May 21, 2020

The weather warms. Tulips bloom. Coats and long-sleeved shirts go back into the closet. And yet the streets are quiet. Old friends who pass one another on the sidewalk maintain a respectful distance and are careful to keep physical contact to a minimum. Restaurants rem...

May 14, 2020

The office of President of the United States is one of the most revered in the world today. Whoever sits behind the Resolute Desk finds themselves facing a tremendous challenge: somehow bringing people together even as the world faces circumstances unheard of, even in...

May 8, 2020

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, important art and cultural sites around the world sit unprotected, and thieves, looters, and smugglers are taking advantage of the lack of security. When government lockdowns started going into effect, law enforcement was drawn...

April 30, 2020

Anyone who loves and appreciates books know that there are those rare volumes which blur the line between literature and art, often with delightful results. Presses such as the Kelmscott, the Easton, the Folio Society and the Franklin Library have gained renown for the...

April 23, 2020

Not only are people turning to art during these uncertain times, but they are becoming art. As was mentioned in one of our previous blogs, social media has become one of the main modes of keeping in touch with our friends, loved ones, and even our favorite art museums....

April 15, 2020

“Hell, they’ve got to eat, too.”

-Harry Hopkins, US Secretary of Commerce 1938-1940

With the passage of time it is easy to forget just how dramatically the Great Depression shifted the dynamics of American society. With millions suddenly finding themselves unemployed, wi...

April 3, 2020

Art is the only way to run…without leaving home.

-Twyla Tharp

In times of uncertainty, human beings look to art. Whether it’s a favorite album, a new television show or a well-loved book, throughout history art has acted as the skeleton key of human interaction, a way fo...

March 6, 2020

By the mid-nineteenth century British society had reached a crossroads. The Industrial Revolution had changed everything, and not always for the better. Mass production allowed for multiple copies of the same item to be produced over and over again, with questionable r...

February 7, 2020

The fine arts have always enjoyed a special status in high society. For centuries anybody who was anybody had at least one oil painting of themselves or their families hanging in their parlor. Today many of these wonderful works have found their way out of the private...

December 17, 2019

Books are often overlooked as works of art. From the medieval illuminators to Johannes Gutenberg to William Morris to the Easton Press, books have often straddled a line between artwork and repositories of information. We see them every day, crammed onto shelves in our...

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MIR Appraisal Services' monthly blogs cover a wide range of subjects pertaining to the various property we appraise. Our blogs are written by our team of researchers. 
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