01 décembre 2016

4,000-year-old Egyptian model boat sails away as top selling lot at Bonhams Antiquities Sale

Lot 169. A large Egyptian gesso-painted wood model boat, Middle Kingdom, circa 2133-1797 B.C.. Sold for £161,000 (€188,856). Photo: Bonhams. LONDON.- A large wooden model boat from the Egyptian Middle Period 2123-1797 B.C, sold for £161,000 at Bonhams Antiquities Sale in London today. The boat had been estimated at £30,000-50,000.  In total the sale made more than £1,310,000.  Lot 169. A large Egyptian gesso-painted wood model boat, Middle Kingdom, circa 2133-1797 B.C.. Sold for... [Lire la suite]

22 novembre 2016

Inlaid Garnet and Ruby Armlet or Bracelet, ca. 4th century BCE - 1st century CE

Inlaid Garnet and Ruby Armlet or Bracelet, ca. 4th century BCE - 1st century CE. © Copyright 2011-2016, CuratorsEye.com. nake jewelry was among the more popular luxury items in the Greek and Roman civilizations, including in the Greek colonies which flourished around the Black Sea. Extensive trade with these settlements spread Greek art, and its influence, across much of Eurasia. Some styles were copied so closely that it can be difficult, if not impossible, to be... [Lire la suite]
25 octobre 2016

First Egyptian animal mummy exhibition opens at World Museum

Cat mummy from Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, © Paul Smith. LIVERPOOL.- The first exhibition in the UK exploring ancient Egyptian animal mummies opened at World Museum in Liverpool on Friday 14 October 2016.  Animal Mummies Revealed looks at the practice of preparing animals as offerings to the gods. More than 59 specimens are on display in the exhibition for visitors to see up close. Mummified jackals, crocodiles, cats and birds are being displayed alongside rare cultural artefacts that... [Lire la suite]
20 octobre 2016

Exhibition explores ancient origins of modern concept and organization of time in the Western world

Late Babylonian Cuneiform Tablet with Horoscope of Aristokrates, Uruk. Late 3rd century BCE. Clay. H. 6 cm; W. 4 cm. Yale Babylonian Collection, New Haven: MLC 2190 © Yale Babylonian Collection. NEW YORK, NY.- The ancient Greeks and Romans contributed more than any other past civilization to the rise of time’s dominion over individual and public life. Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity, on view at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU, from October 19, 2016 through April 23, 2017, explores the... [Lire la suite]
20 octobre 2016

Eight Sarmatian gold phalerae, circa 1st century B.C.-2nd century A.D.

Lot 117. Eight Sarmatian gold phalerae, circa 1st century B.C.-2nd century A.D. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. Each: 1 ½ in. (3.7 cm.) diameter Provenance: Edmund Roy Hofmann (1901-1977), Philadelphia, acquired in Europe, 1930s-1950s; thence by descent. Note: For a similar depiction of animals in circular formation, see the gold vessel from the Kobyakov burial mound on the lower Don river in south Russia, fig. 10 in V. Guguev, "The Gold Jewelry Complex from the Kobyakov... [Lire la suite]
19 octobre 2016

A European gold bracelet, Late Bronze Age, circa 1000-750 B.C.

Lot 113. A European gold bracelet, Late Bronze Age, circa 1000-750 B.C. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 12,000. Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. 4 in. (10.2 cm.) wide Provenance: Edmund Roy Hofmann (1901-1977), Philadelphia, acquired in Europe, 1930s-1950s; thence by descent. Note: Formed of hammered sheet gold, this rare and unusual bracelet takes the form of a wide cuff tapering in at each end, with a smooth raised ridge along its length. The ridge is flanked by bands of incised herringbone pattern, while the... [Lire la suite]

19 octobre 2016

A pair of Etruscan gold ear studs, circa 530-500 B.C.

Lot 116. A pair of Etruscan gold ear studs, circa 530-500 B.C. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. Each: 1¼ in. (3.3 cm) diameter Provenance: The Boilevin family, France, 19th century; thence by descent to Monsieur Boilevin.The Boilevin Estate; Archéologie, Tajan, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 5 June 2002, lot 128. Note: Each stud is composed of a sheet disk centered by a rosette. There is a central dome filled with minute granulation, framed by eight spheres each set within a... [Lire la suite]
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19 octobre 2016

Three Celtic gold finger rings, circa late 4th century B.C.

Lot 119. Three Celtic gold finger rings, circa late 4th century B.C. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 90,000. Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. Largest: .15/16 in. (2.3 cm.) wide Provenance: Johan Gilch (d. 1943); thence by descent to his son Alfred Gilch (1918-2013) and his wife, Elizabeth Gilch (b. 1926), Munich; thence by descent. Note: These richly ornamented rings were thought to have been found together and threaded onto a plain gold hoop. One has openwork scrolls emerging from ram heads on each shoulder,... [Lire la suite]
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19 octobre 2016

A Celtic gold torque, circa late 4th century B.C.

Lot 118. A Celtic gold torque, circa late 4th century B.C. Estimate USD 120,000 - USD 180,000. Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. 7 1/8 in. (18 cm.) wide Provenance: Johan Gilch (d. 1943); thence by descent to his son Alfred Gilch (1918-2013) and his wife, Elizabeth Gilch (b. 1926), Munich; thence by descent. Notes: This impressive torque is pennanular in form with large conical terminals, and is made from hammered sheet gold. Each end is ornamented in relief in repoussé with some details chased.... [Lire la suite]
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19 octobre 2016

A late Roman gold armlet, circa late 3rd-early 4th century A.D.

Lot 124. A late Roman gold armlet, circa late 3rd-early 4th century A.D. Estimate USD 150,000 - USD 250,000. Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) diameter  Provenance: with Ars Antiqua, Lucerne (Auktion II, Antike Kunstwerke, 14 May 1960, lot 173).Jan Mitchell, New York, acquired between 1960-1966.The Estate of Jan Mitchell; Antiquities, Sotheby's, New York, 7 June 2012, lot 26. Literature: C. Belting-Ihm, "Spätrömisches Buckelarmringe mit Relief-dekor," Jarhbuch des... [Lire la suite]
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