355 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021
David Bernstein has been specializing in Pre-Columbian art from the Andean region for over 30 years, becoming one of the most respected private dealers in the field.
Our extensive inventory includes ancient objects from South America, with particular emphasis on Peru, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Argentina. We also handle ceramics and Taino stone works from the Caribbean, and cast gold objects from Costa Rica and Panama. Our clients include collectors and museums around the world. We handle works in all price ranges and can provide reliable authentication services according to our fee schedule.
Many of the objects we sell have been published in books and museum catalogs. Our objects have provenance from private collectors, reputable dealers, estates, and top auction houses, and have been legally acquired in accordance with all federal regulations and international treaties.
David Bernstein is a member of the International Association for Ancient, Asia and the Tribal Arts (IAATA) and the Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association (ATADA).
We make sure that the objects we deal in are not overly restored. Our policy is to clearly state to the best of our ability any conservation work that has been carried out on an item in the item descriptions online.
We authenticate objects using scientific instruments, including stereoscopic zoom microscopes and UV lamps. At times we use outside services for CAT Scans, X-Ray's, and transluminescence scans (TL scans) which, together with David’s unparalleled expertise in appraisal, represents your guarantee of quality and authenticity. When necessary, we will also collaborate with other experts and academics in a specific field to further appraise an object’s value.
There is a $350.00 minimum fee for appraisals with each additional hour of work at $300.00. If the object is not worth the minimum fee, we will not charge for the service.