Wei Yang, Ph.D., ASA


Wei Yang, Ph.D. in Chinese Art

Expert witnesses build on their training, skills and experience in Chinese art and appraisal and comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). They provide clear, unbiased analysis, reports and testimony to judges, juries, attorneys, and their clients.

Wei Yang earned a Ph.D. in Chinese art history and is an independent art appraiser and Accredited Senior Appraiser in Asian Art and Appraisal Review, Chinese art expert witness, lifelong Chinese art educator. Dr. Yang specializes in Asian Art, with a focus on Chinese art. Her research strength covers Chinese painting and calligraphy, ceramics, jade and decorative arts. She has served as  Chinese Art Appraiser, Review Appraiser and Chinese Art Expert Witness for litigation since 2015.

Dr. Yang brings integrity, professional training, competence in multiple fields, and impartiality to her work.

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Phone :  (609) 688-6891

Address :  Princeton, NJ 08540, USA



-Ph.D. in Chinese Art & Tibetan Art

Wei Yang, Ph.D., provides art expert witness services for litigation concerning Chinese art, with a concentration on classical Chinese painting and calligraphy (prior to 1949). As an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in Asian Art, Dr. Yang has prepared appraisals of most forms of Asian art and offered opinions on art authenticity and valuation for insurance, authenticity and taxation litigation. As an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in Appraisal Review and Management of Personal Property (ARM), she has identified, documented and explained errors and omissions in appraisal reports she has reviewed, ranging from irrelevant scope of work to inadequate explanation of research, flawed methodology, insufficient data selection, problematic treatment of provenance, use of unqualified comparables and unreasonable value conclusions. Her strengths are based on her doctoral training and expertise in Chinese aesthetics and art criticism, painting technique, visual aesthetics, and market economics. Dr. Yang has served as Chinese art expert witness, appraisal review appraiser, consulting expert and testifying expert witness for litigations concerning insurance settlements, authenticity and taxation.


-Expert Appraiser, Consulting Expert and Testifying Expert

Chinese Art expert: Wei Yang, Ph.D., has prepared appraisals for various needs, reviewed case files and relevant materials, identified issues and proposed solutions

Appraisal expert witness: Wei Yang has prepared appraisals of Asian art for insurance, capital gains, estate and income taxation, and written appraisal review reports on the credibility and USPAP-compliance of appraisals

Consulting expert witness: Wei Yang has consulted cases relevant to Chinese art, reviewed case materials, prepared preliminary reviews and research reports, identified weaknesses in cases, analyzed opposing expert’s expertise, and assessed adequacy of appraisal methodology, accuracy of data, completeness of scope of work and reasonableness of value conclusion in light of USPAP

Testifying expert witness: Wei Yang has prepared appraisal reports, rebuttal reports and offered testimony at deposition and in court


-Ph.D. in Chinese Art, Accredited Senior Appraisal in Asian Art & Appraisal Review

Chinese art specialist: Wei Yang holds a B.A. (1997) in art history and M.A. degree (1998) in Asian art from Smith College (Northampton, MA); earned a Ph.D. (2005) in Chinese art and Tibetan art from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), specializing in Chinese painting and calligraphy from the 10th to 19th centuries; possesses language skills in Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan; reads a range of classical Chinese scripts used in Chinese painting and calligraphy; and has conducted research on Chinese and Asian art in museums and field sites in China, Tibet, Korea, Mongolia, southeast Asia, central Asia, Europe, and North America

Certification in art appraisal: Wei Yang earned a certificate of Fine Art and Decorative Arts Appraisal from Pratt Institute (NY) in 2009, a designation of Accredited Senior Appraiser in Asian Art in 2010 from American Society of Appraisers, a certificate in Chinese Painting Mounting and Restoration from the Mounting and Restoration Academy (Jinan, Shandong) in 2011, and a second designation as Accredited Senior Appraiser in Appraisal Review and Management (ARM) in 2017 from American Society of Appraisers. She serves as an examiner of Asian art speciality in American Society of Appraisers since 2017


On Chinese Art Connoisseurship & Valuation

Wei Yang's Guide to Chinese Painting & Calligraphy     by Wei Yang     
Wei Yang published an English reference book on the connoisseurship and valuation of Chinese art, Wei Yang’s Guide to Chinese Painting and Calligraphy (2 volumes, Nankai University Press, 2022), "Five Mistakes in Appraising Premodern Chinese Paintings," ARM E-Journal 5, no. 1 (2021): 58:62, a memoir (in Chinese), Desert Bloom (Shazaohua de gushi) 沙棗花的故事 (Beijing Publishing House, 2021). She is now completing two further reference books, Wei Yang’s Guide to Chinese Ceramics and Wei Yang’s Guide to Chinese Jade. She worked for 15 years in the education division of the Dunhuang Academy based at the Mogao Caves (Gansu, China), the largest repository of Buddhist art in the world and served as Chinese art bibliographer at the Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. She has taught in universities and lectured to professional societies worldwide.

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