Appraisals and Related Services
Charles Jones African Art and associate Maura Kropke, ISA AM, Accredited Member, International Society of Appraisers also provide appraisals and related services.
Charles Jones African Art maintains a complete reference library, numbering over 1000 volumes, on the arts of Sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally we have most of the major auction catalogues in our area, both European and American, dating back to the 1960’s. We also subscribe to Art Trak, a searchable database of auction records, which provides a very efficient means of finding comparables. Also our network of dealers, scholars and collectors allows us to establish authenticity of pieces, and sales in the private market over the past four decades.
Large collections and pieces of significant value generally require personal inspection. Rates for formal appraisals are by quote. Charles Jones African Art will gladly provide references on request.
We generally recommend a review of photos in order to let you know if the items have sufficient value to justify doing a formal appraisal. A significant number of the pieces we are asked to review are contemporary and the valuations would not justify the expense of a formal appraisal. We have found that this is the best approach for both us and the client, as it provides an inexpensive way for clients to get knowledgeable advice. We charge $45 for this service, paid in advance by credit card. This $45 is for the review of up to twenty photographs, and an opinion as to whether further research and appraisal of the pieces is warranted. We may charge incrementally more for larger groups of images. This review does not provide valuations or estimated value for the pieces we review. The review is done to determine whether an appraisal would be cost-effective. Once we have done this review, we can quote you a price for the appraisal and give you options to choose from. You may choose between a restricted use appraisal (valuations for your purposes only) or a more rigorous formal appraisal, for insurance valuations, donation and estate purposes.
Prices for appraisals are quoted in advance and our fee will not exceed the quoted amount. If you elect to have the appraisal done, the $45 review fee is applied to the cost of the appraisal.
After making your $45 payment please feel free to email us your images: firstname.lastname@example.org
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