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  • DECEMBER 19TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    This weekend is the last weekend before Christmas and the very last day of Hanukkah! Have you completed all your holiday shopping and baking? Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Join the City of Chicago for “Caroling at Cloud Gate” tonight at 6.00pm!Read the Rest…

    CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: THE ESTATE OF ROSE MORGAN

    December 17th, 2014 · 4:51 pm  →  20th Century art American history Appraisal Blog Prints Works on Paper

    In celebration of MIR Appraisal’s 20th anniversary year, each month we have revisited a favorite case from our company’s history. This month’s article describes an exciting new case, which includes artworks and other items from the Estate of Rose Morgan, a notable 20th century African-American businesswoman and former wife of boxer Joe Louis.  From researching Hermon Atkins MacNeil’sRead the Rest…

    CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: THE CAMPANILE GALLERIES ESTATE

    November 26th, 2014 · 3:05 pm  →  19th Century Art 20th Century art Antiques Appraisal Blog

    In celebration of our 20th year in business, each month we will revisit a favorite case from our past that demonstrates our commitment to thorough, detailed research and analysis. This month’s article takes us back to the late 1990s, when we researched and appraised the impressive collection of artworks and personal property items from theRead the Rest…

    NOVEMBER 14TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    Happy Friday! We  think winter is finally here. Although it is cold outside, the art market was pretty hot this week. Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. The Art Institute of Chicago has a monthly ‘After Dark’ and one is tonight! This monthRead the Rest…

    NOVEMBER 7TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Opening today, John Malkovich has been reimaged in iconic art and photographs by artist Sandro Miller and his exhibit entitled Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters at Edelman Gallery here in Chicago. The exhibit runs from today through JanuaryRead the Rest…

    OCTOBER 31: FRIDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    October 31st, 2014 · 3:35 pm  →  Ancient Art Appraisal Art History Art Market Contemporary Art Link Roundup

    Happy Halloween! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet.   Opening tomorrow at the Art Institute of Chicago: “James Welling: Diary of Elizabeth and James Dixon, 1840-41.” “Diary/Landscape,” a central part of this exhibition, was his first mature body of work which heralded theRead the Rest…

    CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: VIEW FROM THE EAGLE’S NEST

    October 31st, 2014 · 2:41 pm  →  American history Appraisal Art History Blog

    In honor of our 20th year in business, each month we will feature a favorite research case from our past. This month’s article describes our work with public libraries and other learning institutions to research, preserve and protect their collections of treasured objects for future generations.  Throughout MIR Appraisal’s 20 years in business, we have been fortunateRead the Rest…

    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…