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Antique Trader producing fine art appraisal directory

Antique Trader is working on a handy directory and guide to assist anyone with an interest in fine art, or has come across a piece of art and wondered about its past and potential value. In addition to expert insight about those questions, the Antique Trader Fine Art Directory and Guide will contain direct contact information for appraisers, conservators and auction specialists dealing in fine art.

Update:Due to widespread interest, the deadline for submitting information for free inclusion in the directory has been extended to June 30, 2016.

IOLA, Wis. – In a manner similar to its previous Consignment Guide and Directory, Antique Trader is producing a fine art appraisal directory, which will be published in its July 20 issue. It will be available at no additional cost to magazine subscribers, and also as a low-cost digital download.

Mountain Forms III

Victor Higgins (American, 1884-1949) Mountain Forms III. Oil on canvas, 1924-27, sold for $307,200 at auction May 21, 2016 through Susanin's Auctioneers & Appraisers.

“Upon receiving such an overwhelming positive response to the Consignment Guide and Directory last year, we knew we wanted to offer another special section this summer,” said Antoinette Rahn, content manager and online editor of Antique Trader. “We regularly receive inquiries about fine art, including questions about how to authenticate a piece and determine possible value, as well as storage and care. Our hope is this directory and guide will provide ready access to valuable resources we at Antique Trader often refer people in our response to inquiries.”

Categorized by location, the directory will include appraisal services, dealers, auctioneers and conservators dealing in fine art, located throughout the United States, as well as some areas of the UK, Europe and Canada. Not only will each listing in the directory include agency names and all pertinent contact information, but also appraiser credentials.

Also included will be key questions surrounding the appraisal of fine art, which will be answered by professional appraisal experts. A source of inspiration for the questions and the directory, masterminded by Print Editor Karen Knapstein, were recent columns by regular Antique Trader columnists Mary Manion and Wayne Jordan.

“Although most people don’t consider themselves art collectors,” said Knapstein, “nearly everyone who inherits from an estate or shops thrift stores and auctions, at one time or another, comes across a piece they suspect might just be something special – and perhaps worth much more than that $9.99 price tag at Goodwill.

“We all seem to be on the lookout for items that might be the next big discovery,” Knapstein

Emergence 1

Aris Koutroulis, Emergence 1, acrylic and crayon on paper, carries an estimate of $3,000 to 5,000 into Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers' June 16 online fine art auction.

continues. “The Antique Trader Fine Art Directory is meant to provide information for not only determining whether or not an item warrants further investigation, but it also will provide clear and direct contact information for appraisers, conservators and auction specialists, so the answers may be only a telephone call or an email away.”

All auction houses, appraisal agencies, individual appraisers, auctioneers and conservators who handle fine art, are invited to include their basic company information in the guide free of charge. There is also an opportunity to upgrade listings with special features for $150.

Limited specialty advertisement placements are also available, and listing upgrades will be added (at no additional cost) as part of the advertising package. Those auction houses, agencies and appraisers that would like to place ads in the directory should contact sales representative Tyler Jenson at 715-318-4505 or for availability and rates.

Access the Fine Art Directory Submission Form PDF (Using Adobe Reader): (Required information includes: Name of individual/company, year established, business hours, street address, web address, company telephone number, email address, and credentials of appraisal certification).

Any business or individual that would like to be included should submit the completed Fine Art Directory Submission Form/Information before midnight, June 30, 2016. Completed forms or required information can be emailed to (Subject Line: Antique Trader Fine Art Directory).