Ancient, Ethnographic Art headline sale at Artemis Gallery LIVE, March 14 Join us for a spectacular one-day online auction of the fine Antiquities, Pre-Columbian, Far Eastern, Native American, and Ethnographic art the day before the infamous “Ides of March.” Our usual offe
News-Antique.com - Mar 04,2014 - Boulder County, CO - Artemis Gallery LIVE is proud to present a spectacular one-day auction of the fine Antiquities, Pre-Columbian, Far Eastern, Native American, and Ethnographic art on Friday, March 14, 2014, the day before the infamous “Ides of March.”
“This auction is truly special,” says Teresa Dodge, owner of Artemis Gallery LIVE. “Our usual offering of authentic ancient art is complemented by unique and exciting African, Native American, and Spanish Colonial pieces – it’s like taking a trip around the world, without leaving the comfort of your home… or your computer.”
This online sale begins its voyage with the splendor of the ancient Classical world. The timeless beauty of Egyptian art is on full display with brilliant blue ushabtis, bronze and faience amulets, and an important Egyptian Diorite Conical Offering Bowl (Lot 1A), impressively sized and stunning in form. The iconic elegance of Ancient Greece is embodied by a spectacular Greek Attic Lekythos, very rare, depicting Ariadne leading two satyrs to a Bacchic ritual (Lot 20), while Northern Greece is represented with an exceptional Hallstadt Bronze Situla (Lot 19). As is appropriate for an auction so near the Ides of March, the mighty Roman Empire is well represented here. A grouping of elegant marble statues includes a stately Roman Marble Head of Jupiter (Lot 48A) with curly beard and expressive eyes and mouth, a pudgy Roman Marble Statue of Eros (Lot 48B) with dimpled knees and prominent belly, and a tall and elegant Statue of the Satyr Silenus, an all around party animal, clad in a voluminously draped garment (Lot 48C). Additionally, the Roman offerings include an exceptionally fine collection of Roman glass, beautifully preserved with striking iridescence ranging from the fiery to the richly elegant (Lots 43-71A). Highlights include a deep blue Roman Glass Pitcher (Lot 60), gorgeously decorated with frills resembling a Greek woman’s peplos, the ancient inspiration for the trendy peplum top! An impressive Roman Glass Baby Feeder positively glows with iridescence (Lot 54), and a glass unguent proudly displays the colors of the rainbow (Lot 56). Finally, a Late Roman / Early Byzantine Mosaic (Lot 70B), formerly exhibited at the Halie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, Oregon, gives a colorful glimpse into ancient interiors.
Leaving the classical world, the auction moves to Northern Europe, with jewelry and weaponry that illustrate the artistry as well as the power of the mighty Vikings (Lots 73-77). From there, we move to the Far East, where magnificent funerary sculptures include a nine piece set of Processional statues (Lot 78E), finely crafted with humor and pathos. Also from China is a Han Dynasty Royal Court Lady (Lot 78A), fascinating in the detail of her dress –an ancient fashion plate! The mystical beauty of the Buddha is captured by a large Qi Dynasty Stone Buddha Head (Lot 78G), and our journey through Asia comes to a close with a Chinese Qing Dynasty 50 Taels Silver Sycee, a major form of Chinese currency for a period of more than one thousand