Antiquities Saleroom reprises Discovery Sale, July 31
The sale will be patterned after their successful April Discovery auction, which was conceived as a “house-cleaning” auction for their sister company, Artemis Gallery. The starting price for each lot will be under $500, making it an ideal auction for dealers and collectors who want to enhance their collections on a budget.
“When we started our Discovery auctions we never expected the kind of excitement that they have generated, and this latest auction is off the charts,” said Bob Dodge, co-owner of Antiquities Saleroom.
The auction will begin with an impressive array of Indus valley pottery and Sumerian cuneiform tablets (Lot #1-13). Other notable pieces in this auction include a pair of Luristan bronze ibex stamps (Lot #42) and a Luristan bronze ibex finial (Lot #43), all formerly belonging to Arthur M. Sackler a prominent collector and famous scholar of the arts and the namesake for the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at Harvard University. A group of important stone artifacts, papered by William Jackson of Jackson Galleries, include a woodland “Popeye” birdstone in speckled granite from Jefferson County, Ohio, ca. 3500 B.C.–Middle Archaic Period (Lot #16).
Ancient pottery of all shapes, sizes and cultures will delight collectors of South Italic, pre-Columbian, Roman, Greek, Near-Eastern and Asian art. A magnificent North African 11-wick oil lamp with an animal scene impressed in the center is a must-have for lovers of Imperial Roman pottery (Lot #132). Colorful Egyptian ushabtis, alabaster cosmetic jars and faience Wedjat eyes can be had for a song, including a set of three gorgeous faience ushabtis in sky blue, green, and yellow (Lot 45). Charming Chinese jades and snuff bottles add Asian interest. A wide variety of stunning pre-Columbian art includes a wonderful Maya polychrome cylinder decorated with a seated lord, large animal pelt panel, and a glyph band, ex-Robert Sonin (Lot # 189). A series of impressive Native American pieces, impeccably provenanced and fully legal to sell, will also be featured. This marvelous collection includes a rare pre-historic Anasazi Kiva jar with a black-on-white snowflake painted design (Lot #266) and is crowned by a dazzling display of Navajo rugs (Lot # 307-314).
“There are so many exceptional bargains in this sale that there literally is something to excite every level of collector,” said Dodge.
Antiquities Saleroom’s Ancient / Ethnographic Art Discovery Sale will start at 9 a.m. Mountain, 11 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. For additional information about the auction, please call Teresa Dodge directly at 720-502-5289, or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.
View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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