Apollo Art Auctions presents a connoisseur’s selection of expertly verified ancient and Islamic art, August 28

Featured: Stellar circa 500-300 BC Chalcidian pewter bronze helmet with almost 100% original pewter plating intact

LONDON, August 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — An exceptional selection of ancient and oriental art, including early Islamic treasures, will be offered by Apollo Art Auctions on Sunday, August 28with a start time of 12 noon BST (7 in the morning US Eastern Time). The 417-lot sale, with beautiful and interesting items to please even the most discerning collector, will be held live at the elegant Apollo Center London gallery, with international participation welcomed by telephone, absentee bidding or live online via LiveAuctioneers.

The Islamic section that opens the sale includes early ceramics, glass and bronze works, as well as textiles, manuscripts and paintings that reflect Nishapur, Seljuk, Mamluk, Safavid and other Near Eastern origins. The ancient art section includes an enviable array of rare Greek, Etruscan, Roman and medieval art and weapons, as well as Chinese and Indus Valley ceramics. To the delight of those who collect wearable vintage jewellery, there is an array of 50 tempting items to choose from, including earrings, pendants, necklaces and rings adorned with precious and semi-precious stones.

A major highlight in the Islamic art category is a Mamluk or earlier (probably Ayyubid or Fatimid) wooden panel carved in high relief. Traces of multicolored floral decoration in original pigments are visible on its frame. The 390 mm by 134 mm (15.4 in by 5.28 in) piece whose provenance includes a pre-2000 purchase. Oliver Hoare, will hand over to its new owner with its Lost Art Register certificate and radiocarbon dating report. Estimate: £10,000-£15,000 ($12,050$18,070)

A truly magnificent Etruscan two-handled black-figure amphora of about 525-500 BC, decorated with sirens, is attributed to the artist Micalli, named in modern times for the Italian scholar who first published some of the artist’s ancient vases . The amphora was purchased in Frankfurt Germany in the early 1960s and later lived in a London the art gallery collection. Positively dated by TL analysis at the independent Ralf Kotalla Laboratory, it stands 430mm (16.9in) high and is estimated at £6,000-£9,000 ($7,25010,844 dollars).

Casting its mysterious gaze over the auction is a large 430mm (16.9in) by 190mm (7.5in) Egyptian mummy mask from the early Ptolemaic period, circa 300-250 BC. A cardboard mummy cover top, with a voluminous green wig and a nine-striped pectoral, the elongated face is painted ocher and has a short beard under the chin. Most recently it was owned by a London gallery. He previously lived in Germany pre-1960 and included property in a private collection from the Rhineland. Estimate: £3,000-£6,000 (3625 dollars$7,250)

A peerless circa 500-300 BC Greek Chalcidian tin bronze helmet is struck in one piece with high arched brows, a teardrop nose guard and articulated crescent cheeks. Similar helmets are depicted on ceramic vases from the Euboean city of Chalkida, hence the name “Chalkidian”. Remarkably, almost 100% of this helmet’s original tin plating remains, making it a showpiece worthy of even the best collection of ancient armor. Estimate: £10,000-£20,000 ($12,050$24,100)

The August 28, 2022 the live gallery auction will begin at 7 in the morning US Eastern Time/12 noon BST. View the fully illustrated auction catalog and register to bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers. The company accepts payments in GBP, USD and EUR; and ships worldwide. All packaging is handled by in-house specialists with white gloves. Questions: call Apollo Art Auctions, Londonon +44 7424 994167 or email [email protected]. Online: www.apolloauctions.com

Apollo Art Auctions is a member of the British Numismatic Trade Association (BNTA) and the Art Loss Register (AR).

Media contact:
dr Ivan Bonchev
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