Appraisal Services: Available for Federal and State Contracts

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Mark C. Grove, Inc. / Appraisal Services (tangible personal property): Available by appointment for Federal and State appraisal assignments, DOD and State Department as well as other agencies and departments. World-wide. Federal credit cards accepted. Viet Nam era veteran. Formerly both USAF and US Army. Officer. BS/MA JMU. Review my credentials in detail on these… Read more »

Business is Good for Personal Property Appraisers

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Most all of the appraisers of personal property that I know are experiencing good business at this time. The chief reason seems to be the changing demographics: Baby Boomers are aging and their parents are rapidly fading away. We’ve seen their effect dozens of times since the beginning, in 1946. Whatever the Boomers needed, they… Read more »

Market Report: Riviera Maya

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We have just returned from a week at a 5-star resort on the Riviera Maya, Mexico. It was a beautiful experience with fine dining, dancing, 90°F three-acre-sized pools, lush tropical gardens, and royal service from a staff of 1500 professionals that do everything but bow and scrape. Occupancy was light. Perhaps it was so because… Read more »

Lost Wax Casting: Bronzes

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Lost Wax Casting: A technique adapted from metalworking. The object to be fashioned in glass is modeled in wax and encased in clay or plaster that is heated. The wax melts and is released through vents or “gates,” also made of wax, which have been attached to the object before heating; the clay or plaster… Read more »

Studio Art Glass Movement

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The Studio Art Glass Movement was a movement that began in the United States in the 1960s and has spread all over the world. It is characterized by the proliferation of glass artists who are not affiliated with factories, but work with hot glass in their own studios. Independent glass artists appeared after Harvey Littleton… Read more »

Antique Collectors’ Vocabulary: What’s a Qilin?

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What is a Qilin? It is a hoofed Chinese chimerical (fanciful mythical) creature known throughout various East Asian cultures. It is said to appear sometimes with the arrival of a sage. Considered a good omen, it brings rui (serenity or prosperity). It varies in form, but is often depicted as a fiery deer with scales… Read more »

Greene & Greene: Arts & Crafts Movement

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Greene & Greene: Was a Pasadena California architectural firm (1894-1922) that specialized in fine quality bungalow style house designs and their decorative interior elements, and Arts & Crafts style furniture. The firm was established by brothers Charles Sumner Greene (1868-1957) and Henry Mather Greene (1870-1954).

Anthony Quervelle (1789-1865): Philadelphia Furniture Maker

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Anthony Quervelle (US-French: 1789-1856): Cabinet-maker, Philadelphia from ca.1817, known for ornate mahogany and giltwood pier tables and cabinets often decorated with ormolu mounts mirroring the style of his elite contemporaries in France (Empire) and England (Regency), both are similar very high-styles. Surviving pieces by Quervelle today are sought after by serious collectors and often fetch… Read more »