Antiques Market Report: Surviving the Times

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Link-in thread 4 MAY 2011: Joan Bilchik, President of www.panacheantiques.com, asks, “[I’ve been] In the antique business since 1986 and wondered if anyone has advice about surviving these challenging times. I have never worked so hard for such little reward. What am I not doing that I should be?  Paul Storr and Bateman silver pieces,… Read more »

Antiques: How do I determine diminished value?

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American Society of Appraisers Linked-In Discussion Thread 4 MAY 2011: “Received inquiry for claim and would like suggestions as to approach. A previously appraised Buddha for $7500 was broken in shipping. The repair is $1450. What is the difference in value now?” This discussion pertains to diminished value secondary to damage. Different factors are in… Read more »

Antiques: How can I tell how old it is?

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Determining the age and origin of an object often requires the use of all five senses and deductive reasoning. For instance a blanket chest with a lid that lifts open on hinges to reveal interior storage. Does it show wear on the surfaces that come in contact with hands, feet, the floor? How much wear?… Read more »

Identify Wood Types by Photographs

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Identify wood types by photographs at this non-commercial site which  focuses on color-correct pictures of exotic and domestic woods. Literally hundreds of clear photographs of wood types from A to Z. It’s the next best thing to having a round of wood in your hand.

Esquire: What does it mean?

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What does Esquire mean? And who may use the designation? Esquire has a British origin and has a connotation that generally indicates a man of some sort of distinction. In times past it was the rank below a knight. Today in Britain it is used by all sorts of men for a rainbow of reasons…. Read more »

Australian Aboriginal Artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932—2002)

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RE: http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/biography.aspx?searchtype=BIO&artist=11133875 a la source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifford_Possum_Tjapaltjarri “Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932—21 June 2002) was an Australian painter, considered to be one of the most collected and renowned Australian Aboriginal artists. His paintings are held in galleries and collections in Australian and elsewhere, including the National Gallery of Australia and the Kelton Foundation. “Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri was… Read more »

Antiques & Art Quarterly Market Report: 1st Qtr 2011

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MAY ADVICE: The current market trend in in a word is — caution — due to several negative dynamics: e.g. the staggering national debt, runaway government spending, mandated health care and its impact on employers that are not exempted by preferential political treatment, the erupting enlightenment within the Islamic World, rising commodity futures, and the… Read more »

DISCOVERY NEWS: Mystery of Denim’s Origins Solved by Art

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Reference Source DISCOVERY NEWS: http://news.discovery.com/history/first-denim-mystery-solved-italian-art.html. An anonymous Italian artist is being dubbed the ‘Master of Denim’ for his portrayal of the peasant class in the now-famous fabric. Historians believe they have found the first depiction of blue jeans in 17th-century Italian paintings. The origin of denim has long been debated by historians. The artist’s blue… Read more »