Qualified Asian Art Consultant & Appraiser
Dr. Yang has had a long and successful career in different aspects of Chinese art and art connoisseurship. For more than 30 years, Wei Yang has been educating the public about Chinese art. For many years she ran the education division at the Dunhuang Research Academy (Mogao Caves) in Dunhuang (Gansu, China), the largest repository of Buddhist art in the world. Subsequently she moved to the U.S. and earned a B.A. degree in art history in 1997, a M.A. degree in Buddhist Art and Asian Art at Smith College (Northampton, MA) in 1998, and completed a Ph.D. degree in Chinese art and Tibetan art at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) in 2005. Before she started her own art consulting & appraisal company, WEI YANG ART, she held the position of Chinese Art Bibliographer for the Marquand Art Library at Princeton University for three years. In 2011, Dr. Yang earned a Certificate of Antique Scroll Restoration from Chinese Painting Conservation and Mounting Academy in Jinan, China. Currently, Dr. Yang is an independent scholar, Chinese art adviser and art appraiser.
Dr. Wei Yang is committed to all forms of Asian artistic traditions. As an academic, she dedicates her career to helping others understand and appreciate Asian art, particularly Chinese art. With a scholarly focus on Chinese painting and Buddhist Art, doctoral training on Chinese art and Art Connoisseurship, as well as a mastery of a few Asian languages, such as Chinese (both classical and modern), Japanese, and some Tibetan, Dr. Yang guarantees that her clients are offered professional services of high quality.
Dr. Yang has never stopped sharpening her skills. As an independent appraiser, Dr. Yang earned a certificate of Fine and Decorative Art Appraisal from Pratt Institute in New York in 2009. In order to advance her career as a professional appraiser, she took the courses on Principles of Valuation and methodologies, and successfully completed the requirements for Personal Property Valuation programmed by Pratt Institute (NY), the American Society of Appraisers. She also passed the 15-hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) administrated by the Appraisal Foundation and a code of ethics exam required by ASA for a professional designation. By passing the qualification exam for Asian Art, Dr. Yang earned an accredited senior appraiser (ASA) designation from the American Society of Appraisers. As an independent Asian art appraiser, with a focus on Chinese art and Tibetan art, Dr. Yang complies with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and conforms to the Code of Ethics in her practice.
Dr. Yang consults & appraises Chinese art of major categories. Her expertise includes Chinese fine arts (paintings, calligraphy, and prints), antique furniture, textiles, wood/ivory carvings and scholarly objects (ink stones, brush holders, etc.). She also appraises Chinese decorative arts, such as screens, jade, glass painting, and Tibetan Buddhist fine arts (Thangkas) and ritual objects. Working with WEI YANG ART, you will receive Dr. Yang's full attention and her dedicated professional services from the moment you pick up the phone or send us an email to the delivery of a well-written appraisal report. Post-appraisal consulting services are also available upon request.
How to Select Appraisal Reporting Options
The two appraisal reporting options differ in the amount of information provided and the intended use of the report. A Restricted Appraisal states the basic information relevant to the subject propert, serving art owners with a limited goal and modest budget. An Appraisal Report summarizes important details in a concise manner, serving art owners with general appraisal needs such as insurance, sale, consultation, tax-related purposes.
The scope of work necessary to complete the assignment determines the appraisal cost. In other words, the more information you request, the more expensive an appraisal is. Being prepared and specific about your appraisal needs will certainly cut down the cost.
Step 1: Identify your need with a specific focus (insurance, sale estate distribution or tax, etc.). Consider how much information you need to achieve your goal. For example, if you need an appraisal for sale, you should discuss the merit of your property for appraisal with an art professional prior to commissioning an appraisal. Not all art works merit professional attention.
Step 2: Think about why you need an appraisal and your budget for appraisal. Sometimes, you may not need an appraisal at all. For example, for insurance coverage, if your art work is of modest value, including it in your house insurance might be a better option than taking out a special art coverage. For sale, marketing it yourself at a popular online sales venue may be more profitable than consigning it to a suitable auction house. Sometimes, having your art work appraised without any follow up marketing plans may not be the bet solution.
Step 3: Requesting a preview is wise. Our informational Preview service aims to help art owners make an informed decision. Knowing what you have and the potential of your art work before blindly investing in an appraisal is prudent. Our Asian art specialist will review the photos of your art work, assess its suitability for appraisal and give you some options. If your art work merits a full appraisal, we will help you figure out your best option at the minimum cost.
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What to Collect
Fine porcelain objects made during the Republican period (1911-1949) are promising. The price of quality objects of the first half of the 20th century has gone up dramatically in the past 5 years. Paying attention to the masterpieces is always wise. Trying not to be tempted by jars with a Chinese character, " Double Happiness" motif is a must. Buyers should avoid purchasing porcelains of less than perfect condition.
Chinese paintings by female artists have potential. This is a very profitable market for new collectors or collectors with a small budget. Chinese paintings by seventeen Chinese woman artists of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) are in demand. The smoothly rising auction sales prices suggest that the value of fine classical Chinese Paintings by Female Chinese artists will continue to grow in the coming years.
Chinese fan paintings by professional artists are collectibles. Classical Chinese paintings of a folding fan format is particularly stronger than ever as compared with the round fan format. Fan painting has been neglected by Chinese art collectors for a long time until very recently. The price of Chinese fan paintings has been moving up quickly, since more attention has been directed to this genre. Focusing only on quality Chinese fan paintings created prior to 1949 is wise.
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Our Asian Art Appraisals are conducted by Dr. Wei Yang (Ph.D. in Chinese art, a certified art appraiser and an Accredited Senior Appraiser of Asian Art designated by American Society of Appraisers). We are committed to a thorough investigation of your art work, large or small. We serve you with respect, integrity and objectivity.
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