On November 21, the Apollo Galleries Art and Antique Antiques Auction will feature …
LONDON – After 10 years as a recognized leader in ancient art and antiques, London’s Pax Romana has renamed itself Apollo Galleries. Adopting the name of the Greek god of the sun – and everything under the sun, including art, knowledge, music, poetry, and truth – Apollo Galleries hopes to be just as multifaceted in its earthly realm as ‘Apollo was in his divine realm. Secured by a deep investment in its future, the company has expanded its elegant two-story gallery directly opposite the British Museum, increased its roster of expert managers and consultants; installed new scientific equipment for in-house object analysis and launched new divisions including Ancient Interiors and Wearable Ancient Jewelery. The company will organize regular events and conferences, and produce informative videos while running a list of exceptional specialist auctions throughout the year.
On Sunday November 21, Apollo Galleries will present an ancient art and antiques auction of 331 lots, with online auctions via Live auctioneers, which takes collectors on a virtual journey through the most important cultures of the past. The fully curated selection of shops showcase museum-quality works of art and relics from the intriguing Indus Valley civilizations through the Viking Age and the Crusader Era.
Since the Egyptian Battle of Mediggo in 1479 BC – the first armed conflict recorded by eyewitnesses – history has been plagued by one war after another. Scholars are particularly interested in the weaponry used in battles across the centuries, as they create a tangible timeline of technological advancement. In the November sale, collectors will find an exceptional range of swords, spears, maces and ax irons; and even curious “Greek fire” grenades in Byzantine pottery.
Helmets are always in great demand. Among the most interesting – and beautiful – examples on sale is a Chalcidian bronze helmet from ancient Greece stamped with the “Horns of Zeus Ammon”. Dating from around 500-300 BC, its style suggests that it may have been worn by a soldier who fought under Alexander the Great. Auction estimate: Â£ 10,000-20,000. A rare Viking-Age Spangenhelm iron helmet consisting of four curved triangular plates with outer support bands, was made around 900-1100 AD and could fetch Â£ 6,000-9,000 at auction. Perhaps the most unusual design elements can be seen on a rare medieval bronze helmet that is conical in shape and topped with a flared finial. Such helmets were used by the Anglo-Saxons, Franks and Slavs until the 10th century. His presale estimate is Â£ 40,000 to Â£ 60,000.
The Ancient Egypt category includes dozens of enticing possibilities. A sculptural ibis in gilded wood and bronze, circa 664-32 BC (late to Ptolemaic period), is of a type that was sometimes shaped like a coffin to contain a sacrificed mummified ibis. With a long track of provenance, this particularly attractive piece of art is expected to reach Â£ 10,000-20,000. A sarcophagus mask in gesso and painted cedar wood, circa 1069-332 BC. Estimate of Â£ 2,000 to Â£ 3,000
Also of note is a remarkable pair of bronze and iron accessories from ancient Rome, each comprising a fluted spiral column with a protruding iron rod and an Ionic variant capital surmounted by a bust of Bacchus wearing a skin of goat. Formerly sold at Christie’s New York (December 5, 2012), the pair is priced at Â£ 30,000 to Â£ 60,000.
Many important dynasties are represented in the assemblage of ancient Chinese art. One sample shows a bronze tripod vessel from the Shang Dynasty, priced at Â£ 20,000 to Â£ 40,000; a seated Bodhisattva marble torso from the Tang Dynasty, Â£ 20,000 to Â£ 40,000; and a number of popular terracotta animals from the Tang and Han dynasties (eg, horses, camels, birds) and human figures. A hollow-shaped terracotta rhino from the Han Dynasty, circa 202-220 AD, displays an attractive color palette of cream with subtly pink ears. Tested by TL in the independent laboratory Ralf Kotalla in Germany, it is auctioned off with an estimate of Â£ 6,000-9,000.
The exquisite artistry of Gandharan carvings is featured in 11 lots ranging from an iconic stucco lion from around 100 to 500 AD, Â£ 1,000 to Â£ 2,000; to enlightened Buddhist figures and even a “ganika” or courtesan from around AD 200-400, Â£ 2,000 to Â£ 3,000. At the higher end of the group, in terms of price, is a seated Bodhisattva Maitreya from around 400 to 500 AD and a schist narrative relief from around 100 to 300 AD depicting sequential scenes from the life of Buddha. . Each is estimated to be between Â£ 10,000 and Â£ 20,000. In a league of its own is a gray chlorite-shale statue from around AD 200-300 of Prince Siddhartha Gautama meditating under the Jambu tree. Similar to an example in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it could be as high as Â£ 20,000-40,000.
Wearable antique jewelry remains one of the fastest growing categories in Apollo Galleries sales, prompting the company to launch a dedicated specialty department.
With holiday shopping in mind, bidders will want to pay close attention to the spectacular assortment of Viking, Roman, and Bronze Age rings, bracelets, pendants, and necklaces, many of which are set with gemstones or semi-precious stones in high karat gold. One of the many highlights is an XRF tested medieval gold twist ring with an emerald stone, circa 1300 AD and possibly Byzantine, which comes from a London collection formed in the 1990s. Estimate: 6,000 to Â£ 9,000
Apollo Galleries is a member of the British Numismatic Trading Association (BNTA) and the Art Loss Register (AR). The company ships worldwide and all packaging is handled in-house by white-gloved specialists.
The auction on November 21, 2021 will begin at 9 a.m. EST / 2 p.m. UK time. View the fully illustrated auction catalog and register to bid away or live online via Live auctioneers. Questions: call Apollo Galleries, London, on +44 7424 994167 or email [email protected] In line www.apologalleries.com
Dr Ivan Bonchev, owner
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About the Apollo Galleries
Appropriately named after the god of light, art and knowledge, Apollo takes you through the ancient past through antiques and numismatics. Founded by Dr Ivan Bonchev in 2010, Apollo encompasses all aspects of collecting and appreciating ancient art, antiques and coins. Our specialties include: Roman, Greek, Asian, Egyptian, Medieval, Viking and Neolithic Antiquity. Our main gallery, based in Bloomsbury, central London, features an expertly curated selection of pieces from all over history. Here we welcome visitors from all over the world to see and experience our work in person and through special events and upcoming conferences. Our complete gallery collection is also available. In a similar vein, our auction house regularly offers new catalogs to a large international audience of collectors. Every part we deal with is verified by a panel of expert consultants, and many of them are scientifically tested as well. You can check out our upcoming auctions and learn how to bid here. Formerly known as Pax Romana, in just 10 years we have grown considerably. With a database of 20,000 clients, we are internationally recognized, with clients from over 70 countries. We also help with the maintenance of collections for old and new customers, and we welcome sending antiques to both our gallery and auctions.