Appraisals

Scott David Singer ISA, has owned and operated Singer Galleries, LTD. since 1981. His years of experience in the world of antiques has given him a profound understanding of the marketplace.

In addition to Scott’s education and extensive experience he is a tested member of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA). Scott has attended many courses and lectures on the legalities and semantics associated with appraisals. He has been an ISA member since 1985 and is currently Treasurer of the NW Chapter. He is also a member of the Chinese Ceramics Society of London and of the Textile Society of Hong Kong.

In May 2012 Scott attended a week long ISA convention where he successfully completed his five-year ISA re qualification courses. In 2016 he attended the annual ISA conference in Fort Worth, TX where successfully completed 2016-2017 Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP) course offered by the ISA.

Education
BA in Art History
European and Baroque painting under Donald A. Rabiner, Ph.D.
Chinese and Japanese painting under Ju Shi Chou, Ph. D.
Chinese ceramics under Claudia Brown, Ph. D.
BA in Anthropology/Archeology
Minors in Business, Chinese Mandarin

Clients
Scott’s experience in appraisal work include clients such as:
PEMCO Insurance Company
SAFECO Insurance Company
UPS
Legal Assistants of Washington
Governor's Mansion, Olympia, Washington - insurance coverage appraisal included sterling silver from the Alaska gold rush, Chinese porcelains and furniture.

References
Below is a sample of Scott’s clients and who are available to provide a reference.

Ms. Kathy Price
Legal Assistants of Washington
1218 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA. 98101

Ms. Elizabeth Gamble
Safeco Insurance
6021 244th Street S.W.
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

Appraisal FAQs

Are all appraisals the same?
There are many different functions and purposes for appraisal reports. For example, an appraisal for insurance coverage will be quite different from an appraisal for resale. We are experienced in appraising for Insurance Coverage, Damage Claims, Downsizing for Resale, Estate Tax, Probate, Estate Planning, Divorce, and IRS Charitable Contribution Donation purposes.

How do you bill for appraisals?
We appraise by the hour. Hourly charges include the examination time spent in your home, research time, and document preparation time. Research charges can vary greatly from one appraisal to another. Items that are difficult to authenticate or that are rare may require more research.

Why should we hire Singer Galleries for an appraisal?
As an appraiser who has been actively buying and selling in the marketplace for almost forty years, Scott has experience that many other appraisers do not. Scott's hands-on experience is infinitely more valuable than relying solely on auction records or price guides alone.

What type of work have you completed as an appraisal?
Over the years Scott has been hired for many interesting projects. Scott is frequently hired by both PEMCO and SAFECO Insurance Companies to value items that have been damaged or stolen. When a large Seattle company moved many of its executives out of state, Scott was hired exclusively to appraise the personal property being moved by City Moving Systems. Scott has experience as an expert witness and appraiser for many local cases. 



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