Where can I get a religious icon appraised?
June 25, 2006 9:25 PM Subscribe
I have a several-centuries-old Greek icon. Where can I bring it to get it appraised and learn more about its history?
posted by Alexandros to religion & philosophy (4 answers total)
I am not an art collector. I sort of "inherited" this thing because it's been passed down through my family. In Greece the oldest son in a family is always named after the paternal grandfather, so the same name goes back centuries, and the name on the back panel of the icon is my ancestor's name, which is my name. It's really kind of strange when I think about it, and it's also one of the reasons I would never sell the icon, but I do want to know more about it.
I've been told I have to find an iconography expert, and I'm looking primarily in the NYNJ/CT area. I'm a young professional with lots of bills, so I want to know what I'm getting into -- how much does it generally cost to get something like this appraised? How do I know I'm going to a reputable place? Any other advice for someone with no knowledge of these things?