Karen Thomson

As an independent art advisor and personal property appraiser, Karen Thomson provides bilingual, specialized services in art collection management and the appraisal of fine art.

Advisory services include:

  • strategic planning for the acquisition of art collections (including the selection, presentation for approval, as well as overseeing the framing choice and installationto museum standards if suitable; preparing a Request for Proposals if appropriate)
  • dispersal of collections and representation in purchase and sales transactions, particularly within Canada and the United States
  • working with what a client already has and presenting it in a more effective way  
  • selecting inhouse images and/or objects that can be visually appealing when properly displayed. (For example, small photographs or drawings can be scanned, enlarged, printed and mounted)
  • working with artists, lighting experts, printers and craftsmen in order to exhibit costumes, masks and maquettes in public spaces within a company.

Karen Thomson works with a reliable network of fine art dealers, artists, curators, framers, appraisers, movers, installers, designers, craftsmen, conservators and restorers throughout Canada and the United States. Every effort is made to ensure that the art will complement its surroundings and that the client feels that his/her aesthetic preferences are understood. Proposed changes are always subject to prior approval by the client; good communication is key and budgetary surprises are avoided.

Appraisal services for:

  • asset valuation
  • charitable donations
  • estate planning
  • family settlement
  • insurance coverage
  • loss assessment
  • estimation of a fair asking or buying price and
  • determination of a fair market value of a culturally significant property are offered.

Clients of Karen Thomson have included the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation based in Montreal, current from 2005, the Bank of Montreal in Toronto and London, England
(1980 – 2005) as well as numerous individuals.