Estate sales have become a popular way for people to pass down their collections of fine art. Often, these estate sales are held after a death or after the owner has moved on from their home. While it can be intimidating to get into the world of fine art, with the right information and knowledge, you’ll be able to navigate it easily. The tips below will help you learn more about this exciting market:
What is fine art?
Fine art is a broad term used to describe any work of visual art that is considered to have artistic merit. It includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing and other visual media such as installation art and performance art. The term also includes photography when it is considered in its own right as a fine art medium.
Fine art can be distinguished from decorative arts such as furniture or applied arts like pottery because it has no functional purpose except to be admired by society at large; while they make objects useful for everyday life (like chairs), fine artists create works that are often displayed in galleries or museums where they can only be viewed by paying customers.
What types of fine art are there?
Fine art is a broad term that covers a lot of different types of art. The definition of fine art can be confusing because it is used in so many different ways. One common definition for fine art is: “Art considered to be of high quality, or produced by an established artist.” In this sense, the word “fine” means “excellent” or “superior,” and refers to the quality or value of the work itself.
Another way that you might hear people use the term “fine arts” is when they are talking about any type of visual expression (painting, sculpture, drawing) as well as music and dance—the physical arts in general. This meaning comes from another Latin root word: “ars” which means skill or craftsmanship; in this context then “ars” can also refer to an artist’s abilities rather than just their finished products—how good someone’s painting technique is might be referred to as his/her artistic skill level!
In other cases though people may use “fine arts” when referring specifically only to certain types related genres such as paintings (oil on canvas), sculptures made from stone materials like marble statues etc., drawings made using pencils & paper etc., photographs taken using cameras etc.; all those things fall under. Generally an estate sale with jewelry, or high end furniture will also have fine art for sale.
How can I find fine art at estate sales?
To find fine art at an estate sale, you’ll want to take advantage of all the resources available to you. You can look for estate sales in your area, search online for upcoming events, or use services offered by companies specializing in home sales. The following list can help guide you:
- Estate Sale Websites – Estate Sale industry websites such as estatesales.net & estatesales.org advertise upcoming events. You could also check out local social media pages; many people post details about sales on sites like Facebook and Instagram.
- Local Estate Sale Companies – There are many companies local to your area that specialize in helping people sell their belongings after someone dies. These businesses will often host auctions where buyers bid on items they would like to purchase at reduced prices (or sometimes even below market value). They also provide services such as advice on how much an item might sell for based on past sales data from similar pieces sold elsewhere around town or online through websites like eBay
Estate sales are a great place to find estate sale fine art. In fact, many galleries will only buy from estate sales because they have a better selection and pricing than regular stores or auctions.
How can I sell my fine art? Here are some options:
- Professional estate sale companies like the Estate Pros
- Fine art appraisers
- Fine art auctioneers
- Fine art collectors
- Fine art brokers
- Fine art consignors
The world of estate sale fine art can be intimidating, but with the right information and knowledge, you can navigate it with ease.
We hope that you’ve found this guide to fine art helpful! There are a lot of great resources out there for collectors, and we encourage anyone interested in collecting or selling their art to be sure to check them out. And if all else fails, remember that the best way to learn is through experience—what better way could there be than by attending an estate sale?
If you are looking for help in running an Estate Sale feel free to contact us. We’d love to help!