Find the Unexpected at Artemis Gallery’s July 23 Discovery Auction Artemis Gallery’s July 23 Summer Discovery Auction presents rare opportunities for beginners, unexpected finds for advanced collectors of antiquities including ancient and ethnographic art, tribal, Sp
News-Antique.com - Jul 17,2014 - BOULDER COUNTY, CO – It doesn’t have to cost an Etruscan king’s ransom or an Egyptian pharoah’s arm and a leg to collect ancient art and antiquities. There’s an entry level that nearly any aspiring collector can afford, says Teresa Dodge, executive director of Artemis Gallery, whose Summer Discovery Auction is slated for July 23rd.
“We’ve planned our upcoming auction of predominantly ancient and ethnographic art specifically so that anyone who has ever had the desire to get into this fascinating field of collecting could do so without price being a hindrance,” Dodge said. “However, the quality of the more than 300 lots we’ve chosen for the sale is so high, even seasoned collectors are going to want to check over the catalog very carefully. There are going to be some outstanding bargains that will fit right into many advanced collections.”
At least 10 lots in the sale have Hollywood provenance, as they’ve come directly from the superb collection of Emmy Award winner Donick Cary, who is currently co-executive producer of the hit TV show Parks and Recreation.
Every Artemis Gallery auction features desirable, solidly provenance classical antiquities, and the July 23rd event is no exception. Lot 2 is an attractive Egyptian granite fragment incised with the image of a striding king. If it were complete and 8 inches high, it would sell in the range of $15,000-$20,000, but being a 2½-inch section, its bidding will open at $2,000. The piece shows the figure from mid chest level to just above the knees, with hands against the thighs. It is from Egypt’s premier New Kingdom period, 18th to 20th dynasties.
Lot 14B, an Anatolian (western Turkey) gold sheet decorated with a repousse figure of a standing goat, exhibits wonderful presence and coloration. It measures 2½ inches wide by 2¼ inches tall and dates to around 1000 BCE. It is entered in the sale with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate.
Drinking vessels are found in every culture. Their styles and the materials from which they are made reflect the status of their original owners and the types of beverages they were meant to contain.
Lot 39 is a 2nd to 3rd century CE Roman glass cup probably designed for wine. Standing 3½ inch high, it quite likely came from a Roman villa whose wealthy occupants used it as an everyday glass. Intact and perfect, with a slightly greenish iridescence, it will open for bidding at $400. “You could pay more than that for a 50-year-old piece of Steuben,” Dodge noted. “This item might end up being a very good buy for someone.”
A second vessel of note is Lot 14D, a Mycenaean pottery cup approximately the size of a shot glass. Dating to 1300 BCE, it has a starting bid of only $200.
Ancient coin collectors won’t want to miss the rare coinage included in the sale, which will be priced at 50% of the lowest retail price that Artemis Gallery could confirm. An example from the selection is Lot 62, a “solidas,”