Candace A. Hill, MBA, ISA CAPP

Awarded Expert In Art And Antiques Appraisal

Candace Hill is a certified personal property appraiser through the International Society of Appraisers (ISA). She meets the highest and most current credentialing requirements of that prestigious professional association.

Candace has collected, bought and sold art, antiques and collectibles for over 20 years and has been applying her accumulated knowledge and expertise to her career as a professional personal property appraiser since 2014. She received the New Appraiser Scholarship Award through the Foundation for Appraisal Studies and has since appraised over 1,000 items in a variety of categories.

She is also an avid cat lover, supporter of local artists and musicians, novice writer, philosopher, interior decorator, and percussionist!

Areas of Expertise and Appraisal Experience

  • Fine Art
  • Antique Furniture & Furnishings
  • Decorative Art
  • American Indian Art & Artifacts
  • Old West Artifacts & Memorabilia
  • Asian Art Objects
  • Non-Cash Charitable Contributions
  • IRS Estate Tax Filings
  • Equitable Distributions – Divorce and Estate
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Damage Claims
  • Anticipated Sales
  • Orderly Liquidations
  • Customs Documentation


Certifications, Degrees & Memberships


  • Certified Member Appraiser, International Society of Appraisers (ISA), 2019 – present
  • Accredited Member Appraiser, ISA, 2015 – 2018
  • Committee Member, Antiques and Residential Contents Committee, ISA, 2015
  • Member, Denver Art Museum, 2015 – present
  • Member, ISA, 2014 – present
  • BA coursework in Interior Design, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO, 2006 – 2008
  • MBA, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 1983
  • BS, Math and Physics, Centre College of Kentucky, Danville, KY,1979


  • Recipient of the New Appraisers Scholarship Award – Foundation for Appraisal Education (FAE), 2015

Relevant Coursework

  • 2020-2021 Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) Update Course, National Appraisal Consultants, LLC., 2019
  • Three Centuries of Southern Style, Foundation for Appraisal Education (FAE), 2019
  • Advanced Appraisal Methodology, International Society of Appraisers (ISA), 2018
  • 7-Hour 2018-2019 USPAP Update Course, ISA, 2018
  • Appraising Fine Art Course, ISA, 2018
  • 7 Hour 2016/2017 USPAP Update Course, ISA, 2016
  • Chinese Jades: Value and Power Course, ISA, 2016
  • Chinese Porcelain Mania – Part I, ISA, 2016
  • Chinese Porcelain Mania – Part II: Export Porcelain, ISA, 2016
  • Antiques and Residential Contents Course, ISA, 2015
  • Asian Ceramics Course, ISA, 2015
  • 15 Hour 2014/2015 USPAP Course, ISA, 2014
  • Core Course in Appraisal Studies, ISA, 2014
  • The Broad Evidence Report, ISA, 2014

Specific Appraisal Experience

  • Fine Art: including the following types in Abstract Expressionism, American Regionalism, American Southwest, American West, Barbizon, Classical, Contemporary, Fantasy, Folk, Genre Scene, Impressionism, Minimalism, Modernism, Naïve, Old Master, Pop, Prairie, Realism,
    Renaissance, Southwest, Surrealism and Western styles and periods:


    • Paintings: oil, acrylic, tempera, gouache, and watercolor
    • Drawings: charcoal, pastel, pen and ink, crayon, and color pencil
    • Prints: lithographic, engraving, etching, woodcut, silk screen, giclée, and offset
    • Sculptures: bronze, steel, iron, wood, marble, resin, and multimedia
    • Photography: wet collodion negative, digital
  • Decorative Art/Objects and Antiques: including the following types in Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Bohemian, Brutalism, Classical, Contemporary, Continental, Hepplewhite, Mannerism, Midcentury Modern, Modern, Modern Primitivism, Queen Anne, Primitivism, Renaissance Revival, Rococo Revival, Sheraton, Victorian and Windsor styles and periods:
    • Art Glass & Crystal: applied, blown, cased, formed, molded, engraved, etched, painted, stained, opalescent and mosaic goblets, vases, bowls, bottles, inkwells, vanity sets, decanters, and figurines
    • Ceramics: porcelain, bisque ware, earthenware, majolica, faience, and stoneware bowls, vases, urns, plaques, plates, baskets, boxes, plates, pitchers, tea pots, cups and saucers, centerpieces, figurines and figural groups
    • Furniture/Furnishings: beds, buffets, carts, chairs, chandeliers, chests, desks, display cases, fire screens, kitchen equipment, lamps, mirrors, music boxes, rugs, safes, sideboards, sofas, tables, tapestries, trunks, umbrella stands
    • Other: dolls, books, coins and currency, clothing, clocks, commemorative medals, minerals, musical instruments, cabochons, record albums, devotional objects and toys
  • American Indian Art and Artifacts: including the following items from several Pueblos as well as Apache, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Great lakes, Hopi, Inuit, Navajo, Papago, Pima, Plains, Sioux and Zuni tribes in the 19th and 20th centuries:
    • Artifacts: axes, clubs, bows and arrows, bridles, knives, pipes, quivers, saddles, spears, powder horns, tools
    • Pottery: bowls, vases, ollas, pots, seed jars, pitchers, plates, storytellers, effigies
    • Weavings: rugs, blankets, bags, wall hangings
    • Basketry: trays, bowls and jars
    • Jewelry: beaded, leather, bone, silver and turquoise bolas, bracelets, rings, necklaces, pendants and hair ornaments
    • Clothing: concho belts, headdresses, roaches, sashes, shirts, moccasins
    • Other: kachinas, bags, sand paintings, drums
  • Asian Art: including the following items made during various periods in Japan, Thailand, Tibet, Nepal, India, Egypt, and China during the Republic, Qing, Ming, Song, and Tang dynasties:
    • Carvings: jade, agate, carnelian, amethyst, stone, wood, resin and ivory human, deity, animal and mythological creature figurines, figural groups, plaques, pendants, boxes, scholars’ objects, snuff bottles, netsukes, sword fittings, hairpins, chimes, garment and
      belt hooks, bracelets, pocket pieces, bi-disks, chess sets
    • Castings: bronze, brass, enamel and cloisonné figurines, vases, urns, teapots, boxes, and Buddhist and Hindu statues and devotional objects
    • Textiles: embroidered silk robes, shawls, screens, tapestries, figurines
    • Ceramic/Porcelain: vases, plates, bowls, teapots, figurines.
  • Old West Artifacts and Military Memorabilia: including the following items made during the Civil War and later periods:


    • Medals, commendations, certificates, shields and badges
    • Uniforms and clothing: hats, caps, coats, shirts, belts, trousers, boots, chaps, spurs, gauntlets, etc.
    • Cavalry equipment: bridles, saddles, headstalls, quirts, guidons, flags, etc.
    • Field equipment and instruments: canteens, bottles, haversacks, compasses, spyglasses, binoculars, surveying equipment, stoves, cooking utensils, bugles, etc.
    • Weapons: sabers, knives, cartridge belts, holsters, bullets
    • Books and photographs

Why I’m an Appraiser

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde

People invariably ask me why I became an art and antique appraiser – especially after working so many years in the corporate world in a completely different field. Each time they ask, I give them all the logical reasons that one might expect to hear. A love of beauty. An appreciation for fine workmanship. An interest in history. Growing up a child of collectors.

And they’d all be true. But, still . . . why?

Beyond the insatiable thirst for unearthing the secrets that every object holds about its origin and meaning is a deeper desire to understand what makes us all tick. What inspires an artist to express his or her vision in a certain way, and what drives a person to collect one artist’s expression over another? The juice for me is not so much in researching a thing’s value. It’s in understanding why we value it. Not just monetarily, but culturally, psychologically and spiritually as well. This is what makes the information I gather worth the endless hours I spend gathering it.

Information about a thing brings knowledge about the people associated with it. Knowledge about people builds understanding about cultures. And with the understanding of cultures comes the wisdom to embrace our humanity in all its flavors and colors with connectedness, compassion and awe.

There you have it, from the mundane to the sublime.

I named my company WorthWise to never lose sight of the reason I love my work. To keep me from falling into the trap of cynicism that plagues those who know the price of everything but the value of nothing. And to remind us all that whether we are navigating global politics, personal relationships or the booths of an antique mall – an interest in its workings raises our wisdom of its worth.

Candace Hill