“All items offered for sale in this auction have been legally acquired and are legal to sell, and are guaranteed authentic/as described. We believe an antiquity will find its correct price in the market almost every time if it is offered with the assurance that it is authentic, legal to purchase and meets the timeline qualifications for UNESCO and various national treaties,” said 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. Among the highlights offered for sale is a huge 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 a 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’ Classic Era (525-450 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 tribal 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. Pre-Columbian highlights include a large Aztec obsidian ceremonial blade from 1400 A.D., a phenomenal pre-Columbian Vera Cruz stone serpent scepter dating to 400-600 A.D., and an incredible Quimbaya gold group featuring a solid gold mask and three nose rings.
In the Native American Art section, there is a nice selection of authentic pieces including a native American Plains hide shield, an Acoma Pueblo polychrome water jar and a Sioux beaded baby’s bonnet, 1880s.
For questions on any item in the sale, call Teresa Dodge, managing director, at 720-890-7700 or e-mail her directly at email@example.com.
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