Kleine Weltin

Kleine Weltin

Friday, September 13, 2013


A burning question!
Have you ever wondered what Burning Man in Nevada is like?
Here's Eddie.com's DRONE video!

Here's a photo from a previous BM:
Body of Knowledge

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Buyer Beware part 4

What is wrong with this auction listing?

Lot 5W: Original Water Color on Paper Hand Signed by Michael Schofield

Estimated Price: $5,000 - $8,000
Description: In the manner of Michael Schofield hand bearing the signature, Water Color made on arches quality paper.

I'll give you a couple of days to comment...and then we'll begin to dissect the listing (that's a clue for you!)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Art- It's what people use to illustrate their point! (Part 1)

Today we blog about the famous blogger: Seth Godin!   So, are you willing to learn?

You don't have to like new art, but it helps to understand it

When John Cage published 4'33'', a piece of silent music, there was much consternation. Years later, it's still easy to joke about the absurdity of a piece of music consisting of four minutes and thirty three seconds of silence.
And when the first internet companies that proposed free as a business model (free email, free social networks, etc.) started to gain traction with investors, there was an even louder chorus from those that cried foul.
When (part of) your marketplace embraces a 'new' that makes no sense to you, it's essential you understand the point of view that's leading people to embrace this new idea. No, you don't have to cheer it on, collect it, support it or pretend you think it's the greatest breakthrough ever. But yes, you probably need to understand why other people were touched, inspired or found something worth talking about.
Can you explain to me why some people wait in line for that car or that new restaurant? Do you understand why this person is being talked about online or promoted at work? Does it make sense to you that this canvas sells for five times as much as that one?
Denigrating art you don't understand doesn't hurt the art--it reveals something about your willingness to learn.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Beach Beasts

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Currently I am working on a museum donation appraisal.   The artist's work has been compared to THEO JANSEn's: Strand Beests.

Enjoy his magiacal beach creatures!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ushabti or Ishabti-or NOBODYshabtis:  BUT IS IT REAL??

Today I received a call from a gentleman wanting to get an appraisal on a Ushabti (ancient Egyptian funerary figure)  He ALREADY bought it for $1,500.00 off of the Internet.  He says he has a "certificate of authenticity".   
Two thoughts:
1.) ANYone can print out a "certificate of authenticity"
2.) Before you spend 1,500 of your hard earned money, get a CLEAR picture of who the Internet seller is, how they conduct business, how do they get their artifacts (are they grave robbers?) and just HOW can they guarantee that the object you think you are buying is really what you are buying.   

I gave this same advise to the woman calling about whether she should buy this Picasso over the web.  At least she called me BEFORE she made the purchase!

Friday, July 19, 2013

As published in ArtNexus; I wondered how much longer they could afford those metal clasps that are so emblematic of that GREAT institution: The MET!

Heard on The Street 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art bids goodbye to the iconic clasps used as entry tickets 

United States, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Since Monday, July 1st, the emblematic clasps used by the MET as admission tickets will be replaced by paper stickers, after 42 years in use. The decision was based on the cost to the museum of producing the clasps. These were presented in 16 colors and carried the symbol of a letter M. Paper stickers will also have colors, but their production costs a third of that of the clasps.

This new policy is accompanied by the decision of opening the museum on Mondays, the day of the week when for many years it was closed. Now, the MET will open seven days a week and visitors will be admitted every day. Hours of operation are also changing: up to now, the museum doors opened at 9:30 am. Now, they will open at 10:00 am.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

When is the worst time to buy art?


Yes, you guessed it.  While on vacation! 


That's because pieces are usually priced higher than they are worth for the tourism market.  Don't fall into the trap with slick salesmanhsip shows and the feel good times while on vacation.  

Would you buy a car while on vacation? 

It's the same for art!!   Do your research, know your budget and go your vacation knowing that you'll have a good time but you don't need to necessarily buy art while you're there.

Would you like to know what your art, furniture, antiques or collectibles are worth?  

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

According to Kamila Kocialkowska of the New Statesman:
The term, coined by analyst Joe Roseman of Investment Week denotes “alternate investments” which manage to defy economic gravity – namely silver, wine, art and gold.
Art is now considered an asset class- In fact it has garnered its own acronym called SWAG.
According to Kamila Kocialkowska of the New Statesman:
The term, coined by analyst Joe Roseman of Investment Week denotes “alternate investments” which manage to defy economic gravity – namely silver, wine, art and gold.
Kandinsky: Drei Reiter
Courtesy of Worthington Gallery, Chicago

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Art on the BIG screen

Wonderful works of art appearing on the big scree- hopefully near you!  Please support this.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Todays Tatoos and Patchboxes

You stumble across so many fascinating things doing appraisal research!

Some people today think they’re so cool with their  “tats”!
While this may not be tattooing- ladies were certainly decorating their skin way back when!

patch box,  small, usually rectangular, sometimes oval box used mostly as a receptacle for beauty patches, especially in the 18th century. During the days of Louis XV, black patches of gummed taffeta were popular with fashionable women (and sometimes men) who wanted to emphasize the beauty or whiteness of their skin.
The patches varied in form and design from simple spots, stars, or crescents to elaborate animals, insects, or figures. Patches had their own tacit language: a patch at the corner of the eye could indicate passion, one at the middle of the forehead could express dignity. Women sometimes carried their patch boxes (which sometimes also contained rouge) with them. A gift of a patch box could be a costly expression of admiration and sentiment, for they were usually gold, sometimes enameled or painted with amorous scenes and encrusted with jewels.

How does the fit in with appraising?  Well, like a detective, we have to gather many, many clues to research what we appraise.  If I see a painting that seems to be very old, ONE of the clues I use are costume, and appearance of the subject.  If a lady sports a patch box, I would use that clue to help date the painting from the 1700’s.