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Rug & basket painting
Rug & basket painting  

David Seger signature
David Seger signature  
This is a 16" x 20" acrylic color painting by David Seger.  It is called Rug & Basket.  It was received from a family friend in 1993.  Is there any value to this piece of art?  I tried to research on the internet but was not successful.

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While I am not familiar with David Seger, the painting resembles what is called the Gallup School of Realism. It is often painted by Navajo artists and usually depicts the art objects of Navajo craftsmen and women. The style began back in the 1970s and continues today. It gave traders and gallery dealers a way to incorporate lower-priced fine art into their collections for sale to tourists and crafts buyers. A painting from a recognized artist in this style sold between $100 and $200 in the 1990s. If there is an increased demand for the artist David Seger, collectors may bring the value up. Your best bet is to speak to the Indian Arts and Crafts Association in Albuquerque, NM and ask for a recognized appraiser in that particular style. They may direct you to a NM dealer for a more localized estimate of value. Hope this helps.  

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As a direct reservation trader in all aspects of American Indian arts since 1985, I've answered questions regarding cultural property issues, origins of traditional crafts, materials and techniques, collecting, authenticity, symbols and, of course, repairs! We have operated a retail gallery since that time, bricks and mortar until 2007 and online since 1996. Our online operation closed in 2/2015, to allow me to finally write full-time. My writing site can be found at www.sailletales.com I'll be adding a book or two from our trader experiences under the pen name of W.T. Durand and the rest of my fiction is under my own name. We are not "New Age" practitioners of adopted American Indian religious ceremonies or combined philosophies. If you are seeking such knowledge for spiritual reasons, we will only provide answers that address factual information on these subjects. Unless one is raised in a traditional, American Indian family with language, culture and religious belief intact, we don't believe that simply applying the trappings or cultural property of a given traditional group will give a non-Indian (Native if you prefer)any insight other than the academic.

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My primary focus is on Southwester American Indian Nations and their people, but I also have experience in Plains and Northeastern traditions, having engaged in active trade and retail since 1985 and study for most of my life. I am not claiming any expertise at all in the work, techniques, lifeways or crafts that are made by the Native People of Mexico. They are not the same, either linguistically or culturally but certainly their crafts deserve discussion and appraisal by those who are able to provide real information.

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I was a guest on Fox Network "Lifestyles" program, during the 1990s, to discuss how to tell forgeries, and authenticating jewelry as Native American work. I have also written extensively for our website, www.kivatrading.com and our Ebay Store.

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UofO, 1970 active in the Authentic American Indian Arts business and direct Trader since 1985. Graphic Designer and published novelist.

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