Elaina Facinelli Bensen, B.A. , Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts, Fine Art



Elaina Facinelli Bensen
ISA member since Apr 04, 2021

(504) 358-7034 (Office)

1723 Pauline St
New Orleans, LA 70117 map

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Contact Elaina for personal property valuation services and to manage assignments for:

Authentication & COA
Identification & Consulting
Insurance Appraisal
Donations & Tax Deductible Gifts
Estate Evaluations
Insurance Claims
Tax Preparation

Performs Appraisals Of: 

  • Americana
  • General Decorative Arts 
  • EAPG & Depression Glass
  • Ceramics & Limoges 
  • Historical Prints & Artwork 
  • Collectibles; Americana, Model Trains, Magazines, Comics,  Figurines 
  • Newspapers & Ephemera 
  • Tattoo Memorabilia & Equipment 
  • Watercolor & Portraiture
  • Ernest Hamlin Baker
Fee Schedule:
The Fees
for appraisals are determined by the number of hours involved plus any necessary travel expenses, and are negotiated based upon the individual needs of each client.
Elaina is a Painter, Educator, Archivist, Art Historian, and Appraiser.

With 23 years in the Arts & Higher Education, Elaina is known for academic painting & an unorthodox teaching style; specializing in Black and Grey Portraiture in Watercolor, Ink, Wood Panel, Tattoo Art, Renaissance Art, & Horror Art.

Elaina studied vocational Art & Studio Management at the Long Island High School for the Arts, New York — graduating with a C.T.E. and Regents Honors Diploma — prior to attending the School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, & N.C.C. Art as a student & faculty member.

After a 2015 car accident, she returned to an academia at the University of New Orleans, graduating Magna Cum Laude - University Honors, and serving as the Art Department Teaching Assistant on a COVID restricted campus.

In New York, Elaina worked as a Project Manager, Artist Assistant, & Gallery Assistant, for Contemporary Painters such as Leonard Meiselman, Tim Kent and Installation Artist Carmen Einfinger.

As a NYC Gallery worker, she spent her weekends at groundbreaking creative spaces such as the former Factory Fresh Gallery, in Brooklyn, NY. 

Elaina apprenticed as an Archivist under former Met Museum librarian Claudia Cage, prior to a career shift into Social Media Management at Network Design & Communications on the Bowery of lower Manhattan, New York in 2009. 

In New Orleans, she worked as a framing manager for local artists as well as a portrait assistant for the well renowned artist Shakor of Gallery Cayenne in the historic French Quarter.

Art Apothecary Appraisals, LLC provides comprehensive personal property valuation services to clients in all private and public sectors, and has experience managing both simple and complex assignments.

Every appraisal report prepared by Elaina results in the delivery of a professional document with value conclusions that are in conformity with the Internal Revenue Service (where applicable), the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice” (USPAP), and the International Society of Appraisers (ISA).

Elaina has also been a Licensed Body Arts Professional since 2006. She began her professional career in Tattooing as a Studio Manager & Piercer for Addiction INK & Addiction NYC in the historic Lower East Side of Manhattan on St. Marks Place. Elaina also worked as a Tattoo Assistant for Eddy Ospina and Kevin Q at Fat Cat NYC in Astoria Queens, having spent a total of 10,000 working hours in NYC shops & private studios.

With a degree in Renaissance Art & Art History, as a retired studio manager, assistant, model, photographer, & media marketer, she uses her unique skill set to keep her projects running smoothly.

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