Avant-Garde Appraisals & Art Advisory



Avant-Garde provides advisory and appraisal services for fine art, specializing in Modern, Postwar and Contemporary art. Whether you’re a new collector or seasoned connoisseur, Avant-Garde will assist with you with buying, selling, or valuing your art. We service clients around the tri-state area.

Avant-Garde also provides generalist appraisals, advisory and cataloging services for your personal property or for Estates, including furniture, decorative arts, silver, china and more. With our intimate knowledge of the art, antiques and retail markets, we’ll handle the research, negotiations, and logistics to make sure you get the full value of your treasures.

387 Park Avenue South
5th Floor
New York, New York
United States 10016
View Phone347-991-7767
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Years in Business: 2 years
Number of Employees: 1
Additional Locations: Serving the New York tri-state area

By appointment only

Services & Specialties: Acquisitions, Appraisers Association of America Credentials, Certified Appraisals, Collection Management, Conservation Supervision, Corporate Collection Advisory, Curation, Deaccessions, Education, Financial loan facilitation, Framing Supervision, Informal Valuation, Installation, Logistics & Transport Supervision, Market Analysis Report, Price Evaluation, Price Negotiation, Private Collection Advisory, Provenance Checks, Research, Sales, Site Visits, Storage Supervision, Valuation for Charitable Donation, Valuation for Damage Claims, Valuation for Estate Tax, Valuation for Insurance Coverage, Valuation for Liquidation, Valuation for Sale, Writing

Additional Information

Taking New Clients?: Yes

Willing to Travel?: Yes

Works with New Collectors?: Yes

Affiliations: Appraisers Association of America

Key Personnel: Emily Casden, Director & Principal of Avant-Garde Appraisals & Art Advisory

Background of Key Personnel: Avant-Garde was founded in 2017 by Emily Casden. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Williams College and a master’s degree in art history from Hunter College (CUNY), with a focus on late-nineteenth and twentieth-century modern art. She is a member of the Appraisers Association of America, with accreditation in Impressionist, Modern, Postwar and Contemporary art.

Emily started her professional career as a junior curator at The Jewish Museum, where she worked on a variety of exhibitions over her seven-year tenure. Longing to expand her skillset beyond Museum Mile, Emily transitioned from the museum world to the gallery and auction world, the latter affording her the exhilarating and intimate joy of handling, researching, and cataloging a panoply of objects. In 2015, she completed a Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine & Decorative Arts at New York University.

Shortly thereafter, Emily joined Doyle Auctioneers & Appraisers, first as an Appraisal Assistant in the Furniture & Decorative Arts Department, and then as manager of Doyle’s Hayloft division, where she researched and catalogued Estate property, and managed the inventory of a 10,000 square foot warehouse.

Emily started Avant-Garde in 2017 to bring her diversity of experience to the aid of her clientele. Whether you need an appraiser, an advisor, cataloguer or organizer, Emily will be on the frontline for you. Contact Avant-Garde to let us know how we may serve you.

Minimum Project Duration: 2 hours

Fee Structure: Avant-Garde strives to keep our rates reasonable for our clientele. As of February 2019, the fee structure is as follows:

Appraisal Services:
--$200 fee for a consultation and/or onsite review (+$50/hour after 2 hours)
--$150/hour for research and writing appraisals

Estate Advisory/Organizing/Cataloging Services (no appraisal):
--$350 fee for first 2 hours onsite, +$50/hour after first 2 hours (*If I've already appraised the items, this fee is waived; it only applies to the first visit)
--$40/hour for onsite work (sorting property, packing property, etc.) and cataloging the inventory

Advisory & Brokerage Commissions:
--Project specific. Please inquire for further information.

Languages Spoken: English (primary); Spanish (intermediate); Italian (novice)

Profile of Ideal Client: I work with private art collectors, attorneys (Trust & Estates, Family Law, Tax Law, etc.), financial planners, wealth managers, interior decorators and designers, insurance professionals and more.

As an art advisor, my ideal client is someone who may not necessarily have a deep knowledge of art, but has a curiosity and excitement to learn and collect pieces that they will cherish for years!

As an appraiser, the best clients are organized and have kept records of their purchases, including sales receipts!

Awards: Student Award for Academic Excellence, AAA/NYU, 2015
Shuster Award for Outstanding Masters Thesis, Hunter College (CUNY), 2011