Nancy Escher, ASA

President, Escher Associates

Fine Art and Rare Books

What We've Achieved

  • Worked with over 1,500 clients

  • Inspected over 30,000 properties

  • Valued over $1 billion dollars worth of personal property

  • Expert witness in federal tax court, criminal and civil court

  • Deputized and worked undercover for LAPD.




National Art Museum of Sport (NAMOS), New York, N.Y. | Administrative assistant, managed inventory, transportation and installation of exhibition of sporting art at the 1980 Olympics.

Daguerrian Era, Pawlet, Vermont | Administrative assistant, cataloguer and research associate.  Prepared works for exhibition at art fairs.

Gotham Book Mart, New York, N.Y. | Book seller, administrative assistant, scheduling, correspondence, sales, attend auctions and book signings.     

Zeitlin & Ver Brugge, Los Angeles, CA | Antiquarian bookseller, fine art department.

Janus Gallery, Venice, CA | Gallery assistant, sales and exhibitions, front desk.

Stuart Salsbury Appraisers, Los Angeles, CA | Staff appraiser, fine art and rare books, inspection, identification, description, research and value conclusions.

Nancy Escher Inc. Appraiser of Fine Art and Rare Books, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Consultant to Butterfield & Butterfield Auctioneers and Appraisers | Opened the Los Angeles office as specialist in 4 departments: rare books, prints, photograpy and contemporary art. 


ASA International Appraisers Conference, San Antonio, Texas, presentation: Fakes, Forgeries and Authentication.

IRS Symposium Los Angeles, Chapter, February 2006: Art Panel - Common Valuation issues and Best Practices with Karen Carolan, IRS Art Advisory Panel and Joy Gibney Berus, Attorney.

US Tax Court Case Symposium, May 2012: Estate of Mitchell - Personal Property/Fine Art.

San Diego Bar Association Conference, November 2012: Speaker on Hard to Value Assets.

 White House Historical Association reception, 2013

White House Historical Association reception, 2013


Dana Hall School, Wellesley, Mass. 1963-1966.

Briarcliff College, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. B.A. in Art History, 1970.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Massachusetts Committee for the Preservation of Architectural Records, 1985.

Society of American Archivists, (SAA). The Administration of Photographic Collections, Los Angeles, CA, 1985.

Columbia University, New York, N.Y., Rare Book School: Archives and Records Management, 1984; Western Americana, 1987.

ASA Personal Property 4 Level Courses.

USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) Current to 2017.


Senior Member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) tested and accredited in Fine Art and Rare Books, 1985-1990.

Elected to the International Personal Property Committee, ASA, 1994-1998, Secretary of Executive Committee, served on the Board of Examiners, 1999.

American Society of Appraisers, Los Angeles Chapter Board Member, Chairperson Personal Property, 1984, 1988, 1993, 2001.  Served as chair person of Personal Property Roundtables 1990-2000

Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Graphic Arts Council, Member of the Executive Board, 1984-1988, 1990. 

Art Table, Executive Board, 1992-1995.

Los Angeles Center of Photographic Studies (LACPS) Board member, 1987-1988.

Society of American Archivists.