Appraisals of works by contemporary African artists

In response to the emerging market and a number of requests, Charles Jones African Art is now offering appraisals of known contemporary African artists, including works by (but not limited to) the following artists:


  • Chief Jimoh Buraimoh
  • Cheri Cherin
  • Asiru Olatunde
  • Bruce Onobrakpeya
  • Ben (Benedict Chukwukadibia) Enwonwu, M.B.E.
  • George Lilanga di Nyama
  • Prince Twins Seven-Seven
  • El Anatsui
  • Owusu-Ankomah
  • Lamidi Olonade Fakeye

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 three 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: [email protected]

Pay the $45 for the review: Pay Now


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