Valuation Services

For further details regarding any of the information provided below, please contact us.

Email: valuations@dnfa.com | Tel: +44 1635 553 553

Insurance

Many fine art and chattels insurers are increasing their risk-management and up-to-date valuation of the contents of a house are become an increasingly regular requirement. In any event the owners of valuable art, antiques, jewellery and collectibles have a self-serving interest in ensuring the correct compensation can be made in the unfortunate event of a claim.

The market prices of unique valuables rarely move in line with inflation and can change dramatically over even short periods of time, with factors such as demand, fashion, and deterioration all affecting price. Regular and accurate valuation of these items will likely reduce insurance premium and of course facilitate the speedy settlement of any insurance claim.

The combined knowledge of our team of specialists and the archives available to us from our 250 year history enables us to provide comprehensive and unbiased advice on all aspects of your insurance requirements. You will see from our Corporate Partners list that we are on the panel of approved valuers of all major insurers active in this market.

We offer an illustrated valuation service on single items, complete collections or full house contents. We also offer a re-valuation service at an agreed interval so that items can be re-assessed and additions and deletions noted on an amended inventory. Valuation of individual items or small collections can also be carried out, by appointment, at our salerooms.

Our valuation services are competitively priced, with the fee structure based on a transparent time-spent basis, thus avoiding the complication of scale fees.

Probate

Our Valuations department offer a comprehensive and professional Probate Valuations service that is presented in the most up-to-date format as required by the Capital Taxes Office. This service is available to private individuals handling a family probate and of course professional executors, Trust companies and all other fiduciary intermediaries.

We offer a prompt, professional and confidential service to executors of deceased estates. Our full Probate Service includes;

  • A free Walk Through Service to assess the need for a formal valuation.
  • Compilation of a detailed inventory and valuation of inventoried items formated to match the IHT407 form and including digital photography if required.
  • Immediate removal and storage of valuable items.
  • Complete house clearance.
  • Advice on optimum realisations of valuable items to satisfy the dispersal of bequests.
  • Removal and sale of items where appropriate.
  • In the event that items from a deceased estate are subsequently consigned for sale, the forgoing charges are offset against any subsequent commission charges.

Family Division

We are experienced in undertaking valuations for family division of property for reasons other than probate. Our service includes a transparent, unbiased and fully illustrated valuation of such items and provides a facility for the sale of relevant items either at auction or by private treaty.

Private Treaties

Please see our dedicated Private Treaties page for further information.

Single Owner Collections

Please see our dedicated Single Owner Collections page for further information.