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Betsy Thomas
Fine Art Advisory

Betsy Thomas Fine Art Advisory is a full service advisory firm that offers discreet and professional representation to private collectors, families and corporations. Our strength as an independent advisory firm lies in our ability to offer our clients confidential, unbiased guidance on buying and selling fine art and antiques helping them navigate the vast international marketplace of auctions, galleries and art fairs. Based in New York, one of the most active centers of the global art market, the firm is uniquely positioned to advise clients from all over the world.

The firm covers a wide range of collecting areas including Old Master Paintings, 19th Century European and American Art as well as Impressionist, Modern and Post-War to Contemporary Art.

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We offer expert services for private clients, foundations and corporations looking to build a collection or sharpen the focus of an existing collection.

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Selling Your art

Whether it is a single work or a large collection, our firm will devise a sales strategy to identify the appropriate marketplace and ensure that the work is correctly positioned to receive the highest visibility in the current market.

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appraisal & 

Collection Management

Betsy Thomas is a USPAP and AAA Certified Fine Art Appraiser.  We consult on practical aspects of maintaining and enhancing the value of an art collection.


the art of collecting

Learning how to "read" a work of art can do much to elevate your enjoyment - as well as make you a better collector. 


Travel with Betsy through her articles and videos as she explores hidden and lesser known art treasures.

About Us

about us


Betsy Thomas has deep roots in the art world, having worked in the industry for over 25 years.  As an art specialist, appraiser, writer and educator, she is passionate about channeling her insights and knowledge of the sector to new and experienced clients of all types using a critical and informed approach to all aspects of acquisitions and sales. 

Over a 15-year career in the auction industry at Christie’s in New York, she held several positions in departments including Old Masters Paintings, Prints, Impressionist & Modern Art, her longest tenure in the company as Associate Specialist and Vice President in the 19th Century European Paintings Department. In this role, she managed high value appraisals and sale consignments working directly with private collectors, museums and estates. 

Ms. Thomas is Adjunct Faculty at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.  She teaches in the Masters of Art Business Program as well as in the online premier courses, where she teaches "The Art of Collecting." Ms. Thomas holds a B.A. in the History of Art and Italian from Pomona College and an M.A. in from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She is Chair of the American Alumni Association of the Courtauld.  She is fluent in Italian and is a AAA Certified USPAP Fine Art Appraiser.




Phone:  +1 917-488-1385

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