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Marking or Signing Your Work? History, provenance and value of your work depends on YOU.

Art jewelry is entering the secondary market.

What is the secondary market? The term "secondary market" describes the sale of work after its first retail purchase such as a in a gallery or store.  An example of "secondary market" for jewelry could be auctions or specialists in reselling like M Schon and 1stdibs.

Boskin_Deborah-ColorDeborah Boskin will be lecturing about the auction market during Collector's, Collection and YOU on April 27, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN, but you can hear about her experience as a maker in a one hour interview with Jay Whaley's Metalsmith Bench Talk on Thursday, March 13, 3:00 p.m.(Pacific time).

Don't miss this preview of her lecture for the Professional Development Seminar at the SNAG Conference.

Deborah Boskin is a specialist of fine jewelry at Bonhams in San Francisco. She knows a lot about establishing value for jewelry on the secondary market. 

Have you ever considered the importance of marking or signing your work? 

How will the secondary market look at your work in 50 years? or 15?

The pin below was made by Sam Kramer. When he was selling his work in Greenwich Village in New York City, do you think he thought it would sell for $4,800 in 2014?


SAM-kRAMER-MARKS-BACKSurrealist eye brooch by 20th century modernist jewelry designer, Sam Kramer. Sterling silver with a yellow taxidermy eye. Signed on the back with Kramer"s mushroom hallmark. (Image above and right)



Below is a William Harper Brooch.

William Harper 1998 Brooch front

Notice in the photo below that the brooch is signed by William Harper, along with the title 'The Lotus' and the date - 1998. Have you ever thought about how people will look at your work in the future? Signing and dating your work may increase the value, now and in the future.  

William Harper Brooch Signed and dated on back

LISTEN to Deborah Boskin in the archived radio interview. She talks about her experience as a maker and how she landed as an appraiser in the auction market. Stay tuned to live blogging from the SNAG Professional Development Seminar on April 25. It may change the way you think about the future of your work beyond the first purchase.