Joan Caballero


Joan Caballero Appraisals
Santa Fe, NM
Toured In
11, 12, 13, 14

As a 30-year resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Joan Caballero has spent most of her time working in the field of Native American Arts. For the last 12 years she has worked actively as an appraiser of Native American Arts (antique and contemporary), New Mexican Hispanic Arts, Southwest Regional Fine Arts (Taos and Santa Fe schools and living artists), general American antiquities and depreciable goods. Her services include providing professional, comprehensive appraisals and consultations for insurance, charitable donation, equitable distribution, and estate purposes.

Throughout the 1980s Ms. Caballero was director of Indian Arts for Dewey Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the most prominent Native American art galleries in the country. Her specialty knowledge is self-taught and acquired first-hand through many years of working with Native American artists, gallery owners, museums, auctions, collectors, dealers, and attending appraisal and conservation seminars.

Ms. Caballero's interest in Native American art has extended into the nonprofit arena in which she served six years as a member of the board of directors for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, the organization that produces the renowned annual Santa Fe Indian Market. She was president of the SWAIA Board in 1993 and 1994. Many Native American arts organizations have called upon Ms. Caballero's expertise to judge in their annual artistic competitions: The Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe, New Mexico; The Gallup Intertribal Ceremonials, Gallup, New Mexico; The Navajo Nation Fair, Window Rock, Arizona; the Eight Northern Pueblos Show in Northern New Mexico and the Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona. Ms. Caballero is also an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is an antiques appraisal event and television production; we do not buy or sell objects, and conducting any business with an appraiser at the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW event is strictly forbidden.

If you decide to do business with an appraiser who has appeared on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, please keep in mind these tips before consigning or selling an item:

  • Get more than one referral and check references
  • Get valuations of your item from more than once source
  • Compare options between different types of sellers, i.e., a dealer versus an auction house
  • If you are considering consigning an object for auction, be sure to inquire how the item will be priced, the size of the fee, and the expected amount of time the process may take. Find out what will happen if it doesn't sell.
  • Check the appraiser's professional associations (such as International Society of Appraisers, American Appraisers Association, National Auctioneers Association)
  • Consult an attorney before signing a contract
  • Whatever kind of transaction you decide to enter into, always get a detailed written receipt for your records

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’s pool of experts are professionals with a wide range of experience in the antiques, fine art and collectibles community, and they are from a diverse background of auctioneers, dealers and appraisers.

All ROADSHOW appraisers are independent volunteers who donate their time and expertise to PBS and who pay their own expenses to be on the show. All business transactions are independent from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.