Do you own African baskets and want to sell them, insure them or simply learn more about their history? Rely on the expertise of a specialist in African art. You'll not only learn the value of your traditional African baskets, but also receive a detailed study of their origins.

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African baskets: from practical object to objet d’art

African baskets are artistic and functional objects imbued with the tradition and symbolism that is rooted in the continent’s culture. Handcrafted from local materials by skilled artisans, you’ll find African baskets made from raffia, palm fiber or even grass. Much more than mere containers, baskets are charged with cultural significance, featuring representations of beliefs, rituals and elements of daily life.

African basketry techniques are complex and handed down from generation to generation. They give life to unique motifs and distinctive forms whose diversity reflects the breadth of the continent and its history.

Traditional African baskets therefore come in an astonishing variety of styles, materials and techniques, depending on regional specificities. Coastal villages in West Africa specialize in palm fiber baskets, while tribes in Central Africa have a clear preference for colorful raffia creations. The geometric patterns of Zulu baskets in Southern Africa contrast with the elegant simplicity of Berber baskets in North Africa. Every basket has its own history and local custom.

How to appraise your African baskets

An appraisal of your traditional African basket should enable you to assess its quality, authenticity and market value. You’ll need a specialist in African baskets to carry out the appraisal correctly. Our experts draw on their knowledge of African art and their understanding of today’s art market.

Your expert will begin by identifying the basket’s geographical and historical origin. They will then analyze the materials it is made of, as well as the weaving and dyeing techniques used.

They will then assess its condition (wear, stains, tears, possible repairs) and its aesthetic value. In particular, a study its colors and patterns will place the basket in its societal context. This step provides information on the cultural significance of your basket.

Finally, they will establish the market value of your African basket – a comparison between its intrinsic worth and its monetary value on the art market. The appraisal of your African basket therefore provides you with much more than just its value: it offers you a new perspective and a new-found understanding.


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