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February 2016  
5 Reasons to Invest in Mid-Century Modern Furniture
from Investopedia

"It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Mid-Century Modern furniture – that iconic style of the 50s and 60s – is still popular today. The designs, which range from sleek and elegant to curvaceous and funky, have become part of the indoor landscape in homes around the country"

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December 2013  
The Man Who Preserves the Furniture
from The Wall Street Journal

Scattered around Yuri Yanchyshyn's studio in Long Island City, N.Y., are high-powered microscopes, hundreds of wood samples and an extraordinary array of tools and application materials ... One of his most challenging projects, the 63-year-old Detroit native says, was a 1930s Frederick Kiesler dresser owned by a private collector. "It had been improperly restored with an incorrect veneer." This meant he had to identify the right veneer and then match the degraded original coating. Working with two of his staff, it took two months to restore the piece ... "Yuri has an intuition of how far to go with restoring," says Horace "Woody" Brock, an economist and avid collector of fine arts, whose collection of English Regency furniture and decorative arts is now part of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.

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September 2010  
Timeless Technique
from Avenue Magazine
For more than thirty years, furniture conservator Yuri Yanchyshyn has worked with fine furniture and objects, keeping them stable, aesthetically appealing and historically faithful. He's known for repairing a loose chair leg or a scratch on a bureau as though such flaws never existed. (Click here to continue.)
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NEWSLETTERS    
Winter 2016  
An Art Work’s Environment
The January snowstorm in New York City, with over two feet of snow, brought back memories of the winter of 2015, which was particularly challenging for many art collections in the Northeast. During that period, an 18th century Diego and Evans English tall case red japanned clock had suffered significantly, and we were asked to conserve it. Today, after conservation, this beautifully painted object is prominently installed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Its ordeal, however, brings up a wide range of environmental issues that impact all works of art, irrespective of object, type, or medium. (Click here to continue.)
Spring 2014  
Functional Hardware & Fasteners
Last year was a banner year for furniture exhibitions in New York City. Surely one of the most memorable was the Abraham and David Roentgen exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum. In fact, the exhibition was so popular that the YouTube video depicting the Roentgens' Berlin Secretary Cabinet generated nearly five million hits.(Click here to continue.)
Autumn 2013  
What Wood Is That?
The identification of old woods is part of everyday life in the studio, and the examples we see can be difficult to recognize with certainty. Recently we were asked to conserve a beautiful and intricate parquetry panel whose design featured many different veneers. Since there were a few missing sections, we examined the veneers in situ to determine appropriate matches for replacement. (Click here to continue.)
Spring 2013  
Gilded Frames
Many times when viewing paintings, drawing and prints, it is impossible not to notice how much their frames add to the esthetic experience. This happened to me recently, while viewing the alluring exhibition "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Click here to continue.)
Autumn 2012  
Peinture en Bois
Marquetry is often considered the zenith of the cabinetmaker's art. The ingenuity required to conceive and piece together intricate designs made of various types of wood frequently yields breathtaking results. Unfortunately, objects decorated with marquetry require particular care and are quite susceptible to conservation issues. There is nearly always such an object in the studio for treatment. (Click here to continue.)
Spring 2012  
The Conservation of an Ivory Statue
Nearly every prominent collection of decorative art objects includes items made of materials that are now considered rare or are regulated by government agencies. Ivory is perhaps foremost among these materials. It has been favored by craftsmen for centuries. Famous examples include the Venus of Schelklingen, believed to be more than 35,000 years old, and carved from mammoth ivory, and the Lewis Chessmen, dating from the twelfth century.(Click here to continue.)
October 2011  
Furniture Condition Checklist
The beginning of autumn is a good time examine your furniture collection for early signs of wear, and to prepare for the upcoming entertaining and holiday season. The following short checklist can assist you. (Click here to continue.)
May 2011  
Conservation of Historic Metals
Private collections in New York City include stellar examples of decorative art metalwork, including the above precious metal examples we had the privilege to treat recently. The image on the left is part of a sterling silver coffee and tea service, c.1925-30, by Georg Jensen with horn handles, smooth metal, and a brilliant finish. (Click here to continue.
January 2011  
An English 18th-Century Japanned Cabinet on Stand
A private collector in New York City recently brought in a beautiful English cabinet on stand with a delicate Asian-inspired design crafted in gold leaf on a black japanned ground for treatment. This piece was truly extraordinary; we had noticed one of similar quality in a famous European collection. (Click here to continue.)
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ARTICLES    
February 2016  
Advances in Wood Identification and Thereby Attributions
from Maine Antique Digest
The February issue of Maine Antiques Digest published an article by Yuri Yanchyshyn entitled "Advances in Wood Identification and Thereby Attributions." It can be found here.
February 2015  
It is (Almost) All in the Mind:
Guarding Against Furniture Fakes

from Chubb Collectors
There have been copies sold for as long as human beings have valued particular types of objects. During the Roman Republican period and early Empire there was a robust trade in copies of Greek statuary. This article can be read in its entirety here.
September 2013  
Issues in Furniture Conservation
from Appraising Art — The Definitive Guide to Appraising the Fine and Decorative Arts, published by the The Appraisers Association of America
Appraisers assess furniture for a variety of reasons: to determine valuation for insurance, estate tax, or gifting purposes; or to determine an object's condition prior to transit. see pp. 80-83
October 2012  
Caring for Mid-Century Modern Furniture
from AXA Art
Mid-century modern furniture is in demand by collectors, who prize its typically sleek aesthetic and diversity of styles. But furniture from this era comes with some innate issues, due to the large number of nontraditional materials used in its creation. (Click here to continue.)
March 2011  
Care and Preservation of Historic Furniture
from the Art of Leadership Series, The Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 4, March 2011
It could be your grandmother’s china cabinet, a chest brought back by a relative from overseas, a handmade table purchased directly from the artist or a period chair that is part of a larger collection. (Click here to read the entire article.)
December 2008  
Caring for Fine Antique Furniture
from the MHMC Newsletter, published by the Mary Helen McCoy Gallery
If you have the good fortune to own fine antique furniture, you have a responsibility to preserve it for future generations. (Click here to read the entire article.)
June 2000  
Historic Furniture — Care and Preservation
from ACE Culture Notes
Proper care of furniture begins with understanding and appreciation of the unique characteristics of each piece of furniture within its surrounding environment. This article outlines some of the most critical environmental issues which affect the preservation of furniture. (Click here to continue.)
June 1990  
Picture Framing I —
A Frame Designed by Frederic Church
from Museum Management and Curatorship
, IX, 2
pp. 219 -221.
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SELECTED
SPEAKING

ENGAGEMENTS
   
December 2015  
Revisiting the Elder Brewster Chair Attribution
Guest speaker at Strategies for Recognizing American vs. English Furniture, Philip Zimmerman presenter, Appraiser’s Association of America
October 2015  
What Wood is That? - A Furniture Conservator’s Approach to Wood Identification
A talk presented at the New York Microscopical Society. A review and photographs of the presentation can be found towards the middle of the NYMS newsletter here.
June 2014  
The Deceiving vs. The Informed Eye
Furniture Fakery and Conservation
Panel member of The Art of Deception in the Decorative Arts during the Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Symposium — Fakes, Forgeries, and Looted and Stolen Art, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies
November 2013  
Conservation Condition Reports —
Reading Them for Understanding and Accuracy
Panel member of Reconstructing Value: The Damage and Loss Appraisal and the Role of Experts in Extraordinary Assumptions, during the National Conference of the Appraisers Association of America.
November 2013  
Endangered Species and Conservation
Panel member of Recent Complex Art and Tax Law Cases at the Art Law Day — Appraisers Association of America National Conference
October 2013  
Assessing the Condition of Art Objects —
A Conservators Approach to Examining Works of Art
Lecture and studio visit with students from the Appraisal Studies Program in Fine and Decorative Arts, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
May 2013  
21st Century Art, Design and Conservation
Protected Materials and Fine Arts Conservation
A talk presented at the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Yearly Meeting, Wooden Artifacts Group
May 2013  
Conservation Study Day
A talk outlining the more advanced issues of condition reporting, given for the members of the Appraisers Association of America
February 2013  
Assessing the Condition of Art Objects —
A Conservators Approach to Examining Works of Art
Lecture and studio visit with students from the Appraisal Studies Program in Fine and Decorative Arts, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
November 10, 2012  
Banned Materials
Moderator of a panel discussion on endangered species materials found in art objects, given at the National Conference of the Appraisers Association of America
October 6, 2012  
Assessing the Condition of Art Objects —
A Conservator's Approach to Examining Works of Art
Lecture and studio visit with students from the Appraisal Studies Program in Fine and Decorative Arts, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
June 29, 2012  
Study Day — The Philip Johnson Glass House Estate
Site visit with members of the Appraisers Association of America.
April 27, 2012  
Conservation Day — Looking behind the Scenes of Two New York City Conservation Institutions
Site visit to the New York University (NYU) Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center and the Morgan Library Conservation Center with members of the Appraisers Association of America.
March 29, 2012  
Assessing Damage in Claims Situations
Panelist and studio visit sponsored by the Inland Marine Underwriters Association.
February 25, 2012  
Assessing the Condition of Art Objects —
A Conservator's Approach to Examining Works of Art
Lecture and studio visit with students from the Appraisal Studies Program in Fine and Decorative Arts, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
November 15, 2011  
Fine Art Shipping Disputes —
Condition Reporting in Shipping
Panelist at the Art Law Day — Appraisers Association of America National Conference.
October 26, 2011  
Fine and Decorative Arts Conservation —
Concepts and Context
Lecture with students from the Appraisal Studies Program in Fine and Decorative Arts, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
October 8, 2011  
Assessing the Condition of Art Objects
Lecture and studio visit with students from the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies — Appraisal Studies Program.
November 15, 2010  
Condition Reporting in Shipping
Guest speaker - Appraisers Association of America National Conference
October 15, 2010  
An Introduction to Condition Assessment
Studio visit and lecture with students from the Appraisal Studies Program in Fine and Decorative Arts, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
May 10, 2010  
Conservation Day in New York
Site visit to the New York University (NYU) Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center and the Metropolitan Museum with members of the Appraisers Association of America.
March 15, 2010  
An Introduction to Furniture Conservation
Lecture and studio visit with students from the Appraisal Studies Program in Fine and Decorative Arts, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
November 15, 2009  
Condition as a Key to Value
Appraisers Association of America National Conference — Guest Speaker
November 10, 2009  
Clamping: The Art of Pressure
Lecture and studio visit with the New York University (NYU) Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center students.
March 15, 2008  
An Introduction to Furniture Conservation
Studio visit and lecture with students from the Appraisal Studies Program in Fine and Decorative Arts, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
October 15, 2007  
Wood Identification and Furniture Conservation Methods and Materials
Studio visit and lecture with students from the Appraisal Studies Program in Fine and Decorative Arts, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies
March 15, 2007  
Furniture Conservation — An Introduction
Studio visit and lecture with students from the Appraisal Studies Program in Fine and Decorative Arts, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies
June 6, 2006  
Furniture Conservation — Concepts and Context
Christie's, New York lecture
October 15, 2002  
Conservation and Restoration —
Similarities and Differences
Studio visit and lecture with students from the Appraisal Studies Program in Fine and Decorative Arts, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies
July 15, 2001  
Furniture Conservation — Current Approaches
Christie's, New York lecture
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