Archived Articles
The Art of the Automobile
Barbara Salter


Like most collectors of vintage Corvettes and motorcycles, Fred Haase knows and appreciates the beauty that lies within the details. But he doesn't just collect cars; Haase, who once worked as a sketch artist for NASA during the Apollo Space Program, is one of only a handful of contemporary American artists who specialize in painting automotive portraits ...


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.


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 ....


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 Few of My Favorite Things - The Curious Language Of Assemblage
Betsy Thomas


The 20th century saw political, cultural and social upheavals that brought forth experimental styles in many areas. While the wellspring of new ideas nurtured the birth of artistic movements such as Futurism, Dadism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, one art form that has defied strict categorization is the curious art of assemblage.


Collecting Japanese: A Look at the Japanese Collector Car Movement
David Swig


A new genre of collector car has finally emerged and is beginning to garner serious attention: Japanese classics. This article explores a strong and growing collector following for certain Japanese models that are, or are on the verge of, becoming "vintage."


Instant Ancestors: The Early 20th Century American Craze For British Portraits
Peter Schweller


As seen in the current market for record-breaking results for contemporary and modern art, collectors are always searching for a new trend. This article explores a turn of the 20th Century rage among newly-made American millionaires: filling their walls with images of long deceased British aristocrats.


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 ...


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.


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.


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 ...


Grand Marais: A Cultural Magnet On The North Shore Of Lake Superior
Jeffery J. Pavelka


In the 1920s, the first nature enthusiasts began to arrive in the breathtakingly beautiful settlement of Grand Marais, Minnesota, via steamers traveling up along the North Shore of Lake Superior. In the summer of 1947, Birney Quick, a professor at the Minneapolis School of Art, persuaded its president to support a summer school there; with 20 students and funding in place, the Outdoor School of Painting in Grand Marais was off and running.


Taking It To The Street: The Exciting And Challenging World Of Street Art
Alan Montgomery


The more academic amongst us could relate modern day graffiti to the ancient paintings which survive on cave walls around the world, and the approach has never died out. Today's street art, undoubtedly one of the most exciting and challenging fields of contemporary art, can be viewed as the latest evolution of an artistic style with a history which spans millenia.


Fair & Ethical Sustainability of Colored Gemstones
Edward Boehm, Geologist, GG, CG, RareSource


Compared to diamonds, colored gemstones represent a much smaller segment of the jewelry industry. They provide, however, a source of income to a much broader range of social and economic strata while at the same time lacking an industry-wide system to promote ethical trade of rough gem material. This article explores a growing list of initiatives aimed at making sure that miners of exquisite colored gemstones receive fair pay, health care and even a hearty daily lunch.


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 ...


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.


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"...


Bucolic Settings: Midwestern Art Colonies
Jeffery Pavelka


While many Americans associate the better-known art colonies in the United States with the east and west coasts and the Southwest, the Midwest is home to a peppering of its own, which have fostered some important regional, national, and international artists. This first of three articles takes us to Stone City, a short-lived but amazing colony set in the rolling hills of east central Iowa ...


The Allure Of Gemstones - Keeping The Sparkle In Your Asset
Antoinette Matlins, PG


With stock markets fluctuating and global economic forecasts uncertain, knowledgeable investors have an unusual opportunity, but changes in the gemstone market also put investors at greater risk. The term "natural" does not mean a stone has not been artificially enhanced. It is used only to distinguish gems created by nature from gems made in labs or factories. This article explores the modern-day pleasures and pitfalls of investing in fine gems.


Into the Sublime: Richard Diebenkorn's Prints
Sarah Hanley


It is now difficult to believe that Richard Diebenkorn's work was once marginalized as too idiosyncratic to have a lasting impact. Though his standing as one of the elite group of so-called "blue-chip" artists puts his paintings out of reach for many, he made a significant and fascinating body of original prints ...


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.


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.


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.


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.


Diamonds & Precious Jewels: 2012 and Beyond
David Wolf, G.G.,A.S.A and Jennifer Vichinsky, GG


The slight silver lining (no pun intended) to the 2008 financial meltdown, which followed an already considerable catalog of global financial strains, is that the situation has fostered a decade-long rush to precious metals, and the last three years of record-breaking auction sales in collectible jewels and fine art are a testament to the continuing rise of diamonds and precious gems in our collective consciousness. This article takes a vibrant look at the present and future market for gold, di


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.


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.


As The High-End Art Market Rebounds, Global And Specialty Markets Proliferate, Creating Opportunities For Strategic Collectors
Judith Selkowitz


With all of the press and promotional activity in the art world, it is easy to get caught up in the hype and lose sight of some very sound approaches to collecting. While high-end collectors have driven prices to record highs, the middle market ($20,000 to $75,000 range) remains viable. This article explores some great opportunities for investment.


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


Why Cars Of The 1920s Are Worth A Second Look
by Martin Swig


A quick look at any auction catalog event entry list will make it clear that the most treasured cars today are those from the 1950s and the 1960s. There are good reasons. That period represented the highest level of development for cars just before regulatory forces made many cars boring, but for a real change in technology, and the whole culture of driving, cars from the 1920s offer a totally different driving experience ...


Why Auction Estimates Are Not Insurance Appraisals
by Victor Wiener, LLC and Charles Wong, LL.M


Aggressive marketing by auction houses and the possibility of a free valuation have led many high-end collectors to believe that auction estimates can be used as insurance appraisals. This article explains why auction estimates can often prove to be problematic when it comes time to make a claim....


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.


Horology and Diplomacy: How Time Pieces Helped Shape History
Osvaldo Patrizzi


Timepieces have long been symbols of power and knowledge, messengers of culture, tokens of friendship and gages of peace. This article explores the Chinese fascination with clocks and watch-making and the way the Chinese market influenced the early days of the European horological industry.


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


Reflections on the Collector Car Market
David Swig, Collector's Motorcars, Bonhams


The used cars of the 1990s - Datsuns, Alfa Romeo GTVs, early Porsche 911s and 914s - have become collector cars, whereas the collector cars of earlier times Testarossas, Bugattis, Eldorados - have become treasured cultural artifacts. Which cars will be tomorrow's classics? This article takes a look at the recent past and the near future in the collector car market


Protect Your Collector Car
Paul Morrissette


At Chubb, we understand and share your passion for the cars you collect, restore and drive. We understand that beyond an investment, a collector car is a highly personal possession that embodies your many dreams brought to life. As collectors ourselves, we know that—above all—your car is “your baby.” This is why we’ve made every effort to build the best collector car insurance program in the business.


How Well Do You Know Your Collector Cars?
Paul Morrissette


Test yourself on Chubb's Collector Car website and see if you can identify these classic cars.


On The Road (Again): What You Should Know About Transporting Collector Cars
Paul Morrissette


Classic car collectors frequently devote months of research to the various vehicles they wish to acquire, and they are rarely successful in finding their prizes close to home. When the Aston-Martin DB5 originally used in two James Bond films was sold for $4 million at a London auction in October, the new owner’s concern quickly shifted from bidding, to transport ... This article explores things collectors of unique cars should know.


Appraising Collector Automobiles
Jim Wood


Take a ride into the world of collector automobiles and get the inside scoop on some of the values professional property appraisers must consider when judging the worth of a these unique vehicles.


$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.


On The Road (Again): What You Should Know About Transporting Collector Cars
Paul Morrissette


Classic car collectors frequently devote months of research to the various vehicles they wish to acquire, and they are rarely successful in finding their prizes close to home. When the Aston-Martin DB5 originally used in two James Bond films was sold for $4 million at a London auction in October, the new owner’s concern quickly shifted from bidding, to transport ... This article explores things collectors of unique cars should know. More information about Chubb’s classic car insurance can be


Verger Freres: The Obscure Masters of Art Deco Jewelry
Kathryn Bonanno, PG, FGA


When most people think of Art Deco, they think of the clean shapes and geometric themes resulting from many new gem cuts and the use of platinum. The Art Deco period is very rich, however, and while I can't think of a single phrase to describe this magnificent period of jewelry-making, "luxurious exoticism" best describes its essence.


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


Grand 19th Century Oriental Rugs Find a Home in 21st Century Art Collections
by: Jan David Winitz


Today, in the wake of the April 2010 sale of a 17th Century Kirman rug at Christie's auction for $9.59M (twice the previous world record set only last year), antique carpets are broadly acknowledged for their rarity and aesthetic achievement. This article explores the "Whole-Home" approach in which numerous rugs are acquired for a single residence-usually over a period of months-but in some cases in a single appointment.


It’s Not Wallpaper: Buying Art As An Asset For Corporate Collections
by Anita Heriot and Ruth Crnkovich, M.A., AAA


Few corporations realize the actual value of their collection until they need to sell. Insurance values are based on retail gallery prices and reflect high prices for the art work, but only the actual auction price reflects its place as an asset, and many corporate art collections have very little value at auction. This article explores what every corporation should know about purchasing art.


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.


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.


Cultured Pearls For A Queen…And Also For You & Me!
Antoinette Matlins, PG


Cultured pearls dominate the market because natural pearls command stellar prices, yet we find a spectacular South Sea cultured pearl necklace with an $800,000 price tag; it took over five years for the producer to acquire enough fine matching pearls to assemble it! Despair not if this exceeds your budget. Cultured pearls offer a wide range of choices. This article explores the best of the current cultured pearl market.


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.


Ukiyo-e: Pictures of the Floating World
Shawne MacIntyre, MMSt., ISA AM


In 2007, Christie’s Auctioneers in London sold a fine, early impression of Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic Edo Japan-era woodblock print Gaifu Kaisei (South Wind, Clear Weather), more commonly known as “Red Fuji,” for £288,500 (in excess of $600,000 USD). This world record is even more extraordinary when one considers the humble origins of the ukiyo-e genre. This article explores the history of Japanese ukiyo-e prints and the current market for them.


Cultured Pearls Offer A Palette of Choices
Antoinette Matlins, PG


Natural pearls are largely beyond the reach of all but collectors and connoisseurs, but at the end of the 19th century an Australian and three Japanese inventors discovered techniques for culturing pearls. This article, the second in a series of three articles about pearls, discusses how cultured pearls are produced, the variety of cultured pearls now available, and how to spot artificially treated ones.


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 ...


Most Ancient of Gems, Most Precious of Gems—Pearls Reclaim Prestige & Value
Antoinette Matlins, PG


In late 2009, bidders at Sotheby’s in New York watched in stunned silence as a grey-pink pearl ring sold for a staggering $218,500, almost seven times the $30-$50,000 pre-auction estimate. Other auctions witnessed a similar trend. This article, the first in a series of three articles about pearls, explores the history of natural and cultured pearls, examines the current market and offers insights on what to look for when buying.


All That Glitters … The Diamond Market Today
By David Wolf, G.G., A.S.A. and Jane Scott


As an appraiser who has spent thirty years in the diamond industry I have a few opinions, so let’s establish those at the outset. I believe that diamonds are a great inflationary hedge, that the US dollar will soften further and that collectors who collect at the high end of the market "the finest and the rarest" will weather the storm relatively well. This article explores the prices, sources and bargains of the current market for diamonds.


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.


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).


Issues in Authentication: Provenance, Catalogues Raisonné and Definitive Experts
Danielle T. Rahm


Constantly changing scholarship often challenges the authenticity of time-honored works of art, creating a time consuming and frustrating procedure for collectors. This article helps us understand and navigate the complexities and limitations of the authentication process.


Correcting History Through Art
Barbara Salter Nelson


Since 1992 artist Theodore Morris has dedicated his life to correcting the distorted and misrepresented history of the Timucua Indians, Florida’s earliest settlers, in order to provide a realistic portrayal of who they really were and how they lived. This article relates how history, science, and art are working together to correct centuries of inaccuracies and preserve the past for current and future generations.


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.


The Rise Of The Illustration Art Market
Matthew S. Wilcox


Illustration art–paintings and drawings created specifically for reproduction–is a historically overlooked class of art. Art and social historians, however, are now coming to appreciate the untapped well of cultural information encoded into such “commercial art.” This article explores the history of illustration art and its current status in the art marketplace.


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


The Real Deal or a Convincing (Furniture) Fake?
Jennifer Garland Ross


In the spring of 2008 the antiques world was shocked by headlines that since 1987 a British cabinetmaker and restorer of English and Continental Furniture had been churning out “antiques” made from old pieces of furniture, like panels from antique wardrobes, and legs from one piece of furniture placed on another. Despite high-profile cases like this one, there are far fewer true fakes out there than one would expect, and specialists weed most of them out. Still, it is important for collectors


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


Eccentric Visions: Collecting Outsider Art
Victoria Shaw-Williamson


"Visionary Art," "Art Brut," "Outsider Art" and other labels have been developed over the years in an attempt to categorize self-taught artists who work outside of the mainstream art world. These labels can provide insight to those who find themselves drawn to the work of the self-taught. Exquisitely rendered, technically astute and sometimes highly disturbing, Outsider Art appears to be here to stay. This article traces the history of Outsider Art and offers advice for those who are interest


An (Un)Natural Progression; Damien Hirst and the Future of Art Sales
Josh Straus


British artist Damien Hirst, who achieved fame via a series of artworks in which dead animals such as a shark, a sheep and a cow are preserved in formaldehyde, is vying to secure his spot as maverick-in-chief of the contemporary art world — and he is fairing quite well. In bypassing his dealers and taking works directly to auction, Hirst has, it would appear, upset the artist/dealer/auction progression through which new works traditionally enter the market. In doing so, Hirst has blurred the


The American Dream Fires Cuban Artist’s Creative Spirit
Barbara Salter Nelson


While the patrons of an elite country club in Palm Coast, Florida, admire the sunset mirrored on the Atlantic Ocean, back in the kitchen a celebrated Cuban artist begins washing the first of countless loads of dishes. If he were still living in Cuba, this particular dishwasher would be one of the distinguished guests ... So begins a fascinating article discussing the art and recent history of Uldis López Paredes, whose magnificent sculptures and installations are in museums, galleries, and pr


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


Art Is For All: A Brief Look At Art Collecting Through The Ages
Lisa M. Barnes


Many of us would have agreed with the art critic John Russell when he wrote, “What is a value in our society in [the collecting and buying of art] is not the sensational price of this or that, but the continuity of collecting, the awareness of the enormous pleasure that can be had from a work of art.” (John Russell, November 22, 1987, New York Times). Yet, this is largely a contemporary sentiment. In earlier periods of history aesthetic enjoyment was only a part of the desire that prompted pa


To Love and Protect Means Never Having to Remember: A Look At Cataloging Tools For Collectors
Staff Writer


In the eye of a collector, all geese are swans!! Whatever is collected, love is love. If you don’t consider yourself a collector then insert the word gatherer, and if you don’t like what you live with, then don’t bother reading further; this article discusses the gamut of tools available for cataloging those collections and possessions about which we are all so passionate. It offers sound advice on how to get started, and previews various cataloging methods.


The Fabric of History: Caring for Vintage Textiles and Ornamentation
Elinor Coleman


Vintage clothes and personal ornaments that we inherit, collect and receive as gifts make us caretakers of history. These items carry with them a wealth of family and community lore; stories that contain historic information regarding their provenance and handicraft techniques. To preserve this legacy, you should learn how to properly clean, repair and store these precious objects. This article offers a basic, sensible method for preserving and conserving vintage clothing, fabrics, purses, a


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.


Who Owns Your Art?: The Importance of Due Diligence for Fine Art Collectors
Jonathan S. Ziss, Esq, partner Margolis Edelstein


Your ownership of the works of art in your collection can be impaired by liens, by theft, by previous contractual arrangements whereby ownership rights have been pledged, or by violation of import/export laws. Of these, theft is by far the most common. According to the FBI, art theft is a crime of major global proportions with estimated losses running as high as six billion dollars annually. Interpol notes that this is exceeded only by trafficking in illegal narcotics, money laundering, and


What Do You Get If You Buy This Piece? An Introduction to Installation Art
Lisa A. Porter


At the Solomon Projects’ exhibit space at Aqua Wynwood in Miami last December, a visitor would have come upon a collection of objects in the far corner. What at first glance seemed to be a hodge-podge of flea market finds – including a desk, papers, shelves, and an electric fan – was, in fact, an example of installation art constructed by Douglas Weathersby. Gallery owner Nancy Solomon explained that one of the inevitable questions from clients looking at installation art is, “What do you get


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


Inuit Art Finds A Place In The Contemporary Market
By Shawne MacIntyre, MMSt., ISA AM


Inuit art as we formally recognize it today has only enjoyed a lifespan of approximately sixty years. In this light, the market growth of the last five to ten years can be considered truly remarkable. Initially viewed and marketed as a ‘handicraft’ or ‘souvenir’ art, Inuit art has evolved into a sophisticated genre with international appeal to collectors and curators alike. Sculptures in ivory and stone were the first Inuit creations to be marketed, but these were followed by graphics, and l


A Short History of the Collecting of Photographs as Art
Penelope Dixon, AAA


The collecting of photographs was practically simultaneous with the invention of photography. People quickly became obsessed with capturing their own likenesses. P. and D. Colnaghi, a well-established art gallery in London, sold photographs as early as the 1850s, representing the work of both Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron. Although “photography as art” continued to be debated, by the early 20th century photographs had become firmly established as collectibles. This article revie


Collecting United States Three Dollar Gold Pieces
Mitchell A. Battino, AAA


Numismatists have long debated the rationale for the Coinage Act of February 21, 1853, in which the U.S. Mint authorized the $3 gold coin. None of the reasons hypothesized seem compelling enough for the issuance, and no consensus has been reached. Nevertheless, the Mint did strike three dollar gold pieces from 1854 to 1889. This article explores the history of these rare coins and discusses the particulars of the rarest and most valuable mintages


The Care and Maintenance of Oriental and Navajo Rugs
Rufus Cohen


There are few collectibles that receive more wear and tear than the handmade rugs on our floors. Whether your home is scattered with antique tribal kilims or designed around modern Nepalese designer carpets, you can preserve them by learning to observe their condition and by following some simple guidelines regarding their care. This article offers valuable information about keeping the important rugs in your collection in top condition.


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


Cheaper By The Dozen?: Blockage Discounts in Art Valuation
J. Lee Drexler and James R. Cohen


David Smith, the now famous American sculptor, died in 1965 owning 425 pieces of his own creation. In the audit of the estate tax return, the IRS valued each piece as if it had been sold separately. The estate argued for a “blockage discount,” a valuation based on what could be obtained if all 425 sculptures were offered for sale at the same moment. The 1972 Tax Court opinion on the issue (57 T.C. 650), written by Judge Tannenwald, is the well-spring from which all art blockage discounts flow


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


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


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


A Worthy Excursion: The Venice Biennale and documenta 12
Lisa A. Porter


Two major contemporary art events converge in Europe this year. Summer 2007 presents the extraordinary opportunity to see both the Venice Biennale, and documenta 12 (which really is spelled with a small ‘d.’), the art exhibition presented every five years in Kassel, Germany. Imagine four unforgettable months of the best in international contemporary art set against a backdrop of Europe’s greatest masterworks. documenta 12 is June 16 to September 23, 2007, (www.documenta.de) and the Venice


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


A Stellar Return: Southern Regional Art One Year after Katrina
Elissa Gydish, ASA


As previously chronicled in Chubb Collectors, Neal Auction Company held its annual Louisiana Purchase Auction ™ in Jackson Mississippi only a few months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast (The Market for Southern Regional Art in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina, April 17, 2006). In the year since the storm, Neal Auction made a seamless transition back to its hastily vacated sales rooms in New Orleans, where, just weeks after the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the company a


SOUTHERN SILVER: Gentility, Tenacity, and Romance in the Marketplace
By Charlotte M. Crabtree and Bart Mullin, AAA


The words “Southern silver” can conjure the romantic image of a delicate Southern belle gathering up and burying her family’s most treasured silver heirlooms only moments before the Yankees descend upon the plantation. Perhaps the romance of such an image can be credited with the recent explosion in prices in the Southern silver collector marketplace, but this article helps us move beyond the romantic, to a better understanding of the trend. It will help those new to this collecting area by e


Louis Style Case Furniture In 19th Century Paris: The Finer Points
Olivier Soustelle


From the 1850s on, newly wealthy industrialists and middle class buyers alike swooned over Louis revival French case furniture. Because such revival designs were purchased by both the fabulously wealthy and ordinary middle class consumers, one key issue for today’s collector is how to differentiate between the rather ordinary mass output of the time, and the finer-quality meubles de luxe, or luxury furniture. This article provides guidelines that will assist collectors in buying nineteenth-cen


Got To Have Bling? Blame It On Adam.
Janece White, A.J.P. (G.I.A.)


If it hadn’t been for Adam and that problem with the apple we wouldn’t need clothes, and the $59.4 billion U.S. jewelry industry would cease to exist – because fashion and jewelry are like peanut butter and jelly – you can have one without the other, but it’s just not the same. Even though anything and everything goes in today’s world of jewelry and fashion, there are some new trends out there, as well as some jewelry items that are a definite must-have. This article explores how trends shape


When Jewelry Wears a Name: Designer and Artisan Jewelry in the Modern Age
Jeff Averbook and Brigitte Fletcher


Each and every jewelry artisan is known for a particular style as well as a particular use of metals, materials, and gemstones. There are, of course, the famous names; Paloma Picasso, Jean Schlumberger, Seaman Schepps, Rene Jules Lalique, and Georg Jensen. But the market for collectible designer jewelry remains strong, and a collector has countless other jewelers to consider as well. Whether your interests are Georgian, Victorian, Art Deco or Arts and Crafts, your journey will be a fascinati


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,


New Media Art
Lisa A. Porter


New media art, which emerged from the traditions of film and performance art in the 1960s, encompasses video as well as all sorts of technology including sound, light and interactive computer-generated imagery. Because of its unique qualities and the increase of accessibility thanks to digital technology, new media art has increased in popularity during the mid-1990s. New media art has come to be an integral part of international art fairs, now has entire galleries devoted to it, is collected


STOLEN: Is It Still a Masterpiece If No One Can Find It?
Interview w/filmmaker Rebecca Dreyfus;Staff Writer


In 1990 the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston was the scene of the largest art heist in modern times. Among the works taken was “The Concert,” by Johannes Vermeer. It is thought to be the world’s most valuable missing painting. Filmmaker Rebecca Dreyfus talks to our staff writer about her film “STOLEN,” which explores the unsolved case and its cast of characters. The film opens April 21st at the Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St. in NYC and select theaters across the country-www.


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.


The Market for Southern Regional Art in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina
Elissa Ann Gydish


During last August’s Hurricane Katrina, Neal Auction Company of New Orleans (www.nealauction.com) saw its staff, its art collection, and its computer server scattered to locations across the country, yet only three months later its greatly anticipated annual Louisiana Purchase Auction™ saw astonishing results. This article chronicles the company’s response to the approaching storm and its recovery in the aftermath, and examines the future for southern art post-Katrina.


Collecting Fine Art Prints
Ruth Crnkovich


Collecting prints is a good way to begin an art collection, or add a new dimension to an existing one. Many young collectors who began “testing the waters” by buying affordable art have amassed wonderful collections of important artwork. This article provides useful information for anyone starting out collecting prints.


THE TROUBLE WITH CONTEMPORARY ART
Alex J. Rosenberg, Sc.D


Contemporary Art is the most challenging of all categories of art for the collector, the dealer and the appraiser. Its extremely wide scope and availability makes it far more difficult to isolate, describe or categorize, and often little or no reliable information is available. An estimated 90% of all contemporary art was created in the city in which it is being sold or appraised and is unknown elsewhere. This article explores the difficulties involved in collecting and appraising art made by


When Home is Where the Art Is: Hanging and Installation Tips for Collectors
Dorit Straus


There is no doubt that having art on display in our homes enriches our lives, but keeping it safe and secure in an active and busy household can be a challenge. This article explores some of the basic methods used by professional art installers.


Appraisal Report Writing
ASA National


Description: ALL215 — Appraisal Report Writing Prepares appraisers from all disciplines to write professional-quality appraisal reports.


The Importance of Caring for Your Jewelry Collection
Justin Krall, P.G., A.J.P.


Did you know that your grandmother was wrong and that opals really shouldn’t be rubbed with olive oil? That the instructions on commercial jewelry cleaners might be misleading? That the brilliant green of your emeralds might have been the result of “oiling?” This article will help jewelry collectors understand the most effective ways to clean those items of jewelry that can be cleaned at home, and to know which jewelry cleaning should be left to their local jewelry professional.


Enchanting the Eye: Dutch Paintings of the Golden Age at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Press Release


You may have missed the Royal Wedding but if you're visiting London this year, plan a stop at Buckingham Palace to see this extraordinary exhibition from The Royal Collection, which contains one of the world's finest groups of 17th-century Dutch paintings.


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


Ensuring the Preservation of Your Collection
Megan Ann Jones


In today’s financial markets ever greater emphasis is being placed on tangible investments, including fine artwork and collectible objects. Whether the value is monetary or sentimental, it is important to ensure that these items are kept safe from harm. This article offers useful information that will help you protect your collection.


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.


Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile
Press Release


The first exhibition to explore the transformation of Jacques-Louis David’s art following the French Revolution will be presented at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts from until September 5, 2005. Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile is also the first major exhibition in the United States to focus exclusively on David’s work.


Enchanting the Eye: Dutch Paintings of the Golden Age at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Press Release


You may have missed the Royal Wedding but if you are visiting London this year, plan a stop at Buckingham Palace to see this extraordinary exhibition from The Royal Collection, which contains one of the world's finest groups of 17th-century Dutch paintings.


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.


When Wood Travels; Understanding the Whys and Wherefores of Damage in Transit
Staff Writer


It is important to understand the nature of wood before you decide to ship your wooden treasures. This article offers important information for anyone who is planning a long-distance move of wooden antiques and art.


Masterworks of Ancient Egyptian Art on View at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Press Release


From January 27 to May 22, 2005 the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will present Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from the British Museum, 144 exceptional artifacts spanning over 3,000 years of history, from the Predynastic Period to the Roman Occupation. This is a great opportunity to see many amazing pieces of Egyptian art from the British Museum, the second largest collection in the world after only the Cairo Museum.


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.


Transformed By Fire: African Ceramics And Iron Art From The Mortimer B. And Sue Fuller Collection
Press Release


Whether or not you are a collector of ceramics, if you plan to be in Birmingham, Alabama in early December, be sure to visit the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) to see this exhibition which highlights fascinating works of art from West African culture dating from the 19th to 20th centuries.


Costume Jewelry’s Coming of Age; How the Fake Became Fabulous
Connie Kay


In its trajectory from junk to quasi-gem, costume jewelry has inadvertently become a reflection of the times that produced it. This article traces the evolution of costume jewelry’s design and production as well as the way it has both shaped and been shaped by our social and cultural history.


When Selling Or Insuring Fine Art, It Pays To Do Your Homework!
Judith Tartt


Selecting a conservator or an appraiser for your fine art is like looking for a doctor. Why then, do so many people entrust their treasures to the first smiling person that comes along – or to the least expensive? This article offers sound advice on how to avoid being taken for a ride when you are in the vulnerable position of having to entrust your treasures to others.


Expanded Museum of Modern Art to Re-Open in Midtown Manhattan
Press Release


Any visit to New York in late November should include a stop at the newly expanded Museum of Modern Art. Opening day, November 20th, will commemorate the Museum’s 75th anniversary and herald the completion of the most extensive rebuilding and renovation project in the museum’s history. In addition to display of its core collections in new permanent galleries, the temporary exhibition space, will present “Nine Museums” by architect Yoshio Taniguchi, who designed the expansion.


Calendar of Events--November 2004
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Collector events in November 2004


Protecting Your Fine Art from Hurricanes: Before and After
Rustin Levenson


If all or part of your collection is displayed in a home located along the ocean, bay or within a coastal county, make sure you take action to protect your fine arts and family treasures from hurricane damage. This article provides tips that will help you protect your collection from hurricanes and severe storms.


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.


Splendor of Florence in New York
Press Release


If you are in New York from September 30 - October 10, be sure to experience the Splendor of Florence. This Chubb sponsored event is an eleven-day festival that honors the artists and artisans of Florence, Italy. It will feature 20 magnificent 16th and 17th century portraits of the powerful Medici family, seven concerts, lectures, a photo exhibition and more.


Calendar of Events--September 2004
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Collector events in September 2004


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.


Pioneer American Impressionist Childe Hassam on Display in New York
Press Release


Come see the work of Childe Hassam, pioneer and perhaps most devoted, prolific and successful practitioner of American Impressionism. More than 120 of Hassam's oil paintings, watercolors, and pastels, and some 20 prints are on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


The Small Hours
Madeleine Schulz


It's not size that matters. This article explores the complex history of collecting miniatures from the 15th century to today and shows how these works are now taking their place among the pantheon of sculptures, prints and paintings in the world's greatest museums and private collections.


Calendar of Events--July 2004
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Collector events in July 2004


Collecting English Sterling Silver
Katherine Yellen


Learn about the care and craftsmanship that makes many pieces of antique silver truly dazzling works of art. This article discusses the many elements of silver making and explains how to properly evaluate an antique piece.


Determining the Authenticity of Antique American Furniture
Harold Sack


Have you ever come across a piece of antique American furniture being sold at a price that was too good to be true? This article outlines the degrees of authenticity and provides information that can help you determine if a piece of antique American furniture is genuine.


Byzantine Treasures on Display in New York
Press Release


Do not miss the opportunity to see more than 350 masterpieces of Byzantine art from some 30 nations on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


Calendar of Events--April 2004
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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.


Appraising Jewelry for Insurance Purposes
Staff Writer


Thinking about having your jewelry collection appraised for insurance purposes? Learn more about replacement-cost appraisals and how they can help you and your insurance agent select the right amount and type of insurance coverage.


Rare Opportunity to See the Work of Rembrandt
Press Release


If you are in Chicago this month, be sure to attend the first-ever American exhibition to examine Rembrandt’s masterful printmaking skills as displayed in his paintings and drawings. Featured at the Art Institute of Chicago, the exhibition focuses on themes to which Rembrandt returned repeatedly, in different media and always with a new perspective.


Calendar of Events--March 2004
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Collector events in February 2004


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.


Caring for Works of Art on Paper
Erica Hartman


Nearly all paintings, drawings and photographs have a least one thing in common. The images are displayed on paper material. This article provides information about common causes of damage to artwork on paper and tips on how you can help prevent it.


Echoing Images: Human Duality in African Sculpture on Display in New York
Press Release


Do not miss the opportunity to view some 60 works of African sculpture on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The exhibition, Echoing Images, presents a dynamic range of artistic commentaries on human duality as expressed in the sculpture of 30 different African cultures.


Calendar of Events--February 2004
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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.


Winter Antiques Show Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Press Release


Don't miss your opportunity to attend the 50th anniversary of the event that has helped make New York City one of the great antiques capitals of the world—the Winter Antiques Show. This year's show will feature more than 74 U.S. and international dealers in English, American, European and Asian furniture, paintings and decorative arts.


How a Conservator Can Help Restore Your Beautiful Art
Judith Tart


Is a brown or yellow tint detracting from the beauty of one of your works of art? If so, you should consider working with a professional art conservator. This article describes the conservation process and offers some tips about selecting a conservator and general art care.


Calendar of Events--January 2004
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Collector events in January 2004


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.


Cleaning Stained Glass Art and Windows
James B. Jensen


How long has it been since your stained glass art or windows have been cleaned? This article provides detailed information about how to clean a stained glass collection and help restore the beauty and luster of its intricate design.


Degas Sculptures on Display at Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
Press Release


If you are in San Francisco this month, don't miss the opportunity to view sculptures created by the great French Impressionist master Edgar Degas. The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco is featuring an exhibition of 73 bronze sculptures by Degas.


Calendar of Events--December 2003
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Collector events in December 2003


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.


Protecting Your Jewelry Collection
Staff Writer


Loose stones, broken clasps, burglars. These are the worst fears of jewelry collectors. This article offers tips that will help you safeguard your cherished jewelry collection.


The Paintings and Drawings of Philip Guston
Press Release


If you are in New York City this month, don't miss the opportunity to view the work of American painter Philip Guston. A major retrospective of the artist's work, featuring more than 75 paintings and drawings, will be on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Calendar of Events--November 2003
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Collector events in November 2003


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.


Protecting Your Fine Art Collection
Staff Writer


As a collector of fine art, you are more than just the owner of your valuable items--you also are the caretaker. This article offers eight tips to help you properly care for and prevent damage or loss to your fine art collection.


Bill Blass: An Icon of American Style
Press Release


Learn about American fashion legend Bill Blass and how his collection of furniture, paintings, sculpture and antiques reflects the chic and glamour that fueled his brilliant design career. Over 1,000 items from the designer's collection are to be sold at auction at Sotheby's in New York this October.


Calendar of Events--October 2003
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Collector events in October


Art and Earthquakes: Beginning Your Plan
Mike Hascall


The minor earthquake felt by residents of New Jersey and Pennsylvania last month was a reminder that earthquakes are a threat for which everyone--not just those who live in earthquake zones--needs to be prepared. This article provides collectors with more information about how they can help protect their artwork from earthquakes.


On the Trail of Early Silver Plating
Robert Goldberg


Do you collect silver? Learn about the history of silver plating and discover ways to spot the work of craftsman using close plating, fused plating and electroplating techniques.


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.


Calendar of Events--September 2003
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Collector events in September 2003


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.


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.


Bronze Sculptures of the Renaissance
Press Release


Don’t miss the opportunity to see the work of one of the most innovative Dutch sculptors of the mid-16th century. The Frick Collection, New York, and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, have collaborated to develop a touring exhibition of the bronze sculptures of Willem van Tetrode. The exhibit is on display in New York throughout August.


Calendar of Events--August 2003
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Collector events in August 2003


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.


The Forgotten Disasters: Protecting Valuables from More than Fire and Theft
Robert H. Goldberg


While fire and theft may be the most devastating threats to your valuable possessions, the majority of losses result from other events. This article identifies many of the commonly forgotten risks--like leaky pipes, termites, and clummsy delivery persons--and offers tips on how you can help protect your collection.


Manet and the American Civil War
Press Release


Celebrate American history this July by viewing Edouard Manet’s depiction of an important episode of the American Civil War—the naval duel between the U.S.S. Kearsarge and C.S.S. Alabama. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is presenting Manet’s paintings in a dossier exhibition devoted to the artist’s interest in the American Civil War.


Calendar of Events--July 2003
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Collector events in July 2003


10 Tips for Moving Valuable Possessions
Staff Writer


Are you planning to move? These 10 tips can help you protect your valuables, especially fragile and expensive works of art, antiques and collectibles, while in transit.


Signs and Symbols: The Secret Language of Textiles
Caroline Ashleigh


Give me a sign! This article shows how understanding the signs and symbols of textiles can give a collector a broader view of the messages within this art form.


Modern Artists on Display in Two New York Museums
Press Release


Want to experience two important artists of the early 20th century? Exhibitions of American photographer Charles Sheeler and German painter Max Beckmann will be on display in New York starting this June.


Calendar of Events--June 2003
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Collector events in June 2003


Avoiding Fakes and Forgeries When Buying Paintings
Lee Drexler


Fakes and forgeries are more common than you may think. Don’t let yourself get cheated when buying a painting. This article explains what you can do to help protect yourself.


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.


Exhibition of Russian Artist Kasimir Malevich Featured in New York
Press Release


Don’t miss this international exhibition of 120 paintings and drawings of one of the seminal founders of non-objective art in the 20th century—Kasmir Malevich.


Calendar of Events--May 2003
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Collector events in May 2003


Whistler, Women, and Fashion
Press Release


Read about the work of James Whistler and his lively interchange between art and fashion. Or experience it. Attend The Frick Collection’s exhibition in New York that features over 60 pieces of the artist’s work.


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.


Collecting United States Gold Coins
Mitchell A. Battino


From gold dollars to double eagles, from bullion to numismatic coins, this article offers a wealth of information about U.S. gold coins that have captivated the attention of collectors around the world.


Calendar of Events--April 2003
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Collector events in April 2003


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.


A Snapshot of the Photograph Market
Penelope Dixon


Learn about the exciting world of photograph collecting. This article offers a brief history about the photograph market in addition to tips on what to look for in a photograph and where to go to buy one.


Calendar of Events--March 2003
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Collector events in March 2003


Myths of Origin in African Sculpture
Press Release


Celebrate Black History Month by visiting an exhibition of some of the finest public and private collections of African art in the United States. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is featuring 70 pieces of African sculpture in “Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture” during the month of February.


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 Romance and Riches of the Sailor’s Valentine
Irene Austin-Gillis


Looking for a special gift for that special someone this Valentine’s Day? Learn how seamen of the 1800s expressed their love with Sailor’s Valentines—an antique item that has become tremendously popular among collectors in recent years.


Calendar of Events--February 2003
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Collector events in February 2003


Collecting Time: A Look at Horology and Incense Seal Timepieces
Martha L. Tips


Celebrate the beginning of 2003 by learning more about horology—the science of measuring time and the art of making timepieces. This article explores the origins of horology and takes a close look at incense seal timepieces, early devices used to measure time intervals that make great additions to antique collections.


Tips on Purchasing Antique Furniture
Marigold Lamb


If you’re considering purchasing antique furniture this year, this article is a must read. Appraiser Marigold Lamb offers tips on how to get the best piece of antique furniture for your money.


Da Vinci Drawings to Appear at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Press Release


Did you make a New Year’s resolution not to let good opportunities pass you by in 2003? Don’t miss your chance to take a look at the drawings of an artist recognized as a genius by both the art and science communities. Nearly 120 of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings will be on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art starting January 22.


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.


A Toast to a Regal Stein
Robert H. Goldberg


What better way to bring in the new year than to brandish your brew in a brilliantly designed beer stein. This article explores the history behind some of Germany’s most elaborate beer steins and provides tips on how collectors can spot superb craftsmanship in this medium.


Best Practices for Maintaining Records of Your Collection
Staff Writer


Do you keep detailed records of your collection? Read this interview with Robert W. Koo, president of art management services firm Koo Consulting, to find out why maintaining records is extremely important and to learn about some of the latest technology available to help you.


Calendar of Events--December 2002
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Collector events in December 2002


Book Collecting and the Collectors of Books
Marvin Mondlin


Explore the vast realm of book collecting and the passion that inspired 12 of history’s most accomplished book collectors.


Calendar of Events--November 2002
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Collector events in November 2002


The Importance of Photo-Documenting Your Collection
Victor Wiener


A recent survey of the readers of chubbcollectors.com revealed that 50% of respondents do not photo-document the items in their collection. This article describes the importance of collection photo-documentation and explains how to go about doing it.


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.


Appraising Collector Automobiles
Jim Wood


Take a ride into the world of collector automobiles and get the inside scoop on some of the values professional property appraisers must consider when judging the worth of a these unique vehicles.


Collecting Halloween Memorabilia
Irene Austin-Gillis


From witches to warlocks, from ghosts to goblins, celebrate the magic of Halloween this year by reading about a great American tradition—collecting Halloween memorabilia.


Stolen Art—How to Keep it Out of Your Collection: Part II
Jane C.H. Jacob


Did you know that the majority of stolen art is sold through reputable dealers and auction houses? Did you realize that if you purchase a stolen piece of art, you could be the one to lose out? This article, part II of a two-part article, explains what you can do to protect yourself.


Calendar of Events--October 2002
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Events for collectors in October, 2002.


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.


Stolen Art—How to Keep it Out of Your Collection: Part I
Jane C.H. Jacob


Did you know that the majority of stolen art is sold through reputable dealers and auction houses? Did you realize that if you purchase a stolen piece of art, you could be the one to lose out? This article, part I of a two-part article, explains what you can do to protect yourself.


Calendar of Events--September 2002
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Monthly calendar of events for collectors.


Seven Generations and the Progression of Native Art
Gwen Yeaman


Gwen Yeaman, appraiser of Native American fine arts, reviews some of America's largest venues for Native Art and describes how tribal wisdom can be applied to the world of collecting.


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.


How Imari Porcelain Captivated the West
Robert H. Goldberg


See why American collectors have been captivated by Imari porcelain and its brilliant palette of iron red, cobalt, green and gold since the 1850s. Professional appraiser Robert Goldberg writes about the magic of this Japanese ceramic and provides a brief history on how it came to the west.


Tips for Cleaning Cloudy Glass
Reyne Haines


All too often, collectors pass on glass items at shows and shops because the glass has a cloudy appearance. If the price of the piece is reasonable, don’t pass it by. Here are some tips on how you can make a cloudy glass collection shine.


Heritage Preservation Publishes First Comprehensive Study of Loss to Nation’s Cultural Heritage as a Result of September 11
Heritage Preservation


Read about Cataclysm and Challenge, a 26-page report offering the first comprehensive study of art lost on September 11.


The Mysteries and Methods of Appraising an Old Master Painting: Part II
Paul J. Cardile, Ph.D.


Get an inside look at the process fine art appraisers use to evaluate old master paintings. Part II of this two-part article describes the use of provenance during an appraisal, offers a case history in the identification of a painting, and outlines the valuation process.


Collecting Americana
Irene Austin-Gillis


Celebrate the Fourth of July by learning more about American art. This article explores some key art forms cultivated in America.


Collecting Contemporary Studio Glass
James Corcoran


Fine arts appraiser James Corcoran explores a “well established; yet still developing” realm of fine art—contemporary studio glass.


Buying Art at Auction: Insider Tips
Stephen P. Sweeting


Ever feel intimidated while trying to buy art at auction? Fine Art Specialist Stephen Sweeting reveals dozens of tips that can help even a novice collector approach an auction like a pro.


The Mysteries and Methods of Appraising an Old Master Painting: Part I
Paul J. Cardile, Ph.D.


Get an inside look at the process fine art appraisers use to evaluate old master paintings. Part I of this two-part article describes the parameters of this field, outlines the methodology for conducting such appraisals, and provides answers to common question about restoration work.


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.


Choosing a Warehouse that Won’t Wear on your Collection
Tom Pelham


Some people think all warehouses are the same. But when you’re storing valuable collection items, this is definitely not the case. Tom Pelham, collection storage specialist, provides insight into what collectors should look for in a warehouse.


If It's Paris, It Must Be Porcelain
Robert Goldberg


Professional appraiser Robert Goldberg writes about the history of Paris Porcelain and the “conspiracy, theft and all kinds of skullduggery” that surround these precious items.


An Inside Look at Cuban Art
Alex J. Rosenberg


Explore the history of Cuban art with Alex J. Rosenberg, a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America and the only American to hold Cuba’s order of Culture award, given to him for building Cultural bridges between Cuba and the U.S.A.


Native American Art? You Can’t Judge a Book By its Cover
Gwen Yeaman


Learn from Gwen Yeaman, a mixed blood Tradition Bearer and teacher of Native Material Culture and Accredited Professional Appraiser, about the deep, culturally rich elements of Native American Art.


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."


Tracey Emin's Interest in Mysticism
Renee Vara


Read about how mysticism has greatly influenced the work of Tracey Emin, one of the most recognized artists in England and Chubbcollector.com’s feature artist of the month.


Antiques Roadshow Voted Most Popular Collector TV Program
Staff Writer


Last month, chubbcollectors.com 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.


Calendar of Events--February 2002
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Collector events in February 2002


Creating an Inventory
Jan W. Hack


Interested in creating a detailed record of items in your collection. Personal property appraiser Jan Hack walks you through some best practices for creating a collection inventory.


Collecting the Games
Harmer Johnson


Kick of the winter 2002 Olympiad with some information about collecting Olympic items. This article talks about some pieces of Olympic history that are worth thousands of dollars.


Investment Aspects of Black History Collecting
Elvin Montgomery


Chubbcollectors.com commemorates Black History month with an article about a hot, relatively new area of collecting--Black history collecting.


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.


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.


Art in Transit - Planning Safe Transportation for Works of Art
Rustin Levenson


Last month’s collectors survey asked, “If you were going to ship a piece of fine art, how would you package it?” This article illustrates some of the advantages and disadvantages of the seven possible packaging methods listed on the survey.


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.


ArtHeals to Raise Money for Victims of September 11
www.arthealsevent.com


Are you looking for a way to help victims of the September 11 tragedy this holiday season? Try buying some art at ArtHeals.


Antiquarian Fine Art Fair will be Only Major Fine Arts and Antiques Show in NYC this Season
antiquarianfair@aol.com


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.


Insider Tips for Collecting Outsider Art
Shari Cavin


Learn about Outsider Art from inside the industry. Shari Cavin, appraiser, dealer and collector of Outside art offers her perspective on collecting this relatively new type of art.


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.


Philately: Phinding Your Way
Richard Colberg


Learn about the art of stamp collecting from an expert in philatelics. This article explores the history of stamp collecting and offers tips on how to judge a stamp's value and avoid fakes.


Emergency Care--Rescuing Works of Art
Rustin Levenson


Conservator Rustin Levenson offers her insight as to how to protect collections from catastrophes. This article contains information for New York City collectors who may need to safeguard their art from dust damage.


Chinese Silver for the West
Martin Lorber


When you think of Chinese art, do you think of silver? Learn more about how the Chinese have been using silver as a decorative metal since the fifth century B.C. and how exporting to the West greatly shaped China's present day silver production.


Paint Decorated American Furniture
Helaine and Burton Fendelman


Read about one of America's most prized and sought after antiques, paint decorated furniture. The article explains how this style of furniture combines the composition of a painter, the grace of a sculptor, and the skill of a cabinetmaker to create one of America's most unique and memorable forms of decorative 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.


The Shrinking Fields of Brimfield
Victor Wiener


Victor Wiener, Executive Director of the Appraisers Association of America, reflects on his recent trip to the antique marketplace in Brimfield, MA.


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


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


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.


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.


The Ins and Outs of Fine Art Appraisals
Roslyn Bakst Goldman


Here's an excellent review of the various types of fine art appraisals available to collectors and professionals.


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.


Tramp Art: An Enduring Craft
Helaine Fendelman


Learn about the beginnings of this wonderful type of folk art.


Guidelines for the Care of Prints and Drawings
Margaret Holben Ellis


Margaret Holben Ellis, an expert in fine art conservation, explains the fundamentals of caring for prints and drawings.


Ancient Coins
Beth G. Weingast


Beth G. Weingast, an independent appraiser, introduces the fine art of collecting ancient coins.


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.


The Art Loss Register
Anna J. Kisluk


Anna J. Kisluk, director of the Art Loss Register, describes the ALR's theft recovery services.


The Asscher Cut Diamond
David Wolf


David Wolf, ASA, GG, describes the unique beauty of the Asscher cut diamond.


On The Block: Art Storage
Renee Vara


Renee Vara, Fine Arts Specialist at Chubb, discusses the essentials of fine art storage.


The Tibetan Thanka - A Sacred Art
Jane Werner-Aye


Jane Werner-Aye, a specialist in Tibetan art, introduces the wonder of thankas.





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