Shaping an Art Collection: Further Considerations before Acquisition Decisions

with an emphasis on American Representational Art


Collectors may find useful TFAO's information on Appraisals of Original Art Objects and Authentication and Evaluation of Art Objects before acquiring artworks. Also, TFAO's Conservation page may be helpful for information on restoration work needed before or after acquisition. The cost of restoration may be substantial and should be included in arriving at the total cost of an acquisition. Conservation also provides resources for learning about care, handling and storage of objects during the collector's span of ownership.

Shaping an Art Collection is not intended to cover all aspects of art collecting. There are other important considerations not covered in this research report such as insurance, security, environmental control and transportation of artworks. TFAO's reports Lending Art to Museums for Special Exhibitions and Planning, Organizing and Touring Art Exhibitions provide information on other considerations. Also see preparation of agreements within the Exhibitions section of Museums Explained.

The Web has further useful information. Using keyword phrases (without quotes) such as [collecting fine art] and [collecting fine art tips] with search engines such as Google will provide further avenues of study. In conducting your search first use the search engine's advanced search feature to limit search results to the .org domain. Then conduct a general search without domain restrictions.


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Links to sources of information outside of our web site are provided only as referrals for your further consideration. Please use due diligence in judging the quality of information contained in these and all other web sites. Information from linked sources may be inaccurate or out of date. TFAO neither recommends or endorses these referenced organizations. Although TFAO includes links to other web sites, it takes no responsibility for the content or information contained on those other sites, nor exerts any editorial or other control over them. For more information on evaluating web pages see TFAO's General Resources section in Online Resources for Collectors and Students of Art History.

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