Being resourceful in any way I can to help Haiti, I replied offering to have an email translated to Creole so that Sanon could know about this and to get Ralf some answers about the piece he has.
Here’s Ralf’s email to Sanon:
Dear Mr. Sanon,
as you may remember I tried to talk to you via phone for two times, but sorry my French is not well enough to ask you what I would like to know!
My name is Ralf Hartenberg and I´m living in Germany. Some weeks ago I bought one of your sculptures here on an auction for antiques and art.
I loved this sculpture from the first moment I saw it and so I will try to find out as much as possible about it.
In the subject of this mail I will send some photos that show the sculpture I bought - I hope everything will be fine to see on it.
Please could you tell me more about this? How old do you think it may be? What kind of wood is it (maybe the photo that shows the ground of the sculpture helps you further)? Do you know how it comes to Germany (what year it was sold)? Was it sold from a Gallery or did the buyer buy it directly at your studio? It measures 160cm and weights about 17kg!
Although I will keep this sculpture and don´t want to sell it in any way - what do you think was the price that once was paid for it (this is not the most important information ...but would be interesting to know, of course ;-) ).
Does this sculpture have a "name"?
Many, many questions I know - but I´m so in hope that you can answer them (if not you nobody can ...;-) ).
I really would like to thank you for this wonderful sculpture! It is here in my living room now and ... - of course nothing will last forever - ...but as long as possible I will keep it here and hope it stays in my family for a long time than!
Many thanks for reading this and I hope to hear from you soon!
Best regards and greetings from Germany
Thank you to my husband who translated this email into Creole. Thank you to my brother in law Philippe for bringing the letter to Sanon. Thank you James Lapierre of Lapierre Film for editing this video.
Stay tuned for an update!
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