Blog Posts tagged with John Buxton

Allen Brisson-Smith for The New York Times

Art Donations - More Orphans Now and in the Future

Posted: November 11, 2013 18:10 Last Updated: | John Buxton

This New York Times article points out a serious problem in the art world that has been created as a result of the new AAM (American Association of Museums) collecting guidelines. Collectors that started after 1970 that are now downsizing as they enter their 60s are finding that they have limited options for passing on their collections. The options are pretty clearly limited for most to giving them to the family or selling them. The wealthiest collectors are creating trusts or foundations to circumvent issues where museums could be compelled to return objects that had been donated and had...


Paris and Back 2013

Posted: October 29, 2013 13:42 Last Updated: | John Buxton

I feel compelled to share a little of what happened earlier this year during my trip to Paris, which certainly was a trip to be included as a chapter in the book that I will never write. We arrived and took just enough time to drop our suitcases off at the hotel before heading out to Quai Branly (or I now understand is simply MQB). MQB opened in 2006 as a result of at least partially of the efforts of President Chirac, the great art dealer Jacques Kerchache, and many others that I just don't know about. Madame Helene Joubert was given the task of moving 80,000 plus objects from the Musee d...


Association of Art Museum Directors Acquisition Guidelines

Posted: October 28, 2013 20:20 Last Updated: | John Buxton

Registry of New Acquisitions of Archaeological Material and Works of Ancient Art The Registry of New Acquisitions of Archaeological Material and Works of Ancient Art provides information on acquisitions of select works of archeological and ancient art by AAMD member museums since June 4, 2008, the date new AAMD Guidelines went into effect. These works are only those lacking complete provenance after November 1970, the date of the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import and Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. Art museums regul...


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...


Kongo Nail Fetish

Museums Do Have Responsibility to Their Visitors

Posted: October 15, 2013 18:31 Last Updated: | John Buxton

I recently saw this announcement of an African exhibition of "three-dimensional traditional art from the early to mid 20th century". The Georgia Musem of Art is the official state museum of Georgia and is located in Athens, Georgia. Most museum goers are not going to pick up on exactly what this statement means, but it is providing some very definitive information about the works of art in this exhibition. It is categorically stating that exhibition consists of art made for appropriate ceremonial use by and for the appropriate ethnic group that would normally be expected to make and use su...


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...


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