Featured: Early 1st millennium BC bronze shield. 500 BC, life-size Roman marble statues of children, Chinese Ming Dynasty lion altar, unrivaled selection of Greek, Roman and Viking jewellery
LONDON, May 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Dr. Ivan Bonchev from Apollo Galleries and Auctions, Great Britain leading source for authentic, expertly appraised cultural art and antiques, is pleased to announce the company’s highlights 14-15 May 2022 Sale. The elegant 599-lot auction event is divided into two sessions, each with its own unique characteristics. Classic and Asian antiques will be showcased on Saturday 14th, while antique jewelry and weapons are reserved for Sunday 15th. All auction items with in-depth provenance have been examined by world-renowned consultants and, wherever possible, scientifically analyzed and tested.
Wonderful treasures from many of the world’s greatest civilizations will be showcased in this exciting weekend event. There is superb Greek and Roman pottery, Egyptian masks, Roman glass and lamps, and stunning wearable gold jewelry. Ancient weapons include Chalcidian helmets, medieval swords with inlaid hilts, Viking battle axes and more. Asian offerings are spearheaded by porcelain, Gandhara sculptures, Chinese bronze and terracotta figures of mounted horses and other coveted animal forms including rabbits, rams, dogs, pigs and fowl.
The Saturday session begins with two beautiful life-size Roman marble statues of angelic nude children representing Harpocrates, the god of silence and secrecy. Each figure stands gracefully on a pedestal, with one hand resting on a vessel and the other arm holding a cornucopia. The auction estimate for the pair is between £40,000 and £60,000 ($50,185–$75,280).
An extremely fine Greek Attic black-figure ceramic amphora, dating to around 500 BC. A painted iconography shows a satyr flanked by two maenads and on the opposite side Hermes with a female figure and a male figure, possibly Eros. Its documented UK origin dates back to 1951. Estimate: £10,000-£20,000 ($12,545–$25,090)
The Asian art category is adorned by a large and exquisitely decorated three-part glazed ceramic lion altar. This glamorous showpiece dates from between 1368 and 1644 AD [Ming Dynasty] is finished in rich mustard and green tones with “harness and bell” detailing and openwork star elements. Estimate: £20,000-£30,000 ($25,090–$37,635)
A lavish selection of precious antique jewelery is waiting to impress bidders on the second day of the auction. A Greek gold pendant with a bas-relief image of a gorgon head with a snake hairdo, circa 400 BC. B.C., is a book example and was exhibited by the Arts Council of Great Britain. Like all other gold jewelry in the Apollo Galleries auction, the pendant has been XRF tested. Estimate: £20,000-£30,000 ($25,090–$37,635)
According to Apollo Galleries Founder/Director Dr Ivan Bonchev (Promotion, University of Oxford), interest in ancient weapons “never wanes, although access to fine, genuine examples of battle armor and implements diminishes each time an important piece enters a private collection.” Whenever Apollo Galleries is able to offer something truly exceptional, the excitement is high, such as the Greek Attic hammered bronze helmet from 300 BC. It is comparable to examples held in the Venerable Axel Guttmann Collection. Estimate: £60,000-£90,000 ($74,695–$112,040).
View the Apollo Galleries online catalog and log in to bid while absent or live online through LiveAuctioneers. The company accepts payments in GBP, USD, EUR and cryptocurrencies; and ships worldwide, with all packaging done in-house. Questions: Call Apollo Galleries, London, on +44 7424 994167 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Online: www.apollogalleries.com
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