The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Artemis Gallery to auction exceptional antiquities, ethnographic art

BOULDER, COLO.- Entire libraries have been devoted to cultures of the past, but no book, no matter how painstakingly researched, can convey the story of an ancient society quite as vividly as the objects and art its people left behind. “The tools, weapons, clothing, jewelry, implements and everyday wares of any given culture are, in the truest sense, a gift of living history for the generations that follow,” said Teresa Dodge, executive director of the specialist auction house Artemis Gallery.

The company’s Thursday, April 5 Spring Variety Auction of Ancient & Ethnographic Art, which invites absentee, phone and Internet live bidding, is a virtual timeline of the most significant civilizations of the past 4,000 years. As with all of its sales, Artemis Gallery has organized the upcoming auction in a chronological manner, starting with Ancient Egypt and traveling through the centuries in an exploration of Greek, Roman, Near Eastern, Asian, Pre-Columbian, and other intriguing cultures. Artemis Gallery unconditionally guarantees that every item in the 398-lot sale has been expertly authenticated and is legal to purchase, own or resell.

The mysteries of Ancient Egypt’s highly advanced society will be on display in the form of art, jewelry and utilitarian objects. A turquoise blue faience shabti, standing mummiform with one inscribed vertical column, is identified as “Horus, son of Isis.” It dates to the 21st-22nd Dynasty, circa 1069-725 BCE, and includes provenance from a 2007 sale at Christie’s London. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Other Egyptian articles include amulets, faience scarabs, beaded necklaces, sarcophagus fragments, and a slate offering plaque with a garnet eye.

Among the Greek highlights is a stunning Canosan figural funerary vessel in the form of an elegant female head surmounted by a full female figure that decorates the vessel’s handle. This most unusual circa-3rd century BCE production from Magna Graecia, Southern Italy, stands 19.75 inches high and has extensive provenance that includes prior sale at Christie’s New York. It is estimated at $10,000-$14,000. Greek pottery is led by a large Daunian polychrome-painted funnel krater, $2,800-$6,000; and an Attic black-figure lekythos by the Haimon Painter, $2,400-$3,500. A 14K gold ring set with a 3rd century BCE bas-relief silver coin depicting Alexander the Great is expected to reach $2,000-$3,000.

An excellent selection of Roman antiquities includes sculptures, fine gold jewelry, pottery and ever-popular glass objects. Estimated at $6,000-$8,000, a Gallo Roman solid cast-bronze head of Ares, ex Sotheby’s, can be traced to a 1922 auction in Paris and a later sale at Sotheby’s New York. Also Gallo Roman, a finely molded pottery head of a bearded male bears a likeness to Emperor Macrinus, who reigned from April 217 to June 218 BCE. Acquired by the consignor at the prestigious Royal Athena Gallery, New York, it is estimated at $7,500-$9,500. The array of distinctive Roman glass includes vases, jar, unguentaria, jars and other vessels.

The Asian section is especially broad and represents dozens of cultures. A large Gandharan schist Buddha head of young Prince Siddharta dressed in the elaborate turban of a rajah, circa 1st century CE, stands 19.8 inches high, inclusive of its custom stand. The artistry seen in this Greco-Buddhist masterpiece is of superlative quality. Great attention has been paid to even the smallest detail. Estimate: $6,000-$9,000. Other Asian highlights include a mid-16th-century Siamese bronze Buddha bust, Ayudya Period, $1,000-$1,500; and an impressively sized Japanese pottery jar, Middle Jomon Period [circa 2000-1000 BCE] that has been TL tested, $3,000-$4,000.

Those who collect Middle Eastern swords will appreciate the exceptional koftgari metalwork and horse-head decoration on a 19th-century CE Indo-Persian dagger and scabbard. Its curved Damascus steel blade made this dagger a fearsome weapon. Estimate: $4,500-$6,500. An earlier, late 18th- to early 19th-century Indonesian gold and steel sword with silver-clad sheath is of a style known as either a pedang suduk or pedang luwuk, and originates from the island of Java. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Both auction entries are from a Hawaiian private collection.

Art of the Americas is always a popular category in Artemis Gallery’s sales, typically encompassing Native American Indian tribal pieces and the Pre-Columbian pottery, stonework and textiles of Central and South American peoples. “The variety is so great in our upcoming auction, collectors owe it to themselves to look through the entire online catalog. We’ve worked diligently to put together a grouping of items that are of very high quality but still accessible to buyers at every price point,” said Dodge.

A Native-American [probably Chippewa] blackstone ceremonial peace pipe with inlaid silver pewter and red pipestone spade, club, heart and diamond motifs is an extraordinary artwork that could inspire even the best of today’s contemporary artists. It dates to around 1850 CE and is estimated at $5,000-$7,500. The Pre-Columbian lineup features several beautiful jade amulets and pendants, redware vessels and fantasy figures, cylinders, carvings and sculptures. Certainly worthy of special note is a Panamanian Tonosi double-tiered polychrome vessel from the 3rd-4th century CE. A form dubbed the “Metropolitan Vessel” because of its similarity to an example held in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is also comparable to those illustrated Armande Labbe’s Guardians of the Stream: Shamans, Art and Power in Prehispanic Central Panama. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000

The auction also contains outstanding African and Oceanic tribal art and relics, Russian icons, Spanish colonial art, and several paintings by American impressionist William Draper (1912-2003).

There are many ways in which to bid in the Thursday, April 5, 2018 auction, including absentee, by phone (please reserve line in advance), or live via the Internet. The sale begins at 10 a.m. Eastern Time and will be conducted simultaneously on three bidding platforms:,, and For additional information about any item in the auction, call Teresa Dodge at 720-890-7700 or email

Today's News

April 3, 2018

Artemis Gallery to auction exceptional antiquities, ethnographic art

Christie's New York announces highlights from the Spring sale of Prints & Multiples

Frist Center announces new name and visual brand identity

Gardner Museum publishes "Stolen" book about 13 works in 1990 theft

'NYPD Blue' creator Steven Bochco dead at 74

Chinese Calligraphy scrolls sell for $269,000 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers' March Asian Works of Art Sale

Galerie Guido W. Baudach exhibits works by Aida Ruilova

ANSORENA and PIASA to offer 1500-lots sale of beautiful items from Hotel Ritz, Madrid

American University Museum spring shows feature science and art entangled, Zapotec myth and magic, among others

Patrick Nagel Artwork poised to battle for top spots in April 24 Heritage Auctions' Illustration Art Auction

Fralin Museum of Art Director position endowed through new major gift to University of Virginia

Exhibition of maps and books from the collection of J. C. McElveen Jr. on view at the Grolier Club

Southampton Arts Center hires Tom Dunn as Executive Director

Photographs shine at Swann Galleries' African Americana Auction

New ReACT Gallery exhibition on First Amendment opened today

Milestone Auctions to host April 14 Vintage Toys & Trains Spectacular

"Blueprint for Counter Education" on view at Rose Art Museum

Klingon killers: Star Trek visual effects master to auction private collection

Bill Scott solo show features twenty five recent paintings

"Hirshhorn in the City" debuts 1980s-inspired posters by Washington artists on streets of DC

Exhibition presents an exceptional collection of artefacts that belonged to a powerful caste of governors

A new coffee table book of photography illuminates the stories hiding in Chicago's cemeteries

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Rare 1943 Lincoln Cent sells for $204,000 at Heritage Auctions

2.- Exhibition is the first to shed light on the phenomenon of the princely painter

3.- Nathaniel Silver named new Curator of the Collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

4.- Rijksmuseum van Oudheden explores the mystical world of the ancient Egyptian gods

5.- Media error draws misleading reports on sale of 1943 Bronze Lincoln Cent

6.- Four men deny giant gold coin heist from Berlin's Bode Museum

7.- Tanya Bonakdar Gallery presents an immersive installation by Charles Long

8.- Egypt says stolen pharaonic tablet repatriated from United Kingdom

9.- Israeli museum under fire over 'McJesus' exhibit

10.- Claremont Rug Company founder Jan David Winitz reveals major shifts in high-end antique Oriental rug market

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful