Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Uncommon historical object appraisals: appraising the south street museum collection
by Eames, Brittany A., M.A., Sotheby's Institute of Art - New York, 2014, 74; 1554301
Abstract (Summary)

As the global pattern of severe weather intensifies, complex disaster-related appraisals are becoming increasingly more common. Post-disaster appraisals are particularly challenging due to several key factors: (1) the large number of objects in each appraisal, (2) the diversity of the objects and (3) the limited time frame for completion. Due to these complicating factors the methodologies that were once central to the structure of valuation are crumbling and new metrics are being formed to accommodate these labyrinthine post-disaster jobs. By way of a single case study undertaken post-Hurricane Sandy, this document explores the process of redesigning appraisal methodologies, of approaching uncommon historical objects found often in these now less exceptional cases, of identifying "value signifiers" for those objects and ultimately of reimagining the very core of what it means to appraise fine art.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McNulty, Thomas
School: Sotheby's Institute of Art - New York
Department: Art Business
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts, Commerce-Business
Keywords: Appraisal, Art market, Disaster, Fine art, Methodology, Value
Publication Number: 1554301
ISBN: 978-1-303-84609-0
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