Pre-Columbian (?) sculpture and pottery
17 January 2023

5 pieces of sculpture & pottery, maybe pre-Columbian, I don't know


small, see photos


Inherited from neighbor, who travelled the globe in the 50s++ as a US diplomat

Acquired from
For sale
Answered within about 19 hours
By Delia
Jan 18, 12:04 UTC
Fair Market Value
$375 - $600 USD
Insurance Value $975 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Gary,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
These look to me to be mostly for the tourist/export trade
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

An assembled collection of Pre-Columbian style small artifacts
Central American, most probably 19th century or later, comprising:
- a glazed earthenware head on tripod base (approximately 4 1/2-5 inches high) ($75-125)
- a glazed earthenware one-handled vessel with stylized raised decoration (approximately 3 1/2-4 inches diameter) ($100-150)
- a small stoneware bowl with black glaze decoration (and head?) (approximately 2 1/2 inches) ($50-75)
- a figural carved and polished soapstone ax head(?) (approximately 4 1/2 inches tall) ($150-250)
PROVENANCE: inherited from a neighbor
$375-600 for the collection *

*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

Please let us know if you have additional items to appraise, and thank you again for using Mearto.

Gary thompson Jan 18, 16:29 UTC

Thanks for the reply. Yes, three pieces of pottery, the smallest one might be carved wood (petrified). The Ax is maybe polished soapstone, with holes/grooves at the base for a handle to attach. You are welcome to call if needed, at 202-256-9910. Regards, Gary

Delia Jan 19, 09:49 UTC

Hi Gary,
Can you take/upload photos of the undersides next to a ruler so I can guesstimate the sizes?

Gary thompson Jan 19, 15:30 UTC

Yep, thanks so much for examining these

Delia Jan 20, 17:01 UTC

Thanks, Gary, you're all set.

Gary thompson Jan 20, 17:13 UTC

Thanks, can I auction them here?

Delia Jan 22, 14:46 UTC

Hi Gary,
Mearto isn't an auction house; rather, we're a marketplace where interested buyers can reach out to you directly. If this appraisal is marked "for sale" and has a "public" status, then it's already listed on the marketplace and people can reach out to you with offers (you're not obligated to accept any). Let me know if you can't see what the status is, or can't change it.

Gary thompson Jan 23, 16:25 UTC

Thanks, I cannot seem to edit the item & make it public. The info I entered is frozen in place. Thanks

Delia Jan 23, 23:47 UTC

I've emailed our client support to help you as it's not something I can help you from here. You should hear from them within 24 hours but if not, please let me know.

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