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A Treasure Hunt Every Day

A Treasure Hunt Every Day

Life can be exciting when your job is to sort through other people’s collections and valuables. When something winning comes to the surface – that’s a good day for client and  appraiser. To give you an idea of the life of an appraiser,  R. Stephanie Bruno, wrote a special report on ... Read More
 
American Studio Ceramics:  Katherine Choy and Newcomb Pottery at Mid-Century

American Studio Ceramics: Katherine Choy and Newcomb Pottery at Mid-Century

Newcomb Pottery has a long and cherished history. Originally associated with the American Arts and Crafts Movement, its potters evolved stylistically as the 20th century advanced and Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and new technologies influenced artists’ works.  The Appraisal Group recently surfaced a mid-century ceramic sculpture by Newcomb College potter Katherine Choy, ... 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
 
Celebrating African-American Artists: Gordon Parks

Celebrating African-American Artists: Gordon Parks

Photography came of age in the last century and is now one of the most popular collecting categories. At The Appraisal Group, we frequently come across collections of 19th and 20th century works by photographers. Gordon Park is among the trailblazers of the last century. His sophisticated and worldly eye delivered ... Read More
 
Celebrating African-American Artists: Henry Ossawa Tanner

Celebrating African-American Artists: Henry Ossawa Tanner

Now that it is Black History Month, it seems appropriate that The Appraisal Group pay homage to the men and women of color who have contributed to the remarkable body of work that makes up the American art category.  Many were classically trained, others came to fame as self-taught Outsiders. Still ... Read More