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 items have sufficient value to justify the cost of a heavily researched appraisal report.

A significant number of the pieces we are asked to review are contemporary and the valuations would not justify this cost. If the pieces are contemporary or of low value, we will provide you with a restricted use appraisal report.

We charge $45 for this service, paid in advance by credit card. This $45 is for the review of up to three pieces and preparation of a restricted use appraisal report, which will provide you with a single line description of the items and a current re-sale market value range.

Please request a quote for reviews of over three items.

Should the collection warrant a heavily researched appraisal report, a price quote will be provided after reviewing images and discussing the intended use 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 fifteen 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

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