What is 14ct Gold?

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Gold is measured in parts per thousand. When it is marked 9 or 375 or both, the object is 375 parts per thousand pure, which is equal to 9 carats. Other values: 24 carat is considered pure gold. .375 = 9ct .550 = 14ct .750 = 18ct .950 = 22ct .995 – 999 = 24ct “1”… Read more »

The Scalp Level School of Painting

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Founder of The Scalp Level School of Painting: George Hetzel I discovered this School while researching a painter for an assignment in MAY 2012. The name intrigued me and at first I couldn’t find anything out about it until I discovered Wolf’s Fine Art collection of biographical information. Wow! Check it out. And here’s an… Read more »

Are Antiques and Art Appraisers Licensed?

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The Answer is NO! There is no licensing requirement for personal property (DEFINITION: Property that is portable: i.e., antiques, art, decorative arts, etc.) appraisers in the United States. Appraiser qualification standards are set in the private sector. Qualification as a certified or accredited Personal Property appraiser is accomplished exclusively through appraisal societies. There are four major… Read more »

Language: Expansion & Contraction

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The use of words varies from language to language. What we say to reflect our thoughts is often different in another language for cultural reasons. A phrase such as, “He shook like a leaf,” might have no meaning in another language; however there usually is an  equivalent phrase to cover universal concepts. The difference in… Read more »

Verifying Appraiser Credentials: Gorillas Make the List

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First, and most importantly, make sure the personal property appraiser that you hire is credentialed by one or more of the three major international appraisal societies: ASA, ISA, AAA. Accreditation is the only certainty that you the layman has that the appraiser knows more than you do about the appraisal process. Billy-Bob the antiques dealer… Read more »

TIP: Self-Promoting Artists Need to Know This

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You’re a really talented artist but you are clueless how to make a decent living at your craft, right? You find it’s embarrassing to promote yourself. You absolutely suck as an entrepreneur. Does that about sum it up? I thought so. Well, get over it. Grab yourself by the short hairs and start acting like… Read more »

Buy Art Directly from Artists

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Ever wonder where really smart art dealers find artists to add to their gallery of artists? Want to bypass the middleman? Want to buy directly from the artist’s themselves? Love art? Gotta buy at least one painting a month or you go into withdrawal? Step into my insanity, if you please. There is a solution… Read more »

Auction Result: Capt. Cook’s Pistol $227k

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Reuters reports that a pistol that once belonged to British explorer, Captain James Cook, brought $227.000 dollars at auction. ” The brass pistol, an early 18th century Continental Flintlock holster pistol with a 13-bore barrel made by Dutch gunmaker Godefroi Corbau Le Jeune, had a pre-sale estimate of A$100,000 to A$200,000. One of a rare handful of… Read more »