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Do you own any African painting? Are you curious to know what they are worth? Our Experts can provide a free appraisal to give you an estimate of the market price, then help you to ensure the best possible price should you decide to sell.

The Origin of African painting

The history of African art has played an important role in shaping world culture and history. The belief that Africa is the cradle of human history is virtually unshakeable. The origins of the history of African art lie long before recorded history, preserved in the darkness of time. Rock art is centuries old, while shell beads shaped for a necklace were found in a 75,000-year-old cave located in the most remote part of the southern peninsula of South Africa.

The foreign colonisation of most sub-Saharan African countries took place from 1840 onwards and different values became widespread. A lot of African art was acquired by travellers, traders and missionaries in the previous century and left the continent in unexpected ways. More often than not, the settlers did not give the so-called “indigenous” art the merit and attention it deserved. As a result, the history of African art has not been properly preserved or documented.

Characteristics of the African paintings

Contemporary creation has nevertheless evolved a lot in Africa, especially in certain areas such as South Africa, where many institutions and galleries have sprung up. Contemporary African paintings, often tinged with humour, are an accurate reflection of the issues taking place in Africa, regarding colonisation and the social and economic instability of certain countries. They also share an exceptional, colourful, joyful vision of Africa, marked by a strong and assertive culture.

Little by little, Europe is familiarising itself with African art and putting forward contemporary artists including South African William Kentridge, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, Julie Mehretu, Chéri Samba, Paul du Toit, Omar Ba, Wangechi Mutu, Meleko Mokgosi, Lynette Yiadom Boakye and Kemang Wa. Some of the details influencing the price are known only to experts.

Price and estimation of an African painting

The status of African paintings has continued to increase over the last decade. The artistic effervescence of certain countries and the diaspora are changing the art market. The estimated price of an African painting is variable, depending on various elements known to experts. For example, the work “Retopistics: À Renegade Excavation” by the artist Julie Mehretu, was sold in 2013 for $4.6 million. Over the past five years, collectors’ investments in African art are estimated at between US $300 million and US $400 million, according to the Global Africa Art Market Report 2018. Works by Ghanaian artist El Anatsui are also in demand and can fetch prices around 100,000 euros.

How do we appraise your African painting?

Requesting an online appraisal of your painting is simple and entirely free of charge. You just need to complete our appraisal form with a brief description and some photos. This information will be sent directly to one of our African painting experts who will provide you with a price range and sales advice.

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If you own an African painting, use our online form for a free appraisal.

You will then be contacted by a member of our team of experts and auctioneers to give you an independent opinion of the market price. Should you wish to sell your painting, our specialists will also advise you on the various options available for selling at the best price.

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