The Journal of Advanced Appraisal Studies is the leading scholarly publication in the fine art and antiques appraisal community. I'm very pleased to have an article I wrote included for publication in the 2016 edition of the Journal forthcoming later this month.
Titled "An Introduction to Appraising Mid-Century Modern Furniture," it is written for a target audience of professional appraisers unfamiliar with Mid-Century Modern and 20th Century Design with the aim of providing them with a useful guide to help determine whether they have competency to complete an appraisal assignment on their own or whether they should consult with a Mid-Century Modern specialist such as myself.
My article provides an overview of the philosophical origins of the Mid-Century Modern design movement, discusses the specific traits of the Danish Modern and American manifestations of the movement, and provides a step-by-step tutorial for evaluating the Mid-Century Modern furniture items most commonly encountered in appraisal assignments such as Eames lounge chairs.
I enjoy writing and it was great fun to translate my years of studying Mid-Century Modern design into a document that will hopefully help others. I also had the added benefit of being able to assist my friend Todd Sigety with the preparation and copy editing of this year's entire Journal. Todd is the Editor and Founder of the Journal and has spearheaded its publication since its inception in 2008. It was truly an honor to be able to assist him with the preparation of the forthcoming issue.
My position also afforded me a sneak peak at the other submissions in this year's issue and I can say with confidence that there are some fascinating articles spanning a range of topics from recent legal cases in the art world to antique connoisseurship to debates about appraisal theory. Details about ordering a 2016 copy should be posted soon on the website of the Foundation for Appraisal Education. Happy reading!