Avant-Garde Appraisals & Art Advisory LLC is an independent fine art advisory and appraisal firm, specializing in Modern, Postwar and Contemporary art. Avant-Garde also provides advisory, brokerage, organizational and cataloging services for your personal property or Estate. For more information about our services, click here.


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Photograph by Hisao Oka

Avant-Garde was founded in 2017 by Emily Casden. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Williams College and a master’s degree in art history from Hunter College (CUNY), with a focus on late-nineteenth and twentieth-century modern art. She is a member of the Appraisers Association of America, with accreditation in Impressionist, Modern, Postwar and Contemporary art.

Emily started her professional career as a junior curator at The Jewish Museum, where she worked on a variety of exhibitions over her seven-year tenure. Longing to expand her skillset beyond Museum Mile, Emily transitioned from the museum world to the gallery and auction world, the latter affording her the exhilarating and intimate joy of handling, researching, and cataloging a panoply of objects. In 2015, she completed a Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine & Decorative Arts at New York University.

About our Home Page image: This print is a parody of a work by the 19th-century French artist Frédéric Bazille, titled The Artist’s Studio (1870). Studio scenes were a clever way for artists to showplace their talent by displaying their various masterpieces on the walls. It was also a way to vaunt one’s reputation, as the artist might include visiting patrons or other luminaries in his/her artistic circle. In this image, someone has substituted Bazille’s paintings for works by contemporary artists–mainly works by street artist Banksy and British artist Damien Hirst.

Shortly thereafter, Emily joined Doyle Auctioneers & Appraisers, first as an Appraisal Assistant in the Furniture & Decorative Arts Department, and then as manager of Doyle’s Hayloft division, where she researched and catalogued Estate property, and managed the inventory of a 10,000 square foot warehouse.

Emily started Avant-Garde in 2017 to bring her diversity of experience to the aid of her clientele. Whether you need a fine arts appraiser, an advisor, cataloguer or organizer, Emily will be on the frontline for you. Contact Avant-Garde to let us know how we may serve you.