Appraiser Qualifications


Janella Nebhut Smyth

Fellow, Life Member, Accredited Senior Appraiser American Society of Appraisers
Designation in Antiques and Decorative Arts

Professional Experience

JANELLA N. SMYTH is President of Accredited Appraisal Associates, Inc., an appraisal and consulting firm of independent appraisers of antiques, decorative art and fine arts.

Ms. Smyth has been an Accredited Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers since 1992, and served the organization in a number of positions on the national level over the past fifteen years. She served from 2000-2004 as ASA’s Regional Governor for Region 3 (the states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and the District of Columbia.) She was appointed by two ASA International Presidents to serve as a member of the ASA task force for Strategic Alliances. She also served in a variety of capacities on the International Personal Property Committee of ASA since 1992, including two terms as Chairman and numerous terms as treasurer. Ms. Smyth was a Co-Editor of The Appraisal of Personal Property, the textbook used by the American Society of Appraisers for their core courses in valuation instruction for personal property appraisers. She served as a contributor and editor for an updated release of that textbook. Ms. Smyth served as President of the North Carolina Chapter of ASA and as secretary/treasurer of that chapter. She is in compliance with ASA’s requirements for completion of continuing education, including the USPAP (Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice) course. She helped to organize and attended a Master Class in Appraisal Report Writing in 2001. She also served for over ten years as the Managing Editor for The Personal Property Journal, the scholarly quarterly publication of the Personal Property Committee of ASA. In 2005 Ms. Smyth was awarded the designation of Fellow of the American Society of Appraisers and in 2012 she was awarded the honor of Life Member of the Society.

Ms. Smyth is a personal property appraiser designated in Antiques and Decorative Arts and appraises silver, textiles, glass, furniture and other furnishings, decorative accessories, collectibles and fine art. She has performed appraisals for individuals, universities, churches, state agencies, manufacturers, law firms, major insurance companies for scheduling property and settling claims, and numerous museums including the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Old Salem, North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina Museum of Art, Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Houston Museum of Decorative Arts, and others.


Ms. Smyth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Texas Tech University.

Professional Development and Affiliations

Ms. Smyth regularly attends courses in appraisal methodology and personal property connoisseurship. She was a planner for numerous international study trips, including trips to England, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, Russia, that were developed particularly for appraisers of personal property.

Ms. Smyth is a Friend of MESDA (Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts) and regularly attends their seminars and workshops on a number of subjects particular to American Southern Decorative Arts.

Ms. Smyth developed a three day course in Antiques and Decorative Arts that was offered by The Personal Property Committee of ASA at MESDA; she personally taught the sections of the course for glass and silver.

Consultants and Specialists

Ms. Smyth and the consulting appraisers and specialists engaged by Accredited Appraisal Associates are qualified to appraise a wide range of personal property, including antique and modern decorative art, including furniture, glass, silver, ceramics, oriental rugs, books, samplers, quilts, collectibles as well as fine art and modern residential contents and office furnishings.