William M. Novotny, ISA AM, Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts



William M. Novotny
ISA member since Jan 01, 1996

(626) 292-2224 (Office)

220 St. Francis St.
Ste 1C

San Gabriel, CA 91776 map

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Professional  Profile

William M. Novotny, ISA AM - Personal Property Appraiser

AQB Certified USPAP Instructor

Professional Affiliations and Publications

International Society of Appraisers (ISA), Accredited Member, 1996; requalified, 2001, 2006, 2011

Appraisers National Association (ANA), Accredited since 1993

National AQB Certified Instructor: Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)

Authored online personal property USPAP Update Courses (www.appraisalcourseassociates.com/) 2010/

Published in the Journal of Advanced Appraisal Studies: (see: http://www.isafoundation.org/journal.html)

Equivalent Sampling: The Valuation of Loss Claims with Limited Property Descriptions (2008)

USPAP and the Personal Property Appraiser, coauthor (2008)

When Does USPAP Require a Competency Disclosure (2011)

Education & Advanced Training

University Undergraduate and Graduate Work: 1969-1979, UCR, CSULA and USC

Certified Graduate of College For Appraisers, 1993, 10 courses (20 days)

ISA Core Courses 101, 102, & 103, nine days, 1996 

Fine Arts & Antiques Restoration & Conservation, 1996, one day

New Math of Art and Architecture Appraisal, 1996, one day           

ISA Specialty Course 201: Antiques & Residential Contents, 1997, six days

Harnessing the Power of Insurance Appraisals, 1997 one day

Estate Settlement -What They Forgot to Teach You, 1998 one day

IRS Rules & Regulations: Appraisal Report Writing Seminar and Workshop, 1999, two days

Fixture & Equipment Appraising for Personal Property Appraisers, 1999, one day

Antiques: Looking Beyond Value: How to Analyze Originality of Furniture, 2001, one day

Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice: An Instructor's Application, 2002, 2004, two days

Insurance, Appraisers and the Law: Fine and Decorative Arts, UCI, 2002, two days

Adventures with the Internal Revenue Service, 2002, one day

Personal Property Evaluation – Legal and Commercial Environment, ASA/UCI, 2003, three days

Art Glass for the Generalist Appraiser, 2003, one day

19th Century American Country Furniture & Decorative Arts, 2004, one day

USPAP Instructor Update, 2000/1; AQB-USPAP Instructor Re-Certification, 2005/2007/2010, one day

The ABC’s of East Asian Art: Mid 19th - 21st century Orientalia for Generalist Appraiser, 2006, one day

IRS Symposium: Practicing Before the IRS – A Guide for Personal Property Appraisers, 2008, one day

Collectors Conference: 2001, 2005/6, one day

Topics in Early American furniture and Southwest Native American Arts, 2010, one day

Sharpening Your Appraisal Tools, 2010, ASA, half day

Related Experience

1979-2000: owned Novotny's Antiques, a 21,000 & 8,500 sq. ft. and two smaller antique stores

1993-2000: exhibited at antique shows and Los Angeles area antique malls

1993-2011: personal property appraisals and estate sales; 1990 to 1996: furniture restoration services

Areas of General Appraisal Competence 

Antique, mid-century and contemporary furniture, general antiques, decorative and fine art, many types of: porcelain/pottery/glass/metal/textiles/ephemera/metals/lighting/collectibles/rare records, Native American and ethnic arts, ordinary household/residential contents: electronics/appliances/tools/sporting/clothing/etc.

Services: Appraisals, appraisal review, litigation support, appraisal clause/provision, mediation/arbitration

Teaching Experience, Lectures, and Community Support Appearances                                   

"Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice" (15 Hour and 7 Hour Update) 1997-2011

Appraisal Report Writing” 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002; “Appraisal Theory” 2002, “Appraisal Methods” 2002

Appraising Personal Property: Theory, Methodology and Report Writing - A Fully Integrated USPAP Approach” 2011, Three days,

Collectors Conference Lectures: “Appraiser’s Role” 2001, “Expert Witness” 2005, 2006;

KABC - TV's evening news Consumer Spot with Rick Romero, 1999,

Museums: Santa Monica; Whittier, Arcadia and Pasadena Historical Museums

Please, Please,… Don’t Throw That Out” Pasadena Museum of History, expert panel, 2009/2010/2011

Cities: Whittier, San Luis Obispo, 2002-2007; Palmdale, 2002-2005 Counties: Los Angeles, Ventura


  • Decorative Arts & Accessories
  • Furniture
  • Glass
  • Orientalia
  • Pottery


  • Appraisal Review
  • Donations
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Estate Tax
  • Expert Witness

Performs Appraisals Of

  • Art
  • Collectibles
  • Furniture
  • Glass
  • Silver