The renowned Prince collection delivered royal numbers at Apollo

Two large Egyptian New Kingdom faience foundation tiles carrying the prenomen and nomen of Ramesses II, with a starting bid of £8,000 ($10,190) at Apollo Art Auctions.

LONDON — The sale of Fine Ancient Art & Antiquities at Apollo Art Auctions on January 28 was led by the Prince collection – a private assemblage of more than 150 pieces of Neolithic, Egyptian, Hittite, Greco-Roman, and Near Eastern art. Formed from the 1990s through 2014, most pieces were acquired through leading European dealers. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

The standout among a large selection of Egyptian faience fragments and inlays was a group of 77 Old Kingdom small blue glazed composition tiles united in a 2ft 1in by 17in (62 by 43cm) frame. Dating from the 3rd Dynasty (circa 2630-2611 BC), this form of faience tile-decoration is thought to have been invented by Imhotep, the renowned architect of king Djoser, to cover some of the interior walls of the Step Pyramid and the so-called South Tomb in the Saqqara necropolis. With a 1970s provenance, they were estimated at £12,000-£20,000 and sold at £55,000 (£68,750, or $87,205 with buyer’s premium).

Two large 19th Dynasty New Kingdom foundation tiles were believed to have come from the Pi-Ramesses palace in Qantir. Each decorated in black with an inscribed cartouche, one carries the prenomen and the other the nomen of Ramesses the Great (circa 1303-1213 BC). Similar to examples at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the tiles were part of a Belgian private collection prior to joining the Prince collection. Again estimated at £12,000-£20,000, the pair sold at £24,000 (£30,000, or $38,050 with buyer’s premium).

Several shards on offer were those collected by the Victorian Egyptologist Rev. William MacGregor (1848-1937). His collection, which formed part of an exhibition at the Burlington Fine Arts Club in 1895, was later dispersed, with these pieces sold through the Parisian works of art dealer Joseph Altounian (1890-1954). They included a Ramesside (19th and 20th Dynasty) inlay fragment of yellow faience that was won with a bid of £4,400 (£5,500, or $6,975 with buyer’s premium). Measuring 2.5 by 1.9in (6.5 by 5cm) and inlaid with two rosettes and a bunch of grapes, it was once part of a larger frieze similar to that found in Helipolis and now on display in the Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy.

A series of ancient Egyptian sculptural fragments also sold within or above their estimates as part of the Prince collection. A Late Period, 26th Dynasty (circa 590-570 BC) graywacke fragment of a figure a kneeling position holding a naos shrine in his lap had been acquired from the dealer Lydia Bertens in 2010 and was previously in a Belgium private collection. Originally either a theorophorus or a naophorous statue, it measures 10by 8in (25 by 21cm). Estimated at up to £15,000, it took £22,000 (£27,500, or $34,880 with buyer’s premium).

Measuring 12 by 7in (30 by 18cm), was a Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty (circa 1859-1813BC) lower leg fragment from a once large calcite statue of a striding Pharaonic figure. Similar to the style and curvature of statues of Amenemhat III, it was acquired from Sycomore Ancient Art in 2007 and was formerly in a Brussels collection. It took £18,000 (£22,500, or $28,540 with buyer’s premium).

A serpentine torso from a royal shabti made for the tomb of the powerful 18th Dynasty ruler Amenhotep III was sold at £17,000 (£21,250 or $26,950 with buyer’s premium). Although no longer complete, the figure is inscribed with six rows of hieroglyphs – Chapter 6 from the Book of the Dead – and the role it will serve in the afterlife. The tomb of Amenhotep III was originally found during Napoleon’s expedition in 1799 and subsequently rediscovered in 1898 and excavated in 1905-14. This figure, similar to others in many museum collections, had been acquired in 2003 from Aaron Gallery, London.

The death of Amenhotep III marked an important break from tradition. As the pharaoh who introduced a radical religious and artistic reformation, his successor Akhenaten is among the most compelling fully documented figures from the ancient world. His 17-year reign from circa 1352-1336 BC during the 18th Dynasty marked an important break from tradition. He changed his name to Akhenaten, moved the capital from Thebes to the new city of Akhetaten (modern-day Tel el-Amarna), and substituted the traditional polytheism for a new monotheistic cult centered around the deified sun disc, Aten. Akhenaten ruled with his wife, Queen Nefertiti.

The styles that flourished under Akhenaten, known as Amarna art, are unique in the history of Egyptian royal art. Representations are more expressionistic, exaggerated, and stylized. A glimpse of this is seen through a 7 by 6in (17 by 14cm) sandstone bracelet from a once colossal statue. It has Akhenaten’s double cartouches dedicated to the Aten. This fragment, sold at £11,000 (£13,750, or $17,440 with buyer’s premium) was acquired from Glenn Howard Ancient Art with an earlier provenance to an Egyptology collection formed in Sydney, Australia shortly after the Second World War. Under Akhenaten’s successor, the boy king Tutankhamun, led by the vizier Ay, Egypt gradually returned to its traditional polytheistic religion, with Thebes once more the base of royal power.

Apollo offers artifacts from the ancient world as well as Chinese and Islamic art Jan. 28-29

Roman marble head of Harpocrates, circa 2nd century AD, with a starting bid of £20,000 ($25,470) at Apollo Art Auctions.

LONDON – The sale of Fine Ancient Art & Antiquities at Apollo Art Auctions on Sunday, January 28 is headed by the Prince collection – a private assemblage of more than 150 pieces of Neolithic, Egyptian, Hittite, Greco-Roman, and Near Eastern art. Formed from the 1990s through 2014, most pieces were acquired through leading European dealers. It will be followed on Monday, January 29 by a Chinese and Islamic Art auction. The catalogs for both are now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

A pleasing selection of Egyptian faience fragments and inlays includes two large foundation tiles believed to have come from the Pi-Ramesses palace in Qantir. Each is decorated in black with an inscribed cartouche, one carrying the prenomen and the other the nomen of Ramesses the Great. Similar to an example at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the tiles were part of a Belgian private collection prior to joining the Prince collection. The starting bid is £8,000 ($10,190).

Several shards on offer were those collected by the Victorian Egyptologist Rev. William MacGregor (1848–1937). His collection, which formed part of an exhibition at the Burlington Fine Arts Club in 1895, was later dispersed, with these pieces sold through the Parisian works of art dealer Joseph Altounian (1890-1954). An opening bid of £1,000 ($1,270) is invited for a New Kingdom 18th Dynasty green and yellow inlay in the form of a lotus flower.

Also featured are two 19th Dynasty rosette inlays once owned by Daniel Marie Fouquet (1850-1921), a French doctor who lived in Cairo and whose collection of antiquities was dispersed at the Drouot in Paris in 1922. The lot is estimated at £6,000-£9,000 ($7,610-$11,410).

From another source is a Roman marble head of Harpocrates – the Hellenistic god of silence, secrets and confidentiality. This model, dated to around the 2nd century AD, depicts him with youthful and expressive features, including a subtle, enigmatic smile. It has an ownership history from before the 1960s and most recently appeared at auction in 2018 at Bonhams. Apollo has assigned a starting bid of £20,000 ($25,470).

One of the finest examples of ancient armor offered by Apollo director Dr. Ivan Bonchev since the firm was founded in 2010 is a Roman bronze Weisenau, or Imperial, helmet. The form — the final evolutionary stage of the legionary helmet — is distinctive for its mushroom-shape peak, a massive visor with a serrated edge, as well as its contoured neck guard and hinged cheek pieces. The helmet’s provenance includes successive European private collections, including the Charles Delaporte collection in the 1960s. It will open at £30,000 ($38,165).

More than 100 pieces of ancient jewelry are headed by a circa-3rd century BC Greek Hellenistic gold finger ring engraved with a portrait of Zeus, and a Ptolemaic gold finger ring set with a carnelian intaglio engraved with a crocodile. Given starting bids of £10,000 ($12,725) and £3,000 ($3,815) respectively, both were recently in a London private collection.

A fine selection of classical pottery includes a late 4th or 3rd century BC Attic red-figure bell krater with Dionysiac decoration attributed to the Telos Painter – it has a starting bid of £8,000 ($10,190) – while leading a group of Chinese terracotta figures is a model of a recumbent, braying Bactrian camel offered with a thermoluminescence test dating it to the Tang period (618-907 AD). Acquired in Hong Kong in the 1990s, it has a starting bid of £3,000 ($3,815).

As stated above, on Monday, January 29, Apollo will also hold a sale titled Fine Chinese & Islamic Art. Of particular note are several examples of Kangxi (1662-1722) blue and white porcelain, with bidding for a pair of square section vases decorated with scenes of ladies admiring flowers in jardineres opening at £5,000 ($6,350).

Authenticated ancient art, artifacts and jewelry emerge at Apollo Dec. 17

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LONDON – Antiquities and cultural art continue to grow in popularity, particularly for those who recognize the way in which an ancient artwork – whether a statue, a tapestry or a painted vessel – can elevate the tone of a room’s décor. Apollo Art Auctions has announced a Sunday, December 17 online-only auction of expertly authenticated, well-provenanced artifacts from Classical Europe through Egypt and the Near East, as well as many art treasures of China, India and the Islamic world. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Nearly 60 lots of ancient Egyptian art will be auctioned. This rimmed stone plate or tray with a surface displaying a beautiful array of natural veins is among the leading lots. Made circa-3000-2750 BCE, it was formerly the property of a North London gentleman and, prior to that, was part of a private collection formed in Paris in the 1970s. It is estimated at £4,000-£6,000 ($5,010-$7,520).

Applied arts were at the center of Classical Greek culture. An Attic red-figure krater with an attractive inverted bell-shape body dates to around the late 4th-3rd century BCE and measures 290 by 290mm (11.4 by 11.4in). Its richly painted program consists of a winged figure of Hypnos holding a trident on Side A, and a robed female, probably representing the deceased, on Side B. British and Continental European provenance can be traced back to its 1990s purchase in Paris. The krater is estimated at £4,000-£6,000 ($5,010-$7,520).

The sale will commence with a much earlier Greek production dating to circa 5th century BCE: a compelling bas-relief marble face with well-formed, nicely proportioned features, mounted on a custom-made stand. Its provenance includes the collection of a North London gentleman and, prior to that, a European collection and acquisition in Paris in the 1990s. The piece is estimated at £6,000-£9,000 ($7,520-$11,290).

From the Roman Imperial period, a circa-100-300 CE marble funerary plaque serves as an eternal tribute to ‘ABURIA PROCULA’ and is carved with three lines of Latin inscription. It measures 220 by 330mm (8.7 by 13in). Most recently the property of a London gallery and previously acquired on the Dutch art market, it was also once owned by Cedric Renard, who obtained it on the Brussels art market in 1984. It carries an estimate of £4,000-£6,000 ($5,010-$7,520).

A circa-400 BCE Hellenistic carnelian intaglio portrait of a mature bearded man set in a gold ring of a later period is also featured. It has been held in successive British collections since its 1970s acquisition on the U.K. art market. It is estimated at £4,000-£6,000 ($5,010-$7,520).

Another wonderful jewelry highlight is a Byzantine gold ring dating to circa 1200 CE. Its rectangular bezel is carved with an ‘IC’ monogram for Jesus and has a laurel-wreath inscription for ‘Scorpio.’ The ring has been XRF tested and claims an illustrious provenance. Prior to its ownership by a London ancient art gallery, it was part of the celebrated collection of the late London barrister Alison Barker, who acquired it sometime between the early 1960s and 1990s. The ring has an estimate of £2,000-£3,000 ($2,500-$3,760).
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Greek 5th century BCE marble face, estimated at £6,000-£9,000 ($7,520-$11,290) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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4th-3rd Century BCE finely modeled pottery krater, estimated at £4,000-£6,000 ($5,010-$7,520) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Roman CE 100-300 marble funerary plaque for ABURIA PROCULA, estimated at £4,000-£6,000 ($5,010-$7,520) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Egyptian 3000-2750 BCE stone shallow plate or tray, estimated at £4,000-£6,000 ($5,010-$7,520) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Hellenistic 400 BCE carnelian stone intaglio, estimated at £4,000-£6,000 ($5,010-$7,520) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Byzantine 1200 CE gold finger ring, estimated at £2,000-£3,000 ($2,500-$3,760) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Apollo celebrates new London saleroom with fine art and antiquities sale Nov. 5

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LONDON — Apollo Art Auctions has enjoyed tremendous success as the auction branch of Apollo Galleries, London’s renowned specialists in ancient art and antiquities. Since its inception, Apollo Art Auctions has conducted its online auctions at its parent company’s premises, but with its 501-lot sale on Sunday, November 5 will begin conducting both live and online sales from London’s West End at 63-64 Margaret Street. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The sale’s top-estimated lot is a circa-600 BCE Greek bronze combat helmet of archaic Corinthian type, hammered from a single sheet of bronze and completely intact, without repairs or restoration. This helmet would have been owned by a wealthy member of the social elite. It is accompanied by a professional historical report from Ancient Report Specialists, and it is estimated at £60,000-£120,000 ($72,600-$145,200).

A relic of the Cycladic II period of ancient Greek history, this Chalandriani-type female idol made from white marble is dated to circa 2800-2300 BCE. Similar idols can be viewed in the collections of the Louvre and the Archaeological Museum of Athens. It comes with a professional historical report from Ancient Report Specialists and has an estimate of £60,000-£100,000 ($72,600-$121,000).

In remarkable condition is an amphora from the Attic black-figure period, possibly attributed to the Antimenes Painter, who worked from around 530 to 510 BCE. The amphora has been TL-tested by the CIRAM laboratory in France and is clear on the Art Loss Register database, having been in a U.S. collection for some time. The lot is estimated at £45,000-£90,000 ($54,450-$108,900).

A Roman marble bust of Homer is another star lot in Apollo’s sale. Estimated to be from the Flavian to Antonine period, circa 70-200 CE, the bust has typical damage to the face, believed to be attributed to early Christian vandalism due to its pagan origin. The Homer bust is clear on the Art Loss Register database and comes from the private collection of a London gentleman. Its estimate is £40,000-£60,000 ($48,400-$72,600).
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Greek Corinthian bronze helmet, estimated at £60,000-£120,000 ($72,600-$145,200) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Cycladic marble idol of Chalandriani type, estimated at £60,000-£100,000 ($72,600-$121,000) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Attic black-figure neck-amphora, estimated at £45,000-£90,000 ($54,450-$108,900) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Roman marble bust of Homer, estimated at £40,000-£60,000 ($48,400-$72,600) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Viking gold open-type braided bracelet, estimated at £30,000-£60,000 ($36,300-$72,600) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Full range of ancient art, antiquities and militaria presented at Apollo Sept. 24

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LONDON – Collectors of antiquities, ancient art and material culture know the Apollo Art Auctions name stands for quality and authenticity. The firm’s next event, an Ancient Art, Antiquities and Militaria Auction scheduled for Sunday, September 24, features a wealth of works spanning most of recorded history. Bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

A top prize is the is 2ft 4in Roman marble figure of Cupid (Eros) holding a large bunch of harvested grapes. Finely carved in the round circa 200 A.D., it showcases the artist’s great skill at translating human anatomy to stone. With a provenance to several British and Continental galleries and collections, the estimate is £10,000-£15,000 ($12,490-$18,735).

The aesthetics of the Chinese Tang dynasty (618-907 A.D.) are captured with exceptional elegance and vitality in a 17in terracotta rider on a horse. With a thermoluminescence report confirming its age, it is estimated at £4,000-£6,000 ($4,995-$7,490).

The Gandharan school, which produced the first sculptural representations of the Buddha in human form, is hailed for its artists’ realistic and natural depiction of features “in perfection.” The Kushan period, circa 200-300 A.D., is regarded as its apex. From that timeframe comes two schist carvings: a standing Buddha figure with a halo similar to another in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a relief triad portraying Buddha Shakyamuni attended by the bodhisattvas Brahma and Indra. They are estimated at £12,000-£20,000 ($14,980-$24,975) and £10,000-£15,000 ($12,490-$18,735), respectively.

Form and function unite sympathetically in a 12in red-figure amphora made in the 4th century B.C. in Apulia, Magna Graecia. Its decorative program includes images of a young lady of fashion leaning on a pedestal fountain, and a nude, winged Eros holding a phiale and tambourine. The vessel’s line of provenance indicates prior ownership by two ancient art galleries and the estate collection of Tony Gilyard in New York in addition to inclusion in a 2020 sale at Skinner. The estimate is £6,000-£9,000 ($7,490-$11,340).

Armaments of ancient warriors and battles, including many swords, helmets, daggers and spearheads, await collectors in this auction. A circa-1st century B.C. to 1st-century A.D. Roman bronze Montefortino helmet is one depicted in numerous reference books and in the catalog for Christie’s 2002 sale of the legendary Axel Guttmann Collection of Ancient Arms and Armour. It is estimated at £10,000-£15,000 ($12,490-$18,735).

A mighty Viking forged iron sword with a broad blade used to pierce armor or deliver devastating blows in battle has a European provenance that includes the F Haushau collection formed in Germany in the 1970s-80s. Its assigned estimate is £2,500-£3,000 ($3,120-$3,745).

A popular category in every Apollo Art Auctions sale is ancient jewelry. Bursting with history and exquisitely crafted, many pieces are also wearable.

A circa-500-400 B.C. gold ring with a lozenge-shape bezel engraved with a detailed image of a bull is estimated at £6,000-£12,000 ($7,490-$14,980) while a 1st century B.C. Romano-Egyptian hollow-form gold bracelet designed with a Hercules knot and set with a garnet cabochon is estimated £3,000-£6,000 ($3,745-$7,490).

Specialist Dr Ivan Bonchev said: “Egypto-Roman gold jewelry serves as a testament to the cultural exchange and artistic fusion that occurred during the historical period when Egypt was under Roman rule. Combining Egyptian and Roman elements, unique pieces such as this bracelet encapsulate the artistic sensibilities and symbolic motifs of both civilizations.”

Dolphins were sacred animals to the ancient Greeks, who associated the marine mammals with the sun god Apollo. One of the earliest jewelry designs in the sale pays homage to the playful cetaceans: a pair of circa-4th century B.C. Greek Hellenistic gold filigree and lapis lazuli earrings that have a £3,000-£6,000 ($3,745-$7,490) estimate.
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Large Roman marble figure of Cupid holding grapes, circa 200 A.D., estimated at £10,000-£15,000 ($12,490-$18,735) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Apulian red-figure decorated amphora from Magna Graecia, dating to the 4th century B.C. and estimated at £6,000-£9,000 ($7,490-$11,340) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Circa-1st century B.C. Romano-Egyptian hollow-form gold ‘Hercules Knot’ bracelet set with a garnet cabochon, estimated at £3,000-£6,000 ($3,745-$7,490) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Circa 500-400 B.C. gold ring with an image of a bull, estimated at £6,000-£12,000 ($7,490-$14,980) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Greek Hellenistic gold filigree and lapis lazuli dolphin earrings, circa 4th century B.C., estimated at £3,000-£6,000 ($3,745-$7,490) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Circa-1st century B.C.-1st century A.D. Roman bronze Montefortino helmet, estimated at £10,000-£15,000 ($12,490-$18,735) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Viking forged iron sword, circa 900-1000 A.D., estimated at £2,500-£3,000 ($3,120-$3,745) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Kushan period Gandharan schist standing Buddha figure with halo, circa 200-300 A.D., estimated at £12,000-£20,000 ($14,980-$24,975) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Tang dynasty terracotta rider on a horse, circa 618-907 A.D., estimated at £4,000-£6,000 ($4,995-$7,490) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Kushan period Gandharan schist relief triad portraying Buddha Shakyamuni, circa 200-300 A.D., estimated at £10,000-£15,000 ($12,490-$18,735) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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London’s Apollo Art Auctions presents Timeless Treasures: Ancient Art and Coins, Aug. 27

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LONDON – Apollo Art Auctions, internationally recognized for its sales of authentic, expertly vetted ancient art and antiquities, has announced highlights of its Sunday, August 27 sale, titled Timeless Treasures: Ancient Art and Coins Auction. Bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

“At this curated auction we invite collectors to experience an exquisite array of artifacts from diverse cultures and epochs, ranging from ancient China through the Medieval period. Additionally, we are very pleased to offer wearable ancient jewelry and a fine collection of early Roman and Greek coins,” said Apollo Art Auctions’ director, Dr. Ivan Bonchev.
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Greek bronze Chalcidian helmet, estimated at £12,000-£20,000, or $15,275-$25,460 at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Western Asiatic bronze helmet and torc, estimated at £6,000-£12,000, or $7,640-$15,275 at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Merovingian iron sword with gold and garnets, estimated at £12,000-£18,000, or $15,275-$22,915 at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Roman bronze statuette of Iphigenia, estimated at £12,000-£20,000, or $15,275-$25,460 at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Greek Apulian red-figure footed plate, estimated at £6,000-£8,000, or $7,640-$10,185 at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Hellenistic gold bracelet with garnets and filigree, estimated at £4,500-£6,500, or $5,730-$8,275 at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Roman carnelian intaglio, estimated at £2,000-£3,000, or $2,545-$3,820 at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Valentinianus solidus, estimated at £1,200-£2,000, or $1,530-$2,545 at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Chinese Shang dynasty bronze jue vessel, estimated at £4,000-£6,000, or $7,640-$11,455 at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Chinese Tang dynasty terracotta camel, estimated at £6,000-£9,000, or $7,640-$11,455 at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Many forms of historical heavy metal will weigh in, starting with a Greek Chalcidian bronze helmet dating to circa 500-300 B.C. Its distinctive design incorporates such features as a domed crown, a prominent front medial ridge, a contoured double-curve above the brow, a teardrop nose guard, and hinged crescentic cheek guards. By the time of the Peloponnesian War (434-402 B.C.), the Chalcidian helmet was the most widely distributed head protection seen in Greek military ranks. The auction example is of a form also seen in the collections of several premier institutions, including the British Museum, and in several scholarly books and publications. Its line of provenance includes a central London gallery, a European collection, and the F. Breydel collection (Belgium, 1970s). The estimate is £12,000-£20,000, or $15,275-$25,460.

Pre-dating the Chalcidian helmet by several centuries is a circa 800-700 B.C. Western Asiatic (Mesopotamia, Assyria) conical hammered sheet bronze helmet and torc that draws comparison to armor seen in a chariot relief at the Louvre. The Paris museum’s artwork depicts Assyrian warriors from the North-Palace of Ashurbanipal wearing just such a helmet. The auction lot is accompanied by a report written by the noted lecturer Russel Scott, and its line of provenance includes a London private collector and successive old European collections. The rare helmet comes to auction with an estimate of £6,000-£12,000, or $7,640-$15,275.

At the time of the fall of the Roman Empire, other cultures began to evolve and eventually prosper. The Merovingians (476-750 A.D.) were one such group and they are traditionally regarded as what’s called the “first race” of the kings of France. A Merovingian iron sword featured in the sale was formed by the forge-welding process and displays a long hilt at the midsection, decorated with a gold circular plaque set with garnets. This showy edged weapon comes from a European collection and, from the 1970s to 1990s, was held in the collection of R. Bogaert of Belgium. It carries an estimate of £12,000-£18,000, or $15,275-$22,915.

The auction’s opening lot is a circa 1st-2nd century A.D. Roman bronze statuette of the goddess Iphigenia in a dramatic pose on one knee, with a bare torso and her hand raised to the brow. In Greek mythology, Iphigenia was the daughter of King Agamemnon, who sacrificed her during the Trojan War. The statuette stands 145mm/5.71in high and has a long history of provenance, with its most recent ownership attributed to a Central London gallery. It is estimated at £12,000-£20,000, or $15,275-$25,460.

Another especially beautiful lot is a circa 350-300 B.C. Greek Apulian red-figure footed plate created from high-quality clay with a lustrous black glaze. It depicts a winged Eros kneeling with a phiale in his right hand and a situla in his left hand. Measuring 8.5in in diameter, the plate compares to an example sold at Bonhams London in 2005. Formerly the property of a Central London art gallery and acquired on the Dutch market prior to that, it appears in the auction with an estimate of £6,000-£8,000, or $7,640-$10,185.

Collectors will be spoiled for choice with the many wearable ancient jewelry options that include rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and pendants. Certainly one of the stars of the group is an elegant circa-4th century B.C. Hellenistic openwork gold bracelet of D-shape form. Its decorative program includes masterful filigree work adorned by a fiery central cabochon garnet and additional teardrop-shape garnets. The bracelet, weighing 40g/1.3oz, can be worn with the assurance that its design includes a secure closure. Its estimate is £4,500-£6,500, or $5,730-$8,275.

Important Roman symbolism is captured in the circa-3rd-4th century A.D. gold and carnelian intaglio ring, which has a stone incised with the image of a hand delicately holding ears of grain and poppy seed heads. It serves as a visual ode to the abundance of nature and the vital role of agriculture in sustaining human life. Similar to an example in the Michael C. Carlos Museum (Emory University, Atlanta), it is estimated at £2,000-£3,000, or $2,545-$3,820.

More than 80 lots of ancient Roman and Greek coins will cross the auction block, with opportunities for all collectors, whether advanced or at the intermediate or novice levels. Naturally, every numismatist aspires to own the fine gold coins produced with the images of emperors such as Justinian, Heraclius or Constantine the Great. The August 27 auction includes the Valentinianus solidus struck in Antioch, 364-367 A.D. To one side is the bust of Valentinian I wearing a pearl diadem and to the other he stands with the figure of Victory. In very fine condition, it is estimated at £1,200-£2,000, or $1,530-$2,545.

An abundance of Asian antiquities will be presented, some dating to the Bronze Age. A circa-11th century B.C. Chinese (Late Shang dynasty) bronze jue, or ritual wine vessel, with its splayed tripod legs, guttered spout and taotie masks with bulging eyes, is similar to an example held in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is estimated at £6,000-£9,000, or $7,640-$11,450.

A piece not to be missed by the many collectors of Tang dynasty tomb animals is the circa 618-907 A.D. terracotta camel sculpted with its head raised and its mouth open as though braying. Standing 26in high, the auction camel could trot to a finish within an estimate of £6,000-£9,000, or $7,640-$11,455.
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Apollo Art Auctions to host July 23 sale of fine ancient art, antiquities, jewels, gold coins

Greek Chalcidian hammered bronze helmet, circa 500-300 BC, contoured double curve above brow; hinged, articulated cheek guards. By the time of the Peloponnesian War (434-402 BC), the Chalcidian design was the most widely used type of helmet within Greek ranks. Provenance: London private collection; acquired in European art market pre-2000. Estimate £15,000-£20,000 ($19,380-$25,840)

LONDON – Apollo Art Auctions, internationally known as the most-trusted source for authentic, expertly vetted ancient art and antiquities, will present a July 23rd gallery auction whose quality would please even the most discerning and sophisticated collector. In addition to highly important cultural art and artifacts, the 535-lot auction is enhanced by precious coins, and fine gold and gems from a sumptuous selection of wearable ancient jewelry. Bid absentee and live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Apollo Art Auctions offers prized selection of antiquities, Islamic art & militaria, June 10-11

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth Saxony, lobster-tail hussar’s helmet with wings, circa 17th-18th century AD, reign of August II the Strong. Round skull with six vertical ridges, horizontal visor with attached narrow face guard. Wings adorned with openwork heart shapes. Provenance: Property of European collector; formerly in private German collection. Estimate £4,500-£9,000 ($5,555-$11,110)

LONDON – Apollo Art Auctions, the premier choice for authentic, expertly vetted ancient art and antiquities, takes pleasure in announcing highlights of its June 10-11 gallery auction, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers. In addition to exquisite, professionally vetted cultural art, artifacts and jewelry, the 702-lot auction broadens the buying horizons for collectors of ancient arms and armor with the addition of post-16th-century weaponry.

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Ancient art, antiquities and other treasures abound at Apollo, April 22-23

Gandharan carved-schist figure of seated Bodhisattva, circa 200 AD, 620mm x 420mm (24.4in x 165in), 48.94kg (108lbs). Provenance: collection of London gentleman, 1970s Japanese collection. Estimate £4,000-£8,000 ($5,010-$10,020). Image courtesy of Apollo Art Auctions, London
Roman legionary bronze helmet with wings of Jupiter’s thunderbolt (a motif symbolizing power), hinged C-shape cutouts for ears, flared neck guard, circa 100 BC-100 AD. Weight: 905g (2lbs). Provenance: European private collection; formerly in F. Breydel collection, Belgium, 1970s. Estimate £12,000-£24,000 ($15,032-$30,064). Image courtesy of Apollo Art Auctions, London
Roman legionary bronze helmet with wings of Jupiter’s thunderbolt (a motif symbolizing power), hinged C-shape cutouts for ears, flared neck guard, circa 100 BC-100 AD. Weight: 905g (2lbs). Provenance: European private collection; formerly in F. Breydel collection, Belgium, 1970s. Estimate £12,000-£24,000 ($15,032-$30,064). Image courtesy of Apollo Art Auctions, London

LONDON – Apollo Art Auctions, Europe’s most trusted source for expertly authenticated ancient artifacts, takes pleasure in announcing highlights of their April 22-23 sale of ancient art, antiquities and coins. More than 800 museum-worthy lots will be offered, representing the finest relics, wearable jewelry and weaponry available for private ownership. The selection traverses many historical periods, embracing the unique cultures of Classical Europe, Egypt, the Near East, India and China. As always, an abundance of Islamic treasures has been included, as well as medieval and Viking jewelry, swords and knives. Each and every artwork or object has been personally curated by Apollo Art Auctions’ experts under the supervision of gallery director Dr Ivan Bonchev, PhD, University of Oxford. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Apollo Art Auctions to host March 12 & 15 sales of expertly curated antiquities, Islamic art

Greek Lucanian red-figure bell krater, circa 500-400 BC, TL tested by independent German laboratory Ralf Kotalla. Size: 285mm long x 355mm wide (11.22in x 13.98in). Estimate £3,000-£6,000 ($3,605-$7,210)

LONDON – As any collector of fine objects would attest, you can never have too much of a good thing. London’s premier source for exquisite ancient and cultural art, Apollo Art Auctions, agrees with that sentiment, which is why they’ve arranged for two separate and distinct sales in mid-March to accommodate an abundance of recently consigned treasures. Continue reading