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Highlights of Artcurial’s Archaeology, Middle East, and Pre-Columbian Art sale

Highlights of Artcurial’s Archaeology, Middle East, and Pre-Columbian Art sale
Bas-Relief in Albatra Gypseux from the Palace of Sennachérib, Ninive, Art Assyrien, 705-681 AV. JC, Estimate 100,000 - 150,000 € ($ 125,000-185,000)
(Courtesy: Artcurial)

The Archaeology and Oriental Art auction, hosted by Artcurial on May 22, 2018 will introduce an exceptional and diverse selection of archaeological and art pieces: Mediterranean glassware, bronzes and sculptures from the Antiquity to the 19th century, Persian and Arabic manuscripts, and Indian miniatures. Close to 300 lots will be introduced at the auction.

“The auction will begin with a chapter dedicated to archaeology, Oriental and Classical antiquities, such as a marble Roman woman’s head from the 2nd century (estimate €60,000 – 70,000 / $74,000 – 87,000) or the stele statue of Vizir Paser in black granite (estimate: €15,000 - 18 000 / $18,500 – 22,200). The second chapter will be devoted to Islamic and Indian art, while the last chapter will introduce several Belgian and French private collections, including the second part of the Germaine Wenziner collection. The first half was dispersed by Artcurial in 2016,” states the auction house.

“The auction will begin with Greek, Roman, and Egyptian classical antiquities. An impressive set of sculptures will galvanize Greco-Roman art enthusiasts with two beautiful female heads. One Alexandrian art in marble (estimate € 25,000 – 30,000 / $31,000 – 37,000), one marble Roman art Aphrodite head (estimate: €60,000 – 70,000/ $74,000 – 87,000), as well as a female marble bust from a Hellenic model, also from the 1st century (estimate €50,000 – 70,000/ $62,000 – 87,000). Also architectural elements such as a large limestone column capital (estimate: €5,000 – 6,000/ $6,200 – 7,500), a limestone eagle relief €12,000 – 15,000/ $15,000 – 18,500. Still Roman art, a 3rd century marble sarcophagi estimate €70,000 – 80,000 /$86,000 – 99 000,” adds the auction house.

Remarkable bronzes will also be dispersed including a Corinthian armor helmet dated 6th-5th century B.C (estimate: €30,000 – 40,000 / $37,000 – 49,000) and a bronze Egyptian Lactans Isis, probably from Memphis, to the Saite era estimated €20,000 – 25,000/ $25,000 – 30,000.

“The second part of the auction dedicated to Indian and Islamic arts will include a selection of ceramic, bronzes, and manuscripts. For Islamic art, tiles, lacquered objects, and a private collection gathering 12th century turquoise ceramics will be dispersed. For example, a silver inlaid bronze chest estimate: €12,000 – 15,000 € / $15,000 - 18,500,” says the auction house.

Among other items, paper arts will also be represented with a superb page of calligraphy by Mir Ali (estimate: €20,000 – 30,000/ $25,000 – 37,000), and various religious manuscripts including a book of Qajar payers dated 1207 (estimate €2,000 – 2,500/ $2,500 – 3,000), and a Persian Coran dated 961 (estimate: €3,000 – 4,000 / $3,700 – 5,000).

The auction house stated: “The final chapter of the auction will introduce pre-Columbian artefacts, including the second half of the Belgian Germain Wenziner collection, the first half dispersed by Artcurial in 2016. It includes terra cottas, jewelry and textiles. However, a classical period funerary masque will undoubtedly attract the attention of enthusiasts. Dated 450-650 A.D (estimate €25,000 – 30,000 / $31,000 – 37,000), the mask in black speckled olive-green hard stone is highly representative of the Teotihuacan culture, from the Mexico Valley in Mexico.”

A pre-sale exhibition will be held from May 18 through May 21, 2018 followed by the sale on May 22, 2018 at Artcurial, 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysees-75008, Paris, France.


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