Artemis Gallery will feature premium antiques, Asian and ethnographic art in its June 10 edition …
BOULDER, Colorado – Every auction hosted by Artemis Gallery is a journey back in time, with intriguing artifacts from dozens of important cultures to discover, but the company’s outstanding series is particularly popular with collectors. The finest shipments of premium art and artifacts from the Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Viking, Near Eastern, Far Eastern / Asian, Pre-Columbian and Tribal cultures are reserved exclusively for sales produced under the Outstanding Series banner . The next Exceptional, Asian and Ethnographic Antiques auction, scheduled for June 10, features over 400 museum-worthy lots, with mail order and live online auctions available through Live auctioneers.
The auction will open with one of the highlights of the session: an Amarna earthenware lotus bottle dating from the end of the 18th Egyptian dynasty with glyphs. This incredible mold-shaped container dates from around 1353-1336 BCE and is covered with softened layers of turquoise glaze. Overall, it is embellished with extensive iconography, including the Eye of Horus, hearts and tracheae, and images of semi-circular bowls or baskets. Measuring 5.626 inches (7.6 inches with stand included), the vessel has spent several decades in a private Texas collection. It comes up for auction this month with an amount of $ 15,000 to $ 20,000. A similar copy sold at Christie’s New York in 2003 for $ 23,900.
A rare and exceptional ancient Egyptian limestone statue of a shirtless walking pharaoh, from the 26th (late dynastic) Saite period, c. 664-525 BCE, has been skillfully carved with details that highlight the subject’s almond-shaped eyes, strong pecs and broad shoulders. He is “dressed” in a pleated skirt and wears a headdress topped with a uraeus. This striking piece of art stands 4.25 inches high (5.625 inches with the stand included) and is estimated to be between $ 50,000 and $ 75,000.
When some think of ancient Greek art, pottery painted with mythological scenes immediately comes to mind, and for good reason. Advanced Mediterranean culture combined imagination and technical skill to create masterpieces like Lot 26A, an amphora from the 6th century BCE with painted images of Heracles, Athena and the Nemean lion on one side. and a pair of warriors carrying shields each other. The decorative program is richly enhanced with stylized palmettes, stripes of tongue motifs and botanical accents. The 11-inch starship is published in the University of Oxford’s Beazley Archive Pottery database. Its provenance includes an important 1981 antiques sale at Sotheby’s New York. June 10 auction estimate: $ 30,000 to $ 45,000
The ancient Roman section, filled with stunning marble, bronzes, jewelry and glass, is led by a spectacular 3rd-5th century CE stone mosaic depicting a hunter whose arrow has just struck his prey, a deer . The meticulously detailed image is made up of square stone tesserae in shades of sage green, olive green, ocher, red, black and white on a cream background. “The inclusion of a deer in this scene was probably a deliberate choice to honor Diana, the goddess of the hunt. She has been described in mythology as loving the antlers and its wild animals, especially deer,” said Dodge Measuring 45.875 inches wide by 34.5 inches high, the mosaic is cataloged with an estimate of $ 24,000 to $ 36,000.
Ever popular Viking art and relics will once again be in the spotlight of the Artemis gallery with a selection including a fine variety of jewelry and earthenware. Undoubtedly from an important workshop of its time, a 10th century Viking necklace with 38 fishtail pendants in almost pure silver (98.98%) is an impressive production, each ornament being finished by hand with dotted dots. The necklace has a total weight of 187.5 grams and is offered with an estimate of $ 50,000 to $ 75,000.
Among the many Asian treasures auctioned are: a polychrome stucco lady bust from Gandharan, between $ 8,000 and $ 12,000; a 15th century Tibetan gilded copper Avalokiteshvara with 11 faces, $ 13,000 to $ 19,500; a large Jomon Japanese pottery vessel (with T / L test), $ 4,500 to $ 6,500; and a Tang Dynasty Chinese sandstone Buddha in lotus pose, between $ 8,000 and $ 12,000. Special mention deserves special mention is a red sandstone panel from the 4th century Indian Gupta dynasty with high relief figures of a sensual celestial or a deity with a mythical gajasimha (elephant / lion hybrid). A beautifully sculpted work 23 inches high, it is expected to fetch $ 25,000 to $ 35,000 at auction.
Pre-Columbian highlights include: an exceptional Mayan limestone ball field market, from $ 50,000 to $ 70,000; a rare and important Olmec pottery head effigy, from $ 6,000 to $ 9,000; an Aztec terracotta plaque of a warrior (with T / L test), $ 9,000 to $ 14,000; and a stunning 10th century Sican 13-14 karat gold ceremonial mask (northern coast of Peru) of a type believed to have been made only to adorn the face of a deceased lord or king. His estimate is $ 20,000 to $ 30,000.
Fossils of extinct and prehistoric animals continue to fascinate collectors, especially those depicting unusual species. A prime example is the rare fossilized skull of a cave hyena from East Kazakhstan, also known as the Ice Age spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta spelaea). Dating back to the Pleistocene around 2 million to 10,000 years ago, the skull features formidable teeth and incredibly powerful jaws that would have been essential, given the hyena’s diet of reindeer, equines, and even rhinos. woolly. “Being a cave dweller, his habitat surely contributed to the near perfect condition of this skull,” said Teresa Dodge, Managing Director of the Artemis Gallery. The auction estimate for this lot is $ 32,000 to $ 48,000.
The auction also features Native American art – including prehistoric Mimbres, Acoma, and Anasazi pottery – and 19th-century pottery through contemporary American and European art. Among the accomplished artists represented in the selection are: John James Audubon, Eduard Hildebrandt, William Franklin Draper and Wallace Mitchell.
The exceptional Artemis Gallery auction on Thursday, June 10, 2021 will begin at 10 a.m. EST. All items come with a guarantee from Artemis Gallery that they are genuine and legal to buy, own and, if desired, resell. An Artemis Gallery COA will accompany each purchase. The company ships worldwide and has its own white glove packaging and shipping department to ensure quality control. For more information on an auction item, call Teresa Dodge at 720-890-7700 or email [email protected] Bidding away or live via Internet via Live auctioneers.