Frequently asked questions

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What is Barnes & Co.’s main activity?

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Barnes & Co. advise private collectors on the creation and enrichment of Cabinets of Curiosities. We sell to Museum curators and donors and also help interior designers find specific objects.

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Do you have a gallery I can visit?

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Yes, we have a gallery based in Paris, France, open by appointment only. Please click on the above "Get in touch" link for our address and directions.

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Do you rent objects?

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Yes. Please contact us for further information.

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Are you looking for new inventory?

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We are actively seeking new inventory and are always interested in purchasing single items or entire collections of European/Oriental Works of Art, Books & Prints (Cartography, Natural History), Enthnographica , Natural History (Taxidermy, Fossils, Minerals, etc.), Antiques and Curiosities.
Please contact us with your enquiry.

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Do you provide a guarantee?

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Yes, each object is fully described and carries our unconditional guarantee.

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Do you ship to all parts of the world?

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Yes.

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How do you ship objects?

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We wrap and pack objects in acid-free tissue, recycled bubble-wrap, and purpose-built recycled cardboard boxes. Depending on size, weight and value, shipping is ensured via express/registered mail or art logistics specialists. If you have a packaging preference, please specify your choice at the time of shipping.

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Are all shipments insured?

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Yes. All items we sell are shipped fully insured for the purchase price of the item. If an item does not arrive, you will receive a full refund. If a package arrives damaged, you will receive a full refund upon return of the item.

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How do you establish a value/price for your material?

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Value is a function of the desirability of subject matter, historical importance, condition, beauty, age, size and rarity. While there is no set formula, each of these factors plays a role in valuation.
 
In many instances, similar items will have been sold at auction more than once over the years, meaning that there is the ability to evaluate prior sales as an indicator of value. In most cases, there are recent sales and current offerings which a dealer or collector can look to in order to provide guidance on valuation. We have an extensive database of historical pricing information, as well as auction and dealer catalogue records, going back several decades.

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