JOETTE PIERCE, Principal

  Joette Pierce, Personal Property Appraiser, contributes years of experience in the fields of the fine arts and antiques to the appraisal profession.  She is an accredited senior member of the American Society of Appraisers, a group of independent professional appraisers dedicated to advancing ethics and knowledge in the field of appraisal.  A career as an investment manger and later a dealer in fine and decorative arts for many years blended a broad artist and financial background.  She is a Qualified Appraiser for preparing appraisal reports per Internal Revenue Regulation §1.170A-13(c)(3)(A) and under the Pension Reform Act and has met the updated Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice examination requirement as mandated by the IRS, for taxation, estates and charitable contributions.

Joette Pierce & Associates has appraised a variety of fine art from around the globe, including antiques, decorative arts and rare books. Clients include private and corporate collections including charitable donations to universities and museums. The purpose of these appraisals range from insurance coverage, estate settlement, charitable donation valuation, to damage and loss, market value for sales consideration, art and antique fraud including litigation support as an expert witness.

A Partial List of Artworks Appraised:

A variety of original art has been appraised including and not limited to, many early 20th century artists who resided in California, as Edgar Payne, William Wendt, Thomas Hart Benton, Jessee Arms Botke, Benjamin Chambers Brown, Dana Bartlett, Maurice Braun, Phil Dike, Seldon Connor Gile, Joe Gleason, Sam Hyde Harris, Emile Jean Kosa, Jean Mannheim, Alfred Mitchell, Granville Redmond, Millard Owen Sheets, and Jack Wilkerson Smith.

Additional 20th century contemporary artists have included Roger Edward Kuntz, Lita Albuquerque, Robert Sagerman, Chris Gwaltney, Paul Ecke, Todd Kenyon, Marton Varo sculptures, and others. Our list includes digital and pop artists, Petra Cortright, Jim Dine, Polly Apfelbaum, and John Grande. Master artists as David Hockey, Cindy Sherman, Edward Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Picasso including Picasso ceramics, and Francoise Gilot have also been appraised. We have also appraised many Latin American artworks by Rafael Coronel, Pedro Figari, David Alfaro Siqueros, and Roberto Matta. European artists appraised also for private collections include Edouard Vuillard, Camille Corot, Albert Andre, Andre Derain, and Emilio Grau-Sala.

Photography by Alfred Eisenstaedt, Carl Maydans, Bill Ownens, Julius Shulman, Ansel Adams and many early fashion photographs have also been appraised. This is just a partial list.

Education:

Ms. Pierce completed the American Society of Appraisers certificate courses in 1998 and is a recipient of the American Society of Appraisers Certificate in Connoisseurship from the University of California, Irvine. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Long Beach. Ms. Pierce continued her appraisal education by attending certificate courses in fine art and connoisseurship within many venues as art galleries and art fairs, ASA conferences located in the United States and abroad and museum studies led by curators and experts, as the Getty museum, Eli Broad’s private collection, Huntington Library and Museum, the Norton Simon Museum and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.

Memberships:

Memberships include, Los Angeles Chapter, American Society of Appraisers and Past Chair of the Personal Property Committee. Additional memberships have included a patron of the Decorative Arts Society, Newport Beach, member of the Irvine Museum, member of the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Folk-Art Society and member of the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce.

Connoisseurship:

Connoisseurship includes personal property conferences in New York, the Winter Antiques Show and Christie’s Auction House. Visiting London and meeting experts in the fields of paintings, miniature portraits, decorative arts, furniture and silver. Additional education at Winterthur, Wilmington, Delaware, home of the DuPont family, attending the Ceramics in America, 1700’s to the present conference and attending various antique shows. We also visit many house museums, and met Nelson Shanks artist of President Bill Clinton’s portrait located at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. and toured his Italian painting collection. Art Law Days have been attended in New York and many International American Society of Appraisers conferences focusing on IRS valuations, rules and regulations, appraising archive collections, among a variety of topics. Ms. Pierce has also studied the private collection of Eli Broad’s contemporary fine art collection, Yale University art and furniture collection, and historic Deerfield. A recent 2017 trip to Dublin, Ireland led to in-depth examination of Irish paintings and antique furniture along with making contacts at Irish auction houses.

Rules and Regulations - IRS Art Panel and IFAR Art Theft:

In additional to attending lectures on connoisseurship, many hours have been spent with the Internal Revenue Service Art Panel, in discussing the new laws and tax court cases regarding estates and charitable contributions. Ms. Pierce has also studied Fish Game and Wildlife Laws regarding endangered species, as the new Federal and State laws on the sale of ivory, and stolen art with the Los Angeles Police Department, Getty ID and the IFAR theft and loss registry. In-depth reporting on celebrity ownership issues have also been addressed as well as the challenges in the market place during the economic recession.

Expert Witness:

Ms. Pierce has also been appointed as an Expert Witness in a variety of civil and criminal cases with her testimony instrumental in areas of theft, art fraud, and damage and loss. Cases have involved values of over $2M.

Our Research Library:

Our research library includes auction data bases encompassing global auction values and markets. Additonal references include 1,000s of new and out-of-print books, artist catalog raissones and auction catalogs, and specialized periodicals and expert references in the fields of fine and decorative arts.

Our Professional Network:

In addition, we work with an extensive network of additionally experienced specialty dealers, experts, foundations, and consultants who we are able to confer with for their expertise.

Lectures and Community Service:

Ms. Pierce is also a member of the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce and has also lectured and organized “Appraisal Days” for various groups.

Brokering and Consulting:

As part of our continued personal service, we will represent our clients in finding a suitable home either through sales or donations for their property. We work with many auction houses, galleries and museums. We also consult with clients on moving and import/export valuation for taxes when transferring their collections.

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