Artemis Gallery Revisits Ancient Cultures with Jan. 18-19 Antiquities, Ethnographic Auction Fascinating array of carefully curated objects traces civilizations from Ancient Egyptian times through Spanish Colonial era
News-Antique.com - Jan 16,2017 - BOULDER, CO – On Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 18 and 19, Artemis Gallery of Boulder, Colorado, will auction 454 expertly curated lots of classical antiquities and Asian, Pre-Columbian and ethnographic art. Without exception, every item in this exciting auction event is unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic, as described in the catalog, and legal to acquire according to federal guidelines. A certificate of authenticity will accompany each purchase, and all goods will be packed in house by the gallery’s own staff to ensure an enjoyable and stress-free experience for all buyers.
The Wednesday, Aug. 18 session, with its focus on classical antiquities and Asian art, will open with an outstanding selection of rarities from Ancient Egypt. One of the star lots is a Late Period (circa 715-330 BCE) painted-wood sarcophagus panel, 62 inches long, with the image of Nut (also Nunut/Nuit), goddess of the sky and celestial realm. Shown in full length with well-detailed apparel, the depiction of Nut has been professionally mounted in a wood case with glass cover. It is estimated at $18,000-$22,000.
During the Sixth Dynasty, it became a common practice to place wooden models of lifelike scenes in Egyptian tombs. By the time of the Middle Kingdom (circa 2060-1900 BCE), such articles were placed in the actual tomb chamber alongside the deceased’s coffin. In the most elaborate tombs, there were even separate chambers used only to house models of this type. Artemis Gallery’s Wednesday session features a Middle Kingdom model of plaster and wood depicting a brewery and bakery, with figures of two men sealing beer jars and a third figure kneading dough. Formerly in a New York private collection, this remarkable tableau is expected to make $9,000-$14,000.
Unquestionably a connoisseur’s piece, an Apulian (Magna Graecia, southern Italy) red-figure amphora dates to circa 330-300 BCE and is attributed to A.D. Trendall’s Virginia Exhibition Painter. The vase is of a grand scale, standing 39 inches high, and is profusely decorated with rival warriors, one on horseback; a female bust, floral elements and other fine iconography. “Virtually no Ancient Greek paintings have survived the tests of time,” said Teresa Dodge, executive director of Artemis Gallery. “This makes the painted compositions found on ceramic vessels of this type invaluable sources of information about Ancient Greek visual art. They were not merely utilitarian pottery; they were works of art that were highly prized throughout the classical world.” The vase is estimated at $70,000-$140,000.
Ancient jewelry has become a staple in Artemis Gallery’s sales and enjoys a following that is growing by leaps and bounds. On Jan. 18, bidders may choose from many Roman pieces, including gold and glass earrings, a 24K solid gold bracelet, a 20K (minimum) gold pendant with grape-leaf motif, and a 14K gold ring with a garnet intaglio of Minerva. The selection of Viking jewelry is highlighted by a glass necklace with bronze pendant, a substantial men’s decorated silver bracelet, and a museum-quality knitted-silver chain adorned with a Thor’s Hammer amulet.