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Featured on Redfin

Artifactual History Appraisal

Sarah Reeder of Artifactual History Appraisal was recently named a top renovation and design expert by Redfin. Check out the article we were featured in: 16 Living Room Remodel Tips to Design Your Perfect Space. Special thanks to Redfin writer Jamie Forbes for being such a pleasure to work with!

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How To Work With An Art Advisor

Art Appraisal Resources

Art Advising is a relatively new field in the Art Collecting arena and many people are often confused and wondering how it works and if they need or want to work with an Independent Art Advisor when purchasing fine art. Many Art Appraisers also work as Art Advisors it is a natural and likely channel for collectors as Art Appraisers are independent of a Gallery or Artist and really do work on behalf of their clients, and do not and should not have a stake in whether a client buys art or the level

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The Language Barrier

The Appraiser Coach

Language is important. We often get so caught up in the moment, so laser-focused on how we feel about something, that we become casual in the verbiage that we use. Read More.

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The Collector

Penrose Appraisals

Some of us are bitten by the bug, some of us aren't. I mean the collecting bug. The interest, the desire, perhaps even the urge to obtain ever more examples of the objects we are enamored with. Could be trading cards, could be old bottles, could be rubber stamps, it could be old board games. Really, it could be just about anything. Just about anything you can think of, people collect.

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Finding Fakes and Forgeries in High Art

Appraisal Group USA

In 1496, twenty year old Michelangelo forged a sculpture of Cupid and sold it to a cardinal. In 1995, the British authorities arrested John Mayatt for forging paintings by van Gogh, Monet, Matisse and other blue-chip artists. In 2016, the principals of Knoedler Gallery in New York settled a lawsuit out of court that accused them of selling fakes of works by Jackson Pollack and Willem de Kooning.

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“Your cooperation is requested”: The American Antiquarian Society and Operation Alert

Past is Present

Operation Alert was a Cold War exercise designed to assess how prepared both government agencies and citizens were in the event of a nuclear attack on the United States. Starting in 1954, about 200 cities around the country took part in these drills until the project ceased in 1962.

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Strategic Filing: Chapter 11 Bankruptcy for Litigation Advantage?

DailyDAC

It Depends on the Facts Debtors often use Chapter 11 bankruptcy for litigation advantages. Whether or not they succeed depends on the facts and circumstances of the individual bankruptcy case. The following sample case helps to illustrate how a court may rule. Case Study Catherine, Jules, and Jim founded and each owned one-third of a company. The company thrived initially, but as the company grew, the owners fell out, with Catherine on one side and Jules and Jim on the other.

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Hang on a second-a… vintage Sekonda watches…

Mark Hill

Hang on a second-a… aren’t Sekonda watches made in Japan? Or at least in the Far East? Well, yes, but their origins actually lie elsewhere. I came across this late 1960s or early 1970s Sekonda wristwatch (right) the other day – it was the styling that caught my eye. Huge egg-shaped ‘cushion’ cases were highly fashionable at the time, inspired by fashion which was inspired by the space race.

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Jewelry’s History in 3,000 Pieces: The V&A Museum’s Jewelry Collection

A Matter of Brilliance

Recently I was part of a special tour at London’s famed V&A Museum’s jewelry collection. The viewing, for a group of international appraisers, gave us a unique opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with some of the world’s finest gems, from pre-historic times to today—from their massive collection of 3,000 pieces. Let me take you on your own tour of some of my favorites.

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Preserving The History Of Older Homes: A Brief Overview

The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall

Preserving The History Of Older Homes: A Brief Overview 82% of Millennials said they’re more likely to buy a fixer-upper than a newly built home, according to Bank of America Research’s sixth annual home improvement survey, which polled over 1,100 people. From vintage jewelry to old fishing tackle, you’ll find just the gifts for [.

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Announcing the Publication of My Book "Ray Eames in 1930s New York"

Artifactual History Appraisal

At the end of last year I published my first book Ray Eames in 1930s New York. This book is based on my own original research I began in 2001 of Ray's manuscript collection that she donated to the Library of Congress and the culmination of many years of my study and scholarship exploring Ray's life and inspirations. In this book I intentionally focused on Ray's decade of sophisticated artistic training and immersion in the avant-garde culture of New York in the 1930s, prior to meeting Charles Ea

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John Register, Modern Master

Art Appraisal Resources

John Register, (US 1939 - 1996), “See Through” 50” x 35”, oil on canvas, 1995 Now selling live through LA Modern Auctions in Los Angeles, along with several other John Register gems from a private collection in Los Angeles. All art has wonderful provenance and comes with the original sale receipts and documentation from the galleries purchase. This particular painting was purchased through Modernism Gallery in San Francisco.

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Living Room vs Family Room

The Appraiser Coach

Have you ever walked into a house and thought, what room did I just walk into? Identifying and analyzing rooms will make a big difference for your customers and for. Read More.

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Investing in Yu-Gi-Oh Cards - A Collectibles Cautionary Tale

Penrose Appraisals

If you've been following the collectibles world lately, you probably know that certain categories, like trading cards, have been very popular. Sports cards have been selling at record high prices, led by the 1952 Tops Mickey Mantle rookie card, which sold for a whopping $12.6 million back in August. Pokemon cards have also made headlines, with the record holder selling for $4 million also this past August.

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Celebrating African-American Artists: Matt Baker

Appraisal Group USA

Back in the 1990s, Sotheby’s held a breakthrough auction of comic book art. In the years hence, the genre has captured the imagination of collectors the world over. Today The Appraisal Group celebrates the life and work of Matt Baker (1921-1959), the first African-American graphic artist to find success in the comic book industry. He was there for the birthing of it.

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Adultery, crime, and the “professedly obscene”: The beginnings of book bans in the United States

Past is Present

Book bans and challenges have been on the rise in libraries and schools across the United States: according to the American Library Association, who have tracked book censorship since 1982, over 1,600 titles have been affected in 2022 alone.

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What makes a great museum leader?

The Mid-West Museum Association

During a recent Midwest Museums Connect Meetup, we asked members to help us brainstorm the qualities of a great museum leader. We considered what leadership should and should not look like, often inspired by personal experiences with past supervisors. In summary, here are the group’s thoughts on the qualities of great museum leaders: They desire to build and earn trust from stakeholders (internal and external) through clear communication and consistent action.

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Lessons Learned About Climate and Art from the Van Gogh Soup Can Protest

Art Peritus

By now many have heard about the group “Stop Oil Now” pouring a can of soup on “Sunflowers” by Vincent Van Gogh at the National Gallery. The incident was originally reported via Artnet. The intent of the activists involved (according to their messaging) was not to damage the painting that was protected behind glass, but instead to call attention to their climate-centered mission and encourage society to question what we value on the whole.

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Mr Nathaniel Hillier – A Georgian Engraving

Mark Hill

A framed etching of Mr Nathaniel Hillier, 9.5cm wide I’ve collected prints, from etchings to engravings and woodcuts to lithographs, since I was a schoolboy. I always look at them when I’m out buying, not that I need any more, but – you know, just in case. Browsing the excellent Risby Barns antiques centres near Bury, I chanced upon this charming, chunkily framed portrait etching.

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Jewels of the Nile: Discovering ancient Egyptian treasures?

A Matter of Brilliance

All photos (C)2022 Aimee Berrent If you live anywhere nearby, run, don’t walk, to the Worcester Art Museum before January 8. That’s where you’ll see an amazing exhibit of their early Egyptian jewelry collection—just in time for the 100 th anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. The 300 objects on display give you a sense of the genius of these artisans: their materials, the symbolism of the items they created, and the impact of their talent on future generations.

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Finding Phyfe: America’s Elusive Furniture Maker

Veritas Art Appraisals

Although having an acclaimed name within American decorative arts history, Duncan Phyfe furniture is extremely rare to behold. So, in regards to an antique furniture appraisal, setting eyes upon a piece of Phyfe furniture would be like discovering the holy grail of American antique furniture! Scottish-born Duncan Phyfe (1768-1854) was the most sought-after furniture maker in.

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Selling a Diamond: Not as “Clear-cut” as it Might Seem

Syl-Lee Antiques

There’s a romantic notion that diamonds can last forever, but in truth, they don’t. It will take a few billion years, but that diamond ring on your finger will, in fact, degrade into graphite. That’s correct, a few billion years, and so you can easily forget about it disappearing before your eyes. Still, that diamond, once so cherished, might now be something you now wish to sell.

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$30 Purchase Worth $10,000,000!

Art Appraisal Resources

This small drawing with a distinctive monogram was purchased in 2017 at a yard sale for $30 and valued at over $10,000,000. It is understood to be created by the German master Albrecht Durer (German 1471 - 1528). The small pen and ink on linen paper measures 6 3/8” x 6 7/16” offered through Agnews Gallery in London. The A D monogram by Durer is very distinctive, and likely, the person who purchased it may have known it was special, but the process to determine that changed the value of the piece

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When There’s No Comparison

The Appraiser Coach

If you’ve been a part of the appraisal world for long, you’ve had this experience. You’ve just submitted a completed report that you feel pretty good about. Soon afterward, however, Read More.

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Why You Should Get A Charitable Donations Appraisal

Penrose Appraisals

With the arrival of colder temps and shorter days, we can't help but realize that the year will soon be drawing to a close. And for many, the end of the year often means thoughts of charitable giving. Because our federal income taxes are paid on a calendar year basis, it makes sense to ensure that any planned giving is completed before December 31 so as to maximize tax deductions for the year.

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An Appraisal Cast in Wax: The Conti Museum

Appraisal Group USA

When people ask me to talk about unusual appraisals, I now speak about the work The Appraisal Group did for the Conti Museum in New Orleans. That’s the famous wax museum that was one of New Orleans’ best loved attractions for many years. It closed in January, sad to say. Most of the museum appraisals The Appraisal Group handles revolve around major gifts and insurance valuations.

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Poetry (and Portraits) of the Past and Present

Past is Present

“The world is full of poetry, the air is living with its spirit, and the waves dance to the music of its melodies.” ~ James Gates Percival’s “Poetry” copied into Martha Ann Brown’s commonplace book from 1849. Please join us at the American Antiquarian Society this Thursday, November 17, at 7 p.m.

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Join us for this year’s AMM Awards virtual celebrations!

The Mid-West Museum Association

At the annual conference in Milwaukee, we presented our 2022 AMM Awards to four outstanding recipients. This fall, we’ll all have an opportunity to get to know them – and their work – a little better through virtual celebration events! All are welcome at these FREE virtual events! Come as you are from wherever you are and join in the fun.

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How to find treasured interior design pieces & special decor

IACF

Rare interior design pieces can make you love your home again. For most people, your home is your safe place and the place you can truly kick of your shoes and be yourself. If you want to be excited to come home at the end of your day, and if you want to look forward to hosting Friday night cocktail nights at yours, then our biggest tip to achieve this is to find a few selections of furniture and interior pieces that you are incredibly excited about – perhaps you’ve always followed t

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Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Jewelry Appraiser

Huddleston Fine Jewelry Appraisals

Before you hire an appraiser its important to know how qualified they are to assist you with your appraisal needs. Researching an appraiser should be no different than researching any other professional before we hire th.

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Fall Jewelry Trends You Need to Know

A Matter of Brilliance

As we continue to emerge from the pandemic bubble, we’re socializing more and getting back to our glitz. Here are some new jewelry trends (and the return of some others) that have been seen on the runways and in the showrooms, with help from Who What Wear and Vogue. Long necklaces While we were zooming, everyone focused on above the neck. Now that we’re seeing one another in person, long, luscious chains and pendants are making a comeback.

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Antique Fine China Sets

Old Crows Antiques

Fine china—the delicate plates and serving pieces your grandmother used for special occasions—is making a comeback. Those who find yourselves the repository for all your family china might wonder if it's worth anything. After all, how many sets of antique fine china sets do you need? Some would argue that as long as you have the storage space, keep collecting.

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Safe Storage Vital for Preserving Precious Antiques

The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall

Safe Storage Vital for Preserving Precious Antiques In 1985, two school teachers, Jerry and Rita Alter, walked into the Arizona University Museum of Art in broad daylight and stole a 1955 painting by Willem de Kooning entitled Woman-Ochre. The painting’s essentially disappeared off the face of the earth until a New Mexican antique dealer bought [.

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Celebrating 15 Years As An Accredited Art Appraiser!

Art Appraisal Resources

I am proud to announce I have completed my 3rd requalification with the International Society of Appraisers! I still can’t believe that 15 years ago, I started my Appraisal business. I have been Accredited by the International Society of Appraisers and appraising art collections for private collectors, museums, and corporations. As part of industry standards, we as appraisers need to requalify with the ISA every 5 years for our continuing membership.

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Smart Inspections

The Appraiser Coach

I was recently contacted by an individual with a question. This woman said that she has been using an iPad for years to do her mobile inspections, but had heard. Read More.

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Tips to Shop for Vintage Online

Dr. Lori Ph.D. Antiques Appraiser

Can't find that vintage purse online? Having problems shopping when online descriptions are missing details? Learn how to get more bargains, quality items and source more for resell by following these tips to shop for vintage online. Clues about zippers, buttons and questions to ask.

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Boston’s Skinner Awarded American Impressionist Painting By The Appraisal Group

Appraisal Group USA

Of the many fine art and antique appraisals we do, most clients would like to realize a profit on their fine art and historic furniture. Placing an oil painting or antiques with the right buyer – whether with a private collector or an auction house – takes leg work. Although The Appraisal Group’s president David J. Goldberg has an instinctive feel of the market and knows who and where to sell, that process takes knowledge, contacts and knowing how to negotiate the best deal on behalf of the cl