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Fall Catalogue Sneak Peek

Published on August 19th, 2015 by Alison Kowalski

For weeks we have been hard at work on our annual fall catalogue, conducting research, writing essays, and designing the layout. All hands are on deck for this yearly milestone, but the project …continue reading or post a comment

Ralph Albert Blakelock, Shanties in Harlem, 1874, oil painting, Questroyal Fine Art

American Art Week Rewards Connoisseurship

Published on May 28th, 2015 by Lou Salerno

It is nearly impossible to gauge the market for American paintings unless you are an active buyer. Industry professionals try to draw conclusions …continue reading or post a comment

OKeeffe Jimson Weed

Reflections on November’s American Art Auctions

Published on December 4th, 2014 by Lou Salerno

A review of last month’s auction results as seen through the lens of a disciplined analyst would likely be characterized as lackluster, excepting …continue reading or post a comment

Irving Ramsay Wiles, Sterlin Basin, Greenport, New York, Long Island

Lou’s Picks: The Best of the Long Island Sound

Published on September 27th, 2014 by Shannon Cassell

Nestled between Connecticut to the North and New York to the South, the Long Island Sound is home to some of the most beautiful scenery on the East Coast. Accessible through both the Connecticut and East Rivers, it is a perfect destination …continue reading or post a comment

Aggressive Estimates Result in Strong Sales During American Art Week

Published on May 29th, 2014 by Lou Salerno

Silencing the skeptics, the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American art market demonstrated its strength across multiple genres. Glowing press releases from both Sotheby’s and Christie’s described exuberant bidding and impressive results …continue reading or post a comment

Choose With Your Heart

Published on April 10th, 2014 by Lou Salerno

What would happen if art was purchased for the right reasons; if we simply chose with our hearts? What if we sought the paintings that allow our most cherished places and memories to live again, so that we could share them with our families? All of us long for art that is a part of who we are. Remember it? …continue reading or post a comment

The Year’s Most Important Sale—Just in Time.

Published on April 2nd, 2014 by Lou Salerno

The long, cold winter depressed the spirits of many collectors. Many lamented the dearth of important paintings on the market and some went so far as to suggest that interest in American art was …continue reading or post a comment

The American Auctions from a Buyer’s Perspective

Published on December 11th, 2013 by Lou Salerno

The winds of change were blowing long before December’s American art sales began. Enthusiasm has been on the rise since mid-summer, a period that is normally lost to the distractions of leisure and vacations. This was not a typical summer; clients were calling, visiting, and buying fine paintings—a trend that continued virtually unabated thru the fall and escalated as we approached auction week. …continue reading or post a comment

The Gallery and the Auction House—Applauding a Competitor and Acknowledging Synergies

Published on October 30th, 2013 by Lou Salerno

My primary pursuit is to discover and acquire the best American paintings at all price levels. I have a network of contacts that often prove to be fruitful sources, but sometimes the best paintings are found at auction. …continue reading or post a comment

Bidders Beware: American Art Sales Yield Strong Results

Published on May 29th, 2013 by Lou Salerno

Last week’s American art auctions in New York confirmed the market’s accelerating recovery. Critics may point out disappointing lots, but as an eager buyer I can assure you that it was exceedingly difficult to acquire the most desirable work. …continue reading or post a comment