• 16 Aug
    2010

Ask A Worthologist Question: Charles M. Capps Etching/Aquatint

  Ben T., being the thoughtful and helpful nephew, has been helping his aunt go through all the stuff that has accumulated in her garage over the years. While “stuff” might be a generous term to most of the garage’s content, one item caught his eye. Not wanting to toss out something that might be […]

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  • 19 Jul
    2010

Ask A Worthologist Question: Early Golf Reprint

  Jessie D. found an old print hidden behind a framed mirror. Not wanting to toss out something that might be valuable, Jessie turned to WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service. The question was forwarded to me. Here is the question: “This print was found when I was removing a discolored mirror from an old frame […]

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  • 5 Jul
    2010

Buying into the Hype: Trophy Antiques and Collectibles

The concept of a trophy wife is an ancient one. Bathsheba and Cleopatra are examples. A 1950 issue of The Economist magazine called attention to the practice of victorious warriors marrying beautiful women captured in battle. Monarchs often married wives where the trophy rested more in political alliances and land acquisition than physical beauty. Charles […]

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  • 15 Jun
    2010

Ask A Worthologist Question: ‘Piegan Squaw’ Bust

  Harris J. had what he believed to be a sculpture by a named American artist—if he was to believe a friend—but didn’t know how to identify it. He engaged WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service, and it was forwarded to me. Here is John’s question: “I picked this piece up three years ago at a […]

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  • 15 Dec
    2009

‘Original’ Rembrandt Etching Could be Modern Armand Durant Restrike

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (Dutch-Born July 15, 1606 – Died October 4, 1669) is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in the period that historians call the Dutch Golden Age. While most of us could never afford an original “Old Master” Oil painting by […]

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  • 22 Sep
    2009

Currier & Ives Prints: Ways to Tell Originals form Reproductions

From 1834 to 1907 the firm of Currier & Ives provided for the American people a window on their country’s development from a rural society to an industrialized one. Highly detailed and colorful, these are prime examples of the work of “America’s printmakers.” For nearly three quarters of a century, Currier & Ives provided “Colored […]

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  • 2 Sep
    2009

Simple Tips Can Help You Salvage Keepsakes After a Fire

A fire can have devastating effects for anyone. Now, imagine your collection of art, antiques or collectibles suffering through a fire. A horrible thought. While insurance may help to soothe the loss, there may be items which carry huge sentimental (not to mention monetary) value. Salvaging the items becomes important, and there is a right […]

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  • 5 Aug
    2009

Take Steps Now to Prevent Winter Damage to Outdoor Art

People love their gardens, and that includes many wonderful old statues and other ornaments made of stone and metal. But every winter, many witness damage to some of them from exposure to the elements. So what should you do now—or this fall at the latest—to protect stone and metal yard art from extreme winter conditions? […]

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  • 28 Jul
    2009

Bugs with an Eye for Art: Insects Can Destroy Art and Antique Treasures

I have had customers come to me with oil painting on which they recently noticed small holes developing near the edges of the canvas and also found small piles of wood dust on the floor under the paintings. They took the paintings off the wall and discovered that the back of the frames and stretchers […]

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  • 13 Jul
    2009

Reversing the Effects of Time: What to do with Damaged Art and Antiques

Q – I have several old oil paintings that have been in my family for years. They have become discolored and the paint is beginning to flake. I would like to have them cleaned and restored for my grandchildren. Is it safe to attempt cleaning myself, or where can I go to have this type […]

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