News-Antique.com - Feb 06,2017 - BOULDER, CO – Artemis Gallery’s Thursday, February 9th Varity Auction lives up to its name and then some, with hundreds of fine-quality pieces to suit all tastes and budgets. From relics of early Middle Eastern civilizations through to the Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial periods of the Americas’ rich history, there are many wonderful “gems” to be discovered in this sale.
The cornerstone of every Artemis Gallery auction is classical antiquities of Ancient Egypt and Rome. Among the Ancient Egyptian highlights are: Lot 3A, an appealing circa 1070-712 BCE cast-bronze ibis, posed as though standing in the shallow waters of the Nile, estimate $900-$1,400; and an elegant Apulian (Magna Graecia, southern Italy) red-figure hydria, $2,000-$3,000. Dating to around the 4th century BCE, the hydria features a pleasing depiction of a Lady of Fashion on one side and a large palmette on the other side. The vessel was formerly in the collection of James Farmer, a noted collector who acquired it at Sotheby’s New York. Yet another Lady of Fashion adorns Lot 10C, a circa 350-320 BCE Greek skyphos purchased by Farmer in 1995 at Christie’s. Est. $600-$900
Also originating in Magna Graecia, circa 350-250 BCE, Lot 10F consists of a pair of graceful oinochoe vessels designed as portrait heads of a male and female, each topped with a pitcher. Both figures are cleverly crafted contiguous pieces with well-defined, naturalistic features and a post-fire-applied white pigment. The two-piece lot, ex James Farmer collection, is very reasonably estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
With Valentine’s Day approaching, many will be shopping for the gift that can’t miss: jewelry. Artemis Gallery’s February 9th sale offers a fantastic array of hand-selected, wearable ancient jewelry from a number of cultures. One of the finest inclusions in the group is Lot 42C, a breathtaking late 3rd to 2nd millennium BCE Bactrian necklace. It features a round pendant of hammered 22K gold sheet suspended from a strand of 10 circular lapis lazuli beads spaced with eight 22K gold openwork beads. This statement piece is estimated at $1,800-$2,500.
Lot 38, a striking Ancient Sassanian (Iran), circa 3rd to 5th century CE twisted silver cuff bracelet showing both Near Eastern and Greco-Roman influences is estimated at $1,200. Suitable for either a man or woman, Lot 23A is a circa 2nd-5th century CE 18K gold Imperial Roman ring set with a red jasper intaglio. It is carved with the figure of a three-faced, bearded man and estimated at $600-$900.
The Asian art section is brimming with treasures of the Far East, such as Lot 49D, a Khmer Empire circa 12th century CE sandstone carving of a devi, or female goddess. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Lot 56 is a huge and spectacular Chinese Neolithic jade bi disc from the Liangzhu culture, 3400-2250 BCE. Standing 21.25 inches on its museum-quality stand, this carved-jade celestial symbol displays a mesmerizing variety of colors, from deep forest green to russet, soft gray and pearly white. A similar bi disc roughly half the diameter in size sold for $40,000 at Christie’s New