Artemis Gallery to Auction Exceptional Antiquities, Ancient, Asian & Ethnographic Art, Oct. 22 250-lot selection includes finest rarities with provenance from connoisseurs’ collections and leading arts institutions
News-Antique.com - Oct 15,2015 - BOULDER, CO – Provenance is always desirable, no matter what the collecting category may be, but when the object of pursuit is a premier cultural antiquity, prior ownership and the assurance that an item is legal to purchase escalate from “important” to “absolutely essential.” Artemis Gallery’s owners, Bob and Teresa Dodge, established their company on a foundation of knowledge and integrity, issuing an unconditional guarantee that every piece they offer is authentic and unquestionably legal for bidders to purchase. And it is that steadfast business mantra that continues to bring Artemis Gallery the caliber of consignments such as those seen in their Oct. 22 online auction of Exceptional Ancient, Asian and Ethnographic Art.
“We have a very selective and uncompromising clientele,” said Bob Dodge, co-owner of Artemis Gallery. “Many are connoisseurs who are prepared to pay a premium to own the very best. They already know that if an object is in our auction, it’s authentic, but they also want an ironclad assurance that there won’t be a problem later on with regard to cultural patrimony. We do all of the background work for them so they can buy with confidence. On the other hand, sellers know that we have a following with institutions and high-end collectors, so they entrust us with their very best things.”
The October 22nd online auction is a first-class event brimming with museum-worthy examples of classical antiquities and ethnographic art from scores of ancient cultures. An overview of highlights reveals a Greek Attic amphora previously deaccessioned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; a large and impressive Ancient Roman mosaic of a bacchante, and a circa-1750 Indian bronze figure of Parvati, purportedly a gift from Mahatma Gandhi to a prior owner, in 1946. There are many intriguing rarities of the Pre-Columbian world, plus coveted Roman glass, and even a matched pair of complete Pleistocene woolly mammoth tusks.
Endlessly fascinating, the Ancient Egyptians entombed their most highly prized relics, and for thousands of years, their treasures have mystified scholars. Several auction highlights shine a light on Egypt’s fascinating past. One of the finest pieces in the sale, Lot 3 is a 23 by 21-inch limestone relief of the goddess Hathor. Dating to the 18th to 20th Dynasties (circa 1570-1069 BCE) and formerly in the prestigious Simonian collection (Switzerland), it is expected to sell for $30,000-$40,000.
Lot 7 is a superb Egyptian bronze cat – the goddess Bastet in her animal form, seated in a sophisticated pose. Exhibiting a beautiful green, red and brown patina, the figure was originally part of a small bronze sarcophagus lid and dates to the Late Period, circa 661-332 BCE. Its estimate is $7,000-$9,000. Immediately following as catalog Lot 7A is an Egyptian wood ushabti box, its lid decorated with the detailed depiction of an embalming scene. Estimate: $8,000-$9,000.
Two antiquities formerly in the collections of legendary London dealer Charles Ede and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston lead the Greek section. Lot 10 is a spectacular Greek Attic