Appraisers are not authenticators, but documentation, provenance and legal claims can be reviewed for accuracy and obvious deficiencies.  

Escher Associates provides valuation advice for the following:

  • Insurance Protection

  • Damage & Loss

  • Charitable Donation

  • Estate Planning & Taxation

  • Equitable Distribution

  • Acquisition & Sale

  • Expert Witness

  • Appraisal Review

Escher Associates has developed a network of reliable sources and acknowledged experts to provide support in our identification, attribution and valuation. With questionable properties we follow the guidelines of International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) and rely on acknowledged experts.

Nancy Escher, ASA, has served as an expert witness in Federal Tax Court, Criminal and Civil Court, and has given depositions in preparation for civil and criminal proceedings involving insurance fraud, and damage and loss claims. 

 Escher was the appraiser on record for the Ansel Adams Estate and was consulted on the case of the "long lost" prints and negatives found at a Fresno garage sale that were falsely attributed to Ansel Adams.

Escher was the appraiser on record for the Ansel Adams Estate and was consulted on the case of the "long lost" prints and negatives found at a Fresno garage sale that were falsely attributed to Ansel Adams.

Ms. Escher has been deputized and worked undercover for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in art forgery, fraud and extortion cases. 

In addition, she has extensive experience working with insurance companies and claims adjusters to estimate the value of stolen or damaged properties.

Escher Associates has produced appraisals of the Estates of numerous authors, artists, photographers and actors, including the Estates of Sam Francis, Ansel Adams, Helen Lundeberg, Todd Webb, Maurice Bloch, Cary Grant, Dinah Shore, George Stevens, and Dalton Trumbo.  Notable is Ms. Escher’s appraisal of the Estate of Sam Francis, for which she developed an innovative appraisal methodology using the blockage discount.

HEADQUARTERS: 3278 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 704, Los Angeles, CA 90010 

REMOTE OFFICE: 633 McAndrew Road, Ojai, CA 93023