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  • 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…

    CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: ART, EDUCATION, AND APPRAISAL

    May 19th, 2014 · 4:53 pm  →  Appraisal Blog Conservation

    In honor of our 20th year of business, each month we will discuss a favorite case from our past that exemplifies our dedication to in-depth research and analysis as part of the appraisal process. This month’s anniversary installment highlights our involvement with two Midwestern educational institutions and the process that the MIR Appraisal team went through to identify,Read the Rest…

    CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: CHICAGO CLERGY MEMBER UNCOVERS LOST BELGIAN MASTERPIECE

    April 16th, 2014 · 11:36 am  →  Appraisal Art History Auction Authentication Blog Conservation Painting

    In celebration of our 20th anniversary, each month we will feature a favorite case from our archives that demonstrates our dedication to detailed research and analysis as part of the appraisal process. This month’s post highlights our experience working with religious institutions to research and appraise the hidden treasures in their extensive collections. In 2001,Read the Rest…

    ARCHITECTURE AS ART: STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

    April 2nd, 2014 · 9:41 am  →  19th Century Art Appraisal Art History Blog

    Throughout history, stained glass windows have been a key component in architectural design for churches and other religious institutions, beginning in ancient Rome and continuing through to modern day. Among other window types, stained glass is unique in that it serves as both a utilitarian architectural element and as fine art. Because stained glass windowsRead the Rest…

    CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: PAUL REVERE & 12 SILVER SPOONS

    March 14th, 2014 · 1:34 pm  →  American history Appraisal Authentication Blog

    To celebrate MIR Appraisal’s 20th year of business, each month we will present a favorite research case from our past. Thorough and detailed research is a crucial step in the appraisal process, and throughout the years we have had the good fortune to investigate a number of exciting objects together with many wonderful individuals andRead the Rest…

    ASSESSING FURNITURE VALUES: ANTIQUES VS. REPRODUCTIONS

    March 6th, 2014 · 11:48 am  →  Antiques Appraisal Blog Reproductions

    When making the decision to purchase or sell furniture, it is important to consider the item’s value on the open market. As with art, a piece of furniture’s value depends on many factors (condition, maker,  age, and provenance, among others) and we always recommend that you consult a qualified appraiser to assess the item andRead the Rest…

    ATHLETICS & ART: CULTURAL INFLUENCES AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES

    February 21st, 2014 · 10:54 am  →  Ancient Art Blog Modern Art

    Throughout history, the Olympic Games have celebrated athletic achievement, beginning with the first recorded footrace in 776 B.C in Greece. Today, the modern Olympics maintain this same spirit of athleticism, and are considered to be the world’s greatest sporting event. Although the athletes, events, and host city typically dominate the conversation surrounding the Games, theRead the Rest…

    APPRAISALS & THE ART OF PROVENANCE RESEARCH

    February 6th, 2014 · 1:15 pm  →  American history Art History Blog Degenerate art Provenance

    An artwork’s provenance, or history of past ownership, provides important clues to the item’s value and cultural context and is an important part of any appraisal. For works acquired between 1933 and 1945, establishing the item’s provenance is of particular importance because of the large-scale looting and art theft that took place in continental EuropeRead the Rest…

    LOCAL TREASURES: WINFIELD PARISH DISCOVERS LONG-LOST ANTIQUE FRAMES

    January 29th, 2014 · 9:00 am  →  Blog

    When making decisions to sell or donate works of art and antiques, we recommend that you first consult an expert to evaluate the situation. As the parishioners at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Winfield, IL, can attest, once works of art or antiques have been sold or donated, it can be exceedingly difficultRead the Rest…