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Larry Straka is certified member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA), and is recognized an authority on Asian Art, ceramics, Victoriana, Arts & Crafts, glass and toys. He has an established reputation for honesty, integrity, and professionalism among his peers. Larry regularly prepares paid appraisals and closely adheres to the Uniform Standards for Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).  Please contact us for appraisals for insurance, estate or other purposes.

Our Experience

Larry is a respected independent appraiser, collector and dealer. He has demonstrated an acute passion for art for over 45 years and has assembled one of the most important collections of antique Chinese porcelains between Seattle and the Canadian border. The following is a quick run-down of some of his training:
  • Has collected Asian porcelains, bronzes and jades, as well as Victorian antiques since the early ‘70s
  • Personally trained by Tom Tiberio, a former picker from Christies in New York, who bought and sold a wide variety of antiques. Also trained by John Sigmund in Native American arts, and Bill Bergeson in Victoriana and furniture.
  • Worked for many years at the Old Town Antique Mall in Bellingham, and was a dealer at Pacific Gallery, dealing in Victoriana, Arts & Crafts, Asian, art glass and toys
  • Currently is a co-proprietor of Bear & Raven Antiques, an antique business selling antiques and collectibles from China, Japan and around the World to customers worldwide since 2011
  • Regularly participates in local, regional and international auctions, including MBA in Seattle, O’Gallerie’s in Portland, Christies in New York and Bonham’s in San Francisco
  • Shops around the world for antiques, including Europe, Latin America and throughout the US.
  • Maintains an extensive library of print and online reference materials
  • Has developed a wide network of high knowledgeable valuation specialists in fields for which he’s not as familiar, including tools and fine art.
  • Has continued to further his education by attending:
    • Multiple professional symposiums including an International Porcelain Symposium hosted by the Seattle Art Museum
    • Meetings with the Seattle East Asian Art Society
    • Classes in East Asian studies and Chinese history at Western Washington University.

About CAGA certification

The Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA) is a professional accrediting organization providing certification of personal property appraisers. The Guild has been instrumental in helping to standardize the personal property appraisal profession. The members of the Certified Appraisers Guild form a network of valuable appraiser contacts throughout the United States and Canada. Each member has completed the course work required to be certified by the Guild.

Each CAGA member is required to complete extensive training on the professional standards of personal property appraisal practice and appraisal report writing. Special areas of emphasis in training include Internal Revenue Service appraisal requirements, estate and gift appraisals, charitable donation appraisals, bankruptcy appraisals, insurance appraisals, appraisals for divorce, and casualty loss appraisals. Also presented during the two-day certification course is a courtroom expert witness seminar with special emphasis on appraisals for courts and testifying in court. These qualifications provide a level of professionalism that is unmatched, and ensure the public that appraisals performed by an accredited appraiser are among the most reliable appraisals available.

Services Offered

  • Written and informal personal property appraisals for insurance, estate or other purposes
  • Consulting and advice on property liquidation
  • Advice on selling online
  • Coordinate full or partial estate liquidation


  • $75/hr for signed written appraisals, one hour minimum
  • $50/hr for informal appraisals not requiring extensive research, one hour minimum