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Frequently Asked questions & Answers

 

Dear customers, you will find below a list of questions and answers to meet your any questions. This list of questions is not exhaustive. In case you have a question not on this list, you can send us a message through the “contact” section or by e-mail at: contact@antiquafrique.com

 

1- From where are the items you offer on your E-commerce gallery come from?

2- The items you are suggesting, are they legally acquired?

3- Why do you propose only items from East Africa?

4- The items that you suggest, are they been acquired in a fair?

5- Do you propose only antiques?

6- How do you guarantee the authenticity of the items displayed in your gallery?

7- The items that you propose, are they unique items?

8- How do you measure the dating of your items?

9- Is it possible to see physically the items of the Gallery?

10- The items that you are proposing are they accompanied by a certificate of Origin?

 

1-From where are the items you offer on your E-commerce gallery come from?

All items we offer on our e-commerce gallery antiquafrique.com / artethiopien.com come from East Africa, mostly from Ethiopia. The greater Horn of Africa is a crossroads of cultures because there are mixtures of items of inspiration on the history or contemporary and ancient art items and primitive first order and religious.

 

2- The items you are suggesting, are they legally acquired?

All items you can find on our website shop have been carefully chosen by us during our regular trips to Ethiopia. We pay special attention to the compliance of our acquisitions. All these items were purchased from antique dealers and artisans throughout the country with whom we work for many years.

 

When passing through customs, it is imperative to provide all invoices for each item purchased along with a form of export license and freedom from export taxes to the ERCA, Ethiopian Revenue Authority in Addis Ababa for a company. However, an individual may bring one or more memories not exceeding in the sum of 100 USD in customs clearance.

 

3- Why do you propose only items from East Africa?

We are lovers of Ethiopia, one of us is the heart, the other one with blood. Therefore, we decided to promote other cultural art of this country through the discovery of unique and timeless items that we have the pleasure to introduce you.

 

On the other hand, there is a large number of African Art Gallery specializing in West Africa. Some of these galleries also offer some items of Eastern Africa, but are still quite limited.

 

4- The items that you suggest, are they been acquired in a fair?

We pay particular attention to all items that we obtain from our sources of supplies has been made in respect of moral and ethical vendors. It is very important for us that the report Buyer / Seller is “Winner – Winner” because it inspires confidence in the continuity of our respective businesses.

 

These values allow us the same opportunity to improve our scale purchasing power of our local contacts in the context of faire trade.

 

5- Do you propose only antiques?

In African Art, the concept of old is relative. Indeed, the majority of items dating back several hundred years have been reported in the majority at the time by the settlers during their travels and expeditions. These pieces are now in museums or private collections. Some of these pieces are also sold in galleries and specially apply to some of these works, several of tens of thousands euros or hundreds of thousand euros.

 

In our case, we only concentrate on finding items not exceeding more than fifty years. We pay particular attention to locate parts in most often unique and original art in the categories of ancient Ethiopia and some parts in the religious art.

 

Regarding the category “Primitive art”, most items do not exceed fifty years and those for a simple reason, since it is very difficult to keep pieces of wood because of wood-boring insects, fond of dry wood.

 

On the other hand, we also offer on our website some Ethiopian artisanal indicated in product description and estimated age.

 

6- How do you guarantee the authenticity of the items displayed in your gallery?

The items are authentic in the sense that they were manufactured by unique expertise of many peoples and ethnicity that includes Ethiopia. The Ethiopian antiques and religious were likely carved by people and tribes of northern and central regions such as Eritrea, Tigrayan, Amhara, Afar triange and Oromia.

 

Regarding the first art items Primitive Art, provenance is derived mainly from the region said the nations, nationalities and Fulani southern border with Kenya.

 

On the other hand, most items we offer are authentic because they may use, memorial, spiritual, divination, or just ordinary.

 

7- The items that you propose, are they unique items?

Yes, all the items we offer are unique. It is by no means work or sculptures for a population of mass tourists as one can find in some countries in North or West Africa.

 

However, some of these items are of the same inspiration as they are a reflection of ethnicity, culture or religion very strong symbol of the diversity and richness of all peoples and tribes that make up Ethiopia.

 

8- How do you measure the dating of your items?

As we mentioned in the previous answer, we only offer item not exceeding more than fifty years. The concept of seniority is relative.

 

Therefore, no need to make a radiocarbon 14 analysis or by the technics of thermo luminescence. Indeed these technics are mainly used by archeologists for items of several hundreds of years, seeing thousands of years with an accuracy of +/- 50 years in the best case.

 

In our case, we base our estimate of seniority by our expertise and knowledge gained in recent years as part of investigative work that we are share our passion for the Art of Ethiopia. To this end, it is useful to recall that most of the other galleries of African Art practice in the same way according to their specialization on one or more specific areas of Africa.

 

However, there is also another dating technic directly soliciting the services of an Expert in Primitive African Art at the following address: National Expert Company 10, rue Jacob – 75006 Paris, France: www.cne-experts.com

 

This consultation is especially useful for items of high value (several thousand or hundreds of thousands euros), but not necessarily for the things we offer, because this service is usually billed at least several hundred euros.

 

9- Is it possible to see physically the items of the Gallery?

The sale of our items is made only by internet because we not scheduled to have a shop yet. However for people’s resident in the Paris region in France or moving on time in Paris, we suggest you to arrange an appointment at a place that we agree together to show you some items which you are interested.

 

In this case, simply send us your request by email to: contact@antiquafrique.com or by a message from the contact section of our website. In both cases, it will provide us with details and your phone.

 

10- The items that you are proposing are they accompanied by a certificate of Origin?

All items in our website shop aged more than twenty years are accompanied by a Certificate of Origin, specific to each item with references to the country of origin, ethnicity if applicable, its dimensions, weight, estimation its age, its photo and description of the item. Every item has a unique number and the document is stamped with a certification stamp and firm by us.

 

This procedure is essential to enforce in the time, the value of your purchase and the seriousness of the shop who sold you your African Art item.


Given the gradual evolution of so-called primitive societies and their way of life, it will become increasingly difficult in the coming years to obtain first authentic Art items and relatively old. From this observation, in addition to assessing emotional subject that you provide when purchasing, you guarantee the same time a long term investment.