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Note for Antique Collectors

A major concern of all collectors is, of course, authenticity of the object. Whether it be Americana, English silver, Russian Fabergé eggs, European collections, Asian art, sculpture or 18th, 19th and 20th century paintings, are all worthy of a connoisseur's attention. The field of collecting art and antiques can seem complex as the trends in contemporary collecting are an ongoing process.

If you are that collector or want-to-be collector, our services can help you clarify the origin, age and value of the object(s) you desire or own. If you are wondering if your things are worth a fortune or not, we can clarify your questions with an appraisal. You might be pleasantly surprised at the current market value of your pieces. Whether you need a value of your entire collection or just one item, we can help.

Antiques

In America, according to the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930, defines antiques as works of art which shall have been produced before 1830. It was at that time mass production began in the United States. Hence the 100 year rule. An antique is an object that represents a previous time period in history and is desired because of its’ rarity, beauty or emotional connection. Vintage and collectibles are also used to describe items that have age, but do not meet the 100-year test.

The wonderful world of antiques encompasses a vast variety of objects contributed by artisans from around the world, including but not limited to: Arms and Amour, Barometers, Clocks, and Watches, Books, Carpets and Rugs, Coins and Medals, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Metalwork, Mirrors, Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Pottery and Porcelain, Sculpture and Carvings, Silver and Toys.

If you are not sure of the details or value of your antiques and collectibles, we can help with an appraisal. Please contact our office for an appointment.

Fine Art

The general concept of art could include paintings executed in various mediums, sculpture and other works created to be beautiful or to express important ideas or feelings.

Buying art and antiques is, at its most superficial level, a hobby; it brings joy, excitement and in the final analysis, a great sense of achievement.

The financial terms, however are not to be reckoned solely in terms of the purchase price. An antique work of art of good quality, even one purchased for use such as furniture, silver tableware, china, clocks etc. will at least hold its value if treated with care and all the evidence suggests that it will likely increase in value over the years. This cannot be said of modern commercial pieces, machine made objects often of poor design.

Because of the increased interest in art and antiques there is a growing need to provide valid appraisal information. Ragazziappraisals.com can help.

Note Worthy Art Movements

19th Century
  • Impressionism
  • Post-Impressionism
  • Pointillism
  • Romantics
  • Realist
  • Pre-Raphaelites
  • Salon
  • Orientalists
  • Barbazon
  • Macchiaioli
  • Symbalism
20th Century
  • Fauves
  • Expressionism
  • Cubism
  • Futurism
  • Constructivism
  • Surrealism
  • Ecole de Paris
  • Art Informal
  • Abstract Expressionism
  • Pop Art
  • Hyperrealism
  • Nouveau Realisme
21st Century
  • Contemporary
  • Minimalism
  • Conceptualists
  • Arte Provera
  • Installation Art
  • Neo-Expressionists
  • Transsavanguardia
  • Neo-Geo
  • Graffiti Art
  • Brit Pop

Contact Us

Joseph Ragazzi is an accredited appraiser of Antiques, Fine Art and Personal Property. Serving the New York City Area: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau County. Joseph Ragazzi is an accredited member of the Appraisers Association of America, since 1980. Please contact us for an appointment.