Enservio to Host Webinar on Spotting Fakes and Forgeries in Fine Art Claims

February 26th webinar trains how to recognize fakes, frauds and forgeries in fine art claims

NEEDHAM, Mass. – February 23, 2015 – Is that expensively framed Marc Chagall piece found in your grandmother's attic a copy or a million-dollar original? How do you recognize that an artist signature is genuine? These and other tricky questions will be covered in a February 26th webinar hosted by accredited fine art appraiser Erin Hollenbank of Enservio who will draw upon her 20-year career to guide claims pros through the complex maze of identifying fake, fraudulent or forged works of art found in property claims.

The event is complimentary and will be held Thursday, Feb. 26th at 11:30 am EST. Attendees can register by clicking here. Enservio is the leading provider of software and services across the entire value chain of contents claims processing.

"In our line of work, we see a lot of pieces come in with incorrect artist attributes, or incorrect assessments of the mediums, which then of course means incorrect claimed values," says Hollenbank. "Beginning with oil paintings, we will break it down by medium and explain what we look for when examining artwork to determine if items are authentic."

How do claims adjusters begin the process of valuing irreplaceable or even priceless works of art? The answer is simple in theory and difficult in practice. While most works of art are in fact irreplaceable, almost everything has a value. For appraisers, that value is most often determined by comparing like, kind, and quality items that are for sale or have recently sold in the market.

Adjusters, claim reps, claim managers, claim supervisors, claim directors and anyone working with non-restorable contents will benefit by attending this webinar. Points covered include:

  • Statistics on the prevalence of fine art in claims and typical value ranges for claimed art
  • How to determine if the artist signature is real
  • Tips on discovering if the painting is hand or machine made
  • Learning about editions and how to determine authenticity

About the Presenter

Having started her career at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Erin Hollenbank is as a certified Fine Art Appraiser specializing in European and American Fine Art, including paintings, sculptures, photography and printmaking from the 19th-21st centuries. Prior to working at Enservio, she appraised and secured collections of fine art in excess of $1 million for insurance coverage, charitable donations, estate tax, and resale/liquidation purposes. Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History from Kent State University and is a University of Georgia graduate of the four-level Personal Property Appraisal program administered by the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). She is an Accredited Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA).

About Enservio, Inc.

Enservio® software and services help you solve one of the biggest issues in property insurance - knowing what's inside an insured's home or business. This visibility helps you right-price your policies upfront, settle claims quickly and accurately, manage replacements to keep customers happy, as well as run your business more efficiently. Founded in 2004, we are headquartered in Needham, MA, with offices and professional staff across the U.S. Enservio is a strategic partner of the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) in their continued fight against insurance fraud. For additional information, please visit the company's web site www.enservio.com or call 888.567.7557. Connect with Enservio via LinkedIn (http://us.linkedin.com/company/enservio), Twitter (https://twitter.com/enservio), and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/enservio).

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