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James B. Hand Curriculum Vitae


  • Professional Art Expertise in American and European Paintings, 17th to 20th Century
  • Appraisal Practice Specializing in American Paintings, 18th to 20th Century


1984 to PRESENT

Active Dealer in American Paintings

Actively buy and sell American paintings
Operate by appointment and with a seasonal gallery
Have brokered numerous paintings in the $ 200,000 – 1,500,000 range

Fine Art Appraisals for Individual and Institutional Collections

Representative Institutional Collections Appraised:

Massachusetts State House Art Collection
Massachusetts Historical Society
Massachusetts General Hospital
U.S.S. Constitution Museum, Charlestown, MA
Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, MA

Estate Tax Valuations

Representative Client Firms:

Fiduciary Trust Co., Boston
Hemenway & Barnes, Boston
Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge Office, Boston
Bank of Boston
Ropes & Gray, Boston
Sullivan & Worcester, Boston

Art Appraisals for Charitable Donations

Representative Client Institutions:

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Boston Atheneum

Expert Testimony for Art Valuations

Defense of Art Valuations before Internal Revenue Service

Marital Dissolutions

Suffolk County Probate Court, Boston, MA
New Hamphire District Court, Concord, N.H.

Criminal Proceedings

  Rockingham County Superior Court, Exeter, N.H.
  Hampton District Court, Seabrook, N.H

  Art Valuations for Insurance Claim Adjustment

Damage in transit
Damage at Exhibition

Scholarly Presentations on American Art and Collecting

North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA
College Club of Boston
Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester, MA
Wenham Antique Show,  MA 

Successfully administered an art investment fund, Saco Group, from 1981-2004

Total annualized return: 10 %

1978 to 1984

Seven years on the staff of Vose Galleries, Boston, MA
Oldest continuously run American Art gallery in United States

  Prepared art works for sale
  Catalogued artist estates
  Wrote catalogue text for gallery shows
  Conducted artist and market research
  Formulated marketing campaigns for specific paintings

Entailed detailed knowledge of both institutional
and private collections

  Showed and sold paintings


1971 to 1975

Connecticut College, B.A., Art History
Senior Thesis: New England Coastal Landscape Painting, 1790-1950










James B. Hand Fine Art
36 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930 978.283.9100 www.jamesbhandfineart.com