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About Ashley Asian Art

Ashley Asian Art is an appraisal firm specializing in Asian antiques and general personal property. We offer USPAP-compliant appraisals/ valuations, financial art advisory, and specialist research. Ashley Crawford founded Ashley Asian Art after living between the US and UK and discovering the gap of Asian art specialists who are knowledgeable about both North American and European appraisal practices and art markets. Our mission is to address this gap. We serve a range of clients across the world, including private collectors, fellow appraisers and researchers, and art institutions. We also frequently collaborate with other art professionals.

Balancing art historical expertise with art market savvy, we work clearly, efficiently, and with the utmost of attention to detail. With a passion for the art market that is evident in our work, we strive to be the go-to source for Asian art research. We look forward to assisting you with your next project!

Although Asian art will always be our first love, we are also experienced in many Western art subjects. You can learn more about our specialities here.

About the Founder

Ashley Crawford is an experienced Asian art specialist, available as an appraiser (valuer in the UK), art advisor, or specialist researcher.

 

At the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, she earned two degrees in Asian art history, both with high distinction. Previously, Ashley earned degrees in musicology at Scripps College and Christ Church, University of Oxford.

 

Ashley further refined her object-based handling and appraisal skills at Kapoor Galleries, under the supervision of Sanjay Kapoor (former board member of the International Society of Appraisers, a professional body with a rigorous training process). In 2021, she joined the ISA as an Asian art specialist, covering general personal property valuations as well East and Southeast Asian Buddhist art, Chinese ceramics, and Indian miniature paintings. She currently serves on ISA's Conference and Antiques, Furniture and Fine Art committees. In May 2023, she earned her ISA Accredited Member designation.

Originally from San Francisco, Ashley now splits her time between the US and the UK.  Please contact us with any enquiries!

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About the Ashley Asian Art Logo

Ashley's favorite Buddhist figure is Avalokiteshvara, Mahayana Buddhism's most popular deity, whose values of compassion, protection, and forgiveness have been celebrated in Asian art since the Kushan Dynasty. Avalokiteshvara's main physical attribute is a small, seated Buddha Amitabha in the figure's headdress. For this reason, Ashley Asian Art's logo features an A (representing Avalokiteshvara) with a Buddha Amitabha sitting in the upper part. Many thanks to the very talented graphic designer Cynn Wang for her beautiful design!

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