Sylvia Porter lists ten sound rules as a guide in art collecting:
1. Study the field which interests you as much as possible.
2. Buy cautiously at first.
3. Make sure that your work of art has quality.
4. Deal with a top gallery or art dealer. "Some dealers and major galleries will guarantee the authenticity of the art works they sell, so check this point as well." (Not only have we been guaranteeing our ancient art for over forty years, but to the best of our knowledge our two-day auction sale conducted by Parke-Bernet Galleries, now Sotheby's, in 1964 was the first auction sale by several years in which every piece was guaranteed - but by us!)
5. Have an understanding with your dealer or gallery about trading up - so he’ll repurchase or resell your works as you have more money to invest in high quality art. (We normally allow full credit for the exchange or upgrading of objects purchased from us.)
6. Do not buy art works just because they are a current rage.
7. Ask the advice of museum directors or curators whenever possible.
8. Decide upon your investing limit before you buy. If you fall in love with a more expensive object try to arrange for a time payment. (We certainly encourage this and offer flexible time payments!)
9. Spread your financial risks by buying a variety of art unless you are expert in a particular field.
10. Buy the best examples you can afford in any category.
We would add two other important rules:
11. Ask for the provenance of any potential acquisitions.
12. Do not buy objects that have been significantly restored. Beware of overly restored faces in both vase painting and sculpture.