Fine Art Newsletter
Money and value is always a significant topic when art purchases are being
considered. Customers always ask, "How is art valued?" "Will its value
We always feel it is important to keep in mind that over 90% of all art
will probably never increase in price. That doesn't mean each work isn't
valuable for our lives and our general well being.
Art is not valued by accountants and it never has a set formula. Curators,
researchers, social scientists, scholars and dealers all have input into
the pricing mix. There is a basic concept in art circles that quality
will always rise to the top. While that is generally true it sometimes
takes a while. For example, we sold significant works by regional impressionist
Paul Sawyier (1865-1917) for under $10,000 in the early to mid-80's. Books
and exhibitions have provided a broader understanding of his work so that
today comparable works are six to eight times that amount. Likewise, every
institution and significant collection of modern works must have a major
Andy Warhol from the 60's. That has pushed many of his works over the
$1,000,000 price level.
While no one can foretell the future, if you are interested in potential
future gains, there are several points to consider:
· Do you want to live with the work? (Things you love seem to appreciate.)
· How does it compare to other works by the same artist?
· Is the artist in any books or other publications? Any planned?
· Is the artist in any museum or major collection?
· What is the provenance of the work?
· Research and education are your greatest tools.
We continue to have great respect for the Russian Impressionists whose
work we support. Bob Garren continues to bring back great works. There
is still a significant amount of research underway on the artists and
we've recently reviewed some working copy for a new book that is underway.