Artemis Gallery Presents Classical Antiquities, Ethnographic and Folk Art, Aug. 25 Featured: Part III of esteemed collection of Central and South American folk art, with portion of proceeds to benefit UCLA’s Fowler Museum
News-Antique.com - Aug 22,2016 - BOULDER, CO – The Egyptians, the Greeks, Near Eastern and Asian civilizations – all left artistic contributions of staggering importance to the ages, and some of the greatest survivors are seen in auctions conducted by Artemis Gallery. The Colorado company’s owners, Bob and Teresa Dodge, are renowned specialists in ancient and ethnographic art. They will present their next expertly curated auction of antiquities, ethnographic and Latin American folk art on Thursday, Aug. 25, with absentee, phone and Internet live bidding available on all lots.
Over 400 lots will be offered, starting with Ancient Egyptian treasures. The auction opener is an intriguing ovaloid hand-coiled pottery grain measure. The vessel was made from Nile silt using kilning techniques the Egyptians invented circa 3500-3200 BCE. This process was described by the British Museum following their excavation at Hierakonpolis. Standing 9.5 inches high, the attractive orange/red and black pigment-painted pot is estimated at $1,500-$2,000.
One of five distinctively different Egyptian ushabti in the sale, Lot 10 is of polychrome-painted clay and dates to the Third Intermediate Period, circa 1070-712BCE. Ushabti figures were placed in tombs to do manual labor for the deceased in the afterlife and sometimes hold tools or baskets. The example in Artemis’ auction stands 7.75 inches tall and could command a selling price in the $2,000-$3,000 range.
The Greek section is led by Lot 19, a circa 430-300 BCE Magna Graecia (Apulia, southern Italy) pottery oinochoe with red-figure artwork, a strap handle and pinched rim. The subject is the god Eros, a heavily muscled, winged young man shown naked with the exception of jewelry. The art on the 6.75-inch pouring vessel is in spectacular condition, making this piece worthy of inclusion in even the most advanced collection. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Other Greek highlights include: Lot 20, a magnificent ribbed and lidded pyxis with iridescent glaze, $1,200-$1,500; and Lot 26A, a Daunian polychrome askos with avian face, $900-$1,400.
Lot 38 is a stellar example of the redware pottery of 3rd-4th century CE Roman North Africa, one of the wealthiest provinces of the Roman Empire. The material from which the vessel is made is known as African terra sigilata. It is decorated with filigree leaves and animal forms, including rabbits, birds and serpents. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Another standout is Lot 35, a Roman bronze-applique actor’s mask form depicting a young man’s face adorned with elaborately styled hair and wearing a peaked hat. Estimate: $900-$1,400.
The Near Eastern selection includes Lot 47, a large (23.2 inches long) and well-formed cast-bronze sword, circa 1000 BCE, from the region of Luristan, $2,000-$3,000; and Lot 53C, a captivating hammered gold solidus coin from Constantinople. Dating to 457-474 CE and bearing the bas-relief image of an emperor with a spear over his shoulder, it is expected to make $1,800-$2,500 at auction.
The mystical multi-armed Indian goddess Pala appears in relief on a black schist panel, Lot 59, est. $1,500-$2,000; while Lot 59A is a vertical stone carving of three 5th-century CE Buddhas in full lotus position, est. $1,200-$1,800. In terms