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  • MIR Appraisal’s staff, which includes both professional researchers and qualified appraisers, is dedicated to conducting and promoting research within our field. Our publications archive includes articles written by MIR Appraisal’s staff members throughout our 20 years in business.

    An Introduction to Oriental Rugs

    NWILogoChicago, IL–July 27, 2006. MIR Appraisal’s Jillian van Volkenburgh debunks a number of key terms that are important to understand when evaluating an Oriental rug, and also provides an overview of the Oriental rug market. To read the full article, please click here.


    Art Nouveau Glassmakers Galle & Daum

    NWILogoChicago, IL–July 22, 2006. MIR Appraisal’s Jillian van Volkenburgh discusses the market for art glass, with a special emphasis on 20th century French glassmaker Emile Galle and the production of cameo glass. For the full article, please click here.


    Print’s Value Depends A Lot On Its Condition

    NWILogoChicago, IL–May 18, 2006. MIR Appraisal’s Jillian van Volkenburgh explores the importance of assessing an artwork’s condition, especially with regard to prints and works on paper. To read the article in its entirety, please click here.


    It’s All In The Fine Print

    NWILogoChicago, IL–April 13, 2006. MIR Appraisal’s Jillian van Volkenburgh defines various forms of printmaking, including the differences between lithographs, serigraphs, etchings, and woodblock prints. To view the full article, please click here.


    Artistic Treasures Blossom in Brown County

    NWILogoChicago, IL–March 9, 2006. MIR Appraisal’s Jillian van Volkenburgh provides a brief overview of the “Hoosier Group” of artists, a 20th century artistic movement based in Brown County, IN and dedicated to the production of landscape paintings in the style of the Impressionists. For the full article, please click here.


    A Stitch in Time: Brief History of Samplers

    NWILogoChicago, IL–February 2, 2006. MIR Appraisal’s Jillian van Volkenburgh explores the history of samplers, known for their depiction of different types of stitches and subtle symbolism. To read the full article, please click here.


    The Gift That Keeps On Giving

    NWILogoChicago, IL–December 29, 2005. MIR Appraisal’s Jillian van Volkenburgh tackles the topic of charitable tax donations with regard to your artwork collection. To read the article in its entirety, please click here.


    A Crash Course in Diamond Terminology

    NWILogoChicago, IL–November 24, 2005. MIR Appraisal’s Jillian van Volkenburgh offers an overview of the different factors that you should consider when evaluating gems and other jewelry. To view the full article, please click here.


    Be An Informed Jewelry Appraisal Client

    NWILogoChicago, IL–October 20, 2005. MIR Appraisal’s Jillian van Volkenburgh answers common questions related to conducting a jewelry appraisal. For the full article, please click here.


    Porcelain: White Gold, Part II

    NWILogoChicago, IL–August 11, 2005. MIR Appraisal’s Jillian van Volkenburgh explains the different characteristics that appraisers look for when evaluating porcelain items. To read the article in its entirety, please click here.


    Porcelain: White Gold, Part I

    NWILogoChicago, IL–July 7, 2005. MIR Appraisal’s Jillian van Volkenburgh describes the origins of porcelain production, as well as the different types of porcelain. To view the full article, please click here.


    All That Glitters Is Not Gold

    NWILogoChicago, IL–June 2, 2005. MIR Appraisal’s Jillian van Volkenburgh explores the different characteristics that contribute to the value of flatware, including the pattern, metal, and maker (among others). For the full article, please click here.


    Treasure May Hang On Your Walls

    NWILogoChicago, IL–May 5, 2005. MIR Appraisal’s Jillian van Volkenburgh suggests that art owners view their works with fresh eyes, especially with regard to items that they may have owned for a long time. To read the full article, please click here.


    How To Determine The Value Of Antiques

    NWILogoChicago, IL–April 7, 2005. MIR Appraisal’s Jillian van Volkenburgh discusses the different factors that should be considered when appraising an antique, including provenance, condition, artist or maker, and previous restoration attempts. To read the article in its entirety, please click here.


    Learn the Do’s and Don’ts of Appraisals

    NWILogoChicago, IL–March 10, 2005. MIR Appraisal’s Jillian van Volkenburgh debunks many of the myths surrounding appraisals and other aspects of the art world. For the full article, please click here.