Fine art Appraisals, consultation and brokerage. Specializing in the art of the American South.
Amanda Winstead offers professional art valuations and advice for discerning collectors, estates, museums and institutions. She is the premiere fine arts appraiser in New Orleans and serves clientele throughout the Gulf and Mid-South regions. Whether you have one painting or a large collection of fine art, Amanda Winstead can help you with your appraisal, consultation and art brokerage needs. She has appraised and brokered significant collections of art and antiques throughout the Southeast, including those of museums, corporate collections, plantation homes and private individuals.
She is an Accredited Member of the Appraisers Association of America, the most elite and select appraisal organization in the United States. She is a recognized expert in the areas of Southern Regional art and Newcomb College art pottery. Her activity in these markets, both at auction and in private sales, ensures that she has the greatest knowledge regarding both the values and the qualitative aspects of this material. Amanda Winstead has appraised, researched, discovered, auctioned and sold thousands of works of art totaling well in excess of $100 million.
Amanda Winstead is dedicated to providing the highest level of professional appraisal services. Her appraisal reports and methodologies conform to the latest Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) providing her clientele with the most complete and accurate valuations. Amanda Winstead specializes in providing objective and well-researched written appraisals of American and European paintings, prints, and sculpture dating from the 18th c. to the present. She also appraises select categories of decorative arts such as Newcomb College pottery, Shearwater pottery and American and New Orleans coin silver. She performs appraisals for insurance, donation, estate tax, resale, collection management and damage and loss purposes. Amanda Winstead has worked as an expert appraiser for the Internal Revenue Service.
The appraisal process involves the identification, description and valuation of a work of art. Amanda Winstead physically examines, documents and photographs each work of art included in the appraisal. She fully describes each object including a condition report and notations about provenance, publications and exhibition history. When appropriate, a market analysis is included as well. All of this information is presented in a concise report including color digital photographs of the works of art. Our vast research library and use of multiple price databases ensure that each item is appropriately described, researched and valued.
Amanda Winstead has worked with myriad private collectors, estates, museums and institutions in the decades that she has been in the art and appraisal business in New Orleans. Among the esteemed museums and institutions whose collections she has appraised are the following:
Dusti Bongé Art Foundation, Biloxi, MS
LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA
Longue Vue House & Gardens, New Orleans, LA
Louisiana Supreme Court, New Orleans, LA
Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, LA
James K. Polk Presidential Home, Columbia, TN
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Walter Anderson Community Center murals, Ocean Springs, MS
Amanda Winstead has extensive experience working with large museum and institutional collections which can sometimes present unique challenges. She is very skilled at categorizing and organizing large groups of objects to most efficiently and cost effectively create an appraisal report. For example, for the Dusti Bongé Art Foundation in Biloxi, Mississippi, Ms. Winstead created an appraisal catalogue with a related inventory system for over 1,700 works of art. The DBAF previously had no inventory or documentation of their vast collection. Amanda Winstead is also skilled at working with museum staff and understands the proper handling of all objects within an institutional environment.
Brokerage & Auction Consultation
Amanda Winstead is knowledgeable about the ever changing markets for a wide range of fine art and antiques. She can best advise you of how to sell a single work of art or a whole collection. In some instances, Ms. Winstead can privately broker the item in an efficient and discreet manner. Additionally, Amanda Winstead has worked in association with Neal Auction Company in New Orleans since 1996 and has extensive experience in the proper sale and presentation of fine collections at auction. Some of the notable collections sold under her direction at Neal Auction Company include the Charles and Susan Murphy Collection of Newcomb Pottery, the inventory of Manheim Antiques of Royal Street, New Orleans, and property from the Old Spanish Custom House on Moss Street, New Orleans.
In the spring of 2000, Ms. Winstead discovered a painting by the 19th c. Austrian artist Eugene de Blaas in Shreveport, Louisiana. Under her direction, it sold that June at Neal Auction Company for $484,000, a record price for the most expensive piece of art to ever sell at auction in Louisiana until it was exceeded in May 2006. Presently, Amanda Winstead is a consultant to Neal Auction Company and holds the position of Senior Appraiser, Fine Art. She is able to offer advice and estimates on potential auction consignments and guide clients through the auction selling process. Her extensive network of contacts in the art and auction business from coast to coast allow her to help you identify the best and most appropriate sales venue for your property.
Art Consultation & Sales
Amanda Winstead works with clients searching for by a work by a specifc artist to those building extensive art collections. Acquiring artwork both at auction and privately from galleries, brokers and collectors, she is able to assist her clients in finding works of art of the best quality, condition and value. If you are considering buying a piece of art, Ms. Winstead can advise you on the purchase price and qualitative aspects of the work as well as current market conditions. Amanda Winstead is very active in the marketplace for Southern Regional art. She regularly appraises, evaluates, auctions and sells works by a wide range of Southern artists, dating all the way from the 19th c. to contemporary times. She has many clients who are actively looking for works by select artists. Please be in touch if you have a work by one of these artists:
William Henry Buck
Louis Oscar Griffith
Joseph Rusling Meeker
Marie Adrien Persac
Will Henry Stevens
Jean Joseph Vaudechamp
George Louis Viavant
Our appraisal fees are based on an hourly rate. The client is billed for on-site examination, research and report writing, and document preparation. In addition, expenses for printing, photography, research, travel or other items related to performing the appraisal are billed to the client. An estimate of the fee for the appraisal is furnished prior to the start of the appraisal.
A contract detailing the scope and type of appraisal to be performed and the fee for the appraisal is signed by both parties prior to the start of the appraisal. A deposit of 50% of the estimated fee is due at the commencement of the appraisal process.
Fees for the brokerage or purchase of fine art are typically based upon a percentage of the sale price. A contract detailing the services to be performed and fees related thereto is signed by both parties prior to the transaction.
Amanda Mantle Winstead, an Accredited Member of the Appraisers Association of America, the most elite and select appraisal organization in the United States, is a full-time appraiser of fine art. She has been employed as an appraiser and specialist at Neal Auction Company in New Orleans, Louisiana since 1996 and in March 1999 founded her own appraisal company, Winstead Associates, Inc. In her professional capacity, she appraises fine art, paintings, prints, silver, porcelain, glass, bronzes, and decorative arts. She has appraised, auctioned and sold tens of thousands of works of art and has appraised fine and decorative arts totaling well in excess of $100 million. Ms. Winstead is a recognized expert in the areas of Southern Regional art and Newcomb College pottery.
Winstead has a Masters of Business Administration from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Newcomb College at Tulane University. She attended the Museum Studies and the Arts Program at American University in Washington, D.C. She completed the Certificate Program in the Appraisal of Fine and Decorative Art at New York University. She has been a Member of the Appraisers Association of America since 2000 and regularly attends the annual national conference in New York City. Ms. Winstead serves on the board of the Arts Council of New Orleans and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She has appraised many important collections for museums, institutions, estates, and private collectors and has served as an expert witness for the Internal Revenue Service. She has appraised the collections of the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge, Tulane University, the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Longue Vue House & Gardens in New Orleans, the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana, the Dusti Bongé Art Foundation in Biloxi, Mississippi, the James K. Polk Presidential Home in Columbia, Tennessee, Tezcuco Plantation and Chretien Point Plantation in Louisiana, as well as the Walter Anderson murals in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She has also completed donation appraisals for The Louisiana State Museum, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Newcomb Art Gallery, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Tulane University among others.
In addition to lecturing on paintings and the appraisal of fine art, Ms. Winstead has been interviewed for numerous national and international magazine articles and local television news stories on art and antique appraising, regional auction houses, the art market, and Newcomb Pottery, including for publications such as Art & Antiques. She has participated in numerous “Appraisal Days” in conjunction with the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia, the Louisiana State Museum, Hibernia National Bank, and the Hermann-Grima/Gallier House Museums in New Orleans, the Spring Street Museum in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette.