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  • 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…

    The Science of Color: Ogden Rood and Modern Chromatics

    December 6th, 2013 · 8:58 am  →  19th Century Art American history Art History books Impressionism modern art painting

    At times it seems that the worlds of art and science could not be more diametrically opposed.  People describe themselves as “left-brained” or “right-brained,” as if creative people and scientists are two separate species, each unfortunately possessing the ability to access only half of their own mental capacity. There are, however, and always have been,Read the Rest…

    Is The Bubble about to Burst?

    November 26th, 2013 · 10:37 am  →  Appraisal art market auction Blog contemporary art modern art painting

    Many economists believe that there is a non-speculative bubble in the contemporary-art market.  It is believed to be non-speculative because the majority of collectors who are buying million-dollar works of contemporary art are not buying the pieces with the intention to buy and “flip” the work (i.e. quickly re-selling it at a higher price.) DisregardingRead the Rest…

    “Degenerate” Art Rediscovered

    November 14th, 2013 · 10:53 am  →  20th Century art Appraisal Art History Blog Degenerate art modern art painting

    More than 1,400 works of art were recently discovered by tax investigators in one room of a German apartment.  This artwork is believed to have been classified as “degenerate art” and seized by the Nazis around 1937.  The stash included works by masters such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse and Auguste Renoir.  SomeRead 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…

    Richard Diebenkorn: The High Price of a Print

    October 28th, 2013 · 9:17 am  →  Appraisal Blog contemporary art modern art Prints works on paper

    Based upon the outcome of recent auctions, the top end of the print market is on the rise.  Although the paintings and sculptures of established artists still carry a significantly higher price tag, the print market is doing shockingly well.  This trend is particularly noticeable among large-scale prints by modern artists such as Mastisse, Warhol,Read 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…