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Professional Appraisal Standards

Bensoussan Associates adhere to the ethics rules and professional standards that are set by the American Society of Appraisers and by the national non-profit Appraisal Foundation, published in USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice). An appraisal is an important legal document that often serves as a cornerstone in a transaction or a basis for a legal action.

Pamela. Bensoussan is a Senior Member of American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and Past President of the San Diego ASA Chapter. She is a practicing expert witness, qualified by San Diego Superior Court and JAMS, and maintains professional membership in both the San Diego Forensic Consultants Association (FCA) where she has served on the board; and the Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA). Pamela is also a member of the San Diego County Crime Commission.

Pamela Bensoussan

Accredited Senior Appraiser
American Society of Appraisers

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Pamela Bensoussan, ASA, has over thirty years experience in the world of decorative and fine arts. She has owned and operated galleries in San Francisco, San Diego and Paris, France. Her career has included a ten-year residence in Paris where she managed a gallery on the rue de LÚniversite in the famous Carre Rive Gauche. During this period she also worked as consultant to a Parisian auction house and as archivist for an international art investment firm based in Switzerland.

In addition to her professional activity, Pamela has served on local boards and commissions including the Chula Vista Planning Commission, the Chula Vista Redevelopment Advisory Committee, and the executive board of the Friends of the Villa Montezuma. She is a current member of the Chula Vista City Council, elected to office in 2008.

The office is located in the historic Greg Rogers’s House “Bay Breeze” - a 1910 craftsman style home in Chula Vista, California (San Diego County).

Author, Lecturer and Curator

Ms. Bensoussan has authored many articles and gives lectures on topics ranging from connoisseurship and the arts, to curbing the illegal traffic of cultural property.

During her residence in Paris, Ms. Bensoussan worked as the French Editor for HALI, the London-based journal of antique rugs and textiles, publishing many articles on her research.  In 1981 she was a guest curator of an important exhibition in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, which brought together for the first time many unknown and unpublished early Oriental carpets from the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, the Louvre, and private French collections.  In 1982 Ms Bensoussan gave a lecture at the ICOC in London, which culminated several years of research on centuries of silk weaving in Istanbul. While living in Paris, Pamela also studied the history of French furniture and European tapestries.

Special Public Commissions

San Diego Unified School District Art Collection

Aztec Brewery Art & Artifacts appraised for the City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture
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