Ivory bone sculpture appraisal

Communicate directly with a qualified specialist and get a fair market valuation of your item, typically in 48 hours or less.
Submit your item

Mearto Specialist:

David U.

Dr. David U. brings over a decade of experience with a distinguished specialization in Asian and African art history. With a background in art consultancy and art management in various international galleries, he is currently lecturing for a luxury house in addition to his work for Mearto. He has curated numerous exhibitions and produced symposia and publications throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. His extensive professional network, as well as his expertise, enhances his appraisals in the categories of: Asian art and antiques, African, Pre-Colombian and Aboriginal art, swords and antique firearms.

Appraising rare ivory and bone sculptures involves considerations of craftsmanship, material quality, historical and cultural context, size, subject matter, provenance, and ethical concerns due to conservation efforts and restrictions on the trade of certain types of ivory. Here are key factors to consider when appraising rare ivory and bone sculptures:

Material Quality:

Examine the quality of the ivory or bone. Factors such as color, texture, and density contribute to the overall material quality. Age-related patina and natural aging processes may also be considered.


Evaluate the level of craftsmanship in the sculpture. Attention to detail, intricacy of carving, and artistic skill contribute to the overall aesthetic appeal and value of the piece.

Subject Matter:

The subject matter of the sculpture can impact its rarity and desirability. Sculptures depicting intricate scenes, mythological figures, or rare and unique subjects may be more sought after by collectors.


Consider the size of the sculpture. Larger pieces may generally command higher values, especially if they maintain high craftsmanship and quality.

Historical and Cultural Context:

Understand the historical and cultural context of the sculpture. Pieces with cultural significance or ties to specific periods or regions may be more valuable.


Investigate the provenance of the sculpture. Documentation of previous ownership, exhibition history, and any certificates of authenticity can enhance the overall value and authenticity of the artwork.

Legal and Ethical Considerations:

Be aware of and comply with international and local laws regarding the trade and sale of ivory and bone. Due to ethical concerns and conservation efforts, there may be restrictions on the sale of certain types of ivory.


Antique ivory and bone sculptures are often considered more valuable than contemporary pieces. The age of the sculpture, along with its condition, contributes to its rarity and historical significance.

Conservation and Restoration:

Consider the conservation and restoration history of the sculpture. Pieces in excellent condition and with minimal restoration may be more highly valued.

Market Trends:

Stay informed about current market trends and demand for specific types of ivory and bone sculptures. Market fluctuations and collector preferences can impact the overall value of these artworks.

Documentation and Appraisal:

Thoroughly document the characteristics of the sculpture, including photographs and detailed descriptions. Seek expert appraisals to provide a comprehensive valuation considering all relevant factors.

It's important to note that there are ongoing concerns about the ethical and legal implications of trading in ivory due to the poaching of endangered species. Be sure to adhere to all applicable laws and regulations and consider the ethical implications of dealing with ivory and bone sculptures. Consultation with experts in the field and awareness of current legal frameworks is essential for accurate and ethical appraisal.

What our customers say:

150,000+ satisfied customers

4.6/5 ★★★★★ rating

I received a response and information regarding my items in less than 48 hours, which I appreciated. The appraiser was very knowledgable.

Kristal Hicks Torpey

I highly recommend Mearto if you're curious of the value or background of any item in your home.
The appraisal I received from Mearto was detailed and thorough.

Austin Phillips

I received a quality appraisal in less than 48 hours. I also acquired a second opinion of an industry expert who concurred with Mearto's appraised value.  

Todd Roper

Prices that scale with the size of your collection:

1   Appraisal
Buy now
3   Appraisals
Buy now
5   Appraisals
Buy now
10   Appraisals
Buy now