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  • 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…

    MARCH 4TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    It’s Friday! Here’s our weekly roundup of interesting art-related events and news from around the Internet! In an interesting move, Austria’s Leopold Museum has put together an exhibition showcasing their damaged artworks to raise funds for conservation. With the museum’s budget unable to cover the $400,000 needed to repair approximately 185 pieces by Austrian artists,Read 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…

    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…