Our Services

We serve the entire San Francisco Bay Area, Sonoma & Napa, Silicon Valley, Carmel and beyond

Seeing your art in location, is the very best.  In light of Covid-19 , we are offering virtual consulting.

Let's talk so that we can offer you a product that is the best value for what you need.  




We help you figure out what to do with art, furniture, antiques, artisanal jewelry, etc.   We'll help you figure out if you should:  

Sell? Buy? Donate?

I highly recommend Claudia Hess and Hess Art Advisory.  Claudia prepared an appraisal of my art collection for an Estate Tax Return and also one for insurance purposes.  Claudia is responsive and responsible.  She worked with me when there was a question and provided a professional appraisal in a timely manner.  It was a pleasure to work with her.

J.  Miller San Francisco, Petaluma


Hess Art Advisory provides independent, detailed, objective, well researched, and photo documented appraisals for our clients. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, we appraise worldwide in accordance with Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).  Principal, Claudia Hess has OVER 30 YEARS experience in the Art Industry, she is accredited by Appraisers Association of America. 

Clients, such as individualsattorneysfiduciariesand museums rely upon us for accurate and well documented appraisals to support evaluations in many contexts including:

•  Insurance

•  Damage & Loss

•  Estate Planning, Estates, Gift Tax

•  Blockage Discount

•  Charitable Contributions

•  Liquidation and Bankruptcy

•  Marital Distribution

•  Appraisal Review


Fine Art Collection Management

HESS ART ADVISORY provides overall curatorial support, management services, and technical advice for private and corporate collections. Our team can help with any combination of the following service elements:


- Inventory, database management and catalogue creation
- Conservation and restoration resources 
- Display, framing, hanging and lighting
- Loans to galleries or institutions (including insurance, packing and shipping)
- Preservation and planning for collections
- Trust and estate strategic planning for preservation and growth of a collection


The arts play a critical role in our health of connection to community. There are many ways to activate the art you collect to bring about good in the community. To cite one example, Agnes Gund sold a valuable painting to benefit a Criminal Justice Fund.  You do not have to be a wealthy collector to enact change!  Let us help you explore how to use your visual assets to align with your other philanthropic passions!

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Art-Full Adventures

Our newest subsidiary!

We designed these art/adventure trips because art can lead to adventure and connection. No one has curated anything like it!

 After months of research and on-site work; we are proud to offer this trip to the Santa Fe Area over Memorial Day weekend 2020.  

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Due to Covid restrictions, this trip will now likely take place  mid September 2021.