Question I have just recently discovered that I might have an original Cecil Aldin charcoal drawing of a harbor in England. Signed in pencil and embossed stamp from Fine Arts Trade Guild. I believe that the story told was that this was a wedding gift given to the Prime Ministers daughter around the turn of the century. I would like to have it appraised and I have no idea where to start looking. I could use some advice or tips on how to find an appraiser. If it helps any I do live near New York City.
Answer Dear Kristin,
There are a couple of options for you to locate an appraiser. If you are considering selling the drawing, you could take it to a couple of the large auction houses in NYC such as Christies and Sothebys. They would give you an estimate of auction value. If you are seeking an appraisal that will be accepted by insurance you will want to go to a certified appraiser.
There are several organizations that have membership searches based on location. I will list a few below. I hope this is helpful. Best of luch to you on your drawing. It sounds like a wonderful find.
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