Researching Your Art

Researching Your Art

If you have a work of art that you would like to find out more about, there are many tools on the internet and in your local library to help you. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has brought together many of these resources on their website.

It is hard to establish fixed values for antiques, art, and other collectible items. According to Grand Rapids Art Museum policy, no staff member may offer appraisals or authentications. However, the following online price indexes should help you find an approximate value for your artwork.

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Appraisals and Authentication

Formal appraisals and authentication must be carried out by a qualified appraiser. Appraisers are trained specialists who work for a fee. They evaluate your piece and give you a written statement of its value. The following organizations publish a directory of their members and can direct you to an appraiser in your area.

International Society of Appraisers
303 West Madison Street, Suite 2650
Chicago, Illinois   60606-3396
Phone: (312) 981-6778
Fax: (312) 265-2908
Appraisers Association of America
386 Park Avenue South, Suite 2000
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 889-5404
American Society of Appraisers
555 Herndon Parkway, Suite 125
Herndon, VA 20170
Phone: (800) 272-8258

Conservation and Cleaning

The Conservation Center
400 North Wolcott Avenue
Chicago, Illinois  60622
Phone: (800) 250-6919

Conservation of Sculpture & Objects Studio, Inc.

900 S. Des Plaines Ave
Forest Park, IL 61130

Perception Gallery
210 Fulton Street East
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 451-2393
(for cleaning of paintings)