21 janvier 2020

DAVID AARON, Stand 32c at BRAFA, 26 janvier-2 février 2020

Horse fulcrum, Hellenistic, 2nd-1st century BC. Bronze with silver inlay. H 17 cm. © DAVID AARON Provenance: reputedly part of a private European collection, 1970s; private collection, New York; art market, New York; private collection Alabastron, Achaemenid Empire, Western Asia, 5th century BC. Silver. H 26.1 cm. © DAVID AARON Provenance: private collection; Europe; private collection, acquired from the above circa 1995; sold at: Antiquities, Christie’s 11t December 2003, London, Lot 119; art market, London; acquired... [Lire la suite]

01 janvier 2019

Gold ring with garnet, Greek, Hellenistic, 3rd or 2nd century B.C.

Gold ring with garnet, Greek, Hellenistic, 3rd or 2nd century B.C. Gold, garnet. Other: 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm). Gift of Mrs. Harriet W. McKim Field, 1962, (62.42). © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.     
01 janvier 2019

Pair of gold armbands, Greek, Hellenistic, ca. 200 B.C.

Pair of gold armbands, Greek, Hellenistic, ca. 200 B.C. Gold. Overall: 10 7/16in., 0.4lb. (26.5cm, 0.2kg). Other (height-triton armband): 9 13/16in. (25cm). Other (height-tritoness armband): 10 7/16in. (26.5cm). Rogers Fund, 1956, (56.11.5, .6). © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. These imposing serpentine armbands represent two tritons, male and female, each holding a small winged Eros. The hoops behind the tritons' heads were used to attach the armbands to the sleeves of a garment, for otherwise,... [Lire la suite]
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01 janvier 2019

Set of jewelry, Greek, Hellenistic, ca. 330–300 B.C.

  Set of jewelry, Greek, Hellenistic, ca. 330–300 B.C. Gold. Rogers Fund, 1906 (06.1217.1–.13). © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Pediment-shaped gold diadem (06.1217.1)Pair of gold earrings with disk and boat-shaped pendant (06.1217.11–.12)Gold strap necklace with seedlike pendants (06.1217.13)Gold necklace of beads and tubes (06.1217.3)Gold snake ring (06.1217.2)Seven gold rosettes (06.1217.4–.10)This group of jewelry is said to be from Madytos on the European side of the Hellespont. The gold diadem is richly... [Lire la suite]
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26 août 2017

Hellenistic Life-size Bronze Head of a Man, 3rd-2nd century B.C.E.

Hellenistic Life-size Bronze Head of a Man, 3rd-2nd century B.C.E. Bronze, H. 33.5 cm. © Miho Museum The Hellenistic period saw the expansion of the Greek cultural realm to Africa and Asia, and during this period there was an interest in portrait sculpture of the great figures and kings of the past. The people of this day were interested in the expression of the refinement and virtues of these individuals. This life-size male head has traces which indicate the attachment of a crown or head decoration, and thus we can consider it... [Lire la suite]
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09 août 2017

Gold and Carnelian Ring, Greece, Hellenistic, 3rd-2nd Century B.C.

Gold and Carnelian Ring, Greece, Hellenistic, 3rd-2nd Century B.C., Gold, carnelian © David Aaron The ring with engraved stone is an archetype of Hellenistic jewellery.[1] Engraved ringstones such as this were carved with an image in relief, so that when pressed into hot wax they functioned as a seal. The motif was therefore a very personal emblem of identity. One’s correspondence, business contracts and finger would each bear the wearer’s chosen insignia. The Hellenistic period was an aesthetically fertile one,... [Lire la suite]

09 août 2017

Gold and Carnelian Ring, Hellenistic, Greece, 3rd to 2nd Century B.C.

Gold and Carnelian Ring, Hellenistic, Greece, 3rd to 2nd Century B.C., Gold, carnelian © David Aaron The intaglio ring is an archetype of Hellenistic jewellery. Engraved ringstones such as this were carved with an image in relief, so that when pressed into hot wax they functioned as a seal. The motif was therefore a very personal emblem of identity. One’s correspondence, business contracts and finger would each bear the wearer’s chosen insignia. The Hellenistic period was an aesthetically fertile one, characterised by the... [Lire la suite]
04 août 2017

“Drink That You May Live”: Ancient Glass from the Yale University Art Gallery

Bowl, Hellenistic or Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, late 2nd century B.C.–early 1st century A.D. Cast mosaic glass, 3 1/16 × 5 9/16 in. (7.8 × 14.1 cm). Yale University Art Gallery, Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Bequest of Mrs. William H. Moore, 1955.6.20. Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery. NEW HAVEN, CONN.- The Yale University Art Gallery announces the opening of “Drink That You May Live”: Ancient Glass from the Yale University Art Gallery. The museum is home to one of the most... [Lire la suite]
15 avril 2017

Scuplture of Nike, Hellenistic, late first century BC

Scuplture of Nike, Hellenistic, late first century BC. Marble with a brown patina, 85 x 36 cm. Photo courtesy Galerie Chenel Provenance: Sold at Sotheby’s London the 6 July 1964, lot 176; former collection of the Ford Foundation, state of New York, since the 1960’s Galerie Chenel at TEFAF New York Spring 2017
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29 mars 2017

Sotheby's sale offers an improbable array of curious objects

Lot 3027. An Impressive Allosaurus Dinosaur Skull, Late Jurassic Period, Wyoming, USA, approx. 79.8cm. Est. HK$2.2 – 2.8 million / US$284,000 – 361,000. Photo: Sotheby's. HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong will present Curiosity III on 4 April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The sale offers a total of 76 lots estimated in excess of HK$50 million / US$6.4 million *. Curiosity III features a gathering of objects formed by nature and man-made, a cross between the Western cabinet of curiosities and... [Lire la suite]