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Artemis Gallery’s October 20 auction features pre-Columbian and Hispanic Marc Amiguet Schmitt…


Great Pre-Columbian, Late Classic Maya, circa 550-900CE, polychrome incensario fragment of the sun god Kinich Ajaw (or Kinich Ahau), also referred to as “God G” in reference to the codices. Size: 10.8 inches wide x 11.8 inches high. Provenance: Estate of Marc Amiguet Schmitt, Ancient Art of Amiguet. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000
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BOULDER, Colorado – On Thursday, October 20, Artemis Gallery will host a very special auction featuring the cultural art collection of Marc Amiguet Schmitt, a respected antiques dealer and owner of Amiguet’s Ancient Art. While Marc only lived to be 49, his impact was great, particularly in pre-Columbian artistic circles.

“Since the 1990s, Marc Schmitt owned Amiguet’s Ancient Art, an instantly recognizable name in pre-Columbian art,” said Bob Dodge, Executive Director of Artemis Gallery. “Marc’s appreciation for pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial cultures came from his grandfather, Louis Amiguet, who emigrated to the United States from Guatemala sometime before 1950. Many of Marc’s most prized treasures were objects that his grandfather had passed on to him even before Marc began his career as an antique dealer.

“Unfortunately, Marc passed away in January of natural causes. He left an incredible collection of cultural objects from all over the world, but above all exceptional examples of pre-Columbian art from Central America, South America and Mexico. It is with a sense of great pride, as well as a deep sense of sadness, that we are offering some of these precious items from Marc’s personal collection on October 20th.

Among the best pre-Columbian objects in the Schmitt collection is the Auction Opener: a 16-inch pre-Columbian Olmec stone seated figure (from southern Mexico to Guatemala) holding a bowl of offerings. Created around 1200-800 BCE and carved from a single piece of volcanic basalt, the kneeling figure has typical Olmec features such as a jowly face, downward facing “jaguar” mouth, square jaw, nose wide and swollen, slanted eyes. Its auction estimate is $6,000 to $9,000.

Also from the Olmec culture, a huge carved andesite drug spoon 9.125 inches long reflects the importance of psychoactive substances for their shamanistic rituals and healing. The convenient spoon design incorporates a raised ridge along its edge to prevent spills when preparing a mixture. Dating to around 900-500 BCE, it should attract a winning bid in the $4,000-$6,000 range.

Pre-Columbian Maya, Honduras, polychrome cylinder from Ulua Valley, rare Dedalos type, with images of three human figures and fruiting cacao trees, circa 450-550 CE, 3.875 inches high x 4.2 inches wide. Provenance: Estate of Marc Amiguet Schmitt, Ancient Art of Amiguet. Estimate $2,500 to $3,500
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Only a collection with a deep family lineage, such as that of the late Marc Schmitt, would be likely to hold a treasure like Lot 14, a large Maya Pre-Columbian polychrome incensario fragment of the sun god Kinich Ajaw (or Kinich Ahau). The richly iconographic design carved by an obviously skilled craftsman depicts the deity within the jaws of a serpentine creature – albeit resembling a quetzl – which was sometimes said to carry Kinich Ajaw across the sky. Two large wisps of “smoke” seem to emanate from the mouth of the god, thus adding to the theatricality of this exceptional ceremonial piece. Estimate: $4,000 to $6,000

Deceptively primitive at first glance, a copper funerary mask from the pre-Columbian Sican/Lambayeque culture (northern coast of Peru) reveals its sophistication one aspect at a time. The mask around the 10th and 11th centuries CE is said to have adorned the body of an elite member of Sican society (gold was for lords, silver for noble women, and copper for wealthy commoners) . High-class sicans frequented workshops that made beautiful metal objects like this mask. It has a hand-hammered border finished in a pleasing artistic pattern; her eyes are teardrop-cut mother-of-pearl shell with applied copper pupils, and a handcrafted ornament hangs from the nose. The face does not appear to represent an individual, but rather a stylized deity, which would have allowed the deceased to assume a divine identity. This visually stunning mask is estimated between $2,400 and $4,800.

The Schmitt Collection is filled with unusual and exceptionally beautiful pre-Columbian pottery. For example, a Maya polychrome cylinder, Honduras, Ulua Valley circa 450-550 CE is described by Artemis Gallery scholars as the rare Dedalos type, referring to its narrow, temporal window of production. The vessel is densely decorated all around with colorful images that include three human figures kneeling to remove pods from fruitful cacao trees. Comparable to a cylinder in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, it is sold at auction with an estimate of $2,500 to $3,500.

Large and impressive Chinese Han dynasty glazed pottery model of a storage granary with ridged roof and panda bear supports, circa 206-220 CE, 17¼in x 9¾in. Provenance: Estate of Marc Amiguet Schmitt, Ancient Art of Amiguet. Estimate $3,600 to $5,400
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Another of Marc Schmitt’s valuable pre-Columbian pottery pieces is a large Maya-Teotihuacan tripod rattle vessel dating from 600-800 CE and being of the Tiquisate type. Made of red-orange terracotta, it rests on three beautifully decorated square legs. Its most distinctive feature is the network of nine applied rattles around its circumference, each a sphere with two incised eyes and a horizontal slit resembling a mouth. Vessels of this type would undoubtedly have been used in ceremonial rites and shaken to create a great racket. Estimate: $2,500 to $3,500.

A highlight of the Spanish Colonial category is a hand-carved and painted wooden 19th century AD articulated Christ figure with blue glass eyes. The figure is seated in a 19th century New Mexican wooden chair and is of a type that would have been dressed and used in processions and rituals. The presale estimate is $3,000 to $4,500.

Marc Schmitt’s highly refined taste can also be seen in the Asian antiquities he collected, including a marvelous model of glazed pottery circa 206-220 CE from the Han dynasty of a storage granary. Detailed with a ridged roof and panda bear supports, it measures 17 ¼ inches by 9 ¾ inches. Its auction estimate is $3,600 to $5,400. Another great treasure is a Ming to Qing dynasty stone panel of a guardian fu lion, or “foo dog”, hand-carved in bas-relief against a scalloped panel. Created around the 17th to early 19th century CE and measuring 16 inches long by 11¾ inches high, it is offered with an estimate of $3,600 to $5,400.

Artemis Gallery’s Thursday, October 20, 2022 auction, featuring Part I of the Marc Amiguet Schmitt/Amiguet Ancient Art Collection, as well as high-quality selections from other shippers, will begin at 10 a.m. EDT . All items come with Artemis Gallery’s guarantee that they are genuine and legal to buy, own and, if desired, resell. An Artemis Gallery certificate of authenticity will accompany each piece. The company ships worldwide and has its own in-house packing and shipping department to ensure quality control. Proxy auctions are currently underway. Detailed and authoritative descriptions and several photographic views of each auction lot can be viewed online. catalog. For more information about an item in the auction, call Teresa Dodge at 720-890-7700 or email [email protected] Bid remotely or live via the Internet via Live auctioneers.