Heritage Auctions Appraisal Services
All About Appraisals: Happy Anniversary!
by Meredith Meuwly, ISA CAPP
As Heritage Auctions Appraisal Services, Inc. celebrates its 6-year anniversary, I wanted to share a few of my very favorite things that I have had the privilege to appraise over the years. I've had the great pleasure of valuing multimillion-dollar fine art exhibitions to 1-dollar alarm clocks, and almost everything in between. I've worked with important collections in all 40 of Heritage's specialist categories, meeting the most interesting collectors, advisors, trustees, curators, and even a few celebrities along the way. I've dried many tears during divorce appraisals, held many hands during estate tax appraisals, and celebrated the greatest joys uncovering new masterpieces. I truly love my job with all its quirks and eccentricities, and I feel privileged to be in a position working with fabulous colleagues who never fail to teach me something new every day. Now on to my favorite things!
Untitled ( Ochre with Black Line ), 1972-73/1974
Sold for $965,000 October 2015
My first interaction with this work began several years ago with an insurance appraisal. I was immediately spellbound and felt an instant connection with the work. To see it sell at auction and find a wonderful new home was one of my proudest days.
Very Fine Commercially Produced 14th New Hampshire Forage Cap
Sold for $20,000 December 2014
From the Estate of Stephen Saathoff, this collection of Civil War memorabilia was fascinating in its breadth and depth of memorabilia. As a Southerner and the daughter of a Civil War history buff, I was indoctrinated from an early age with stories of the brave soldiers in gray. While researching this collection, I learned even more about American history through the equally brave soldiers in blue.
1887 The Sporting Life Official Game of Baseball
Sold for $6,573 May 2013
One of the most interesting collections I've helped to appraise is the Dr. Mark Cooper Collection of Vintage Baseball Games. With many items being the only known example of its kind, this appraisal was an exciting adventure into the early history of America's pastime. The only downside was that I wasn't allowed to play with them!
A Tiffany & Co. Silver and Silver Gilt Footed Center Bowl
Sold for $11,250 December 2012
From the Collection of Wyatt C. and Mildred S. Hedrick came a large collection of Tiffany silver serving dishes in the Chrysanthemum pattern, including this footed center bowl. Wyatt Hedrick was a prominent architect in the 1920s-50s and amassed an impressive collection of fine silver with his wife Mildred. I can't imagine how glittering the Hedrick's home must have been during the holidays as they set the table with magnificent silver pieces.
The first six years of the Appraisal Services department have been an exciting challenge, and I'm confident the next six years will be even better as I work with you and your special collections. For a confidential consultation, contact Meredith Meuwly, Director of Appraisal Services, at MeredithM@HA.com or 214-409-1631.
After five years at Christie's in New York, Meredith Meuwly joined Heritage Auctions in 2007 as Senior Consignment Director in the Fine & Decorative Arts Department and currently manages the Appraisal Services department. In 2009, Meredith participated as an appraiser for the Antiques Roadshow on PBS. She is also a member of the Fine Art committee for the International Society of Appraisers and looks forward to assisting with any formal appraisal needs.