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    September 27th, 2016 · 2:00 pm  →  Appraisal Art Law Art Market Artifacts Ask MIR Collection Management Provenance

    Dear Deanna, Thank you for submitting this question, as it tends to come up frequently in our work. We are large proponents of detailed record keeping when it comes to artwork. A previous appraisal report can be a tremendous asset when trying to determine ownership and provenance, and can even help in verifying authenticity, dependingRead the Rest…

    ASK MIR: PROPERLY IMAGING YOUR ARTWORK

    Dear Anthony, Thank you so much for this excellent question. In this technological age, our work is becoming more and more digital. While no photograph will ever be a comparable substitute to examining a piece of artwork in person, we frequently inspect artworks via images provided by our clients. As you can imagine, images thatRead the Rest…

    AUGUST 12TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    We’re concluding this week with a dark and rainy Friday, but all of the recent, interesting art stories are brightening our day! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet.   Poor Peter Doig! We shared this story a couple of weeks ago thinking the court case couldn’tRead the Rest…

    IS IT CHINESE OR JAPANESE?: NAVIGATING PICTORIAL TRADITIONAL WOODBLOCK PRINTS

    One of the most common concerns people have regarding their woodblock print are their true ethnic origins. To the untrained eye, identifying ethnic origin can be a difficult task, especially if contextual evidence is missing or is undecipherable. In the case of pictorial Japanese or Chinese woodblock prints, there are distinct technical and stylistic features each print may contain,Read the Rest…

    U.S. IVORY TRADE TWO YEARS LATER: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT ONGOING LEGISLATION

    The use of ivory in decorative items, weapons, jewelry, and all manner of objets d’art is a custom going back thousands of years. Its fine grain and smooth glossy luster has made it a desirable material for craftsman in many different cultures and artistic traditions, using ivory derived from many animals, from whales to elephants.Read the Rest…

    MAY 27TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP!

    I hope everyone has outdoor plans for the holiday weekend! It’s supposed to be beautiful out! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. This weekend! Saturday and Sunday is the beginning of our favorite summertime market – the Randolph Street Market! You canRead the Rest…

    APRIL 29TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    What a week of Spring showers! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. While this opened on Thursday, you can see it this weekend! Architect Marshall Brown has created a garden folly, “ZIGGURAT” for The Arts Club of Chicago. Brown, a participant of theRead the Rest…

    MARCH 25TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    It’s Friday! Here’s our weekly roundup of interesting art-related events and news from around the Internet! IIC (International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Work) reports that a recent three-year conservation project on frescos in the Chapel of St Nicholas, Basilica of St Francis, Assisi, Italy, has uncovered faint initials of Giotto di Bondone,Read the Rest…

    MARCH 18TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    It’s Friday! Here’s our weekly roundup of interesting art-related events and news from around the Internet! Recently Bethlehem’s famous Church of the Nativity was undergoing conservation, when a mysterious religious artifact made of brass, silver, shells, and stones was found covered in plaster near a window. Apparently, while it has been cleaned, there are noRead the Rest…

    WHO MADE THIS? A RESEARCHER’S GUIDE TO ARTIST ATTRIBUTION

    Within the art market and in the world of art research, one of the most pertinent questions to evaluating a piece of artwork is determining the artist. When artwork is viewed like any other commodity, the artist’s name is akin to a brand that may or may not be desirable, and matching an artist to aRead the Rest…