Authenticity

Mbantua Gallery provides its customers with a profile of the artist for every piece of artwork sold. This profile records information that Mbantua Gallery has gathered on the artist and general information on the stories that the artist paints. Mbantua Gallery encourages its artists to sign each piece of artwork either with a signature or a cross (some older artists cannot write their name).

Certificate of Authenticity

A Certificate of Authenticity is provided for all paintings which begin with the letters MB in the product code. This Certificate of Authenticity, also known as the provenance of the painting, provides the buyer with a guarantee from Mbantua Gallery that the artwork being purchased is a genuine work of art by the Aboriginal artist named. An artist profile and information on the story being painted is also provided and wherever possible, a photo of the artist holding the painting is included. The certificate is comprised of the following details about the painting:

  • Catalogue No – A unique number assigned to each individual artwork
  • Size
  • Medium
  • Date the artwork was created (this may be an approximate date for our much older pieces)
  • Artist’s name
  • Artist’s Language Group
  • Artist’s Country
  • Title/Story of Artwork
  • Description of the artwork’s story as told by the artist
  • Signature of the Mbantua Gallery manager

Each Certificate of Authenticity is printed onto Mbantua Gallery letterhead and provides exceptional provenance for each artwork.

Mbantua Gallery is a long time member of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia (formerly ArtTrade). As a member of AAAA, Mbantua Gallery is bound by the Code of Ethics of the Association. This provides a guideline for the authenticity of Aboriginal Artworks as well as fairness and ethical dealings with the artists and others.