Appraisals and Repairs


I want to find out the value of a piece of artwork that I own. Can the museum appraise it for me?

The Canton Museum of Art is not legally permitted to estimate the monetary value of artworks since offering appraisals could be considered a conflict of interest. If you would like an appraisal, we recommend contacting a professional appraiser. The following organizations can help you find a qualified appraiser in your area:

·         Appraisers Association of America

·         American Society of Appraisers

·         International Society of Appraisers

Once you find a few appraisers in your area, we encourage you to research and compare each of the appraisers based on their education, resumes and references, and find the best appraiser for you. 


I have a damaged piece of artwork that I would like repaired. Can the museum repair the artwork for me?

The Canton Museum of Art does not have a conservator on staff and does not provide conservation services. The following organizations can help you find a qualified conservator in your area:

·         American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

·         International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

When selecting a conservator, seek sufficient information on the individuals under consideration. Ask each potential conservator the following information:

·         What is your background?

·         What training have you completed?

·         How long have you been a practicing professional?

·         What is the scope of your practice? Is conservation your primary activity?

·         What is your experience in working with my kind of object?

·         What is your involvement in conservation organizations?

·         What is your availability?

·         Can you provide me with a list of references and previous clients?

Things to keep in mind:

·         Conservation treatments are frequently time consuming and expensive. Be wary of those who propose to perform a quick and inexpensive restoration job, are reluctant to discuss in detail the materials and methods to be used, or will not permit you to see work in progress.

·         Many conservators are willing to travel. It may not be appropriate to restrict your search geographically, especially if the object presents unique problems.

·         There are risks involved with certain treatment options. The added time or expense of finding the right professional will be small compared to the loss or future costs that could result from inadequate conservation treatment.

·         Conservators do not always agree about treatments. The quality of conservation work is most accurately evaluated based on the technical and structural aspects of the treatment in addition to the cosmetic appearance; another conservation professional may be able to help you make this evaluation. Speak to a number of conservators before making a decision you are comfortable with.