September 10, 2012
In a collecting category as highly-specialized as ancient antiquities, the most valuable asset an auction house can possess is not a 2,500-year-old Egyptian statue or a rare Pre-Columbian artifact – it is integrity, reputation, and expertise. Teresa Dodge, Managing Director. “What’s more, everything Antiquities Salerooms offers for sale is a true piece of ancient art that is guaranteed as described or your money back.”
The first part of Antiquities-Saleroom’s Sept. 14 auction is devoted to the more classical side of antiquities and includes a nice mix of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Luristan and Chinese objects. Egyptian Faience Wedjat Eye, ex-Bonham's">Egyptian Faience Wedjat Eye from 11th-seventh century B.C. that carries an impressive provenance and was once sold by Bonham’s. Also available is an Egyptian Bronze Oxyrhynchus Fish dating to Late Period, 26th-30th dynasties (circa 664-342 B.C.); last sold by Christie’s in 1997. Additional Egyptian bronzes include an Osiris Statue Amulet and a Bronze Snake Sarcophagus.
There is a fine selection of Imperial Roman items that will be offered including a Pair of Roman Bronze Square Door Plates from the second century A.D. and an amazing size 9 finger ring featuring an agate portrait of Dionysus dating to the second century A.D. Additionally, there are offerings of Greek Attic pottery from Athens’ Classical Era (510-323 B.C.), as well as several desirable Chinese pottery examples from the Han, Tang and Ming dynasties. Most notable is a nearly 2-foot-tall statue of a 17th-18th century Japanese standing figure of Shomen Kongo.
The second part of the Antiquities-Saleroom’s live auction features a wide variety of authentic Pre-Columbian and Ethnographic art. The selection of art from the ancient Americas includes ceramics from West Mexico, the Mayan Territories and most of the major cultures of Peru, Costa Rica and Panama, plus many examples in stone and metalwork, including effigies made of gold.