LONDON – An extraordinary selection of ancient and oriental art, including treasures from ancient Islam, will be on offer at Apollo Art Auctions on Sunday, August 28, from 12:00 p.m. BST (7:00 a.m. EST ). The sale of 417 lots, with beautiful and interesting items to please even the most sophisticated collector, will take place live at Apollo’s elegant gallery in central London, with international attendance cordially welcomed by telephone, by order of purchase or directly online via Live auctioneers.
The generously illustrated catalog is divided into two parts. The Islamic section, which opens the sale, includes ancient pottery, glass and bronze works, as well as textiles, manuscripts and paintings that reflect Nishapur, Seljuk, Mamluk, Safavid and other Middle Eastern origins. -East. The Ancient Art section showcases an enviable array of rare Greek, Etruscan, Roman, and medieval art and weaponry, as well as Chinese and Indus Valley ceramics. To the delight of those who collect portable antique jewelry, there is a treasure trove of 50 tempting pieces to choose from, including earrings, pendants, necklaces and rings set with precious and semi-precious stones. precious.
A highlight of the Islamic art category is a Mamluk or earlier (possibly Ayyubid or Fatimid) wooden panel carved in high relief. Traces of multicolored floral decoration with pigments of pond origin visible on its frame. The 390mm by 134mm (15.4in by 5.28in) coin, whose provenance includes a pre-2000 purchase from Oliver Hoare, will be passed on to its new owners along with its loss register certificate. art and a radiocarbon dating report. Estimate: £10,000 to £15,000 ($12,050 to $18,070)
Adorned with Nasta’liq script in cartouches and sun-facing symbols linked to the mythical Shah Jamshid, a pewter basin dating from around the 17th century also mentions the name of Jafr Kadim, who was the 7th Imam. Kadim was born in 745 AM in Medina and lived during the time of the Abbasid Caliph Al-Mansur. The vessel measures 240 mm (9.4 inches) by 124 mm (4.88 inches) and is from a private collection of early Islamic art in London. It had previously been acquired in the 1980s on the British art market. His estimate is £1,500 to £3,000 ($1,805 to $3,615).
A monumental Fatimid stone panel dating from around the 9th to 11th centuries, originating in Egypt or the Levant, is inscribed in elongated Kufic characters. Its size is 440 mm wide by 210 mm long (17.3 inches x 8.3 inches). Like the aforementioned pewter basin, it is part of a private London collection of early Islamic art and was already acquired decades ago on the British art market. Estimate: £1,200 to £2,400 ($1,445 to $2,890)
An attractive Samanid period pottery bowl from Nishapur (ancient/medieval Iran) from the 10th century AD displays white pewter decoration and black painted Kufic script. Nishapur was famous for its rich traditions of ceramics, glass and metalwork until it was destroyed by the Mongols in 1221. This fine survivor measuring 210mm (8.3 inches) wide by 70mm ( 2.8 inches) tall should sell for between £450 and £900 ($540 to $1,080).
Spanning over three centuries and emerging in spectacular condition, a large-handled Mycenaean decorated vase dates to the Late Helladic IIIB period of the Bronze Age, late 14th-13th century BC. This very rare banded vessel is 260mm (10.2 inches) tall and has been accurately dated via TL analysis by independent German laboratory Ralf Kotalla. Its long line of distinguished provenance includes a London art gallery, a New York collection and Fortuna Fine Arts, NYC. Pre-sale estimate is £1,000-£2,000 ($1,205-$2,410).
A truly magnificent two-handled Etruscan black-figure amphora dating from around 525-500 BC. is attributed to the painter Micali, named in modern times in honor of the Italian scholar who first published some of the artist’s antique vases. Decorated with images of mermaids accented with ivy, it is described in the Apollo Art Auctions catalog as “a magnificent example of the work of the painter Micali”. The amphora was purchased in Frankfurt, Germany in the early 1960s and later resided in the collection of a London art gallery. It is one of many pottery pieces that have been positively dated by TL analysis at the Ralf Kotalla laboratory. It stands 430mm (16.9in) tall and is estimated at between £6,000 and £9,000 ($7,250 and $10,844).
Dating from around 400 BC. A superb 240mm (9.4in) terracotta krater from Greek Apulia displays painted scenes of a seated woman with a fan and crown, and a standing winged figure of the sacrificial goddess Nike on an altar. The vessel was TL tested by Ralf Kotalla and confirmed to contain no modern trace elements and to be of the period reflected in its style. Last held in a collection in Kent, England, and previously in a former UK collection formed in the 1990s in the UK and European art markets, it is up for auction with an estimate of £3,000-£6,000 ($3,625 to $7,250).
Casting its mysterious eye on the auction, a large 430mm (16.9in) by 190mm (7.5in) Egyptian mummy mask from the early Ptolemaic period, circa 300-250 BC. Upper part of a mummy cardboard cover, with a voluminous green wig and a nine-band breastplate, his elongated face is painted in ocher and he has a short beard under his chin. More recently it was owned by a London gallery. It had previously resided in Germany since before 1960 and was part of a private Rhineland collection. Estimate: £3,000 to £6,000 ($3,625 to $7,250)
Some of the finest known examples of ancient weapons and war relics have been offered by Apollo Art Auctions at their past auctions. Several coveted swords and an incomparable Greek Chalcidian pewter bronze helmet dating from around 500-300 BC. lead the small but selected cache of weapons for sale on August 28. – Crescent-shaped nose guard and hinged crescent-shaped cheeks shaped to fit the face tightly. Similar helmets are depicted on pottery vessels from the Euboean city of Chalcis, hence the name “Chalcidian”. Remarkably, nearly 100% of this helmet’s original tin plating remains, making it a worthy centerpiece for even the finest collection of antique armour. His lineage of provenance includes a significant London collection of ancient art; and acquisition in the 1960s from E. Muller in Leipzig, Germany. Estimate: £10,000 to £20,000 ($12,050 to $24,100)
Apollo Art Auctions’ recently expanded site is located at 25 Bury Place in the heart of London’s Bloomsbury district, opposite the British Museum. Their August 28, 2022 auction will begin at 7:00 a.m. EST / 12:00 p.m. BST. View the fully illustrated auction catalog and register to bid away or live online via Live auctioneers. The company accepts payment in GBP, USD and EUR; and ships worldwide. All packaging is handled by in-house white glove specialists. Questions: Call Apollo Art Auctions, London, on +44 7424 994167 or email [email protected] On line: www.apolloauctions.com
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