All About Appraising: Bronze Sculpture
Registration Information
October 22, 2013 | 10:00am - 5:00pm
New York, NY

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 in Queens and Manhattan 

$125 for AAA/ISA/ASA/RICS Members 
$185 General Admission

Members will earn 5 Continuing Education (CE) credits for attending this program. 

The Appraisers Association presents “All About Appraising: Bronze Sculpture” with Ronald Cavalier (of Cavalier Galleries) and a visit to the Modern Art Foundry. This study day is  designed for generalists, as well as specialists seeking important insight into this appraisal area.  In the morning, we will visit the Modern Art Foundry in Astoria, Queens where we will view a bronze pour and meet with Foundry President Jeffrey Spring, who will lead a tour and discussion of the facility. In the afternoon, Ron Cavalier will cover a wide range of topics including: the most widely used casting technique of the past 100 years; how mold-making techniques, metallurgy and patinas are used to achieve certain results; ways in which sculpture is reproduced, and how to identify the differences; restoration practices and their impact on value; and edition sizes, costs, and pricing.  Ron will also focus on the challenges sculptors face today when their works are copied overseas only to wind up being sold by unethical dealers here in the States—an enormous challenge to many sculptors working today and to appraisers in determining value.


10:00am to 12:00pm
Modern Art Foundry: 18-70 41st Street, Astoria, Queens

Modern Art Foundry President Jeffrey Spring will lead the group through a tour and discussion of this important foundry; attendees will see a pour in action!

12:00pm to 2:00pm
Lunch (on your own) and transfer to Appraisers Association Office

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Appraisers Association of America, 386 Park Avenue South, Suite 2000, New York, NY

Ron Cavalier will present on the following topics:

Reviewing the Process 

  • Original models and mold making
  • Wax to finish
  • Patinas
  • Documentation, signatures, foundry stamps
  • How the casting process can affect the value

Is it Authentic? 

  • Life casts, posthumous casts, important differences and how they affect value 
  • Replicas and reproductions
  • Provenance and documentation
  • Clues to authenticity
  • Pot or white medal sculpture

Restoration and Preservation 

  • Condition reports for sculpture
  • Outdoor sculpture
  • Restoration and preservation techniques

Bronze Sculpture Today

  • Challenges faced by contemporary sculptors
  • Costs, edition sizes, pricing
  • Copyright issues

Please click here for a printable (PDF) registration form (which also includes information about Ron Cavalier)

Note: All payments and cancellations must be made in advance (by Wednesday, October 16th).  Email confirmations will be sent upon receipt of payment (if you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the Appraisers Association at least a few days prior to the program); registration accepted only with payment. Programs require at least 10 people to run (please keep this in mind when making flight and hotel arrangements). 




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