How to Sell Inuit Soapstone Carvings

Message to clients: We do not purchase carvings from private sellers. Our mandate is to support the Inuit carvers only. 

We have been getting a lot of questions lately like “how do I sell my Inuit art collection that I inherited?” or “I am downsizing and cannot bring my large collection of Inuit soapstone carvings with me, what would you recommend?” There are many ways to sell you soapstone sculptures, here are a few of them.

First and foremost, you absolutely need to get your piece appraised. To do this, you need to contact a certified Inuit art gallery in your local area. If you are not in a location where there is an Inuit art gallery, we offer appraisals via correspondence. Here is the link on our gallery website which will guide you through the entire process.

Why is this first step so crucial? Because it will give assertion to your potential buyer that the piece is authentic, is worth what you say its worth, and includes a certified document. Having your piece appraised is the same as having a carfax review when buying a pre-owned vehicle, or having an evaluator appraise a home in order for the bank to issue a mortgage.

Once this step is complete, then the second step is to try to find a buyer.

NOTE** WE DO BUY PIECES FROM TIME TO TIME. Please do not call us. Instead, send us pics, description, artist name and measurements with AN ASKING PRICE to info@inuitsculptures.com.

We will not entertain any offers without an asking price.

Also, you are contacting us, we are not contacting you. So to finalize any sale, you must send it to us first. Upon delivery and acceptance, we will pay you for the agreed upon amount.

Some other Inuit art galleries may be interested, however, they are usually accustomed to buying directly from the Inuit. However, if it is a rare and older piece, they may be interested and can offer a fair price for them.

Second, advertise your collection of Inuit sculptures on Kijiji and Craigslist. It won't cost you anything and you’ll get a world wide exposure. Try to take good pictures, it may even be worth going to a photographer and getting professional pictures done.  

Third, contact auction houses that sell Inuit art. Two major ones are Waddingtons; based in Toronto, and Walkers; based in Ottawa. Google them for contact info. They run Inuit art auctions two-three times a year and are constantly looking for pieces to take on consignment. Usually you would have to pay an insertion fee even if your soapstone carvings doesn’t sell, so it’s a bit of a risk.

Last, but not the least, go to your local antique shops and ask them if they would be willing to take a look at your collection and possibly buy it.



Comment on this post (40 comments)

  • Koren Ferragini says...

    I have a large carving of Eskimos on soapstone. Beautiful piece. Looking for rough idea on a price. I’d say it’s about 3.5 ft long and about 20 inches wide.

    November 11, 2019

  • nancy erickson says...

    i have Matthew Akeas mother and child that i purchased in Canada. mom is holding a fish. i believe it has been displayed at a museum in London. i would like to sell it.

    November 11, 2019

  • Malcolm says...

    I have a stone carving of a seal I think would like to know what it’s worth. Do you need a photo

    November 11, 2019

  • GREG RILEY says...

    I found a piece at Thrift Store-Marked Canada Aardvark c1972 It seems heavy enough, soapy feel and cold to the touch-How do I determine if it’s real? Greg, Waterloo

    November 11, 2019

  • Catherine Tufford Bigby says...

    I have 4 pieces of soapstone sculpture that i want to sell. How much would the appraisal be for all four pieces?

    November 11, 2019

  • Wanda Budgell says...

    How recent does the appraisal need to be?

    July 22, 2018

  • Jacqui Childs says...

    I have inherited 12 pieces of soapstone carvings from the 70s – 90s they range in size and weights up to 150 lbs

    Any help at all .. I’ll be calling a appraiser in Toronto this week
    Im located in Hamilton Ontario if anyone has any interst or info
    Thanks in advance Jacqui Childs

    November 11, 2019

  • Robert McCulloch says...

    I am interested in acquiring a Billy Gauthier carving. Please email pictures, any info you have on the carving, and asking price.

    November 27, 2017

  • David says...

    Has the Billy Gauthier carving described by Vince on October 12, 2017 been sold? Ian very interested if it is available. Thank you for a response.

    November 05, 2017

  • Randal Buchanan says...

    have a carving of walrus catching a fish. Marked with an A Canada and c in circle. Paper stamped ARTISANAT POLAR CRAFT CANADA with polar bear logo. Do you have any idea as to where, what or whom this is connected with Thank you for any info you come across. Randal

    November 11, 2019

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