Evaluating Your Collection: The 14 Points of Connoisseurship (Winterthur Decorative Arts Series)

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What do Honus Wagner baseball cards, Queen Anne side chairs, and nineteenth-century ceramic lions all have in common? At first glance, very little. Yet Evaluating Your Collection explores the wide range of things people collect and teaches the basic skills needed to operate in the world of antiques and collectibles.
Is an object really worth the price? How do you know what to look for? 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 14 points of connoisseurship, along with additions by Winterthur curators, conservators, and educators, form an unbeatable system.

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6 5/8 x 9 1/2 trim. 54 color illus. LC 98-43759

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"An invaluable guide for both the novice and the experienced collector. No one seriously interested in buying antiques should be without it." --Chris Jussel, Host of "The Antiques Roadshow"

"Dwight Lanmon has produced a small masterpiece on decorative arts connoisseurship. In this lavishly illustrated synthesis, the author takes a fresh look and makes a compelling case for Charles Montgomery's fourteen crucial points for educating the eye and appraising the quality of an object. This volume is essential for collectors and curators and will be perused profitably by the general reader. A learned, thoughtful, and inspiring book." --Wendell Garrett, Sotheby's

"At last, a no-nonsense book extolling the value of connoisseurship! Inspired by the writings of Charles F. Montgomery, legendary teacher and museum director, this engaging handbook introduces today's collectors to the fine art of judging the quality of objects." --Morrison Heckscher, The Metropoliton Museum of Art

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