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  • CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: FROM CHALICES TO CRUCIFIXES

    August 28th, 2014 · 11:59 am  →  Antiques Appraisal Blog Collection Management Provenance

    To celebrate our 20th anniversary, each month we will present a different story from our history that highlights our dedication to research and analysis as key parts of the appraisal process. In honor of our newly-announced partnership with Christian Brothers Services, our August installment details our collaboration with the Congregation of the Holy Cross to inspect, research, andRead the Rest…

    ERTÉ, THE FASHIONABLE FIGURE

    August 19th, 2014 · 1:00 pm  →  20th Century art Art History Blog Modern Art Painting

      The artist known best simply as “Erté” was born Romain de Tirtoff in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1892, the son of an Imperial Navy officer and a member of the Russian social elite. From a young age, he developed a fascination with his father’s collection of Persian miniatures that would influence his style forRead the Rest…

    MASTERS OF THE POSTER: CHÉRET, MUCHA, AND THE NEW ART OF ADVERTISING

    August 12th, 2014 · 1:00 pm  →  19th Century Art 20th Century art Art History Art Nouveau Blog Impressionism Prints

    In the 19th century, the western world was rapidly industrializing, and with progress came an influx of cheap goods, new technology, vibrant colors, and a purchasing power the masses had never had before. With a growing middle class, a new economic phenomenon took root that would bear the fruit of the world we still liveRead the Rest…

    “MR. CHICAGO,” THE LIFE AND WORKS OF ED PASCHKE

    July 31st, 2014 · 4:04 pm  →  20th Century art Art History Artist Spotlight Blog Modern Art Painting

    Ten years after his death, we honor Ed Paschke for his work and outstanding contribution to the city of Chicago. Life Ed Paschke was born in 1939 on the Northwest side of Chicago. His early introduction to art came from the films of Walt Disney and caricatures that his father would draw on the sidelines ofRead the Rest…

    CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: NORMAN ROCKWELL’S BOY ASTRONAUT COMES TO LIFE

    In honor of MIR Appraisal’s 20th year in business, each month we will revisit a favorite case from our archives. This month’s article, which involves a Norman Rockwell drawing, a boy astronaut, and a Massachusetts state representative, exemplifies the power of research to truly bring art to life.  In 2012, MIR Appraisal Services received anRead the Rest…

    ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG: WORKING IN THE GAP BETWEEN ART AND LIFE

    July 10th, 2014 · 1:00 am  →  20th Century art Art History Artist Spotlight Blog

    Life Robert Rauschenberg was born in Port Arthur Texas in 1925, and he first began his academic career studying pharmacy at the University of Texas. However, after being drafted into the Navy in 1947 he soon realized his affinity for rendering images from life and creating artwork. This led him to pursue an education inRead the Rest…

    CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: BUILDING A BUSINESS

    June 27th, 2014 · 8:26 am  →  Antiques Appraisal Art Market Auction Blog News

    In honor of our 20th anniversary, each month we will present a favorite story from our 20 years in business. This month’s installment details the growth of our business over time and the clients, associates, and other colleagues who have made this growth possible.   When Director & Senior Appraiser Farhad Radfar founded MIR AppraisalRead the Rest…

    NEW FUTURES: INTRODUCTION TO NEW MEDIA ART

    June 12th, 2014 · 4:40 pm  →  20th Century art Art History Art Market Blog Contemporary Art New Media Art

    While the study and criticism of New Media Art is relatively new, New Media Art itself is not. With roots tying into early 19th century technology, New Media Art encompasses a wide variety of art which uses technological, and now, overwhelmingly digital tools. The term differentiates itself  from other traditional visual arts, such as painting orRead the Rest…

    ALL-AMERICAN POTTERY: THE ART & HISTORY BEHIND ROOKWOOD POTTERY

    The United States of America has a long history of American-made art pottery companies. However, there are a small number of American pottery companies founded by women. Rookwood Pottery Company, founded in 1880, is just that. Rookwood, the first woman-owned manufacturing company in the United States, was started by Maria Longsworth Nichols Storer who ran theRead the Rest…

    WHAT YEAR IS IT? DETERMINING THE AGE OF A PHOTOGRAPH

    Photography, like printmaking, can create prints again and again from a single source, sometimes years after the original negative or plate was first created. Therefore, it can be difficult to date a photograph from just looking at the front (recto). Three different, relatively vague, categories help distinguish the age of photographic prints compared to their negatives.Read the Rest…