Expert Services

Lark Mason provides a range of services for private owners of fine and decorative art objects, museums, and for trust and estate professionals. Initial consultations are usually at no charge or obligation and generally require some background information about the prospective project including past appraisals or inventories and photographs. Whether working with a single item or large collection, he is able to assist clients in solving their particular problem. To contact Lark Mason about your particular project, please email him at or call 212-289-5524.

Lark Mason is an advisor offering unbiased, objective advice for clients with collections of fine art and antiques. For collections of Chinese works of art, Lark Mason is an internationally recognized authority and is available to offer advice for institutions and private collectors. As a generalist with Sotheby's for many years, he has a wide knowledge of fine and decorative arts. He is particularly well-known for his knowledge of Chinese furniture and related works of art, and Chinese export works of art and export paintings. Non-profit institutions have a unique role of protecting, preserving, and interpreting the fabric of earlier generations for the future. They are the repository of the best that has been created by humankind, the unique creations of our natural world, and records of our thoughts, ideas, and creations. They are also sometimes a cultural attic, containing items that are both priceless and of little merit or value. In today's world of scarce resources, it is important that non-profit institutions carefully manage their financial and non-monetary assets. Lark Mason is able to provide an objective evaluation of collections, for financial or non-financial purposes, based on appropriate criteria developed in concert with the staff of the institution. Whether considering items for deaccession, seeking expert guidance about a particular object or collections, or independent curatorial help, we are able to provide assistance.

Insurance, estate planning, family distribution, and charitable donation appraisals require the expertise of an internationally recognized expert. Lark Mason is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America, and is USPAP certified (uniform standards of professional appraisal practice), the highest recognized certification of the appraisal profession. He has over 30 years experience in conducting appraisals for works of the finest quality, and regularly speaks at professional appraisal seminars and conferences on topics relating to the international art market and appraisal of fine art and antiques.

Lark Mason is a sought after public speaker with an engaging style and ability to communicate his wealth of knowledge about the fine art and antiques market. Audiences include trust and estate advisors and clients, wealth management professionals, museums, and collectors. Please call to discuss your particular needs.

Lark Mason is the President of, an art auction service with regional affiliations throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Whether you are a trust and estate professional, collector, or simply looking to downsize and simplify your life, Lark Mason and his professional network will identify your works of art and provide guidance about the best means to realize your goals.