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  • CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: O BEAUTIFUL FOR SPACIOUS SKIES

    September 30th, 2014 · 11:40 am  →  American history Authentication Blog Historical Documents

    In celebration of MIR Appraisal’s 20th anniversary, each month we will introduce a favorite case from our archives that details our company’s dedication to thorough research and analysis as key steps in the appraisal process. This month’s article describes a unique set of historical documents that we encountered as part of an estate appraisal case in 2008.  Several years ago,Read the Rest…

    COLLECTIBLE PHOTOGRAPHY: CARTES DE VISITE AND CABINET CARDS

    September 16th, 2014 · 3:04 pm  →  19th Century Art 20th Century art American history Blog Photography

    In the first half of the nineteenth century, photography had already begun to take off as a documentary art form. The daguerreotype, the first photographic process available to the public, enabled families to take true-to-life portraits of themselves and their loved ones (6). But daguerreotype portraits required lengthy sessions that resulted in stiff poses, andRead the Rest…

    SEPTEMBER 5: FRIDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    Every Friday, we will post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. This weekend is the 12th annual Renegade Craft Fair in Wicker Park. The Renegade Craft Fair is a national network of craft fairs serving the DIY community: Everything at the fairs reflects our commitment to showcase the bestRead 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…

    NEW REGULATIONS TO IMPACT U.S. IVORY SALES

    May 15th, 2014 · 11:05 am  →  Antiques Appraisal Provenance

    When making the decision to buy or sell items made of ivory, it is crucial to consider a number of factors that indicate whether the ivory can legally be bought or sold on the open market. Upcoming regulatory  changes within the U.S. ivory marketplace, due to be implemented beginning in June 2014, will have a significant impactRead 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…