Fine Art/Rico Tomaso


My GranMother gave me a picture of a Mexican Girl Dancing !
It has Rico Tomaso on the front but nothing elese on it anywhere !  Was just wondering if you could give me any info on how to find out what if any it is worth.  I know it is over 44 yrs old Im 44 and she had it all my life ! I live in Dallas Tx

Dear Rha,

Thank you for writing to the Art Appraisal Firm about the value of your artwork. There is a misperception that art appraisers can provide a competent opinion of value based on their experience without performing market research.  

Professional appraisal ethics require that an appraiser examine the work, preferably in person (sometimes photographs of certain works will suffice) and also research recent sales for similar works by the artist before providing an assessment of the value.

When a client is simply interested in a free assessment of the value his or her artwork with an eye toward selling, our firm generally suggests a consultation with a local auction house with a good reputation. A good place to start would be too look for auctioneers who are licensed in your area and also provide appraisal services. You may want to get more than one opinion.   

I'm sorry that I am not able to answer your question within the parameters of this site.  When I first joined ALLEXPERTS, I did provide free research and a general estimation of value for many clients.  However, I regret that I have received so many requests from this site that I have not been able to keep up with the demand.

However, should you decide that you would like to engage a professional for an independent opinion of the value of your work, I would be very happy to provide you with an informal estimation of value, or a formal appraisal, depending on your needs.  I invite you to review our website at  If you hit the "fees" link on the left side of the home page, you will find detailed instructions on how to proceed.

Thank you again for your inquiry.

Cindy Charleston Rosenberg, ISA CAPP

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Our firm provides professional written Art Appraisal Services for formal functions such as donation, estate tax estimation, or insurance. Within the parameters of this site we are happy to answer general questions about art. Examples of such questions would be: "What does the "e.a." on my print mean?", "What does a fraction on the bottom of the image stand for (example 10/200)", or "How do I know if a certificate of authenticy is reliable". However, we regret that we are not able to provide the value of specific works without engagement. Clients who would like to engage us to advise them about the value of specific works of art are invited to visit our website at The "fees" link provides specific directions for how to obtain an informal evaluation, or a formal written report, depending on your specific needs. We are an independent art appraisal company and therefore we also cannot help clients who are looking for a dealer or broker to sell their artwork.


President and Founder: Art Appraisal Firm, LLC Founding Partner and Fine Art Consultant: The Appraisal Firm of Pennsylvania Art Appraisal Consultant to: Museums, Attorneys, Financial Planners, Trust Companies, Historical Societies, Prominent Auction Houses, and Galleries. Contributing Feature Writer for Art Matters magazine, covering fine art, auctions, and antiques. Featured Guest Speaker: Building a Fine Art Collection, Ten Elements in the Appraisal of Fine Art. Proprietor: The Charleston Galleries located in Chestnut Hill, Malvern and Wayne, Pennsylvania; and Lambertville, New Jersey. Specializing in estate paintings and sculpture, 1991-2001

Certified Member in good standing: International Society of Appraisers (ISA). Business Partner Sponsor: Philadelphia Museum of Art; Woodmere Art Museum. General Memberships: The James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown and New Hope; The Philadelphia Sketch Club; The Chestnut Hill and Cheltenham Historical Societies; Glenside Chamber of Commerce. Volunteer Activities: Group Facilitator, Safe Harbor Children’s Bereavement Program, Interfaith Houses for Humanity Project.

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B.A., Human Services, Antioch College, 1979 Graduate Studio Courses: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1989-1991 Graduate Studio Courses: University of the Arts, 1989-91 Continuing Education: Appraisal Theory Changes and IRS Standards Changes: ISA, 2007 New IRS Tax Laws: ISA, 2007 Connoisseurship Seminar: ISA, 2007 Art History in Context: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2006 Philadelphia Library Symposium, Art and Religion, 2005 Art History Courses: The Impressionists of New Hope: The James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA. 2005 Masterpieces in Context: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2004 American Indian Painting, ISA, 2001 Art Conservation Panel, ISA, 2001 Appraisal of Prints, ISA, 2001

Awards and Honors
Completion of the experience, continuing education, peer review, report writing, and qualifying examination requirements for the ISA Certification to Appraise Fine Art (CAPP) designation under the auspices of the University of Maryland. The CAPP (Certified Member) distinction is the highest level of recognition ISA can bestow. Certified ISA members must recertify every five years by demonstrating continued professional development in their specialty areas and must pass a recertification exam. Successful completion of coursework and required examination in the ISA Appraiser as Expert Witness Course.

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