News-Antique.com - Mar 25,2016 - BOULDER, CO – Founded and operated by Bob and Teresa Dodge, Artemis Gallery is widely regarded by private collectors and institutional buyers as one of the most trusted sources for cultural antiquities and ethnographic art. Each piece offered in their sales is rigorously vetted and unconditionally guaranteed to be both authentic and legal to own or resell. Their next auction of investment-grade antiquities, ancient and ethnographic art is set for Thursday, March 31st, starting at 11 a.m. Eastern time.
An overview of auction categories reveals broad variety: Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Daunian, Etruscan, Near East, Far East, Asian, African/tribal, ethnographic, Spanish colonial, fossils and more. “There are excellent-quality pieces at all price points, and no hidden reserves,” noted Artemis Gallery Managing Director Teresa Dodge.
Many examples of Roman marble statuary will be offered, including a head of a cherub, an oversize hand, a sarcophagus section with floral and fruit border, and Lot 32, a head of a ram. Although rams were a symbol of authority in Roman art, animals were not common subjects for Roman sculptors. The piece in Artemis Gallery’s sale may have been part of a greater sculpture depicting the followers of Pan/Faunus. The 5.25-inch by 4-inch work is expected to reach $3,000-$3,500 at auction.
A trove of ancient gold jewelry includes five lots of exceptional Roman earrings, all distinctively designed, handcrafted and wearable. Fashioned of 22K gold, a pair of heavy drop earrings with a lunar motif dates to the 1st-3rd century CE. Entered as Lot 28, the elegant ear adornments could reach $900-$1,200. Lot 25, a pair of 22K gold hoop earrings with graduated, convoluted embellishments, weighs in at 2.7 grams and is expected to make $1,200-$1,500. The most valuable earrings in the sale, a pair of 22K Viking hoops (origin: northern Europe, 9th-12th century CE) is cataloged as Lot 50C, with a $4,000-$6,000 estimate.
The number of collectors seeking ancient glass has been on a “definite upswing,” said Dodge. “For each of our sales, we try to obtain quality Greek and Roman pieces from long-held private collections.”
For the March 31st auction, the glass selection includes a superstar: a superb Ancient Greek core-form amphoriskos, circa 6th-4th century BCE. The very early miniature amphora would have been used to hold perfumed oil. The double-handled, ovoid-form vessel is cobalt blue with a sky-blue scalloped band further decorated by a yellow zigzag pattern. Entered as Lot 13C, it is estimated at $5,500-$7,000.
Lot 21F, a Roman glass pitcher with trefoil lip and ‘ribbon’ adornment, would have been very costly when made, according to Dodge. “A vessel of this quality could only have been afforded by a member of the wealthiest class,” she said. From a New Jersey private collection, it is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
Ancient Egyptian antiquities include Lot 3, a pair of bronze sarcophagus “eyes” and “eyebrows” from the Late Dynastic Period (circa 662 to 315 BCE). Formerly in the Harlan Burke collection, the lot is estimated at $2,000-$3,000. From the same period, Lot 5 is a regal