With exceptional artefacts, historical works of art, coins, and wearable jewellery selected especially for their stunning December 11 holiday sale, Apollo Art Auctions promises to make this Christmas cheerful and bright. This expertly curated auction has something for everyone looking for a one-of-a-kind present, from collectors to connoisseurs. The more than 500 catalogued pieces include several riches from India and China in addition to a wide variety of objects from Classical Europe, Egypt, and the Near East that have solid provenances and have been expertly validated.
The unmatched selection of wearable antique jewellery and ornamental items made of gold, silver, bronze, earthenware, stone, and glass outshines anything a Christmas shopper might find at the priciest jewellery boutiques on Fifth Avenue. A British mediaeval gold ring with a sizable sapphire, a Viking gold twisted band, and a unique and extraordinary Roman silver bowl with an embossed, high-relief bust of Zeus are just a few of the highlights.
A large Greek Apulian red-figure amphora painted with two scenes of Eros sitting on a pile of rocks and holding a sizable pyxis (box for carrying personal objects) and a “Lady of Fashion” sporting a fancy headband is just one example of the exceptional ancient art collection’s many museum-quality Greek works. The nicely painted, double-handled jar, which dates to around 340–320 BC, is worth between £1,500 and £3,000.