- Judy: Given the need for authentication to determine the origin and value of the particular throne you query, you may wish to contact -- with detailed imagesMessage 1 of 14 , Feb 6, 2008View SourceJudy:Given the need for authentication to determine the origin and value of the particular throne you query, you may wish to contact -- with detailed images and related information -- any of the following:1) an authority on Grasslands material culture such as Dr. Geary. She currently serves as the Curator of African Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (See a 2005 Boston Globe article about her for further insight into her and her work in Cameroon.) Do note, however, that the Museum policy indicates that they will not offer appraisals. However, this can be an important step in gathering the information required for an appraisal. An area museum or university -- depending on where you are located -- may also have a knowledgeable specialist.2) an auction house that handles African works for a "general reading" of interest in such works and/or an appraisal (See links at bottom of Message 2927);3) a preservaton/restoration specialist with experience working with related works, such as Jensen Conservation Services In Omaha, which restored the Bamileke throne from Bansoa for the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. (There is some difference of opinion on the appropriateness of restoring and modifying works but, when undertaken with care, the process does help to identify the materials and methods of production.)LeeOn Feb 6, 2008, at 6:43 AM, Judy Leach wrote:
- Hi Judy, If I may be a bit negative, usually when pieces look exactly like other, that is not good new from an authenticity point of view as people who copyMessage 2 of 14 , Feb 6, 2008View SourceHi Judy,If I may be a bit negative, usually when pieces look exactly like other, that is not good new from an authenticity point of view as people who copy look at the same printed and published images as everyone else. Margalit
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