Tips by Dr. Lori

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright

In the career of an architect, an art museum commission is often viewed as attaining the pinnacle in the field. Masters of the discipline felt that they had "arrived" when their museum commissions were secured.

Frank Lloyd Wright had designed private residences, buildings for worship, schools and ateliers for artists and architects, and civic architecture throughout his career. He was also a fine designer of interiors including furniture, accessories, stained glass windows, etc. These elements of his famous buildings are of interest with collectors.

One of the best known examples of the trend where an architect offers some of his best work on his museum commission was Frank Lloyd Wright's commission for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art in New York City. The Guggenheim commission was characterized as Wright's swan song since construction on the museum was completed only months after Wright's death in the 1950s. The thoroughly modern museum referenced the history of museum architecture as evinced by the famous ramp. The ramp had been borrowed from the original design of the Vatican museums in Vatican City near Rome.

Request an online appraisal of your Frank Lloyd Wright piece from Dr. Lori.

Schedule a Dr. Lori Event

Dr. Lori events
Dr. Lori presents her popular Antiques Appraisal Comedy Show around the world at 150 shows a year entertaining audiences. Ask us how to book an event for you.

Dr. Lori's Blog

Dr. Lori reveals insider information and tips about the world of antiques. Subscribe here »
Stories about Antiques Dealers

Stories about Antiques Dealers

Tips and real stories involving dumpsters, actual appraisal values and eBay that you can use to separate the reputable antiques dealers from the not so reputable. Many antiques dealers run upstanding businesses, but some do not. Here are some examples of the not so reputable.

Read More »