Joan Caballero Appraisals

PO Box 822
Santa Fe, NM 87504
ART Santa Fe Logo

Appraisals/brokerage in all areas of fine Native American Art - historic & contemporary - as well as New Mexico Hispanic Arts & Regional Southwest Fine Art.

As a long-time resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, my professional career and life’s passion have been in the American Indian Art field. For more than twenty years, I have worked actively as a qualified appraiser and consultant for historic and contemporary American Indian Arts, New Mexico Hispanic Arts, Southwest regional fine art including that of living artists, Taos Society of Artists, Santa Fe School and 20th C. American antiques & collectibles. In addition to collection curatorial services, my practice provides professional, comprehensive appraisals for insurance, charitable donation and estate purposes.


Courses of study in the American Indian art field were not offered at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, where I majored in Fine Art. My specialty knowledge in the American Indian art field is self-taught and acquired first-hand through the many years of working with American Indian artists, dealers, traders, gallery owners, museum curators, auctions houses and collectors. Throughout the 1980s, I was Director of the American Indian Arts Department at Dewey Galleries, a nationally prominent gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


I am a Member in good standing with the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) having completed and successfully tested in the ISA Core Course Levels of Appraisal Studies: Appraisal Principles and Business Practices 101, Appraisal Ethics, Standards, USPAP, Identification/Authentication, Research and Legal Issues 102, and Appraiser Techniques and Practical Report Writing 103. I completed and successfully tested the ISA Advanced Course 301: Expert Witness. Many intensive specialty seminars including an extensive IRS seminar presented by the Appraiser’s Association of America (AAA) are often attended. I am in full compliance with the current issue of Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), in compliance with all professional re-qualifications required by ISA and am recognized by the IRS as a "qualified appraiser". In addition to the IRS, my expertise is used by appraisers, attorneys, museums, insurance companies and estates.


My interest in American Indian art has extended into the non-profit arena in which I served six years, two of those years as President, on the Board of Directors for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), the organization that produces the renowned annual Santa Fe Indian Market. Many American Indian arts organizations call upon me and my expertise to judge their annual competitions: Santa Fe Indian Market (SWAIA), Gallup Intertribal Ceremonials, Heard Fair, Navajo Nation Fair, Navajo Show and Hopi Show at the Museum of Northern Arizona, and Santa Fe Spanish Market.


My Public Lectures and Presentations:

  • GHB PBS Antiques Roadshow appraiser/American Indian Arts: 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.
  • Historical Overview of Southwest Jewelry, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM.
  • Southwest Pottery Seminar, ISA Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Historical Overview of Navajo Jewelry, Southwest Seminars, Santa Fe, NM.
  • Wrote Teaching Text for Southwest Spanish Colonial Devotional Art, ISA Fine Arts Program.
  • Navajo Textile Talk, North Texas ISA Chapter, Dallas, TX.
  • Navajo Textile Talk, Appraiser's Association of America Conference, New York City, NY.
  • One-Day Seminar: American Indian Jewelry, Basketry, Pottery, Textiles, Southern California ISA Chapter, Tustin, CA.
  • One-Day Seminar: American Indian jewelry: slide presentation, hands-on jewelry discussion and walk-through Charles Loloma Retrospective Exhibition, Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, NM.
  • One-Day Seminar: American Indian Jewelry, Pottery, Textiles, Southwest Furniture, North Texas ISA Chapter, Dallas, TX.
  • Panelist: Appraiser's Association of America Conference 2012: Banned Materials & Endangered Species: Special Circumstances During the Appraisal Process, New York City, NY.

A Selection of Major Appraisals [Provided with permission]:

  • The Rick Dillingham Estate. Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • The Allan C. Houser Estate. Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • Governor Thomas Felix Bolack Estate. Farmington, New Mexico

  • The Albuquerque International Sunport Art Collection. Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • The Howard and Catherine Cockrill Collection of Navajo Weavings. Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Pueblo of Acoma. Acoma, New Mexico

  • The Sarah (Sallie) R. Wagner Estate. Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • The Harry Fonseca Estate. Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • The Larry Frank Santo Collection for the State of New Mexico

  • The Larry Frank Estate. Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico

  • [E.I] Couse Enterprises. Taos, New Mexico


My Appraisal Services and Fee Schedule:


I currently charge $175.00 per hour for all formal written appraisal reports and restricted oral appraisal "consultation" services. I often travel outside of New Mexico for on-site appraisals. A proposal for my fee will be

provided in advance with a pre-determined retainer and any travel / lodging expenses required in advance.


Formal written appraisal reports from clear, in-focus digital photographs, showing multiple close-up angles and any signatures or hallmarks can be accomplished. Photographs should be taken with a good digital camera and the appropriate close-up lens. After careful examination of the photographs, written measurements and condition reports for each item to be appraised, a proposal for my fee will be issued. In order to exercise full due diligence, there are exceptions to conducting written appraisals from photographs: poor photographs, select items such as Classic Period Navajo textiles, New Mexican santos, beadwork and other items, must be examined in person to provide a credible professional opinion of value.


I offer a verbal consultation service, known as a restricted oral appraisal. This service is meant to provide

information to the client in order to make a decision regarding such options as resale, equitable distribution, general information or to determine the need for obtaining a formal written appraisal for insurance, charitable donation and other purposes.


Court related work including expert witness, deposition, testimony and appraisal is conducted at a different hourly rate. Please contact me to review the scope of work and to prepare a proposal.


I do not conduct appraisals for prehistoric items, lithics, items containing parts or feathers from endangered/

protected species, and any item that could be considered sacred, funerary or ceremonial as defined by Native

American cultures, case law or NAGPRA legislation.


If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be most happy to assist you.


Joan Caballero, ISA


Joan Caballero Appraisals

PO Box 822

Santa Fe, NM 87504


Telephone: 505-690-8482




Visit the Calendar of Events Search Page for complete exhibit and performance information.

LAST MODIFIED: January 31, 2017

©2014 | F + W Media