New York, NY
Thank you for such a thorough and competent appraisal. I look forward to working with you again.
McGrath Law Offices, New York, NY
"Thank you" does not adequately express my gratitude to Fran Zeman and associates for my appreciation of their professional skills and abilities. My diverse and extensive collection required a broad expertise seldom available from a single appraisal firm. Fran and staff taught me much about the rare and important historical documents, artworks and silver pieces that I have acquired through the years.
In addition to her appraisal services, Fran was instrumental in identifying artworks from the collection that required conservation and re-framing, refer me to excellent resources, and, at my request, oversee the entire process. As part of the extensive research she conducted on all of the artworks, she gathered information on current catalogue raisonné projects and communicated with various committees in order to provide me with specific procedures for submission. Having had previous appraisals done by others working in this field, I can definitively say that Fran's services overwhelmingly exceeded my expectations. I feel very fortunate to have made her professional acquaintance and have already referred her to more than one person.
New York, NY
My long-standing professional relationship with Frances Zeman began some fifteen years ago when she completed an extensive appraisal of our fine and decorative arts collection that was located in our town house in Manhattan. The information provided in the appraisal served well for subsequent issues involving insurance and relocation matters. My architect and interior designer were also able to utilize the appraisal to plan and design our new home when we relocated to Florida. I have since engaged her to complete appraisal services to update values and to add properties that were combined in our current residence from another home.
The services Fran provides through Appraisal Resource Associates, Inc. are exceptional. Her value conclusions were accurate and were accepted by my insurance company without question. Additionally, the report narratives were well written, easily understood and provided a wealth of information. She was able to identify the artists represented in the collection for which there are current catalogue raisonné projects and act as liaison to facilitate the inclusion of these artworks, which, as was pointed out by Fran, is important to maintaining their value. She is also a remarkable and trustworthy resource for trade and related information. Not only would I use her services again, I would not hesitate to refer her to friends and family.
Palm Beach, Florida
I have worked with Fran Zeman and her staff on several estate and trust appraisal matters and valuation issues. Her work product shows the highest level of professionalism. It is always accurate and meets the scope of work for each assignment. Fran understands the difference between simple and complex matters and addresses each accordingly, providing the same level of respect and client services to each assignment. Her knowledge, extensive experience, and research skills are formidable. It is no wonder that she is highly respected and esteemed by her colleagues. All of the appraisers at ARAI have extensive experience and, having been trained by Fran, are knowledgeable and efficient.
The fees charged have been reasonable, especially considering the parameters of the work produced. I have not hesitated in referring Fran and her firm, Appraisal Resource Associates, Inc., to my clients and colleagues, and I shall continue to do so.
The Law Offices of Susan Taxin Baer, White Plains & New York, NY
I have known Frances Zeman of Appraisal Resource Associates, Inc., for about five years. She was hired by a mutual client to provide appraisal and consulting services relative to a large and complex collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts from various periods, in various styles and in varying physical conditions. My position has been that of financial and investment advisor to the same family.
In her role, Fran not only provided expert advice on the values of the multitude of pieces in the inventory, but she also provided invaluable advice on negotiating contracts with various third parties, such as Christie’s, Sotheby’s, art restorers, etc.; recommended, coordinated and oversaw successful art exhibitions, art fairs and loans of various pieces in the collection to museums, etc.; oversaw the conservation and restoration of numerous artworks; provided staffing recommendations in both the sales gallery and general collection management areas; made important contributions in the development of the collection’s brand; and managed significant projects within the organization as well as with third party consultants all with tremendous proficiency and attention to detail.
In each of these roles, Fran and her staff conducted themselves with the utmost professionalism, integrity and skill to further the goals set by those in charge of the collection. Fran lives and breathes her work and is passionate about what she does. It was a pleasure to work with her and I am indebted to her for the keen insight she provided me about the collection in the exercise of my duties.
In a 40-odd year career, I have worked with many other talented professionals. In my experience, Fran ranks among the very top of the list and I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone in need of the services she provides.
Silvercrest Asset Management Group, New York, NY