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The “I Overpaid” Fine Art & Antiques Appraisal

The “I Overpaid” Fine Art & Antiques Appraisal

When shopping antiques fairs and flea markets,  the visual appeal that captivates you and drives you to purchase frequently over rides the actual value of the item. At The Appraisal Group, we understand the passion fine art and antiques can ignite but also want you to be protected. While most ... Read More
 
Antiques Fairs & Flea Markets: Can You Trust Them?

Antiques Fairs & Flea Markets: Can You Trust Them?

With spring comes the opening of the great flea markets and antiques fairs, from Brimfield, MA, Dallas and Round Tree. TX, to Santa Fe, and New Hampshire, Wisconsin and beyond. The questions that have come to The Appraisal Group this week revolve around trust. Can you trust a show dealer to give ... Read More
 
Rules Regarding Ivory in Your Collection

Rules Regarding Ivory in Your Collection

Over the years, ivory has been used in everything from Russian and English miniatures to Chinese carvings. What was once a thing of beauty is now a thing that reflects concern for the world’s endangered species. As The Appraisal Group believes that a knowledgeable client is the best client, we ... Read More
 
Why You Need a Personal Property Appraisal in the Sharing Economy

Why You Need a Personal Property Appraisal in the Sharing Economy

Routine personal property and fine art appraisals are what The Appraisal Group is known for. In this new sharing economy many home owners are making ends meet by renting the family home while they go on vacation.  Too often rentals go bad. And that’s one reason to get a pre-rental valuation from The ... Read More
 
Italian Watercolor Appraised in New Orleans Goes to Bonhams New York

Italian Watercolor Appraised in New Orleans Goes to Bonhams New York

When David J. Goldberg appraised the contents of New Orleans home recently, the family was delighted to learn that one of their paintings was valuable enough to go to auction in New York at Bonhams.  The international auction house will present the work of art by Italian artist Enrico Henri Coleman ... Read More
 
When Is A Fine Art Forgery Not A Forgery?

When Is A Fine Art Forgery Not A Forgery?

A gentleman called me at The Appraisal Group recently to say he had inherited a painting by Degas. He hoped fervently that it was real but allowed that it might be a fake. As an antiques and fine art appraiser, I agreed to take a look. On examination of the ... Read More
 
The Jewish Museum Uncovers Fraudulent Early American Portraits & Exhibits Them

The Jewish Museum Uncovers Fraudulent Early American Portraits & Exhibits Them

The Jewish Museum is the latest to display fraudulent paintings from its collection. As fine art appraisers, The Appraisal Group cautions that you should take an appraisal of your collection to determine authenticity before gifting or passing on to your inheritors. “Masterpieces & Curiosities: The Fictional Portrait” – an upcoming exhibition ... Read More
 
Finding Fakes and Forgeries in High Art

Finding Fakes and Forgeries in High Art

In 1496, twenty year old Michelangelo forged a sculpture of Cupid and sold it to a cardinal. In 1995, the British authorities arrested John Mayatt for forging paintings by van Gogh, Monet, Matisse and other blue-chip artists. In 2016, the principals of Knoedler Gallery in New York settled a lawsuit out ... Read More
 
Celebrating African-American Artists:  Matt Baker

Celebrating African-American Artists: Matt Baker

Back in the 1990s, Sotheby’s held a breakthrough auction of comic book art. In the years hence, the genre has captured the imagination of collectors the world over. Today The Appraisal Group celebrates the life and work of Matt Baker (1921-1959),  the first African-American graphic artist to find success in ... Read More