Art Consultation

JFAi's seasoned experience in the art world allows us to provide our clients with informed advice backed by rigorous research to enable decisions that benefit art collections.  We accomplish this by developing a strategy that gathers a variety of expert resources, distills pertinent information, assesses the impacts on value, and delivers customized solutions specific to each client.  We believe the key to successful collecting is having the right information and the most knowledgeable resources. 

Consultation projects are broad-ranging and tailored by the scope of work, expectation and budget of the client and may include general concerns or legal matters. Our team serves auction houses, museums, private clients, banks, insurance companies, and law firms in this capacity. In addition, JFAi offers a range of consultation services directed at helping clients build, research and maintain your collection.

 Jacob Fine Art does not buy or sell works of art. 


Provenance Research and Authentication Facilitation

For more than 15 years, Jacob Fine Art has provided research for provenance (chain of ownership) as the first step in establishing authenticity and title.  Jacob Fine Art does not authenticate works of art;  rather, JFAi's  team of international researchers offers research services in tandem with distinguished scholars and authorities, artist foundations, museums, conservators, and forensic scientists.  Our accurately sourced reports are based on reliable primary, secondary and tertiary source materials.  Project scope and timeline are determined by individual variables.

Clients include art dealers and auction houses, institutions, museums, archives,  legal and government entities, private collectors, and other art authorities. 

JFAi recently facilitated the authentication of a lost painting by Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954).


Archival Valuation

Since the company’s founding in 2000, JFAi continues to provide valuations of the highest caliber in the profession. Our archival reports are tailored to client needs, intended use, time frame and budget, and are compliant with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). 

There are many purposes for a valuation, including:

  • Charitable Contribution, which establishes the value of objects donated to qualified organizations in order to establish an income tax deduction

  • Estates, which establishes the value of objects connected to the preparation of estate tax returns; or to administer asset distribution in estate planning

  • Gift Tax, which establishes the value of objects transferred through a charitable donation to a qualified organization or a non-charitable gift to a family member as of a specific date to establish a transfer tax

  • Insurance, which establishes the value of objects in classifying appropriate insurance coverage; or Damage and Loss, which establishes the hypothetical value of objects included in a loss or damage event

  • Equitable Distribution of Property, which establishes the value of objects for distributions of jointly owned property

  • Financial, which establishes the value of objects for asset management, collateral loans and related financial and legal matters

  • Market Related or Informational, which establishes the value of objects for potential sales, purchases, or personal knowledge

Valuation Report Review

Jacob Fine Art performs review reports, in which the completeness and accuracy of another valuer’s report is analyzed. These services are provided for private clients, as well as insurance companies, banks and legal entities.

Expert Consultation and Witness Testimony

The Jacob Fine Art team serves as litigation consultants in preparation for trial strategy and expert witness for court proceedings.  Duties have included depositions, pre-trial, and trial appearances.  Jane C.H. Jacob has been enlisted as expert witness in various cases of litigation relating to the Visual Artist Rights Act (VARA), damage to fine art objects, loss in value, fraud, title dispute, and stolen art. 

Fine Art Photography

JFAi offers professional photography for valuation, archival, documentation, publication, and portfolio purposes, as well as infrared technologies for research and authentication. We provide detailed documentation of works of art for collectors and institutions in a cost-effective manner. We shape each project to meet the needs of the individual collection, from simple inventories to published catalogues.

Curatorial Services

JFAi brings more than 25 years of curatorial expertise to mounting new displays and exhibitions. Our understanding of spatial composition and planning, museum gallery lighting, wall labels and text, art handling and installation enable our art handlers to install collections organized within an art historical context or by an aesthetic principle

Lectures and Symposia 

JFAi regularly contributes to educational programs in venues such as: New York University and the School of Law;  New York County Bar Association;  Art Litigation and Resolution Institute, SUNY Levin Institute; New York Athletic Club; College Art Association; The Armory Show; Art Institute of Chicago; AXA Fine Art Insurance Corporation; Chubb Group of Insurance Companies; and Appraisal Conferences, among others.

Curriculum Development 

Jane has been instrumental in curriculum development for the New York University in conjunction with the School of Law and the School of Professional Studies, including: the Art and Cultural Heritage Crime Symposium Essentials of AppraisalDamage and Loss,  Using Comparables in Apparaisal Practice: An Essential Guide and African American Fine Art.