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  • The Stanley Cup: A Work of Art?

    June 28th, 2013 · 4:20 pm  →  19th Century Art Antiques Art History Blog

    Die-hard hockey fans would undoubtedly respond with a resounding, “Yes!”  But as we watch the Blackhawks parade the Cup around Chicago celebrating a spectacular win in game six of the Stanley Cup Finals in Boston earlier this week, we want to know more abpout the Cup’s provenance. The Stanley Cup’s illustrious history began in 1892Read the Rest…

    Japanese Netsuke: The Art of Utilitarian Objects

    June 19th, 2013 · 12:16 pm  →  Blog

    The popular collectible trinkets called netsuke originated in 17th century Japan, the height of their production taking place during the Edo period (1615-1868). Netsuke were initially invented as a functional element in men’s garments. When inspecting netsuke, one can observe two small holes located on the underside of these miniature sculptures; this is because netsuke wereRead the Rest…

    A Unique Copy: Rarity in a Reproduction of The Declaration of Independence

    June 14th, 2013 · 4:15 pm  →  American History Appraisal Blog Documents Reproductions

    Often here at MIR we are asked about copies of historical documents and their values.  Of course, the original Declaration of Independence and/or The Bill of Rights would have a tremendous value, but there are actually several copies of those documents that have monetary worth and historical significance. Today, we can photocopy or scan anRead the Rest…

    Conservation and Cleaning Reveal the Story Behind a Famous Pollock Painting

    June 4th, 2013 · 10:36 am  →  Art History Blog Conservation Modern Art Painting

    When a work of art comes to us to be appraised, sometimes a professional cleaning is needed to get a better idea of its value. Dirt and dust accumulated over years of neglect need to be removed to accurately assess the piece. Signatures, brushstrokes, and subtleties not previously evident suddenly spring into new life whenRead the Rest…