Is your maker mark on your work?
The identity of the maker can raise the price from $15. to $267,750.
In this amazing story a "rare piece of jewelry plucked from a flea market" was auctioned at Christie's for an estimated $200,000- $300,000.
What are the issues here?
First, the person who found it at the flea market had to appreciate it's dynamic, perhaps even commanding appearance in the context of a flea market... the "guy had it in a box on the ground,”
Next: she sees the Calder jewelry exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Museum and becomes informed, a great reason to study and learn about the decorative arts.
But the most significant issue, the one that changes a $15 necklace found at a flea market into a mind blowing value, is that it had to be authenticated by the Calder Foundation in New York. "Part of the mission of the Calder Foundation is to protect the Artist’s
legacy. Many existing works are often misattributed to Alexander
Calder." (Examples of Calder Jewelry can be found here.)
The foundation discovered that the necklace was indeed an authentic Calder originally exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in 1943.
Issues to consider:
- Maker marks or signature for your art or craft
- Importance of provenance
- Materials do not equal value
- Impact of auction house on price
We can learn a lot from this example.
AND I have more to come in future posts.
ADDTIONAL COMMENTS & RESOURCES
Information about the Calder Jewelry exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Museum. (I saw the show at the Philadelphia Art Museum in 2008. It was small but amazing.)The Professional Development Seminar 2014 is organizing a program titled, "Collectors, Collections, and You." We will be covering:
- Inventory Records and Provenance
- Maker's Mark: Tips and Resources
- The grass roots collection: Your Guild
- The academic collection
- The auction house perspective
- The collector perspective
- The curator perspective.
This post is your "sneak preview". Lots of more information to come.
Brigitte Martin and I are planning the PDS program in Minneapolis, MN. Open to the public - you can pay a modest fee to attend just the PDS.
In the next few months, ASK Harriete will sharing insights and amazing discoveries. We have way more information that can squeeze into one afternoon.