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.  





Hess Art Advisory provides a suite of expert services to private collectors, corporations, attorneys and institutions

CALL US: (415) 580-2781 for a free consultation to find out what kind of service is right for you

Excelling in the preparation of appraisal reports written in compliance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)

Art advisory

Fine art collection management with specialized curatorial support

Customized trust and estate strategic planning for the preservation and growth of a collection.  

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

When you need expert valuations by a QUALIFIED APPRAISER for categories listed below.  Our appraisals are fully researched, comprehensive and accurate and conform to the USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice). As there is no national license for personal property appraisers, USPAP compliancy is an important credential, and one that the IRS uses to measure appraisals as acceptable for tax purposes. Our appraisals provide comprehensive information about your valuable artwork or collections and our reports are expertly researched, photographed and contain full descriptions of the items included. 

•  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!