As an important and powerful art medium known internationally, appreciation for antique Tribal art of high quality has existed for over a century. Yet in most countries, few academic or institutional vehicles are in place to help young people or the general public get exposed to the magic of tribal art, including the amazing stories and spiritual foundation which accompanies nearly every object, and that this beautiful art has been a foundation for modern and contemporary art movements while inspiring high design, architecture, fashion, and even everyday furniture and jewelry design.
The fundamental basis of the experience on this platform for the user is that each interaction with any gallery we present here should be 100% positive. To that end, the galleries on the platform are selected from a pool of galleries who have a reputation for quality, integrity, and authenticity; all galleries either continue to exhibit at top international shows in their particular area of specialization or have a history of exhibiting in the past. Other factors, such as membership in organizations devoted to authenticity and accreditation, specialization and expertise, and a history of publication in a specialized area. Galleries presented on this platform are expected to comply with a set of standards consistent with their level of excellence, including:
All galleries promoted on theTribal ArtSNAP platform adhere to guidelines of authenticity, integrity and good faith which are consistent with the reasonable expectations of purchasers which include, at a minimum, the following:
1. Represented galleries make their purchases and sales in good faith and maintain good faith standards and high integrity in their business dealings.
2. Price quotes wherever possible are provided to client inquiries in writing, with a formal statement of the price available upon request.
3. Galleries provide buyers with a complete invoice for every object purchased.
This invoice includes:
a. Descriptions or identification of the object, preferably with photo, with estimated age, any known provenance and any details impacting value, such as restoration or replacement of any piece, part, or pieces/parts of the object.
b. A Certificate of Authenticity or a worded, written guarantee of the authenticity of the object, consistent with the professional knowledge and good faith belief of the Gallery.
c. Gallery policies regarding the return or rejection of goods are established in a format that they buyer is aware of this policy, including that a money-back guarantee with a reasonable time period within which the return will occur if a buyer is not satisfied with their purchase. Buyers should inquire as to specific terms in advance from any gallery from whom they are seeking to purchase and understand that policies may vary from gallery to gallery.
d. Galleries do not purchase or sell objects which were reasonably believed or suspected by the gallery to be or have ever been stolen from excavations, architectural monuments, public institutions, tribal communities, or private property.
Galleries are invited and may or may not choose to be present on this platform. The absence of a gallery here is not an indication, nor intended to be an indication that such a gallery is not of the highest integrity and presents magnificent, authentic objects. Regardless of where one finds great pieces, it is recommended that buyers do their due-diligence and that they feel completely comfortable with the experience.
Good question! The good news is that these galleries already are of the finest quality and are known for excellence and set the standards for professionalism. To be on this platform, all galleries must follow the basic standards outlined above. While we are not watchdogs, we want buyers to have the maximum positive experience in every occasion and take great care in ensuring that the level of excellence we are representing is maintained.
Our “Keepers” project is an ambitious effort which has just begun; the Tribal ArtSNAP team works directly with as many international museums as possible with Tribal art collections, both on display and hidden away. To our knowledge, we are presenting the first visual index of Museums, providing immediate, direct access to worldwide museum websites that may have never yet been as easily accessible in a single visual platform. Note: If a museum currently does not have a website, we are unable to include them here. We look forward to your feedback on the form on the Keepers page.
More good feedback--we agree. Our Treasures of the Month component presents a beautiful new object each month from each of our participating galleries, and our Instagram page and Facebook page actively shows great objects for you to consider purchasing. So bear with us! We also send out a bi-annual digital catalogue to those on our mailing list and email blasts to those who have opted in with fresh objects and presentations from our member galleries.
The good questions never cease!. For this very reason, we have created two sister platforms which you can visit right now:
All three platforms will feature new content and evolve on a daily basis. Just stay tuned as we get rolling....aboriginal art, arms and armor, antique textiles, antique rugs...everything is possible.
We send emails or correspondence to only those who have opted in; we also only send email we believe will be of “compelling interest” (no digital postcards). We are tired of email that isn't interesting, and we don't want to be saturated. Our social media venues will have more regular, daily updates and notifications, which you can receive if you choose.