each item is appropriately described, researched and valued.

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Amanda Winstead has worked with myriad private collectors, estates, museums and institutions in the decades that she has been in the art and appraisal business in New Orleans. Among the esteemed museums and institutions whose collections she has appraised are the following:

Dusti Bongé Art Foundation, Biloxi, MS
LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA
Longue Vue House & Gardens, New Orleans, LA
Louisiana Supreme Court, New Orleans, LA
Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, LA
James K. Polk Presidential Home, Columbia, TN
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Walter Anderson Community Center murals, Ocean Springs, MS
Preservation Hall, New Orleans, LA

Amanda Winstead has extensive experience working with large museum and institutional collections which can sometimes present unique challenges. She is very skilled at categorizing and organizing large groups of objects to most efficiently and cost effectively create an appraisal report. For example, for the Dusti Bongé Art Foundation in Biloxi, Mississippi, Ms. Winstead created an appraisal catalogue with a related inventory system for over 1,700 works of art. The DBAF previously had no inventory or documentation of their vast collection. Amanda Winstead is also skilled at working with museum staff and understands the proper handling of all objects within an institutional environment.