Kirsten Rabe Smolensky, JD, ISA CAPP, Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts, Fine Art

Kirsten Rabe Smolensky, JD, ISA CAPP, Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts, Fine Art

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Kirsten Rabe Smolensky
ISA member since Feb 24, 2009

(615) 570-7444 (Office)
(480) 399-7215 (Mobile)

9612 Mitchell Place
Brentwood, TN 37027 , United States map

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Kirsten Smolensky, ISA CAPP, JD is the owner of Minerva Appraisal, LLC.  Minerva Appraisal is a general personal property appraisal firm offering a full range of professional appraisal services in the Nashville, TN area. She appraises antiques, fine art, silver, furniture, ceramics, etc., and considers herself a "general contractor" of appraisal services.  If she doesn't appraise it, she can either refer you to the appropriate person or work in conjunction with a specialist to get all of your items appraised.

Prior to beginning her full-time appraisal practice in 2009, Kirsten practiced law in Chicago, IL, and served as an Associate Law Professor at the University of Arizona.  Her legal background gives her a unique perspective on complex valuation problems. She is an experienced expert witness in both state and federal court. 

Since 2013, Kirsten has been one of ISA's Core Course instructors, teaching appraisal methodology to ISA's incoming members.  In 2015, she also started teaching ISA's Requalification Course, which focuses on changes in appraisal methodology, USPAP and ISA's report writing and ethics standards. At ISA's 2015 Annual Conference she was awarded ISA's Special Merit Award for her service to the organization.

Kirsten also has significant product knowledge, having grown up "in the business".  She's collected, bought and sold antiques and collectibles since the age of twelve.  To expand her knowledge base, Kirsten has attended numerous ISA courses and conferences. In 2012 she also attended Winterthur Institute, an intense two-week course focusing on furnishings and decorative arts made or used in America between 1640 and 1860.   

Kirsten offers appraisal services for IRS taxable estates, equitable distribution, divorce, charitable donations, insurance coverage, damage claims, etc.  Experience as an expert witness. Appraisal review and brokering services available.

DEGREES: University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL; J.D. 2002 and University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia., PA; B.A. 1999.

SERVICE: Foundation for Appraisal Education, Board Member (2011-12), Treasurer (2012-13), President (2013-14).


Specialties

  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Decorative Arts & Accessories
  • Furniture
  • Silver

Services

  • Appraisal Review
  • Damage Claims
  • Divorce Settlements
  • Donations
  • Estate Evaluations
  • Estate Tax
  • Expert Witness
  • Insurance Claims

Performs Appraisals Of

  • Bronzes
  • Clocks
  • Collectibles
  • Glass
  • Orientalia
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