Miniature Dong Son Bronze Bull’s Head Bell, Viet Nam or Cambodia, Ca 1st millennium BCE. Estimate $300 – $500. Photo Artemis Gallery.
Small cast bronze bell with bull’s head and horns in relief, large bale and suspension loops on each side; horizontal lines as added decoration. Size: 1-3/4″H.
Provenance: Ex-private D. Smith collection acquired before 1990
Burnished Amphora with Bronze Fittings, China, Late Warring States Period-early Han Dynasty, 476-221 BCE. Estimate $12,000 – $15,000. Photo Artemis Gallery.
This boldly modeled and very large ovoid shaped amphora is embellished with unusual bronze appliques. This wonderful modernistic shape which mixes well with modern art is a bit of a mystery since usually Chinese art forms are repeated dynasty after dynasty. This shape was only used during the Late Warring States period through early Han Dynasty. Some theorists suggest import by foreign peoples, but the only comparable shape is a bronze version of much later date from Japan. It is a spectacular piece if displayed on a pedestal. We can help the buyer find an appropriate pedestal for its enhancement. Wide strap handles. Flared neck has 3 linear bands around exterior and concentric circular combed bands on interior of neck. Bottom has cross hatching. Size: 12-1/4″H.
Provenance: Acquired by present owner from an old New York collection.
Polychrome Warriors Vessel, Pre-Columbian, Nazca culture, Southern Peru, ca. 200-600 CE. Estimate $1,200 – $1,500. Photo Artemis Gallery.
Large polychrome pottery bridge-spout vessel decorated in the form of a warrior with modeled face emerging from the front and five warriors rendered in composite profile on his mantle, hand painted in distinct shades of red, black, beige, and cream. Jar is painted with battle scenes and implements of war with atl atl below the head and those very terrifying abstract warriors to each side and rear. The Nazca replaced post-firing resin painting with pre-firing slip painting making for a great deal of experimentation to learn which slips produced certain colors. Note the painstaking technique required to adorn this vessel with intricate details and geometric motifs in such a wide range of hues! Size: 7″ W x 6-1/4″ H
Provenance: Ex-private C. Sobredo Collection, acquired in 1964.
Gold Crabs-Fish Nose Ornament, Pre-Columbian, Vicus, Loma Negra, North Coast Peru, ca. 500-100 BCE. Estimate $7,000 – $8,000. Photo Artemis Gallery.
Elegant and large gold nose ornament depicting crabs catching fish in raised relief. Custom stand. Gold itself measures 4″W x 2-1/2″H.
Provenance: Ex-Eugene Lions Collection, Geneva, Switzerland, ex-Arte Primitivo, NYC.
Byzantine Gold Cross with Garnet + Gold Earrings, Eastern Mediterranean, ca. 8th to 10th century CE. Estimate $18,000 – $25,000. Photo Artemis Gallery.
Solid, high karat gold in the form of an exquisite opernwork cross with a large cabochon garnet in center and an ample suspension loop at top, 24.78 grams in gold weight. Along with pair of « Pendants » with hinged loop in crescent shape. Combined weight of pendants 36.46 grams. WHile called pendants these were actually worn in the hair with a bit of added perfume. Size: Cross 2-1/2″H, Earrings 2″L each.
Provenance: Ex-Andrew Green Collection, acquired in mid-1990’s.
Huge Sumerian Cuneiform Tablet, Southern Iraq, Ur III Period, ca. 2100 to 2000 BCE. Estimate $12,000 – $15,000. Photo Artemis Gallery.
ozens of lines of text which can be translated, but to date have not (translation will cost $500 – email for details). The largest we have ever had the pleasure of handling. Size: 10″ x 10″.
Provenance: Ex-private UK Collection, Ex-Bonham’s, acquired at auction 5/1/2008.
Bronze Figural Oil Lamp, Rome, 1st century BCE-CE. Estimate $15,000 – $20,000. Photo Artemis Gallery.
Among the finest oil lamps we have had the pleasure of handling! Cast bronze lamp in the form of a standing African male. He stands nude save cape over his shoulder, very anatomically correct, holding a torch which acts as the spout to the lamp, small hole in his left shoulder acts as the fill hole. The sculpture has developed a stunning multi-hued patina and is simply gorgeous! Size: 6″H – not counting custom stand.
Provenance: Ex-private New York City, NY collection
Gesso Painted Funerary Mask, Egypt, Roman period, ca 1st century CE. Estimate $5,000 – $7,000. Photo Artemis Gallery.
A wonderfully realistic three dimensional painted stucco / plaster sarcophagus mask of a youthful male. A majority of the paint remains showing skin tones and black stylized hair, or wig, with open eyes and a slight smile. Mounted to coffin-shaped hanging board (can be removed/re-mounted if so desired). Size: 8-1/4″H.
Provenance: Ex-Dorset, England private collection formed by the previous owner’s grandfather who worked for a `telegraph` company in Egypt in the 1920`s.
Greek Attic Sessile Kantharos – Owl, Athens, Greece, Ca 2nd quarter 5th century BCE. Estimate $6,000 – $8,000. Photo Artemis Gallery
Super rare and wonderful terracotta kantharos with a beautifully iridescent allover black glaze decorated in red-figure technique with owl looking forward standing between two laurel sprigs, Greek key along base. Reverse with four bands of decoration. Size: 4-1/4″D x 4-1/8″ H.
Provenance: J.M.E. collection, New York, acquired in Zurich in May 1984.
Exhibited: The New York International Antiquarian Fine Art Fair, New York, November 2001