Huge End-of-Summer Multi-Estate Sale

Worthington's End-of-Summer Estate Sale includes items from 5 prominent estates in the middle Tennessee area, and has over 1500 items at remarkable liquidation prices. 

Army & Artist: American Artists Wage War From their Easels During WWI

Army & Artist: American Artists Wage War From their Easels During WWI.  While soldiers fought in Europe during World War I, American artists and illustrators waged war from a different front—their easels. War Art, World War I, War Posters, War Related Illustrations.

What Causes a Painting’s Image to Change?

What Makes a Painting's Image Change? After you have owned a painting for a while, you may begin to notice that the image longer appears as clear or sharp as you remember. If the painting has been properly handled and displayed then the changes are probably due to the natural aging of the painting. Described below are aspects of the natural aging process of paintings.

Perspectives on Restoration & Conservation

Perspectives on Restoration & Conservation of Fine Art Paintings - If and When to Restore. Simon Parkes and Sotheby’s Mark Buck discuss current practices in Fine Art conservation and cleaning the Collection of Mrs. Margaret Thompson Biddle. Conservation materials have certainly evolved. Detergents, chemicals and other solvents have changed and improved dramatically over the years. I think it's fair to say that damage caused by restorers has been greatly reduced by the restoration community having access to better materials and information. But it's certainly fair to say that over the centuries, by far the most damage to paintings has been made by people trying to clean, line or retouch paintings, but lacking the knowledge to do so properly. Materials alone don’t ensure safe and good restoration. Thoughtful work, experience and many hours looking at works in public collections, particularly in Europe, are invaluable.

Does My Painting Need to be Cleaned? Why Might My Painting Need to be Cleaned? Taking care of your paintings is delicate and complex.  As paintings age, the appearance of the image changes not only because of accumulated dirt, but also because aging itself can alter the materials that make up the image.  Methods of removing dirt and other obscuring material requires great skill because any changes to the painting surface may bring about irreversible and damaging results, permanently affecting the aesthetic and monetary value of the work.

Painting Varnish – Purpose & Protection

Painting Varnishes What does a Varnish do for a Painting? The varnish layer plays a dual role: it has and effect on the final appearance of the painting and also serves as a protective coating for the paint surface. Varnishes intensify the appearance of pigments on the painting surface by the refraction of light. This is called "saturation." Although varnishes are traditionally clear, they can be toned or altered with the addition of pigments and other materials. Toned varnishes may be utilized to balance a painting whose appearance has changed with age.

Civil War & Militaria Auction Spectacular

Worthington Galleries is hosting a live online auction featuring more than 350 lots of Civil War and militaria collectibles. This sale also includes fine art, sculptures, rare books, maps, and manuscripts. Auction is Open for Bidding. Ends Saturday, October 21st.

How to Collect Antique & Rare Books

Worthington's Michael Keever explains how to collect antique and rare books in the newest issue of Nashville Interiors Magazine.

Paper Money Grading Introduction: Grading is the most controversial component of paper money collecting. Small differences in grade can mean significant differences in value. To facilitate communication between sellers and

NRA ANTIQUE FIREARM CONDITIONS STANDARDS: FACTORY NEW: All original parts; 100% original finish; in perfect condition in every respect, inside and out. EXCELLENT: All original parts; over 80% original finish;