Evaluating Your Collection: The 14 Points of Connoisseurship / Edition 1

Evaluating Your Collection: The 14 Points of Connoisseurship / Edition 1

by Dwight Lanmon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0912724501

ISBN-13: 9780912724508

Pub. Date: 07/01/1999

Publisher: Winterthur, Henry Francis duPont Museum, Inc., The

What do Honus Wagner baseball cards, Queen Anne side chairs, and 19th-century ceramic lions have in common? At first glance, very little. Yet Evaluating Your Collection sets out to discuss this wide range of things that people collect, in order to guide them to a greater level of knowledge.

Is an object really worth the price? How does one know what to look for?

Overview

What do Honus Wagner baseball cards, Queen Anne side chairs, and 19th-century ceramic lions have in common? At first glance, very little. Yet Evaluating Your Collection sets out to discuss this wide range of things that people collect, in order to guide them to a greater level of knowledge.

Is an object really worth the price? How does one know what to look for? Can one recognize fakes and invisible repairs? What about color, finish, and form? In 1961, Charles F. Montgomery, Winterthur's first director, articulated a system for educating the eye and appraising the quality of an object. His fourteen points of connoisseurship, along with additions by Winterthur curators, conservators, and educators, form an unbeatable system. Understanding them, and how they interrelate, equips readers with a basic expertise necessary to operate in the world of antiques.

Compact, reader-friendly, and illustrated in full color with objects largely from Winterthur's outstanding collection, this and future series volumes provide invaluable advice. Armed with tips from the experts, your trips to estate auctions, flea markets, or your grandmother's attic will never be the same.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780912724508
Publisher:
Winterthur, Henry Francis duPont Museum, Inc., The
Publication date:
07/01/1999
Series:
Winterthur Decorative Arts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
123
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

What Is Connoisseurship?
Overall Appearance
Form
Ornament
Materials
Finish
Color
Craft Techniques
Trade Practices
Function
Style
Attribution
History of Ownership
Condition
Evaluation
Final Examination

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