30 janvier 2017

Gold Ring with Filigree Decoration, Visigothic (?), 6th–7th century

Gold Ring with Filigree Decoration, Visigothic (?), 6th–7th century. Gold. Height 34.4 mm; exterior diameter 20.26 mm.; weight 10.1 g.; US size 8; UK size P ½. Griffin Collection, L.2015.72.42 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

29 janvier 2017

Three Winged Putti Forging Arrow Heads, Roman (cameo), 1st century

Three Winged Putti Forging Arrow Heads, Roman (cameo); modern (setting), 1st century (cameo); modern (setting). Gold and onyx. Weight: 3.2 g.; circumference: 58 mm.; size: US 8.5, UK Q ½. Griffin Collection, L.2015.72.31 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
29 janvier 2017

Late Roman Ring, Roman, late 4th–5th century

Late Roman Ring, Roman, late 4th–5th century. Made in probably Britian. Gold, set with yellow, green, and red glass, two sapphires, and a garnet. Bezel 28 x 23 x 4 mm.; circumference 58 mm.; weight 10.1gr. Griffin Collection, L.2015.72.3 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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29 janvier 2017

Octahedral Diamond Ring, Roman, second half 3rd–early 4th century

Octahedral Diamond Ring, Roman, second half 3rd–early 4th century. Gold, diamond. Height including diamond 30.73 mm.; hoop outer diam. 25 mm.; bezel 6.32 x 8.55 mm.; weight 9.2 grams; US size 5.75; UK size L. Griffin Collection, L.2015.73.4 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Diamonds were highly prized in the Roman world. They were used in their raw state, as octahedral gems, because techniques for cutting them had not yet been invented. The only source of diamonds was India, and only small numbers reached the... [Lire la suite]
25 janvier 2017

Swiss Art Dealer Sues Getty Museum for $77 Million

Courtesy of Fondazione Torlonia Onlus MANHATTAN (CN) — In a federal lawsuit on Jan. 12, a Swiss art dealer claimed that the Getty Museum in Los Angeles unfairly dropped it from a deal for a portion of a multi-billion dollar private collection of Roman antiquities that the dealer was brokering, reports Courthouse News. Phoenix Art, of Geneva, claims the Getty Museum has a “history of dubious acquisitions and trouble with Italian authorities,” and that it helped smooth the deal for the acquistions until the museum “stole... [Lire la suite]
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24 janvier 2017

Galerie Günter et Puhze. Stand 133a. Brafa Art Fair, 21-29 janvier 2017

Eros, Hellenistic, early 2nd century BC. Terracotta. H 39.3 cm. Courtesy Galerie Galerie Günter et Puhze.  Literature: Freddie Küng, Luzern, catalogue Schweizerische Kunst- und Antiquitäten-Messe, Basel 1972, p. 18. Calyx krater by the Underworld Painter, Apulian, 4th century BC. Clay. H 59.5 cm. Courtesy Galerie Galerie Günter et Puhze.  Provenance: Belgian private collection, Liege, acquired in the early 1970sLiterature: LIMC, Supplt 2009, vol. 1, p. 176/177, vol. 2 p.... [Lire la suite]

23 janvier 2017

Phoenix Ancient Art. Stand 8v. Brafa Art Fair, 21-29 janvier 2017

Conical Parade helmet, Urartian, 9th-8th century BC. Bronze. H 30 cm. Courtesy Phoenix Ancient Art Relief decoration in repoussé of giant serpents with animal heads inclining downwards as if to protect the royal figures facing each other in the central heraldic composition, incised on each side of the winged sun disk of Shamash next to the Tree of Life. Around the band are smaller devotional figures. The iconography reflects Assyrian art, and the cultural exchanges of the time. Almost entirely... [Lire la suite]
23 janvier 2017

Galerie Harmakhis. Stand 32c. Brafa Art Fair, 21-29 janvier 2017

Statue of Herieus, prophet of 'Harpocrates, the Great God who resides in Mendes', Egypt, Ptolemaic Period. Nummulitic limestone. H 103 cm. Courtesy Galerie Harmakhis Provenance: Swiss collection, 1980s, then G.W., Germany, 1990s Depuis 1988, la Galerie Harmakhis se spécialise en art de l’antiquité classique et égyptienne. Licencié en Histoire de l’Art et Archéologie, licencié en Philologie et Histoire orientales (égyptologie), Jacques Billen est membre de la Chambre Belge des Experts en Œuvres d’Art, de la... [Lire la suite]
23 janvier 2017

Galerie Gilgamesh. Stand 52a. Brafa Art Fair, 21-29 janvier 2017

Head of a young woman, Greece, probably an Athenian workshop, late 5th-early 4th century BC. Marble with traces of rootlets. H 26 cm. Courtesy Galerie Gilgamesh Provenance: Mikas collection, antique dealer in Paris; Bonn, acquired in the region before 1970 Large oinochoe or wine jug with lid, Greece, geometric period, mid 8th century BC. Terracotta beige to brown highlights. Adorned with geometric and zoomorphic designs. H 61 x Ø 39 cm. Courtesy Galerie Gilgamesh Provenance:... [Lire la suite]
23 janvier 2017

David Ghezelbash Archéologie. Stand 84c. Brafa Art Fair, 21-29 janvier 2017

Head of a pharaoh wearing the Nemes with ram’s horns, Egypt, Ptolemaic period, circa 330-30 BC. Sculptor's mode.; White limestone. H 10 x W 10 x D 3 cm. Courtesy David Ghezelbash Archéologie Provenance: former private collection of Mr Bernard Daydé (1921-1986), theatre designer and director of the National Lyrical Theatre from 1971 to 1977, Paris, France; given to him in 1950 by King Farouk Funerary statuette of a servant or ‘Shabti’, Egypt, New Kingdom, Ramesside period, 1295 to 1069... [Lire la suite]