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    Fanti Stool, ca. 1920

    Appraised Value:

    $600 - $1,500

    Appraised on: June 17, 2006

    Appraised in: Tucson, Arizona

    Appraised by: John Buxton

    Category: Tribal Arts

    Episode Info: Tucson, Hour 3 (#1109)

    Originally Aired: February 26, 2007

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    Form: Chair
    Material: Carved, Wood
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $600 - $1,500

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    Appraisal Video: (2:38)

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    Appraised By:

    John Buxton
    Tribal Arts
    Antiques Appraiser and Consultant

    Appraisal Transcript:
    APPRAISER: Tell us how your family got it.

    GUEST: I think it was an estate sale or an auction. Long Island, New York.

    APPRAISER: Okay, it was your dad?

    GUEST: My dad. And so, about what time would that have been?

    APPRAISER: I know it's been around over 50 years.

    GUEST: 50 years. So... yeah. Okay, so did your dad tell you anything about the piece?

    APPRAISER: No.

    GUEST: All right, this stool is from Ghana. There's two tribes that do these stools-- the Ashanti and the Fanti. This particular stool is from the Fanti. This piece was not made for tribal use. This piece was commissioned, 1910-1930, by a colonial for a Fanti carver to carve this for him. There's a couple of ways that we know that. The colonials were a little bit taller, so the stools are bigger. Now, these stools, in a traditional context, are for prestige and status. Only the wealthy people could have these in their homes. So, ironically, you have a colonial commissioning a piece for exactly the same reason-- as a prestige piece for his home. Now, in African art, we have decorative pieces, we have reproductions, we have fakes, we have folk art. Since this is a piece that is commissioned for sale, it's not a fake. I really look at these now more as folk art. And this is really a terrific example of a Fanti stool. The elephant is a symbol of power. We have inlaid eyes. We have one little problem on the back here. We do have one broken tusk. Now, that's going to detract a little bit from the value. Now, one other thing that I want to show... If we look down here, we can see that we definitely have wear on the seat. In African art, once we know what something is-- whether it's a mask, a stool, a figure-- we want to see a wear pattern that is appropriate for that kind of object. This has been used in your family.

    APPRAISER: Yes.

    GUEST: And that's great. So we have a terrific piece here, beautifully carved. In my gallery, this would be $600 to $900.

    APPRAISER: Okay.

    GUEST: In the decorative market, that is, if somebody had this in a decorative center or a designer came in and then the designer put it into a home, it could be $1,000 to $1,500.

    APPRAISER: Really?

    GUEST: Thanks for bringing it into the ROADSHOW.

    APPRAISER: Okay. Great.



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