The Art Appraisal


  • Understand the functioning of the national and international art market, from the perspective of the expert appraisal and the evaluation of artworks;

  • Distinguish appraisal from evaluating an artwork;

  • Analyze the emergence of antiques and the market for artworks as an economic sector from the change of an object-function into an object-desire, underlining the way it is evalued;

  • Identify types and function of objects, styles and periods, materials and techniques, quality, articulating this knowledge with the current market value.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Sara Patrícia Caetano de Sousa e Andrade


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 280

Teaching language



The prerequisites are those defined in the application notice.


ADAM, Georgina – The Big Bucks, The Explosion of the Art Market in the 21st Century. Londres: Lund Humphries; New edition, 2014.
BRUNEAU, Yves, HERVOUËT, François, HERVOUËT, Nicole – La porcelaine des compagnies des Indes à décor occidental. Paris: Flammarion, 1986.
CAGIGAL E SILVA, M.M. de – A Arte Indo-portuguesa. Lisboa: Edições Excelsior, 1966.
Casa-Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves: pintura, porcelana, mobiliário, ourivesaria, têxteis, vitrais / design Luís Chimeno Garrido; fotografias José Pessoa. [Lisboa]: C.M.D.A.G., 2000.
China e Islão: gramáticas decorativas / org. Casa-Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves; introd. Maria Margarida Marques Matias. Lisboa: C.M.D.A.G., 1992.
D'OREY, Leonor – Cinco Séculos de Joalharia. Lisboa: Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, 1995.
D'OREY, Leonor –  A Colecção de Ourivesaria da Fundação Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva. Lisboa: 1998.
FERNÁNDEZ, Alejandro –  Enciclopédia de la Plata Española y Virreinal Americana. Madrid: Edición de los Autores, 1984.

Teaching method

Theoretical and practical classes with audio-visuals, whenever possible in the presence of objects or works of art in constant dialogue / debate between students and teachers. Experts on some of the topics will be invited. Study visits to museum houses will be organized (Anastácio Gonçalves, FRESS); Antiques (VOC, Capucho); a collector / buyer will be contacted who can receive the group at home; Antiques Fair. A percentage of the classes to be defined by the teacher can be taught remotely, by e-learnig.

Evaluation method

Evaluation Method - Writing of final project, with analysis of objects, simulating a collection at auction, with a view to: cataloging, research, evaluation and preparation of a catalog for sale, duly justified and documented. Qualitative evaluation of oral participation in classes.(100%)

Subject matter

  • The history, context and evolution of the practice of evaluating artworks;

  • Expertise and Evaluation of artworks: definitions and processes. Practical cases;

  • Typologies of most frequent pieces at auction: analysis of the “portuguese house” and the specificity of a taste;

  • Decorative Arts and Fine Arts: the relationship between changing taste and fluctuating market values;

  • Collections on the market: valuing works of art and antiques;

  • Profile and motivations of the buyer and the collector;

  • Techniques in the analysis of the object: authenticity, state of conservation and counterfeiting. Practical cases;

  • Expertise and Evaluate - examine types of objects:

    • Goldsmiths and Jewelers;

    • European and Eastern porcelain and earthenware;

    • European and Oriental furniture;

    • Painting, Sculpture and Imaginary.


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