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SPECIALIST, Russian Art and Fabergé

Dr. Géza von Habsburg is an internationally renowned expert on Fabergé and has curated and published extensively on this subject.  With a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Fribourg, he has more than 40 years of experience in Russian art, Old Master Paintings, European Porcelain, Silver and Gold, and Objects of Vertu.  Dr. von Habsburg has published 14 books, curated six major exhibitions attracting more than two million visitors, acts as an expert at international art fairs (including TEFAF in Maastricht), and lectures worldwide at museums and universities. Fluent in seven languages, Dr. von Habsburg spent his early career in Europe as Chairman of Christie's Europe and as Chairman of Habsburg Fine Art International Auctioneers. He was recently appointed Visiting Professor at Okayama University in Japan, and acts as guest curator of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where he organized the exhibition "Fabergé Revealed" (2011), the catalogue of which presents the museum's impressive Fabergé collection in its entirety for the first time. Dr. von Habsburg is also the great great grandson of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria, the grandson of King Fredrick Augustus II of Saxony, and has been featured in various documentaries about his family's history. 

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Estate Tax & Estate Planning:
Winston Art Group’s appraisal will serve as the first step in decision-making as it pertains to equitable division of property among heirs and beneficiaries.
Insurance Appraisals:
In the event of loss or damage, Winston Art Group’s appraisal will provide the retail replacement values of any work of art for clients, brokers, and insurance companies.
Damage or Loss:
To determine whether a work merits conservation, restoration, or sale, Winston Art Group’s informed and unbiased appraisal will identify damage or loss to property and assist in settling claims and disputes.
Family Division:
For the division of assets following divorce or dissolution, Winston Art Group’s professional team will determine value and identify appropriate resale markets for all tangible assets.
Donation:
For the proper valuation and documentation of all charitable gifts over $5,000, a Winston appraisal will serve as the first step in the donation process.
Art as Collateral:
Winston Art Group will determine the value of all fine art objects if and when the decision to monetize works is made.
Primary Market:
A market created by either the maker or agent of the maker when an object is sold for the first time.
Secondary Market:
A venue for sale of an object between a seller and a buyer, neither of whom had participated in the creation or initial sale of the object.
Comparative Market Data Approach:
The most commonly applied approach when appraising personal property, in which appraised value is based upon past prices for similar works by the same artist or artisan, or similar works by another artist or artisan of equal standing and related reputation.
Retail Replacement Value:
The amount it would cost to replace an item with one of similar and like quality, purchased in the most appropriate marketplace in a limited amount of time.
Salvage:
A valuation term implying abandonment by the rightful owner in which the recoverant may be entitled to a pre‐agreed percentage of any net price realized in a future sale.
Fair Market Value (FMV):
The price that property would sell for on the open market between a willing buyer and a willing seller, with neither being required to act, and both having reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts. If you put a restriction on the use of property you donate, the FMV must reflect that restriction.
USPAP:
Procedure and guidelines for correctly prepared appraisals established by the Appraisal Foundation.
Appraisal Items that cannot be provided online:
Winston Art Group’s more than 40 specialists all have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the art world, each beginning their careers working in the world’s leading auction houses and galleries. This broad expertise allows the specialists to quickly identify your piece, conduct the appropriate research (primarily looking to see what similar items have sold for at auction), and provide you with a comprehensive report.
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