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Matthew Clayton Brown is a collection of certified art appraisers who specialize in providing decorative and fine art appraisals, collection management advisory and private art brokerage both in New Orleans and across the country.


For over 30 years, our company has been assisting collectors, artists, museums, businesses and organizations in managing all matters related to the collection of fine art, decorative art, antiques and furniture.

Our appraisals are thoroughly researched legal documents that meet all insurance and IRS valuation requirements and are compliant with Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), which are the generally accepted ethical and performance standards for all appraisers.

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Buying and Selling

George Rodrigue Blue Dog Painting

Matthew Clayton Brown is pleased to offer a specialized advisory service, assisting clients seeking specific works of art to enhance their collections. We do not maintain an inventory, but rather act as a broker on behalf of each client, sourcing works from private clients, auctions or dealers.

For clients wishing to sell works of art, our specialists can offer advice about the various methods of sale, such as auction or private brokerage, and the market value of the property.

Fine Art Appraisal

Ida Kohlmeyer, For the Grecian Gala

Matthew Clayton Brown is qualified to prepare appraisals for a variety of needs, including:

  • Estate tax and estate planning

  • Insurance

  • Charitable contribution

  • Collateral loan purposes

A completed appraisal will include detailed property descriptions and itemized values in a bound document with an affidavit and summary page. Our appraisals are widely accepted by the Internal Revenue Service, tax and estate planning professionals, and insurance firms.

The appraisal fee is based on the volume and nature of the property, as well as the number of specialists required and the amount of time spent researching the items.

For works of art by George Rodrigue, please review our George Rodrigue Appraisal Information.

Collection Management

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Matthew Clayton Brown's specialists are able to assist with all facets of maintaining your collection, including:

  • cataloguing and researching the collection

  • identifying and facilitating specific needs such as restoration, installation, framing, storage and transportation

  • coordinating packing and shipping for exhibition purposes or museum loans

  • providing market research and analysis when buying and selling works of art

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