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  • AN APPRAISER’S EYE ON ANTIQUE BOOKS

    March 26th, 2015 · 9:55 am  →  Antiques Appraisal Blog Books Documents Prints

    Since the invention of the printing press, millions of books have been produced and distributed, meaning that it is not uncommon to come across books that are quite old and interesting at book fairs, used book stores, consignment stores, yard sales, and other commonly accessible venues. These books are fragile and must be handled withRead the Rest…

    CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS AT MIR: PETER MAX & DAVOOD ROOSTAEI

    March 4th, 2015 · 1:28 pm  →  Appraisal Artist Spotlight Blog Contemporary Art Painting

    Throughout the years, MIR Appraisal has had the opportunity to inspect and research artworks by a number of important contemporary artists, ranging from painter, printmaker, and stage designer David Hockney (British, b. 1937) to photographer Peter Lik (Australian, b. 1959) to street artist Banksy (British, contemporary). Below, we explore the life and works of two contemporaryRead the Rest…

    FEBRUARY 20TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    We hope everyone had a lovely post-Valentine’s week. Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Did you know that every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, the Chicago Cultural Center does free tours at 1.15pm? If you’ve never done it, this weekend is the weekendRead the Rest…

    CANCELLED PRINTS: AFTERTHOUGHT OR WORK OF ART?

    February 2nd, 2015 · 2:30 pm  →  Appraisal Art History Blog Prints Works on Paper

    Fine art prints, including (but not limited to) etchings, lithographs, woodblock prints, and engravings, are most often produced in multiples. The printmaking process begins with the production of an image on a surface, or “matrix,” from which the image is reproduced on paper in a series of “impressions.” Images created from the same matrix formRead the Rest…

    JANUARY 30TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    Can you believe its the end of January already? Soon spring will be here for real! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Tonight at Aspect/Ratio, a contemporary video art gallery focused on exhibiting video art by emerging and established artists, is the opening receptionRead the Rest…

    CATHOLIC CHALICES: ANATOMY AND CONSTRUCTION

    January 27th, 2015 · 3:00 pm  →  Antiques Appraisal Blog Religious Objects

    We work with quite a few religious organizations and with that we see many different types of liturgical objects – especially chalices. A chalice, by definition, is a footed cup that is designed to hold liquid. However, for Catholic and many other Christian ceremonies, a chalice is specifically created to hold the Blood of Christ during theRead the Rest…

    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…

    NOVEMBER 28: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    November 28th, 2014 · 3:00 pm  →  Auction Authentication Blog Books Collection Management Conservation Drawing Link Roundup

    Happy Holidays! We hope that you are enjoying a relaxing and restful Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by friends and family. Every week, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Please see below for this week’s link round-up.  Head over to the Art Institute of Chicago for the 23rd annual WreathingRead 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…