Art and Antique Appraisals



There is no better endorsement for an appraiser than a written letter of thanks from a client!

                                                                                 Post Your Own Message

ART DIRECTIVES has received many letters from grateful individuals and institutions expressing their appreciation for helping them with their respective appraisal needs.  We invite you to take a glance at a few letters we have received. 



Matt Dawson     2/9/2015    

Hi Rochelle,

Thank you again for coming out to meet me at Starbucks on Monday. I feel terrible that I asked you to take the time out of your day to look at my print. It was definitely a good lesson to learn. Thank you for being so understanding, pleasant and helpful.

I feel like the experience was very educational and I now know what to look for with a magnifying glass. Also, thank you for only charging me $50. You're truly an exceptional professional and I am pleased to have met you.

Take care.

Yuonne A. Butta     1/29/2014    

President of IPML

Dear Rochelle,
I want to extent our most sincere thanks on behalf of the Insurance Professional of the Main Line for your continuous support for the past few years. We cannot thank you enough for sponsoring our September Happy Hour Network Event and agreeing to present our program in May 2014.

We are looking forward to hearing you presentation on American, English, Chinese and Japanese, Fine Art, Antique furniture, Glass, Silver, Porcelains, Pottery and sculpture.
Your presentation on "How to be a Savvy Collector" educates collectors on How to Protect their Collection, Value Characteristics, Guidelines to Connoisseurship and advice for buying and selling to achieve maximum returns.

The Insurance Professionals of the Main line is looking forward for another great year of partnership with you and Art Directives.
IPML is so lucky to have Art Directives as one of our Corporate Partners.

Robert D. Edelheit     12/19/2013    

United Group Programs, Inc. Boca Raton, Florida

I wish to advise that I have found Rochelle Eisenberg extremely professional and dedicated in evaluating the property and fine art of our home. I recommend Ms. Eisenberg as a professional and reliable expert in her field. I look forward to using her services in the future.

Fred Kroon     6/14/2013    

Dear Rochelle,
I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how pleased I am with the appraisal you recently completed for the contents of my home.
You and your staff were consummate professionals with an experts eye for detail. I was very impressed by the final report as was my insurance broker.
I feel much better knowing that in the event of a serious loss my home's contents are beautifully documented. Thanks again!

Mark Mills, Senior Director of External Affairs     11/29/2012    

The Barnes Foundation

Dear Ms. Eisenberg,

It has been an extraordinary year for the Barnes Foundation. Our new Philadelphia location opened with much fanfare in May. The New York Times stated, the collection offers “seemingly endless surprises,” and Vogue proclaimed “the collection still staggers.”

Since May, we have provided access to over 176,000 visitors-triple the number of guests we welcomed in Merion over an entire year. In addition we've expanded educational programs offering new adult and family programs and welcoming school children from across the region.

Your participation as a Founding Member has been essential during this transformational time in making increased access and expanded programming possible. Please accept our gratitude on behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire staff for your generous contribution during our inaugural year in Philadelphia.

We wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season. We look forward to seeing you at the Barnes again soon.

Bruce and Annice Berger     12/13/2011    

Philadelphia, PA

“Art Directives and Rochelle Eisenberg provided us with excellent service when we needed appraisals of works and antiques. I would recommend Art Directives to anyone needing similar services.
Bruce and Annice Berger”

The Berger’s collection consisted of contemporary artwork, sculptures, American silver and contemporary glass pieces.

Martin Salzman     12/13/2011    

Cherry Hill, NJ

Dear Ms. Eisenberg,

On behalf of my wife and I, it is my pleasure to offer you this letter of recommendation. You and your staff did a complete, comprehensive, professional job in appraising our art and other valuables.

You were all responsive to our personal needs and obviously exhausted all reference during the appraisal process. We were quite pleased with the valuation process and were also pleasantly surprised with some of the valuations.

The bound books and cds are very professional and our Insurance Company really appreciates the convenience of the cd process.

Please feel free to use this as a reference for any current or future clients.

Martin Salzman

Anne Klein     12/13/2011    

Medford, NJ

I had a very successful open house and furniture sale at my parents home. I sold 20 pieces of furniture. The people who bought seemed very happy. In fact, when one individual came to pick up her pieces, she bought two more smaller items! The best part is that I did not have to contend with dealers at an auction giving me a fraction of the price you estimated. I am planning another open house and sale when I will offer the collectibles. Thank you for giving me the confidence to know I was pricing my parents' items fairly.

The Glenmede Trust Company     4/17/2009    

Philadelphia, PA

Dear Rochelle,

I would like to thank you for the excellent work which you did on the appraisal for the estate which we are handling. We were impressed by the thoroughness of your research, and we appreciated the fact that you completed the appraisal so promptly.

I also wanted to let you know that I have heard back only good things from our client for whom you are doing the appraisal of furniture and art work. Thank you for taking such good care of her. I look forward to working with you again.


David R. Schwartz
Vice President

Pamela B. Benson     11/14/2008    

Dear Rochelle,

It has been a pleasure working with you and your assistants, Melissia and Saira. I found your services to be knowledgeable, professional and friendly. I was very impressed with the report; the photographs and descriptions were very well done, exceeding any expectations.

It was evident to me that your background education and experience have made you into the excellent art appraiser that you are. Thank you so much!


Pamela B. Benson

Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Skobinsky     9/20/2008    

Dear Rochelle,

A note of thanks for the splendid work that you did in photographing, describing and appraising our collection of fine art and antiques, including silver, cloisonné, porcelains and art glass. Our insurance company was very satisfied with the report you provided, and we have peace of mind knowing that we are adequately covered just in case….

It was a pleasure working with you and your staff. We thank you for your professionalism thru the process.


Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Skobinsky

Mark Hankin     9/5/2008    

Dear Rochelle,

Helene and I would like to thank you and your staff for your services in re-appraising our private art and jewelry collection. All of you performed an excellent job in as unobtrusive a manner as possible. Without your help, we would not have been able to properly insure our collection. You and your staff have been most courteous, very efficient and extremely professional. As you may be aware, I have recommended your company to other friends and business associates with great confidence.

I look forward to continuing to work with you over the years to come.


Mark Hankin

Dennis J. Tessler     9/3/2008    

Bryn Mawr, PA

Dear Rochelle:

Working with you and your organization on my recent appraisals was indeed a pleasure. It is rare a service organization exceeds expectations and because this was so clearly achieved I felt compelled to let you know.

Candidly, I had little awareness of the value of many of the items in our home. I have gained a new appreciation for many items that were not in my site as being worthy of appraisal. I now take the time to appreciate the Oriental carpets, chandeliers and fixtures, paints and sculpture that previously were environmentally pleasing but not appreciated for their true worth. On all items, I found the descriptions not only worthy for insurance purposes but in many cases, personally illuminating. Your report met my needs and beyond.

I will certainly recommend Art Directives to the many I know who may be in need of such services. Thank you for a job well done.

Truly yours,

Dennis J. Tessler

Albert and Denise Gentile     8/13/2008    

Swedesboro, NJ

Dear Rochelle and the Staff of Art Directives:

We are very pleased with the appraisal document that you prepared for our collection of fine art and antiques. Your knowledge of paintings, glass and pottery is impressive. The appraisal is a well-crafted, straight forward and thorough documentation of our collection. I would highly recommend your services to other who are looking for a professional, courteous and knowledgeable company who are easy to work with and very responsible.


Albert and Denise Gentile

Frank and Helen Decker     8/1/2008    

Abington, PA

Dear Rochelle,

Frank and I were so very pleased with the excellent work you and your helpful staff did on the appraisals for our antique furniture, silver, glass, porcelains and other items of value!

The album of our furniture photographs and information concerning them, was superb !!!

Will be sure to give your name to friends and family who might need your services.

Most sincerely yours,

Frank and Helen Decker

American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants     5/8/2008    

AAA-CPA Northeastern Regional Education Conference

Dear Rochelle,

On behalf of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, we thank you for being a presenter at our 2008 Northeastern Regional Education Conference held in Atlantic City, NJ and for helping to make the meeting a success. Your participation as a presenter contributed to the high quality education program that our members have come to expect.

I can’t thank you enough for stepping in on such short notice. As you can imagine we never anticipate that we will lose a presenter at such short notice and I was thrilled to have been able to speak with you on Thursday and have you join us on Sunday. I have included copies of the evaluation forms that our members filled out for your program. I have hear remarkable comments about your presentation from the attendees and guests and would love to have you present again in the future. Next time, you’ll have much more lead time to prepare!

Please do send us the materials on the Ethics portion of your presentation when you can so that our members can receive their education credit. Again, sincere thanks for helping the AAA-CPA.


Nicole M. Emard, CMP
Executive Director

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Stroud     5/1/2008    

Lafayette Hill, PA

Dear Rochelle,

You did a fantastic job for us!

Despite the problems I caused you managed to keep your “cool!”

If ever we have to go through another appraisal, we will certainly call on you!

Sincerely yours,

Samuel S. Stroud, Sr.

American Society of Appraisers     7/6/2007    

Fort Washington, PA

Dear Rochelle,


The ASA International Headquarters Office is pleased to inform you that you have been elected to the position of Personal Property Committee Member for 2007-2010.

As a matter of procedure, please sign the enclosed conflict of Interest statement and return it by July 13, 2007. Please send the signed form to my attention at American Society of Appraisers, 555 Herndon Parkway, Suite 125, Herndon, VA 20147 or fax it to: (703) 742-8471.

We appreciate your service to ASA and look forward to working with you during the next three years.


Laurie M. Saunders
Executive Vice President

Ernest M. Kahn, Ph.D     11/23/2003    

Dear Ms. Eisenberg:

My wife and I want to express to you and the members of your staff our deep appreciation for the thoroughly professional manner in which you undertook and completed this assignment. We appreciated both the helpful and supportive manner in which you assisted us in the course of the appraisal process as well as the diligence, thoroughness and expertise with which you addressed each individual object.

Perhaps needless to add, the careful and detailed descriptions of each of these objects in your comprehensive reports are also greatly appreciated. It has been a pleasure to work with you and your staff in learning more about the art objects and furnishings in our home.

With repeated thanks and all good wishes,

Ernest M. Kahn, Ph.D

David Mallery Seminars     8/1/2002    

Sugar Loaf Conference Center, Philadelphia, PA

Dear Rochelle,

It has been a year since you were with us at Sugar Hill, helping us prepare for the auctioning of all the contents of the New Hampshire summer home of our family since 1917. Judith and I have been looking at the photos, album notes, records, etc., from that time and remembering the enormous helpfulness you and Robin Friedman brought into our lives, both professionally, in analyzing and evaluating furniture, paintings, porcelains, family-history treasure for auction and sale, your arranging so splendidly for the sale of that major painting and of the piano we treasured. Yet we are remembering too the personal pleasure, the sense of colleagueship you and Robin brought to use—she is indeed in your spirit and style, with you as an ace teacher, of her, and of us.

You have been a such a fine educator for us, making our learning so enjoyable and helpful and coherent. Before the Sugar Hill enterprise, our work with you in our Philadelphia home was crucial—also enjoyable and productive—in the
appraisal of fine arts, antiques, oriental rugs, a whole houseful of our personal history over the years. You gave us both such a secure feeling from your work with us, your analysis and reports, your photographing and portrayals and recordings and evaluations.

So this is a fan letter, not the first and not the last!


David Mallery


Post Your Own Message