Featured: Stellar circa 500-300 BC Chalcidian tin bronze helmet with nearly 100% original tin intact
London, August 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — An exceptional selection of ancient and oriental art, including early Islamic treasures, will be offered by Apollo Art Auctions in Sunday, August 28starting at 12 p.m noon BST (7 in the morning US Eastern Time). The 417-lot sale, with beautiful and interesting objects to please even the most sophisticated collectors, will be conducted live at the elegant Apollo Center London gallery, with international participation welcome by phone, absentee bidding or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
The Islamic section, which opens the sale, includes early ceramics, glass and bronze works, as well as textiles, manuscripts and paintings reflecting Nishapur, Seljuk, Mamluk, Safavid and other Middle Eastern origins. The Ancient Art section contains an enviable collection of rare Greek, Etruscan, Roman and medieval art and weapons, as well as Chinese and Indus Valley ceramics. To the delight of collectors of antique wearable jewellery, there is a range of 50 enticing pieces to choose from, including earrings, pendants, necklaces and rings set with precious and semi-precious stones.
A highlight of the Islamic art category is a Mamluk or earlier (probably Ayyubid or Fatimid) wooden panel carved in high relief. Traces of colorful floral decoration in original pigments can be seen on its frame. 390 mm by 134 mm (15.4 in by 5.28 in) piece, whose provenance includes a pre-2000 purchase from Oliver Hoare, will forward to its new owner with the Art Loss Registration Certificate and a radiocarbon dating report. Estimate: £10,000-15,000 (12050 dollars–$18,070)
A truly magnificent circa 525-500 BC Etruscan black-figure amphora with two handles decorated with mermaids is attributed to the Micali Painter, named in the modern era for the Italian scholar who first published some of the artist’s ancient vases. The amphora was bought in Frankfurt Germany in the early 1960s and later resided in a London art gallery collection. Positively dated via TL analysis at the independent Ralf Kotalla laboratory, it stands 430mm (16.9in) high and is estimated at £6,000-9,000 (7250 dollars–10,844 dollars).
Casting its mysterious gaze over the auction is a large 430 mm (16.9 in) by 190 mm (7.5 in) Egyptian mummy mask from the early Ptolemaic period, circa 300-250 BC. The top of a cardboard mummy cover, with a voluminous green wig and nine-bar chest, the elongated face is painted ocher and has a short beard under the chin. It was recently owned by a London gallery. He previously lived in Germany since before 1960 and included ownership in a private Rhineland collection. Estimate: £3000-6000 (3625 dollars–7250 dollars)
An unmatched 500-300 BCE Chalcidian Greek tin helmet is forged in one piece with high-arched browbones, a teardrop-shaped nose guard, and articulated crescent cheeks. Similar helmets are depicted on ceramic vases from the Euboean city of Chalcia, hence the name “Chalcidian”. Remarkably, almost 100% of this helmet’s original pewter coating remains, making it a worthy display for the finest collection of antique armour. Estimate: £10,000-£20,000 (12050 dollars–$24,100)
of August 28, 2022 The live gallery auction will begin at 7 in the morning US Eastern Time/12 noon BST. View the fully illustrated auction catalog and register to bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers. The company accepts payments in GBP, USD and EUR; and ships worldwide. All packaging is handled by in-house white glove specialists. Questions: call Apollo Art Auctions, Londonon +44 7424 994167 or email [email protected]. Online: www.apolloauctions.com
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Dr. Ivan Bonchev
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SOURCE Apollo Art Auctions