Archived Articles --- General Interest
It is (Almost) All in the Mind: Guarding Against Furniture Fakes
Yuri Yanchyshyn, furniture conservator

16th Century religious reformer John Calvin noted that if all the purported relics were brought together in one place, "it would be made manifest that every Apostle has more than four bodies, and every Saint two or three." In recent years, fakery and fraud in "high art" such as painting tends to be particularly well documented, but furniture is not immune and there are at least three red flags that should prompt further investigation before making a financial commitment ...

A Beginners Guide To Collecting Textiles
Renate Halpern

Textiles encompass a large variety of styles, materials and uses from different geographic regions, and play a significant role in daily life. All textiles started out as home furnishings and wearable garments, and today, some of the finest examples are breaking records at auction.

The Crumpton: Maryland's Auction Extraordinaire Since 1945
Kenneth Jay Linsner ASA,SCV,ASG

Now being operated by the third generation of the Dixon family, "The Crumpton" auction on Maryland's Eastern Shore provides, every Wednesday, with few exceptions, a clearing house for estate clean-out specialists as well as meticulous lot gatherers and general re-sale buffs.

The Oriental Rug Market Pyramid
Jan David Winitz

The hand-woven Oriental rug market can be daunting. This descriptive "pyramid" ranks rugs by quality, and was compiled to help guide you through the intricacies of buying - whether a durable hand-woven floor covering, a masterpiece, or any of the levels in between.

The Art World's Next Generation of Collectors: Meet the Millennials
Traci Duva

A Jeff Koons sculpture sells at an online auction for $900,000, music artist JayZ creates a "happening" at The Pace Gallery and an innovative new website can intuitively help you discover the next artist that will inspire you. The demographics of the art world are changing, and the gate keepers of this world are beginning to adapt their methods in order to appeal to this new generation of collectors.

Wallflower No More: The Market For Antique Frames Blossoms
Alan Montgomery

The perfect frame is a vital element for any picture, and the market for antique picture frames is a small but blossoming area in which enormous amounts of money sometimes change hands. Placing your picture in a different frame is a great way of stamping it with your own taste, and can often totally rejuvenate a long-neglected painting.

A New Generation Of Protection Devices Revolutionizes Collection Care
Courtney Maier

Technology and innovation support our lives in unimaginable ways, and collection care is no exception. From earthquake protection and object security to easy-to-use collection management apps, caring for your collection has never been easier, or more precise.

A Beginners Guide to Selling at Auction
Alan Montgomery

This companion piece to A Beginner's Guide To Buying At Auction (, February, 2014) offers helpful pointers for the novice seller ....

On The Road Again: How to Send Your Works of Art Off Safely
by Kelly Keenan, Director of Art Services, Crozier

On any given day there are hundreds of thousands of works of art, antiques, and artifacts from private collections that are not on display. Whether this is your first time sending your art away, or you are a seasoned collector whose artwork has been around the world, arrangements for storage, shipping and loans should be addressed ahead of time to make sure the collection is safe.

A Beginner's Guide To Buying At Auction
Alan Montgomery

In the old days, auctions were the exclusive domain of art and antique dealers but, today, more and more private individuals are buying everything from fine art to fine wine, antiquities to contemporary design, direct from auction. This article offers helpful pointers for the novice bidder ....

A World Of Their Own: Independent Registrars Ease The Burden Of Large Collections
Suzanne Quigley

Most collectors know that museums have registrars who meticulously manage their collections. It is less well known that many registrars operate independently, assisting private collectors with storage, identification, conservation, framing, insurance and the many other details inherent in owning and displaying works of art, antiques and collectibles.

Knowing Your Art Deeply And The Fruits That It Yields
Jan David Winitz

Great art communicates substantially without the need for words. This article explores the ways in which collectors of art might see what lies below the surface ...

A Tornado And A Gothic Revival Secretary Bookcase
Thomas Heller

Sometime late in the day of April 27, 2011 an EF4 tornado devastated portions of the city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The subsequent restoration of a circa 1835 secretary, damaged as a result of the tornado, is testament to the fascinating, although terrible, characteristics of these weather events.

Collectible Modern Design: Bringing the Furniture Market Up To Speed
Alan Montgomery

Whether you are looking for something clean and elegant, or bright and fun, modern design furniture offers the opportunity to collect at many different price levels. Labelling something as the 'antiques of the future' may be a risky, but it is definitely safe to predict that the market for such furniture will only continue to grow ...

Art Emergency First Responders And The Aftermath Of Super Storm Sandy
Kelly Garretson

In the days following Super Storm Sandy Crozier Fine Arts in New York City rescued roughly 3,000 works of art from galleries, residences and commercial buildings suffering varying degrees of water exposure. This article details the little-known role art emergency first responders play in safeguarding the world's valuable artistic heritage ...

Good Housekeeping 101: Lessons in Preservation from the British Stately Home and the Real Life Downton Abbey
Betsy Thomas

For three seasons the riveting PBS series Downton Abbey has graciously invited viewers to step into the splendors of a bygone era. While many of us fantasize about living in a huge English stately home like the stunning Highclere Castle, the care and upkeep of the art in a grand home can be anything but glamorous. This article offers advice for modern day collectors, personal curators and estate managers.

Ste. Genevieve, Missouri: An Inspirational Midwestern Art Colony
Jeffery J. Pavelka

The art colony and school at Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, founded in 1932, flourished until the winter of 1941 when America went to war. The doors closed and never opened again, but the colony left a rich legacy to Missouri and to the history of American art. Ste. Genevieve has continued to draw artists even today, and many have made it their home. The arts never ended in this small town ...

Return Of A Spanish Treasure
Racine Berkow

The challenge began with a mysterious phone call from a foreign embassy in Washington, D.C.. Seventeen tons of ancient coins in water filled buckets had to be transported from an undisclosed location in Florida to an airport more than an hour away. This, it turned out, was the treasure from a 19th Century ship, code named, the "Black Swan"...

Customs and the International Trade and Transit of Works of Art or Antiquity
James McAndrew

Beneath the seemingly effortless movement of goods, people and property to all corners of the world is a complex web of rules, regulations, laws and agreements. This article offers US Customs advice for both holders of large collections and those looking to enter the market with a first purchase.

The Rise of Art and Passion Investment Vehicles
Randall Willette

As interest in art as an alternative asset class continues to grow among sophisticated investors, the number of investment vehicles dedicated to art and other so-called "investments of passion" - from art, wine and violin funds to classic automobilesm - continues to accelerate. This article explores the history and future of these funds.

Cool And Dry: The Care And Preservation Of Photographs
Gawain Weaver

The preservation of photographic prints has been a concern among photographers and collectors since the earliest decades of the medium. This article discusses how temperature, relative humidity (RH), light, pollutants, handling and enclosures affect any collection of photographs.

Asian Textiles: A Guide To Fineness For Appraisers
Cynthia Shaver

Professional textile appraisers identify characteristics keyed to the Getty Identification Standard such as description, origin, size and material, but they must also judge various quality and value characteristics. This article suggests ways to look at the textiles of Korea, China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia and Indonesia with regard to degree of excellence, pointing out where an object may have a far higher value and warrant the help of an expert.

Antique Furniture And Diminished Value
Jennifer Garland Ross

One of the most commonly raised questions amongst art appraisers is how to best approach diminished value with works of art that have been damaged and subsequently conserved or restored. This article will explain some points to be aware of when an unfortunate damage occurs within the furniture collecting field.

Antique Oriental Rugs: The Writing Is On The Wall
by Jan David Winitz

The Oriental rug world has evolved dramatically since 1980, when almost all dealers viewed antique rugs merely as elite decorative furnishings. Today we are witnessing a dramatically increased interest in putting the best antique Oriental rugs not only on the floor, but on the wall alongside paintings. This article explores the evolving trend.

An Interview With Contemporary Mexican Photographer Roberto Ortiz Giacomán
Interview/translation by Jeffery J. Pavelka

Mexico, a haven for photographers like Edward Weston from the U.S. and Italian photographer Tina Modotti in the 1920s, is home to vast archives of historical photographs. This interview with Mexican photographer Roberto Ortiz Giacomán explores the state of the contemporary photography market in Mexico. It is the final article in a series on contemporary Mexican handcrafts and art.

The Certified Cargo Screening Program: A New Fact Of Life
John Alexander

The 911 Commission Act dictated that as of February 2009 all cargo had to be officially inspected before it could be loaded onto an aircraft, radically changing the way museums and other cultural institutions handle the international exchange of works of art. This article offers an introduction to the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP), which allows institutions to self-screen their own cargo, thereby avoiding the unpacking of fragile art objects in the less-than-ideal circumstances of a

The Peyote Pilgrimage and Huichol Art
Jeffery Pavelka

If you find yourself in Monterrey, the industrial capital of Mexico, and have exhausted its many cultural activities, you might consider a weekend pilgrimage to Real de Catorce, a ghost town where the native Huichol, descendents of the Aztecs, practice shamanism through ritualistic ceremonies and make mystical and beautiful works of art inspired by their peyote god. This is the second in a series of articles about Mexican contemporary artists and classic traditional crafts.

San Miguel Aguasuelos: Clay Masterpieces from the Fomento Cultural Banamex Collection
by Guillermina Olmedo

At the entrance of a very small village in the mountains of the sierra Chiconquiaco in Veracruz, a huge sculpture of a woman polishing a vase and surrounded by her wares greets the traveler. This article explores the unique clay masterpieces of San Miguel Aguasuelos, sculpted from coils, slabs or balls of clay just as they were in pre-Hispanic times. It is the first in a series of articles about Mexican contemporary artists and classic traditional handcrafts.

When Disaster Strikes: Planning Ahead for Natural, Economic and Other Catastrophes
Theresa Franks, CEO- Fine Art Registry®

With the earthquake and tsunami that recently hit Japan still fresh in our minds, there is no better time to humbly consider how to prepare for disaster. This article offers practical, common sense precautions on how to safeguard valuable possessions and, in the face of truly cataclysmic events, how to at least avoid severe impact to one’s economic situation. (Related article Lost and Found; The U

$10,000 and Below At Auction - Furniture
Victoria Shaw-Williamson

Savvy buyers of antique furniture, or modern and custom design 21st century furniture, flock to auction houses to browse what is known as the “mid-market,” an increasingly popular niche for those interested in a lower price point. This article explores some high-quality pieces that have sold at Christie’s Interiors auction in the recent past for less than $10,000.

Historically-Appropriate Framing Comes of Age
by Eli Wilner

In January of 2012 a new star will be unveiled at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware, star enough all on its own, will be outfitted in a new frame recreated from a recently discovered 1864 photograph of the glorious original. Collectors and curators, increasingly aware of the importance of the frame, have embraced a practice known as historically-appropriate framing. This article introduces collectors to the growing

Merging Art and Architecture: a Collaborative Process
Judith Selkowitz, President, Art Advisory Services

Art provides emotional and aesthetic satisfaction, enhancing our lives and the spaces in which we live and work. A collaborative relationship between architect/designer, client and art consultant promises the best outcome for an art program. This article explores the many ways to make that collaborative relationship work.

Asian Textiles: A Rich Heritage
Cynthia Shaver, ASA

International dealers at the San Francisco Tribal Art and Textile Show in February, 2010, seemed to confirm an expanding market in Indonesian textiles. This article explores the current market for these fine pieces and discusses what constitutes quality.

Is It Real? Authentication Committees and Questionable Works of Art
Victor Wiener

Determining the authenticity of a work of art is one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish. The art market generally relies upon the opinions of third-party authorities such as scholars, dealers, auction houses, the artists themselves and - phenomenon of the later 20th century - authentication committees. This article discusses the role of authentication committees, how they are formed and the impact of their decisions.

The State of the Market for Photography
Edward Yee

Contemporary art sales and paintings have taken the brunt of the retreat in prices while photography has maintained glimmers of hope. In the current economic circumstances there may be concern that every single photographer's market is dropping, yet this is not entirely accurate. This article explores where the photography market has been and where it is heading.

Keeping it Together: Creative Strategies for Letting a Collection Go
Barbara Salter Nelson

John Withey, a retired science teacher, Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, retired government employees, and Peter Brant, a billionaire business mogul and polo aficionado have something more in common than the fact that they’re all avid collectors; they’ve each found ingenious ways to ensure that their collections will live on for future generations ...

Investing in Antique Oriental Rugs
by Peter Pap, Peter Pap Oriental Rugs

Once you’ve made the investment, antique oriental rugs are “the gifts that keep on giving.” This article discusses the steps you can take to ensure that you buy the right rug, at the right price, at the right time (the three keys to successful long-term investing in any commodity).

Collecting For Passion Or Investment: Building A Long Term Collecting Strategy
by Laurence C. Zale

“The urge to collect has revealed itself throughout history as a fundamentally human phenomenon,” said Douglas Cooper, editor of Great Private Collections. This article will assist new and experienced collectors in building and managing a collection with confidence. It covers what to look for in an object as well as how to document objects, care for a collection and initiate an estate planning program. It uses case studies to illustrate how to devise a successful long term collecting strategy.

How to Buy Gold Coins
Mitchell A. Battino

Historically, when paper currencies are debased, investors and collectors often turn to precious metals as an alternative to traditional investments such as stocks and bonds. In recent months there has been strong demand for platinum, gold and silver coins and bars. Much of that demand has centered on U.S. and world gold coins. This article explores the current market for these coins.

US Congress May Finally Pass Artist-Museum Partnership Bill
Paul Roy and Diana Wierbicki

Under current law, artists who donate their work to charities are entitled to an income tax deduction only for the cost of producing the work, while collectors are allowed to deduct the full fair market value. For the fifth time a bill has been introduced to Congress to erase this inequity. This article discusses the history of the bill, and the likelihood of its passing this time. The views, information and content expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do

Art-Level Antique Rugs & How to Recognize Them
Jan David Winitz

A wide range of Oriental carpets can bring us pleasure and pride of ownership as they grace our homes. Yet, only very few are also strong long-term investments worthy of collecting. This article discusses the history of fine carpet-making and offers advice on how to differentiate the exemplary from the mediocre

A Musical Thread: The Legacy of Violinist Bronislaw Huberman
Josh Straus and Emily Suda

On February 28, 1936, a 223-year-old Stradivarius violin was stolen from the dressing room of the world famous Polish violinist, Bronislaw Huberman, while the violinist was performing at Carnegie Hall. The violin was lost for nearly 50 years, and Huberman died never knowing what became of it. On March 23, 2009 that same instrument will be played by violinist Joshua Bell in a concert at the Grand Synagogue in Vienna. Sponsored in part by the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, the concert wil

Safe and Sound: First-Ever Guidelines For Fine Art Storage
Staff Writer

While vast troves of priceless art and objects are given over to the stewardship of warehouses for safekeeping each year, there is currently no recognized standard by which a facility, its operations and its policies can be assessed to assure the optimal safety of its contents. For the past two years a Storage Guidelines Committee under the auspices of the International Convention of Exhibition and Fine Art Transporters (ICEFAT) has been working to address this issue. This article reviews the

American Indian Baskets; From An Appraiser's Eye
Leona M. Zastrow, Ph.D., AAA

Before purchasing an American Indian basket, collectors should consider the same five major research areas used by appraisers. These include the type of materials used, the weaving techniques, the shape and size, the designs or lack of designs, and tribal identification. This article offers valuable information about the changing market for Native American basketry and about the way an appraiser assesses the value of a basket.

Lost and Found; The Use of International Art Registries For Identifying and Tracking Valuables
Staff Writer

Issues related to authenticity, provenance, ownership, forgeries and theft have plagued collectors of art and other valuables since the days of Ancient Greece and Rome. In the 21st century, new technology provides new solutions to these age-old problems. This article explores the offerings of services such as the National Stolen Art File, Swift-Find, and the Art Loss Register, which allow collectors to add their valuables to international databases, and the Fine Art Registry, which offers both

Out From Paris' Shadow: Eighteenth Century French Provincial Furniture
Olivier Soustelle

Many collectors understandably prize examples of the flamboyant “court-style” furniture of 18th Century Paris. These pieces exhibit accomplished marquetry veneers and sparkling bronze mounts. Yet, a survey of Provence, Lyon, and Bordeaux reveals that a great many provincial pieces deserve their own honored place in collections of the French decorative arts. This article uses an examination of the wardrobe, the chest-of-drawers and the buffet to highlight the key features of the regional style

Blue & White: Historic English Staffordshire
Martine M. White, ASA, AAA

Most collectors of Staffordshire are familiar with the ever-popular glazed earthenware Spaniels posed in charming positions. These Victorian dogs, originally created for parlor décor, are still highly coveted today. A new realm of possibilities for the collector of decorative arts, however, is the even more unique historic Staffordshire. It is of the same composition, but is comprised of dinner services and utilitarian wear made earlier in the 19th century. Characterized most frequently by d

Emerging Technologies; a Brave New World for Museums and Collectors
Christie Alderman, Employee of Chubb & Son

After a fairly stable last few millennia we are stunned daily by advances in technology that can now, among other things, weigh the butter or milk remaining in our fridge and put in a call to the website of the local grocery store to have more delivered to the door. Collectors might be interested to know that some of the same technological advances are aimed at what we hang on our walls. This article brings us up to date on the pros and cons of laser inscription for jewelry identification, ra

An American Invention: The Rothschild Patent Model Collection and America’s Heritage of Ingenuity
By Staff Writer

Alan Rothschild’s home is a shrine to what he calls, “works of art that represent America’s heritage of ingenuity.” With more than 4,000 pieces, Rothschild, an inventor himself, has what he believes is the largest private collection of patent models in the world. Rothschild is committed to showcasing the innovation that shaped what America is today, and fostering a new generation of American ingenuity. This article explores the history of patents in the United States, and the 19th Century col

Tomorrow's Antiques: Contemporary Decorative Arts Soar in Value
Brook S. Mason

Remember antiques? Pedestrian 18th century English brown furniture, heavy library chairs, and cozy bits of porcelain smothered in flowers? Well there’s a new spin to antiques, a brand new area dubbed contemporary decorative arts. It encompasses ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, metal work and jewelry, with many of the objects blurring the boundaries between functional object and sculpture. Though in many cases these objects were made practically yesterday, such work by a new breed of ar

Beyond Collecting: When the Private Collection Goes Public Alexandra Fröhlich–von Schmeling & Maria de Peverelli Luschi
Maria DePeverelli & Alexandra Frohlich

Collecting works of art can be a passion, a pleasure or an addiction, and what often begins as an anonymous and idiosyncratic endeavor often becomes a more global interest. Collectors may find themselves drawn to establishing a dialogue with other people of similar interests. They may eventually ask themselves the question: Do I want to share my collection with others, and if so, at what level, and how? Above all, collectors may ultimately wish to ensure that their collections are preserved

Bakelite Today: Everything Old Is New Again
Evelyn Roth & Linda Grossman

Bakelite, a phenolic resin cast into tubes, rods, and carved sheets by machinists, was invented by Dr. Leo Bakeland in 1907. Over the following decades its fortunes have risen and fallen. It was very “in” in the 1920s and 30s – when the Depression made this durable, colorful “plastic” a welcome product in household items, games, toys, electrical insulators and, of course, jewelry – then “out” for a while when Bakelite production ceased at the outset of World War II. Today, true Bakelite, as

Investing In Fine Wine
Wayne Kompare

Beginning with the outstanding Bordeaux vintage of 1982 and followed by a string of superb vintages in California in the 1990s, the value and number of exceptional wines have increased dramatically, and have captured a wider audience for investing in fine wine. This article explores when to buy, who to buy from, and how to store your fine wines. (Also of interest: What Determines the Value of Wine, Wayne Kompare, November 5, 2003; The Noble Pursuit of the Noble Grape, David Rago, December 2,

The Star in Decorative Arts
Helaine Fendelman, AAA

Since the earliest times people have gawked at the skies and marveled at the diamond-like points of light that shimmer above. In a modern world the star has become a symbol of power, achievement, and beauty. This article traces the history of human interaction with the stars, from their use as a natural almanac by the earliest civilizations, to their incorporation into objects of personal adornment and design.

Last Resorts: Collecting Historic Adirondack Hotel Brochures
John Margolies

As early as the middle 19th century, resorts by the hundreds sprang up in New York State's Adirondack Mountains as well as other desirable locations throughout America. Now that most of these resorts have vanished, only their brochures, postcards, vintage photographs, and other ephemera survive as evidence of an era in vacation history. This article gives information about the collecting of paper ephemera, and chronicles the evolution of what has now become an institution—the great American vac

Book Appraisals: The Finer Points
Alan Aimone

Over 60,000 books are published each year in English alone. Given the number of factors that affect the value of a book, a written appraisal is recommended for professional collectors, institutional libraries and private collectors alike. This article will help you understand the key aspects of a book appraisal.

Government Indemnity Programs and Commercial Insurance Carriers: What You Should Know When You Lend
Dorit Straus

If you are planning to lend pieces from your collection to a museum exhibition, this article will help you know what questions to ask and what answers to expect when it comes to how your loans will be handled and insured.

Collecting a Coca-Cola Christmas
Irene Austin-Gillis

When you think of Santa Claus, the image of a jolly, white-whiskered man in a red suit, holding up a bottle of Coca-Cola is familiar to many of us. Such images as well as many other types of Coca-Cola memorabilia make up a very exciting and increasingly popular category of collectible. This article offers fascinating information for anyone interested in collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia.

The Legacy of Lace
Rosemary Lanes

What is Lace? Where did it come from? Why is it important to a collector? This article explores the history of lace making and offers insightful information to anyone interested in collecting it.

How Do You Know It Is Old? Distinguishing Characteristics of Antique Furniture
Helaine Fendelman

Looking for some easy ways to gage the age of antique furniture? This article offers several tips that may help you determine if a piece you are thinking about buying is as old as it is purported to be.

Collecting Old Glory
Jeff Bridgman

When it comes to collecting Americana, nothing is more American than the American flag. Celebrate the 4th of July this year by reading about early American flags and learning what makes the many versions of Old Glory wonderful collector items.

Rugs to Riches: Grenfell Hooked Textiles
Helaine Fendelman

Learn how the production of handcrafted hooked rugs, mats and bags went from a cottage industry to a booming enterprise in the early 20th century, leaving contemporary textile collectors with unique and highly sought-after items that can command as much as $10,000.

Slavery Collecting – New Frontiers and Old
Elvin Montgomery

Celebrate Black History Month! Read this article about the history of slavery in America and learn more about how this defining political, social and economic issue has generated fervor among history collectors.

Buying Old Quilts: A Guide for New Collectors
Shelly Zegart

Whether you use a quilt to bundle up on a cold winter night or as a wall-hanging to decorate your home, if you love quilts, this article is a must-read. It will help you learn how to start a quilt collection by explaining what to look for, what makes a good investment, and how to best care for your quilts.

Christmas Collectibles
Irene Austin-Gillis

Learn about the origin of the Christmas card and how collecting antique holiday cards has become extremely popular today--so popular that a single antique card sold in London last year for $37,000.

What Determines the Value of Wine
Wayne Kompare

Planning to share a bottle of wine from your collection with family and friends this Thanksgiving? This article offers information about what makes a bottle of wine worth $50, $500, or $5,000 and may help you decide which bottle to open now and which to leave in your collection.

Collecting the Beer Steinzeugkrug
Irene Austin-Gillis

Planning to celebrate Oktoberfest this year? Learn about the origin of beer steins and how these symbols of past and present German culture have become a popular item among collectors.

September 11 Anniversary Observance at the New-York Historical Society
Press Release

The work of artists, photographers and many other individuals affected by the events of September 11, 2001 will be on display at the New-York Historical Society this month. The exhibition offers attendees the unique opportunity to view art that reflects the great losses suffered and the tremendous courage shown by the American people.

What’s It Worth?
Frances Redell-White

Whether looking to add something to your collection or sell an item collecting dust in your attic, taking the proper steps to determine what it is worth can help you save or earn a significant amount of money. This article explores situations in which consulting with a professional property appraiser can result in a wonderful return.

The Pleasures and Perils of the Glamour Marketplace
Victor Wiener

Don’t let fame cloud your judgement. Victor Wiener, executive director of the Appraisers Association of America, examines the estate sales of Gianni Versace, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Pamela Harriman, Andy Warhol and others and identifies important trends buyers should consider when attending a celebrity auction.

The Amish Doll
Helaine Fendelman and Marilyn Kowaleski

Explore the fascinating world of late 19th and early 20th century Amish dolls. This article explains how these highly prized creations reflect the traditions and beliefs of the Amish people and identifies key characteristics to look for when adding such a doll to your collection.

Collecting Baseball Memorabilia
Irene Austin-Gillis

From cards to caps, from autographed balls to bobble-head dolls, the beginning of baseball season is a reminder of one of America’s favorite pastimes for both sports enthusiasts and avid collectors. Read this article to learn about the many aspects of collecting baseball memorabilia and the multi-million dollar industry behind it.

The Difference Between Insurance and Estate Appraisals
Victor Wiener

Collectors who avoid insuring their collection for fear that an insurance appraisal may be used by the IRS for estate valuation purposes may be exposing their collection to unnecessary risk. Victor Wiener, director of the Appraisers Association of America, examines the difference between insurance and estate appraisals to explain that this fear is groundless.

What You Should Know About Your Appraiser
John Buxton

How do you know if an appraiser is qualified to determine the value of your property? This article lists the questions you need to ask and offers details about the three major appraisal organizations that train appraisers in the U.S. and Canada.

TEFAF Maastricht—The World’s Greatest Fine Art and Antiques Fair
Staff Writer

Looking for one collector event that has it all? Don’t miss the Chubb sponsored TEFAF Maastricht, which has come to be known as the world’s greatest fine art and antiques fair.

Appraisers and Appraisals: What a Collector Needs to Know
Carolyn Remmey

Want to learn more about an item you own? You may want to speak with a personal property appraiser. In this article, professional appraiser Carolyn Remmey talks about the role of an appraiser and the key considerations for determining value.

The Noble Pursuit of the Noble Grape
David Rago

Toast the holidays with a glass of your favorite wine. This article explores the wonderful world of wine collecting and offers information about how to recognize quality wine before making a purchase.

Rarely Seen Drawings from Colonial and Early American History on Display
Staff Writer

Witness more than 100 rare works of art created by colonial and early American artists who lived in the time when traditions like Thanksgiving Day were newly formed.

A Year After September 11: Art Collecting in an Age of Uncertainty
Beverly Schreiber Jacoby, Ph.D.

Learn from fine arts specialist Beverly Schreiber Jacoby about four collecting trends that have arisen since the tragedies of September 11, 2001.

Moving Pictures on View at the Guggenheim Museum
Press Release

Read about the new Guggenhiem exhibition that features approximately 150 works by 55 contemporary artists working in photography, film and video and learn how the development of these art forms has changed the traditional art world.

The Tumultuous Fifties: A View from the New York Times Photo Archives
Staff Writer

Visit the New-York Historical Society’s lasted exhibition and time warp back in history. This event features a wide selection of photographs taken from the archives of the New York Times.

Syria: Land of Civilizations--art exhibition review
Victor Wiener

Victor Wiener, executive director of the Appraisers Association of America, reviews the traveling exhibition "Syria: Land of Civilizations."

Antiques Roadshow Voted Most Popular Collector TV Program
Staff Writer

Last month, conducted a survey to see which collector-focused television program was the most popular among our readers. Find out more about the favorite show among Chubb collectors--PBS's Antiques Roadshow.

Investment Aspects of Black History Collecting
Elvin Montgomery commemorates Black History month with an article about a hot, relatively new area of collecting--Black history collecting.

How Do You Know It’s Old? Distinguishing Characteristics of Antique Furniture
Helaine Fendelman

Ever wish you could take one look at a piece of furniture and know how old it is? This article explores some of the characteristics of antique furniture that reveal age.

Despite Market Challenges, NY Auction Houses Prosper
Michelle Impey

In an unstable economy and in the aftermath of September 11th, many were uncertain how the fine art auctions in New York would be affected. This article summarizes the events at three major auction houses.

Museum Guidelines for Exhibiting Borrowed Objects
Staff Writer

Have you ever considered lending pieces of your collection to a museum exhibit? Take a look at the American Association of Museum's guidelines for exhibiting borrowed objects to learn about the issues that concern museums when exhibiting private collections.

The Art Of Fashion: The Influence Of Art Deco Fashion
Caroline Ashleigh

Read about the influence of Art Deco on fashion and find out how the first decades of the twentieth century marked a dramatic transformation in the perception and evolution of the fashion world.

Antiquarian Fine Art Fair will be Only Major Fine Arts and Antiques Show in NYC this Season

Learn more about a new, international fine art and antique exposition that will kick-off at the end of this month in New York City.

Oriental Rugs: Woven Works of Art
Martine M. White

Personal property appraiser Martine White talks about the deep traditions of Oriental rug making and explores how buyers and owners can get the most out of these majestic works of art.

Appraising Photographs
Anne Horton

Hear from an expert about how to judge the value of a photograph. This article is packed with information about what to look for when appraising or buying photo prints.

A Buyer's Guide to the Antique World
Helaine Fendleman

A respected expert on antiques and collectibles offers her advice on preparing for your next purchase.

An American Clock Exhibit--A Collector's View
David Sperling

Take a close look at the history and artistry of American timepieces.

Chinese Export Art
Martin Lorber

A leading expert on Asian fine art explains some of the history behind art exported from China.

Movie Posters: A Growing Market
Victor Wiener

Read about the recent explosion in demand for collectible movie posters.

A Brief Introduction to Oriental Rugs
Melissa Lalka

Want to know more about oriental rugs? Here is a terrific overview of a popular type of fine art.

How to Find an Appraiser
Victor Wiener

Victor Wiener, executive director of the Appraisers Association of America, explains how to locate a personal property appraiser.

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