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

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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.

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"A calmly reasoned, quietly persuasive document that can make the mysteries of taste comprehensible to almost anyone . . . The 14 criteria are flexible enough to be applied to nearly every object – from a Honus Wagner baseball card to a Queen Anne chair. They touch on such elements as form, color, and finish and help neophytes discern fraudulent pieces as well as concealed repairs." —Preservation Magazine
Useful for both novices and experts, this guide provides timely advice for collectors of all stripes. Emphasizing the generalities of connoisseurship rather than focusing on any particular collectible, the director of the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum in Delaware uses the system for appraising the quality of an object designed by Winterthur's first director in 1961. This system focuses on 14 points, such as form, ornament, function, and history of ownership to evaluate the worth of any object. Nicely illustrated with photos of objects from the Winterthur collection. Lacks an index. Distributed by the U. Press of New England. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780912724508
  • Publisher: Winterthur, Henry Francis duPont Museum, Inc., The
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Series: Winterthur Decorative Arts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 123
  • Product dimensions: 6.61 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

DWIGHT P. LANMON is Director of Winterthur and author of several books on glass and paperweights.

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Table of Contents

What Is Connoisseurship?
Overall Appearance
Craft Techniques
Trade Practices
History of Ownership
Final Examination

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