Norman Hurst

Norman Hurst earns ISA S-Capp in American Indian and Eskimo art

Specializing in:

  • Arts of Asia including China, India, and Japan
  • Graeco-Roman, Egyptian, and Middle Eastern Antiquities
  • American Indian, Eskimo, and Pre-Columbian Art
  • African Art
  • Art and Artifacts of the Pacific Islands


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Verbal consultations for authentication and general valuations are also available.
Please contact the gallery for more information.

Appraisals for Donation Purposes

Gifts of art to museums are an important way for institutions to expand and improve their collections.  Such charitable contributions are tax deductible.  A professional appraisal report containing proper documentation, market research, and valuation will help assure that you, as a donor, receive full credit for your gift from the IRS.  Each appraisal report is structured to comply with the requirements of the Internal Revenue Regulation Section 1.170A-13©3, the requirements of the IRS Revenue Procedures 65-19 and 66-49, and all subsequent rulings.

Many New England museums recommend Norman Hurst for charitable donation appraisals of Asian, ancient, and ethnographic art. Museums that frequently refer donors include Harvard University Art Museums, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Worcester Art Museum, Robert S. Peabody Museum, Kendall Whaling Museum, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Hood Museum, Portland Museum of Art, and Hudson Museum.

Appraisals for Insurance Purposes

If you have sculpture, paintings, prints, rare books, artifacts, antiques, or other collectibles you should obtain a professional appraisal that accurately lists, describes and provides current retail replacement values for your personal property. A professional appraisal report may prove invaluable to you, your insurance providers, law enforcement officers, and your heirs in the event of accident, catastrophic loss, theft, or untimely death.

In over twenty years of appraising, Norman Hurst has written hundreds of reports for individuals obtaining insurance coverage. All major carriers have relied on his appraisals and many also employ him to work directly with their own agents and claims adjusters.

Appraisals for Estate Purposes

Should you be acting as executor or executrix for probate, planning your own estate, or seeking to distribute or liquidate inherited property, you should obtain a professional appraisal of the items under consideration. Such an appraisal is a legal requirement for the probation of certain estates.  It will provide a descriptive listing and valuation for estate planning; it can also be relied upon as an impartial document to aid in the equitable distribution of assets among heirs.

Norman Hurst is frequently called upon to appraise for probate, for equitable division of property, and for estate planning. A notice of his credentials and expertise appears annually in the Massachusetts Legal Pages, the service supplement to the Commonwealth's leading law directory.

All appraisals are structured to comply with the principles and procedures for the evaluation of personal property as prescribed by the Certified Appraiser of Personal Property Program (CAPP) of the International Society of Appraisers and are organized in accordance with the uniform standards of Professional Appraisal Practice as outlined by the Appraisal Standards Board of the Appraisers Association of America.


In addition to appraising, Hurst consults with museums about the identification, display, and interpretation of their collections.  He has assisted many institutions, including historical societies and libraries, having object collections in his areas of expertise. Providence Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Nantucket Historical Society, Peabody Essex Museum, and the Georgia Museum of Art are some of the institutions where he has recently completed or continues cataloguing, exhibition, or publication projects.

Mr. Hurst is prepared to advise and make referrals about conservation, restoration, framing and mounting, and installation of works of art in all media.

Please contact the gallery for more information or send email to: Norman Hurst.