Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Asian Rarities Join Tribal & Viking Art in Artemis Gallery’s June 2 Auction Museum-worthy Classical Antiquities, Ancient & Ethnographic Art Form Cornerstones of Artemis Gallery’s Auction
News-Antique.com - May 27,2016 - BOULDER, CO – While predicting the future is an exercise that fascinates all ages, looking back on various early civilizations and imagining how they lived, evolved and blended is just as intriguing. “It’s like assembling a giant, global jigsaw puzzle,” said Bob Dodge, co-owner of Artemis Gallery in Boulder, Colorado. “With every collection we view and every auction we produce, some amazing new detail comes to light that we didn’t know previously, and we love that.” One of the most reliable ways for any student of antiquities to expand their base of knowledge is to browse through Artemis Gallery’s online catalogs, including the one for their next high-profile sale, which will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2016.
The company’s Exceptional Antiquities and Ethnographic Art Auction will feature museum-worthy examples of classical antiquities, ancient and ethnographic art, as well as tribal relics, ancient jewelry, and prehistoric fossils and minerals. The timeline followed by the beautifully curated selection begins in mysterious Ancient Egypt and progresses through the Greek and Roman eras to Pre-Columbian times. As is the case with all of their sales, Artemis Gallery stands behind every item it offers. Bob Dodge and his wife, Artemis Gallery Executive Director Teresa Dodge, unconditionally guarantee each and every piece they sell to be authentic, as described, and legal to purchase according to federal guidelines. A certificate of authenticity is provided with each and every lot sold.
Exquisite pieces from the Cradle of Civilization – the Nile region – include Lot 4A, a circa 1st century BCE to 1st century CE Romano/Egyptian gold crocodile, superbly detailed and with an open mouth exposing rows of deadly teeth. The 6.875-inch animal figure is 97% pure gold and weighs 37.1 grams. Of the same age and quality, a 97%-gold monkey with a “hairy” body and simulated braided cap was part of the same pre-1960 collection that contained the crocodile. Both were analyzed by Pieter Meyers, Senior Research Scientist Emeritus, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and determined to be absent of modern metals. Each is estimated at $25,000-$35,000 and comes with provenance that includes the Oregon estate of Victor Atiyeh (1923-2014), America’s first Arab-American governor.
A very rare, life-like mummy portrait on linen, Roman-Era Egyptian, circa 2nd to 3rd century CE, is similar stylistically and iconographically to the highly regarded Faiyum portraits of the Coptic period. Entered as Lot 3F, the auction portrait depicts a presumably wealthy female wearing a long-sleeved dress, double-strand necklace and gold ring. A colorful bird is perched on her shoulder, and she holds a wreath of pink petals. The 13.25-inch by 20.75-inch portrait was formerly in the collection of the California Museum of Ancient Art. It is entered as Lot 3F with a $20,000-$30,000 estimate. Another important Ancient Egyptian item is Lot 3D, an openwork cartonnage aegis collar breastplate and vertical column register, $5,000-$7,000.
Some of the finest Ancient Greek vessels available in today’s antiquities marketplace are among the stars of the June 2 sale. Lot 4D, an impressive 11.25-inch Attic