We have been assisting our clients with the value of their colletions for over 30 years.

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Active in Appraising since 1983

Gillett and Caudan bring experience, professionalism and independence to every appraisal assignment. A diverse range of clients rely upon this expertise, from government agencies to businesses; as well as law firms, insurance companies, banks, trusts and private individuals.

We are small enough to give the type of personal service that is becoming increasingly rare. Our style adapts to both large and small assignments.

Who Are We?

Both partners Sheryl Gillett ASA and Stephen Caudana ASA are accredited senior members of the American Society of Appraisers credentialed in Antiques, Decorative Arts and Residential Contents.  The American Society of Appraisers is the oldest appraisal society in the nation and has a rigorous and extensive process of education and experience to qualify for membership.  All Appraisal Reports are prepared in conformity with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, the current  standards acknowledged by government agencies, institutions, the courts and insurance companies.  These standards also satisfy the IRS requirement of ” a qualified appraisal by a qualified appraiser.”  Gillett and Caudana also hold as areas of expertise and interest California Art and Design, Mid Century Modern and Entertainment Memorabilia.
Drawing upon more than 3 decades of appraising, Gillett and
Caudana have the education, knowledge, skill and judgment for solving a wide range of appraisal assignements. Whether for Insurance, Donation, Estate, Damage & Loss, Sale, Expert Witness or Litigation Support, we know what to do.
Dedication to professional standards is a hallmark of their work. Partners Sheryl Gillett and Stephen Caudana are Accredited Senior Members of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). ASA is the older and most demanding professional appraisal organization, with education, testing, and peer review requirements.
Gillett and Caudana focus upon appraising and are independent in their value conclusions. They do not buy or sell property, so there is no conflict of interest. They are unbiased professionals and do not advocate for anyone other than their own work.
They are small enough to give the type of personal service that is becoming increasingly rare. Their style adapts to both large and small assignments.

What Is An Appraisal?

  • 1. Witness. The existence of property is verified and documented. This is the necessary first step.
  • 2. Identify. The property is correctly identified. What is it, who made it, how old is it and what is it made of? These and other relevant questions are answered. Proper identification and documentation includes detailed photographs.
  • 3. Value. What is your property worth? Various levels of the market are analyzed and the relevant one determined. Comparables are located and researched.
  • 4. Support. The value conclusion is convincingly supported. By explaining the market, the value is clear and the understandable.
The appraisal process is a little like fitting together the pieces of a puzzle. Once all the pieces are in place you have a clear, total, defensible picture of value. Every appraisal is a valuation question. The appraiser takes 4 important steps to answer it.

Meet Our Partners

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Sheryl Gillett, ASA

Sheryl Gillett ASA is an accredited senior member of the American Society of Appraisers specializing in Antiques, Decorative Arts and Residential Contents. Actively involved with ASA since 1987, she has served as an elected member of ASA’s Personal Property Committee, Board of Governors, Board of Examiners and Strategic Planning Task Force.  She has also served as instructor for the Appraisal Certification Program at the University of California Irvine.

A second generation appraiser, Ms Gillett is the granddaughter of John Gillett, a noted Orange County, California appraiser.  She attended Occidental College and the London Study Centre at the Victoria and Albert Museum prior to opening her practice in 1983. View Sheryl’s CV >

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Stephen Caudana

Stephen Caudana is a Southern California based personal property appraiser and accredited senior member of the American Society of Appraisers, specializing in Antiques, Decorative Arts and Residential Contents.  A graduate of the University of California Berkeley and the London Study Centre for the Decorative Arts, he served nine years as parliamentarian for ASA’s Personal Property Committee, 10 years on the Board of Examiners and currently serves on the Nominating Committee for the Personal Property discipline, assisting in the selection of members for elected leadership roles. Mr. Caudana has been recognized as an expert witness in the Superior Courts of Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties.

Drawing upon decades of experience and an understanding of complex valuation issues, he has acted as umpire in appraisal process cases, resolving disputes arising from damage and loss insurance claims.  A contributing author to ASA’s primary textbook, The Appraisal of Personal Property he was also an instructor for the Appraisal Certification Program at University of California Irvine. View Stephen’s CV >

Some of Our Clients

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