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Behind the Scene Savvy Collector Sales

Saturday, August 29th, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Hoover John loon dancer one 3 inch

Loon Dancer by John Hoover (1919-2011) is a spectacular example of the artist’s direct carving on cedar.  This sculpture measures nearly 33″ in height.  It was created in 2000.

Patiently a client waited several years until an example of this artist’s work was consigned.  Within three days of its arrival, upon seeing our typical high definition photos illustrating several views, the client declared “affirmative, I will purchase it”.

This sculpture was rehomed without having been on the website, as we had been advised of a collector’s interest in John Hoover.

A watercolor painting by Jeffrey Lungé (1905-1993) met the same fate.  It arrived one day and by the end of the second day, a purchaser of Lungé ‘s work agreed to acquire this painting titled Butterfly Maiden.

Lunge Jeffrey butterfly one 3 inch

If you choose to advise us of your preferences, we can simplify your search for your favorite artist’s work.

Corinne Cain of

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Maya Angelou’s Art Collection Swann Auction Sept 15

Monday, August 10th, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, Exhibition news, General | No Comments

Angelou Swann catalogue

Hand-colored photograph by Jean Moutoussamy-Ashe dated 1993

Forty Four paintings, drawings or sculptures, not to mention a quilt of life by Faith Ringgold are illustrated–each with a gentle estimate brilliantly organized by the illustrious specialist Nigel Freeman, the go-to gentleman for African American art at auction.

Artists whose work Maya Angelou treasured:  Elizabeth Catlett, Samella Lewis and John Biggers (three of my personal favorites) plus Charles Sebree, Tom Feelings, Herman Bailey, Bernard Casey, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Richard Yarde, Jonathan Green, Eldzier Cortor, Paul Goodnight (whose portraits are reminiscent of Nicolai Fechin), Dinizulu Gene Tinnie, Phoebe Beasley, Artis Lane, Alonzo Adams, James McKissic, Charly Palmer, Willis Bing Davis and Melvin Edwards.

NOT to mention a painting by Maya Angelou titled The Protector of Home and Family (naturally a woman is the protector outfitted with a shotgun), signed simply “Maya”.  The catalogue states “We believe this remarkable painting is the first known visual art work by Dr. Maya Angelou to be publicly exhibited or offered for sale, painted in the winter of 1969, shortly after her completion of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

The introduction is a poignant sharing written by Dr. Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson.  He wrote “Each piece that she acquired (over 500 we are told), spoke to her.  She loved to sit and study her art and wonder what dreams or nightmares inspired the artist to create it.”

This sale is a celebration of this remarkably sensitive artist-poet. It represents an opportunity to realign her chosen art companions with the next generation of art custodians.

Angelou Willis Bing Davis

Dr. Angelou’s eye for art is quite inspiring !  Will it rub off on future art collectors of America and beyond ?

Corinne Cain of

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Art is Where You Find It>>Aria Hotel Las Vegas Nevada

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Las Vegas Henry Moore 800



Reclining Connected Forms (1969-1974) by Henry Moore in Roman Travertine Marble is stationed outside Aria’s registration desk separating the hotel from its Crystal Shops–a privilege and available to all.

Las Vegas James Turrell

James Turrell‘s installation presents where you catch the elevated tram connecting Aria to either the Monte Carlo or the Bellagio stop.

Las Vegas Masatoshi Izumi 800

Masatoshi Izumi‘s four monoliths of carved basalt each over 16 feet in height titled Cactus Life are perched outside the Aria Hotel’s circle drive entrance.

Fun-filled hanging origami shapes accent Aria’s lobby ceiling.

Las Vegas Hanging Origami

Traveling art appraiser delights in experiencing art in Las Vegas !

Corinne Cain, ASA

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New York’s Affordable Art Fair Rocked !

Saturday, April 4th, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, Exhibition news, General | No Comments


March 25 – 29 2015 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City saw an abundance of art purchased by young and old alike!

Arizona’s representative viewed people streaming by with their purchases as gallery owners scrambled to fill vacant walls with new stock on Sunday, the fair’s final day.   Lawrence Cantor, an exhibitor revealed this swarming pace was consistent throughout all 5 days and nights.

Majority of sales were $1,000 – $3,000, but red dots were seen on artworks up to $9,800.

The energy was bright!  Over 70 exhibitors were from the UK, the USA, Korea, Canada, Spain, Italy, Australia, Thailand and the Netherlands.

Large format photographs were eye catching.  There seemed to be a fondness for high def photos of books on bookshelves.  Especially soothing was a ongoing video of a synthesized wave accompanied by synthesized wave sounds available for $100 in either CD or USB format.  Marble, ceramic, glass, bronze and Plexiglas sculptures were available for those lacking available wall space.

Perhaps this concept represents the right means to attract all generations.  One label indicated “Payment plans are available” in tiny print.

Next New York Affordable Art Fair is scheduled for September 10-13, 2015 at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

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Comprehensive Guide to Native American Basketry – Bestie Book !

Thursday, March 5th, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Book by John Kania

If you haven’t had the privilege of sponging information about baskets from Len Wood in Laguna Beach, California, Gene Quintana in Carmichael, California, John Kania in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Natalie Linn in Portland, Oregon or Terry DeWald in Tucson, Arizona, you must acquire Kania’s book Antique American Basketry of Western North America (2014)

At $125, it is no fun to pay for, but cheaper than a college course.

Anthony Richardson’s photographs throughout are unrivalled!  Nuances presented in the photos, thoroughly explained by the text, educate your eye to condition issues as well as fiber identification.  The only way to improve this book would be to include a kit of different fibers for you to both touch and see.  Maybe this amounts to your invitation to purchase examples of baskets from different areas to lock in your powers of connoisseurship. Education with a “hands-on” opportunity more easily cements retention.

Those of you collecting contemporary basketry still need to have an understanding of what preceded baskets made more recently.

To purchase this book, you can buy it directly from Kania at his website.

Savvy art collecting hinges on a well-informed mind and eye in concert with one another.

Corinne Cain

Available baskets on

Palhik Mana with Tableta Coiled Plaque, Baskets by   Hopi basket

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2015 Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market – Way Closer than Santa Fe !!!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, Exhibition news, General | No Comments

Heard Indian Fair & market

2301 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ   85004
Sat & Sun (March 6 & 7)
9:30 – 5 pm (Sat)
8:30 – 9:30 am (early bird entrance on Sat for museum members)
9:30 – 4 pm (Sun)
$20 per day

Over 600 exhibiting, vetted American Indian artists
PLUS vintage baskets, pottery & jewelry available inside the Heard Museum’s Gift Shop
via Bill Faust, Charles King, Terry DeWald

Plus delicious Native & non-Native foods & beverages

Celebrating the Art of Basketry
is this year’s theme
Numerous basket-making demonstrators will be at the Fair !!!

See you there !

Corinne Cain of

 Wednesday AZ Republic Newspaper has $5 off entrance coupon for Sunday

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Art Tragedy Could Have Been Avoided

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Imagine untrained individuals dripping household epoxy  glue on the surface of King Tut’s funerary mask.  This incident took place recently at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. However, a similar occurrence took place in a small museum in Arizona approximately three years ago, permanently disfiguring a pristine sculpture made of polished clay.

In Egypt proper protocol was not followed.  Professional conservators were not involved.  Irreversible materials were not used.

Avoid mistakes in handling damaged artworks by seeking reliable conservation referrals.

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (referred to in the trade as the AIC) is one source of conservation referrals.

Professional conservators have expertise in different materials, dating from different time periods.  There are specialists in textiles, books and paper, paintings. objects, photographic materials, wooden artifacts.  Some painting conservators are familiar with contemporary pigments, while others are practiced at more traditional materials used during the 19th century or earlier.

Corinne Cain of

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Extremely Happy Ending !!!

Monday, January 19th, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Four framed prints for $200, all by the same artist purchased locally.

One of the four is the artist’s single most preferred print.  Currently another impression of this print is offered by the dealer best known for handling this artist’s work for $15,000.

Talk about making someone’s day !

Lovely sharing such uplifting news to someone who bought what she liked:  art with a bonus aspect.

Corinne Cain, ASA

Accredited Senior Appraiser/
Personal Property/ Fine Arts & American Indian Arts

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Scottsdale’s Museum of the West Due to Open Thursday January 15

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 | Exhibition news, General | No Comments

An abundance of cowboy spurs, saddles, all types of memorabilia First rate historic and contemporary Western paintings and sculptures Superb American Indian paintings, pottery and textiles Arizona women artists’ paintings to include Georgia O’Keefe and Kate Cory A cowboy wall-to-floor mural you can be a part of, for an entirely unique selfie

Enjoy this entirely NEW 40,000 square foot museum located at  the northwestern corner of Marshall Way and First Street in Scottsdale, AZ

 Corinne Cain of

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Fake Norman Rockwell Appraised as Authentic by a “Certified Appraiser”

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

An appraiser purported to be a “Certified Appraiser by the Appraisers Association of America” in 1994 commented “the brush strokes, the painting texture and the draftsmanship consistent with Rockwell’s technique.  The type of faces and expressions are typical of his characters in other paintings as well”.

In spite of the reality that the painting was NOT RECORDED in Rockwell’s archives, the appraiser continued “In my opinion, (it) is an original by Norman Rockwell with all the humor and artistic quality that Rockwell created in all his works”.

The painting was later determined to be an illustration for a Mobil Oil advertisement by Harold Anderson, titled Patching Pants.  Someone had painted Rockwell’s signature over Anderson’s signature.

Value difference was determined to be $20,000, if by Anderson versus over $1 million if by Norman Rockwell.

Unless an appraiser is the leading authority on a particular artist, the appraiser’s opinion of an artwork’s authorship has little credence in the art world.  The appraiser is expected to interface with the leading authority, when an element of the painting’s authorship is in question.  As Rockwell’s archives did not chronicle the painting, due diligence mandates an effort on the part of the appraiser to find support outside of the appraiser’s personal opinion.

Whether an appraiser is certified, accredited or knighted, that individual needs to seek verification outside of his/her personal belief.

Corinne Cain, ASA, Accredited Senior Appraiser, Personal Property/ Fine Arts & American Indian Arts

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