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.

Appraisal Inquiries

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 twelve photographs, and an opinion as to whether further research and appraisal of the pieces is warranted. You should request a quote for a review of more than twelve pieces. We charge incrementally more for larger groups of images. This review is not an appraisal and may not be used for insurance coverage, donation, estate evaluations or equitable distribution. 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 review fee is applied to the cost of the appraisal.
After making your $45 payment please feel free to email us your images: [email protected]

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Maura Kropke has ten years of experience as a research assistant for Charles Jones African Art and is an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers. Membership requires the successful completion of required courses and course work.

Accredited Member, international society of appraisers 2009

This accreditation is achieved by undertaking an intensive course of study in appraisal principles and passing rigorous examinations on the theory and practices of professional appraising as well as on ethical standards of practice and legal consideration.

Completion of Course Work and Examination

    • Graduate of Appraisal Studies Core Course, 2006
    • Completion of course work and examination
    • Qualified to prepare an appraisal report according to USPAP (Uniform Standards of the Professional Appraisal Practice)
    • Graduate, International Society of Appraisers
    • The Appraisal of Antiques and Residential Contents, 2008
    • Completion of course work and examination
    • USPAP Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice
    • Completion in 2009 of 15 hour course and exam. Congressionally-recognized set of appraisal standards.
    • Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)- Completion of national 7-hour update course, 2012
    • First Year Professional Memorial Award 1998 Presented by the North Carolina Museum Council
    • University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, BA Anthropology, 1997