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Jean Paul Barbier

Barbier Pre-Columbian Sale - Sotheby's Paris

Posted: October 23, 2013 11:31 Last Updated: | John Buxton

PARIS: The sale is now over in Paris and is it is now obvious that the French Government never had any intention of stopping the sale. Considering that many objects had a pretty solid collection history and considering the fact that many had been in the public sector for at least fifteen years while exhibited in the museum in Barcelona, this position is pretty defensible. Never had a single owner sale with this quality and this collection history been offered at a public sale. So this certainly was a very big target for these countries and those individuals that feel all indigenous art bel...


Chupicuaro Figure

When is Enough Really Enough?

Posted: October 22, 2013 19:43 Last Updated: | John Buxton

No one seems to be asking exactly what these countries want that are protesting the sale of Pre-Columbian art. It certainly goes far beyond stopping a sale. There are interests groups within the U.S. that believe strongly that the firewall for acquisitions is 1970 suggesting that anything acquired and imported into the United States prior to this date will be untouchable. The countries of orgin in Mexico, and Central and South America have not publicly agreed to this date. In addition the basis of their protest on the Barbier sale pointedly stated a very different time frame. Peru - 182...


Nottoway Plantation, Baton Rouge, LA

Weekend in the Life of a Roadshow Appraiser

Posted: October 15, 2013 18:24 Last Updated: | John Buxton

Each summer for the past 18 years a group of around 70 appraisers come together with the Antiques Roadshow crew and staff in a city to tape three one-hour episodes for the upcoming broadcast season. There are 150 appraisers in total with a core croup of about 40 who have been doing this since the series inception in 1996. For 2013 the series' production tour and appraisal events have been expanded to convention centers in eight cities. The first official function for appraisers each tour weekend is the 5 o'clock appraiser meeting that happens on Fridays where Executive Producer Marsha B...


Ute 1st Phase Chief's Blanket

Care and Feeding of Your Collection

Posted: October 08, 2013 12:51 Last Updated: | John Buxton

On the Antiques Roadshow we are constantly frustrated by the lack of documentation in the objects we see. As viewers you hear the appraisers often discussing how a little documentation could mean a great deal in the ultimate value of the object. When Don Ellis appraised the Ute 1st phase chiefs blanket in Tucson we were told that the blanket had been handed down through the family from Kit Carson. Both Don and I believed this oral history but we had nothing to prove it. Had we been able to document this history we both agreed at a minimum this would have added another $100,000 to the estim...


Who's Data is it?

Posted: October 08, 2013 12:15 Last Updated: | John Buxton

As we watch the social network Twitter.com playing an important role in a revolution, we can begin to appreciate how much we have underestimated the power of the Internet. You certainly have heard how various banks, credit card companies, government agencies etc., etc. have cataloged and stored your information to do who-knows-what down line. Do we really know or rather can we really know the impact of our decision to give up data? In some cases you can't control it, so just go with the flow. In my mind there are two critical questions: What are you going to do with my data, and who has ac...


John Buxton offering his appraisal expertise during the Antiques Roadshow 2013 Summer Tour

Facts To Know and Questions To Ask - When Hiring An Appraiser

Posted: October 02, 2013 14:26 Last Updated: | John Buxton

This article is based on a pamphlet the International Society of Appraisers wrote years ago that I have updated and expanded upon.  Question 1. "What qualifies you to appraise my property?" A qualified appraiser has formal education in appraisal theory, principles, procedures, ethics, and law. The appraiser should be up to date on the latest appraisal standards. Continuing education and testing are the only ways to ensure this competence. The appraiser you hire should be familiar with the type of property you want appraised and know how to value it correctly. Expertise in a partic...


Collections from the Shango Art Gallery

What in the Heck are You Doing? - Issue 1

Posted: September 25, 2013 20:51 Last Updated: | John Buxton

Note from John:  "Having now spent over 3 decades listening to collectors, I have come to have some understanding of the problems and joys associated with collecting. This is the beginning of a series...entitled with a moderate sense of humor - What in the Heck Are You Doing? What In The Heck Are You Doing - Issue 1 Collecting almost anything can be one of the most frustrating, depressing, financially exhausting and embarrassing activity you will undertake in your life time. Well, that's the downside. Collecting can also be one of the most exhilarating, gratifying, and financially r...


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