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  • GOOD COPY, BAD COPY, REAL THING? MIDCENTURY FURNITURE’S AUTHENTICITY PROBLEM

    Midcentury design has experienced a surge in popularity such that the market has been flooded with copies. Only some of these are being made by the original manufacturers who, having been given the blessing of the original designers, continue to produce them in keeping with their original design. Most, however, are knock-offs, and it canRead the Rest…

    SEPTEMBER 18TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    Happy fall! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Opening this weekend! The Art Institute of Chicago‘s exhibition, “David Adjaye.” With over 50 built projects across the world, David Adjaye is rapidly emerging as a major international figure in architecture and design. Rather thanRead the Rest…

    AUGUST 28TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. This weekend! The Bucktown Arts Fest! Both Saturday and Sunday from 11.00am-7.00pm, the fest features local and regional artists and is celebrating its 30th year. For more than 30 years, the Bucktown Arts Fest is aRead 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…

    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…

    The Question of Authentication

    November 5th, 2013 · 12:25 pm  →  Appraisal Authentication Blog Documents Provenance Reproductions

    Many of our clients are curious about the process of authentication.   Frequently asked questions include:  “Does this work of art require authentication?”  “What constitutes a ‘certificate of authenticity?’”  “How will authentication or lack thereof impact the value of my piece”?  and “What is the difference between authentication and provenance?” To answer these questions, it isRead the Rest…

    New Van Gogh Painting Authenticated

    September 30th, 2013 · 11:01 am  →  Appraisal Art History Authentication Blog Painting Provenance Reproductions

    The painting Sunset at Montmajour has recently been authenticated as a work by Vincent Van Gogh. Once not recognized to be a Van Gogh original (amongst others such as Still Life with Meadow Flowers and Roses,) Sunset at Montmajour has been proven to be genuine through current technology and extensive research. This is an exampleRead the Rest…

    Unpublished Images of Marilyn Monroe Sold with Copyrights

    July 19th, 2013 · 5:37 pm  →  Appraisal Blog Reproductions

    An interesting art news story has recently emerged regarding images of the late icon; an archive of 75,000 negatives and transparencies will soon be sold at auction—3,700 of which have never been published.  Further, the images will be sold in conjunction with their copyright— a practice that is extremely uncommon.   So where were allRead 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…

    Determining the Worth of Prints & Reproductions

    October 4th, 2011 · 9:14 am  →  Appraisal Blog Prints Reproductions

    For art collectors there is nothing more infuriating than finding a piece of art that you’ve been looking for, only to find out that it’s a reproduction. Consulting a qualified appraiser is the surest way to determine whether or not your treasure is a reproduction.  However, here are a few quick ways to spot aRead the Rest…