Artemis Gallery to Auction Exceptional Antiquities, Ancient and Ethnographic Art, March 8 All items boast distinguished provenance and are unconditionally guaranteed legal to buy/sell per US cultural patrimony statute
News-Antique.com - Mar 03,2016 - BOULDER, CO – Artemis Gallery, whose expert team is known for its uncompromising attention to authenticity and quality, will auction 325+ lots of classical antiquities plus ancient and ethnographic art on Tuesday, March 8th. No reserves will apply in this auction of unusual buying opportunities. Each piece will sell to the highest bidder regardless of price. Nearly all pieces are from long-established private collections; others have institutional or auction-house provenance. Each item in the sale is unconditionally guaranteed to be legal to buy/sell under the U.S. statute covering cultural patrimony and comes with a certificate of authenticity from Artemis Gallery.
The sale is a virtual panorama of the world’s greatest cultures, including Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Near Eastern, Asian, Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial. Additionally, there will be a sections devoted to African and tribal art, as well as fossils and minerals.
Marvels of Ancient Egypt will open the event. Highlights include Lot 6A, a rare New Kingdom (19th Dynasty, circa 1295-1070 BCE) pottery jar with Bonhams provenance, est. $8,000-$12,000; and Lot 6C, an exceptional 26th Dynasty (circa 662-525 BCE) faience ushabti in the form of a mummiform human, with 9 lines of hieroglyphic text, est. $4,000-$6,000. A Late Period (Dynasties 26-30, circa 662-315BCE) mummified falcon is entered as Lot 9. Tightly wrapped in linen soaked in deep brown resin, the bird’s facial details were added in black pigment. An X-ray confirmed the interior contents to be a true falcon. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000.
The Ancient Greek category is led by Lot 25A, a rare and important bronze Pilos helmet of conical form with a scrolled bronze crest. It is of a type that was in use during the later Peloponnesian War and especially favored by Macedonian cavalrymen of the 4th century BCE. Formerly in a European private collection, it is expected to reach $25,000-$35,000 at auction Lot 16, a late 5th to early 4th century BCE Boeotian terracotta protome of a goddess, ex-collection of Helen Schou (acquired 1930-1940), is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.
An Etruscan bucchero amphora, central Italy, circa 570-540 BCE, is a full-bodied vase with broad strap handles, each carved with stylized griffins in low relief. Ex-collection of J. Smith, California, it was previously acquired from Charles Ede Ltd., London. Estimate: $12,000-$18,000.
Many fine relics of the Ancient Roman Empire are included in the sale. Among the top entries are two outstanding marble carvings executed in relief. Lot 39A is a mesmerizing circa 2nd to 3rd century CE marble relief of a flowing-haired Medusa, while Lot 44B, depicts a nude satyr and panther, and most likely came from a panel on a sarcophagus. Each is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.
A fascinating array of Viking / Celtic jewelry and artifacts will be auctioned. A German iron sword dated “1414” is described by Artemis co-owner and managing director Teresa Dodge as “one of the most remarkable iron weapons we have ever handled.” Its incised marks include four crosses and, etched into each side of the blade, the image of a running wolf. The 35-inch-long