A Greek Garnet and Gold Pendant Necklace, Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd - 1st century BCE
MJ1606Regular price $4,950 USD
This superb necklace features a total of fourty-two untreated, hand-polished garnets that beautifully contrast with five high karat gold pendants of stylized dolphins. The design is enhanced by 14K gold antique spacer beads, the necklace restrung with solid gold clasp.
Background: Throughout history, garnets have held a place in ritual symbolism. It is said that garnet was one of the twelve stones in Aaron's breastplate, representing the tribe of Judah, and that King Solomon wore garnet adornments when he went into battle. Noah chose a garnet to hang in the Ark, and it illuminated his way through the floods. It was perhaps this Biblical reference that made garnet the stone worn by travelers and soldiers to promise them a safe return home. But even before Biblical times, garnets were worn and treasured. Garnet necklaces have been found in graves in Czechoslovakia dating back to the Bronze Age. Garnet stones have been buried with warriors and nobles in Ancient Egypt (3100 BCE), Sumeria (2100 BCE) and Sweden (2000 BCE). Plentiful throughout the world, and easily found just beneath the earth's crust, garnets were worn as jewelry among the Aztecs and Mayans, Native Americans, aboriginal Australians, and Asians. Garnets are also believed to have the power to staunch blood, to offer protection and healing from poisons and to purify the liver. Since ancient times, people have believed that garnets can help spark mental acuity and clarity, lighten the mood and bring peace and solace to the grieving. Over the years, garnets have acquired the meaning of fidelity, loyalty and love.
Dimensions: length: 16 inches (40.6 cm)
Condition: Small losses to the gold pendants that do not detract, otherwise all beads intact and in excellent condition overall. The necklace has been restrung with 18K gold clasp.
Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired from the trade in the 1980's.
A Greek Geometric Amphora, Geometric Period, ca. 8th - 6th century BCE
GP007-PBRegular price $5,000 USD
This tall wide-mouthed amphora with applied double loop handled represents the fully developed Geometric style and illustrates the profoundly significant shift of focus from abstract design to figures Decorative bands fill the area above and below the main scene of two long-legged and open winged birds stand on the shoulder. Scattered vine patterns and other shapes fill the background of these scenes. Decorative bands, consisting of concentric ring bands, and lines, in red-brown paint, fill the area above and below the two main figural scenes.
Background: The roots of Classical Greece lie in the Geometric Period from 900 to 700 BC, a time of dramatic transformation that led to the establishment of primary Greek institutions. The Greek city-state (polis) was formed, the Greek alphabet was developed, and new opportunities for trade and colonization were realized in cities founded along the coast of Asia Minor, in southern Italy, and in Sicily. Geometric Greece experienced a cultural revival of its historical past through epic poetry and the visual arts. The eighth century BC was the time of Homer, whose epic poems describe the Greek campaign against Troy (the Iliad) and the subsequent adventures of Odysseus on his return to Ithaca (the Odyssey).
Dimensions: Height: 15 1/2 inches (40 cm)
Condition: Complete and rejoined from approximately 30 original pieces in good condition overall. A very good example of early Greek pottery.
Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired prior to 1970, and to present owner by inheritance.
A Greek Gold and Garnet Pendant, Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd - 1st century BCE
GJ2102Regular price $1,750 USD
Ancient Greek jewelry was distinct and beautiful, with designs that are still relevant today. This delicate pendant is a superb example of the exquisite workmanship found in Greek Hellenistic gold jewelry. Here a spherical garnet bead is capped by intricate filigree petals and beaded wire in high karat gold. A modern chain of 18K gold has been added to complete this wearable and gorgeous necklace.Condition: The pendant is intact and in very good condition overall.
Pendant size: 12 mm (1/2 inch). Strung as a necklace on an 18-inch modern gold chain.Provenance: The John J. Slocum private collection of ancient art. Mr. Slocum (1914-1997) collected most of his antiquities while serving as US cultural attaché to Egypt in the 1960s. Later, he served as Assistant to the Director of The Smithsonian, was appointed by President Reagan to the Presidential Cultural Property Advisory Committee, and was a Trustee Emeritus of the Archaeological Institute of America. He was a well-respected scholar/collector, whose medieval crusader coins were sold in a single-owner sale at Sotheby's, London in 1997.
A Greek Gold Ball Bead Pendant, Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd - 1st century BCE
GJ2101Regular price $2,250 USD
Condition: Signs of ancient use and intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Length: 5/8 inch (17 mm) on 20-inch chain of 18K gold
Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired in the 1960s and then by descent.
A Greek gold Leaf from an Olive Wreath, ca. 2nd century BCE
GJ2004Regular price $2,500 USD
This delicate olive leaf was created by hammering a pure gold ingot to paper-thin thickness, then cut to form and accentuated with repoussé contour lines along the three lobes. It originally formed part of a solid gold victory wreath.
For related examples see: Rudolph, W. A Golden Legacy: Ancient Jewelry from the Collection of Burton Y. Berry, Indiana University Art Museum, (1995)pg. 158-9, fig. 33.B.
Background: Gold wreaths were made imitating their natural counterparts in various forms, including oak, olive, ivy, vine, laurel, and myrtle. Most of these trees or plants have associations with various deities. Mythology says, for example, olive wreaths were made from the sacred olive tree that grew from where Athena struck her spear on the ground at the Acropolis.
Because of their fragility, gold wreaths were probably not meant to be worn very often, only during special functions such as banquets, as victors' prizes in war or athletic competitions, or on religious or civic occasions, but they are also frequently recovered from burials. In a funerary setting, the gold wreath symbolized immortality and designated an individual who had led a distinguished life. For the ancient Greeks, the olive tree was a symbol of peace, wisdom, and triumph.
Condition: Small tear and apex to one lobe missing, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Length: 1 3/4 inches (4.5 cm)
Provenance: Paul Ilton private collection, acquired prior to 1958 and then by descent.
A Greek Gold Plaque of a Warrior, Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd - 1st century BCE
GJ2003Regular price $750 USD
Made from fine sheet gold, embossed with a male warrior facing left, one hand on his hip, standing on a triangular groundline, pierced four times for attachment.
Dimensions: Length: 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm), Width: 1 3/8 inches (3.5 cm)
Condition: With some loss to the embossing, overall intact and in good condition.
Provenance: Paul Ilton (1904 - 1958) private collection, acquired prior to 1958.
A Greek Gold Pomegranate Necklace, Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd - 2nd century BCE
GJ2006Regular price $22,000 USD
Classical meets neo-classical in this fabulous gold necklace. Thirteen ancient gold pomegranates are strung between delicate ancient gold melon beads - twenty-eight in total - that are supported by neoclassical granulated spacers. Add twenty-six antique gold melon style beads to complete the necklace and the effect is memorizing! The necklace has been restrung with professional 24K plated gold wiring and features an 18K gold S clasp (not shown in photos). In Hellenistic times, jewelry often passed from generation to generation as family heirlooms. Designed to be worn, this is a piece that will be treasured for another 2000 years.
Background: Throughout history, the pomegranate has been a symbol of humanity’s central beliefs and ideals, namely, life and death, rebirth and eternal life, fertility and marriage, and abundance. In Ancient Greek mythology, pomegranates were often offered to the goddess Demeter in prayer for fertile land. In Judaism, pomegranates were the fruits brought to Moses to demonstrate the fertility of the promised land, and King Solomon is said to have designed his coronet based on the fruit’s serrated crown-like calyx. In Christianity, the pomegranate symbology appears on vestments or liturgical hangings and is a common emblem used in religious paintings, including those by Botticelli and da Vinci, where it is usually seen in the hands of the Virgin Mary or the infant Jesus. In Islam, the Qur’an mentions that pomegranates grow in the gardens of Paradise, and in Hinduism, Persian and Chinese culture, the pomegranate is also considered a symbol of fertility and procreation, associated with earth goddesses. Today, it is customary for Greeks to adorn the table with pomegranates (known as ‘polysporia’ meaning ‘many-seeded’) and on New Year’s Day break a pomegranate on the ground. On moving into a new home, house guests traditionally bring pomegranates as a symbol of abundance, fertility, and good luck for the new owner.Condition: The ancient beads show minor signs of wear, some of the pomegranates carry expected small dents to the body that do not detract. This true also for some of the Hellenistic melon beads but you have to get up close and personal to notice. All the neoclassical beads are, of course, pristine.
Dimensions: Length: 16 1/2 inches (41.9 cm) (can be lengthened upon request).
Provenance: Private collection, acquired from Astarte Gallery, Audrey Davis, Britannia Hotel, W1, around 1995.
A Greek Marble Relief Fragment, ca. 5th - 3rd century BCE
GS2006Regular price $475 USD
From a larger architectural relief, this segment carved with ovolo motif
Dimensions: Length: 3 1/4 inches (8.25 cm), Width: 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm)
Condition: Fragmentary from a larger relief, with expected signs of age and wear.
Provenance: Private Maryland collection of a diplomat and then by descent.
A Greek Redware Plate, ca. 3rd - 1st century BCE
GP1913Regular price $450 USD
With a gently sloping floor and slightly raised rim, sitting on a flat rounded base.
Dimensions: Diameter: 8 1/4 inches (20.9 cm)
Condition: Intact and in good condition.
Provenance: Private Virginia collection, acquired in the 1990s and then by descent.
A Greek Revival 18K Gold and Garnet Intaglio Necklace, 19th century, after the antique.
RJ1702Regular price $9,000 USD
Formed of a length of loop-in-loop chain, terminating at each end with a capped filigree collar and drop-shaped garnets, the bezels with wave borders and joined to an oval intaglio depicting Hercules standing in profile, his club held against one shoulder, his lion cape hanging down his back, standing on a ground line, a hook-and-loop closure emerging from the intaglio.
Dimensions: Length: 17 3/8 inches (44 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
A Greek Silver Brooch Pin, Classical Period, ca. 5th - 4th century BCE
GJ2008Regular price $600 USD
a silver two-pronged pin with ball head, with bronze plate attachment.
Condition: The sphere indented on one side but otherwise, it is intact and in very good condition overall
Dimensions: Length: 10.5 cm (4.1 inches)
Provenance: Private German collection
A Greek silver Drachm of Larissa (ca. 356-342 BCE) set as a Necklace
GJ1803Regular price $6,000 USD
Set in an 18 karat gold pendant with ruby cabochon and hung on a braided gold chain, an ancient Greek coin from Larissa, capital of Thessaly. The obverse depicts the head of the nymph Larissa, wearing a necklace, facing, turned slightly to the left, wearing ampyx (band), pendant earring, and simple necklace in front. The reverse ΛΑΡΙΣ / ΑΙΩΝ and a grazing horse to the right. Herrmann pl. V, 5 var. Lorber, 2008 34 var.
Larissa, sometimes written Larisa on ancient coins and inscriptions, is near the site of the Homeric Argissa. It is also thought to be where the famous Greek physician Hippocrates and the famous philosopher Gorgias of Leontini died. The town adopted its own coinage in the late 5th century BC, choosing local types for its coins. The obverse depicted the nymph of the local spring, Larissa, for whom the town was named; probably the choice was inspired by the famous coins of Kimon depicting the Syracusan nymph Arethusa. The reverse depicted a horse in various poses. The horse was an appropriate symbol of Thessaly, a land of plains, which was well known for its horses.
Dimensions: Pendant diameter: 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm), Necklace Length: 9 1/2 inches 24.13 cm), Weight: 20.6 g
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. A fantastic statement piece!
Provenance: Ex. private collection of S.H., Washington state, acquired from California dealer in the 1990's.
A Greek Silver Fibula, Classical Period, ca. 5th - 4th century BCE
GJ2007Regular price $650 USD
An unusual example, with two double-arched bows, the head terminating in the pin spring, the foot in the pin clasp, a decorative raided roundel at either end of the bows.
Dimensions: Length: 1 5/8 inches (4.1 cm), Width: 1 1/8 inches (3 cm)
Condition: clasp for pin now missing, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Private German collection, acquired from the English trade in the 1990s.
A Greek Terracotta Figure of a Boar, ca. 5th - 4th Century BCE
GT1802Regular price $950 USD
A charmingly round figure with short legs, a pointed snout, molded ears, and a raised ridge along the back for hair.
Pigs have a long history of involvement in Greek mythology and ritual. Associated with Demeter due to "the fast-growing body of the pig [which would] have been compared to corn growing and ripening" (Marija Gimbutas, The Goddess and Gods of Old Europe), pigs were often sacrificed at annual rituals such as the Eleusinian Mysteries and the festival of Thesmophoria to celebrate the goddess and the harvest. In later mythology, the role of the boar shifted to that of the antagonist; the Calydonian Boar and the Erymanthian Boar are two such examples who were depicted as mindless rampaging beasts in need of slaying.
Representations of boars mostly took the form of small terracotta figurines, used as sacrificial or votive objects in temples dedicated to Demeter, as funerary objects, and as children's toys. Workshops in Rhodes, Attica, and Boeotia were the major centers of production for these figurines.
Dimensions: Height: 2 inches (5 cm), Length: 3 1/2 inches (8.89 cm)
Condition: Despite minor surface wear, intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: From the estate of Robert Thompson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bob represented the extensive dedication, scholarship, and attention to detail that the antiquity collecting community requires. Bob started collecting in the 1960s and dedicated a substantial portion of his time to the acquisition, attribution, and conservation of his collection.
A Greek Terracotta Protome of a Goddess, Classical Period, ca. 5th century BCE
GT2004Regular price $9,500 USD
Protomoi are common, not in graves, but in votive deposits and sanctuaries. Their Archaic presence at a site does not prove an exclusive devotion to a preferred divinity but is rather evidence of trade patterns. As is the case with this example, protomoi was usually supplied with suspension holes for hanging, either inside shrines or perhaps on trees in sanctuaries.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2006, no. 76.
Condition: Complete with professional rejoining and minor cosmetic overpainting, the protome is in very good condition overall with excellent remaining polychrome. With museum-quality custom mount. A truly lovely piece.
Dimensions: Height: 7 7/8 inches (20 cm)
Provenance: Ex private French collection; American private collection, acquired from Royal-Athena in November 2006.
A Greek Terracotta Squat Net Lekythos, Apulia, ca. 3rd century BCE
GP1809Regular price $1,200 USD
Constructed from fine red clay, featuring a disk foot, the ovoid body rising to a slender neck and splayed mouth. A single, elegant strap handle is attached below the shoulder and at the neck. The painted decoration consists of a horizontal band below the shoulder and at the foot. The surface of the body is filled with a wide, diagonal lattice pattern with white dots appearing at the intersections. The upper part of the neck is painted solid and vertical stripes extend down to the base of the neck.
For similar examples see: Heisserer, AJ "Classical Antiquities", (1980) no. 101 page 62 and Robinson DM & Harcum CG, "A Catalogue of the Greek Vases in the Royal Ontario Museum" (1930) nos. 511-515 pp. 243-44 pl. LXXXVIII.
Condition: Small cracks to the neck and very minor chips to the body, intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 8cm (3 1/8”)
Provenance: estate of Dr. Richard Vadaszy (1945 - 2000), New Jersey, acquired in the 1980's
A Greek Terracotta Votive Goddess Pseudo-Vase, Late 4th century - early 3rd centuryBCE
GT1605Regular price $12,000 USD
This elegantly draped female figure is frontally posed in a standing position with her hands outstretched. She wears a long, high-waisted pink chiton that drops in soft folds to her feet, and is secured with a large round brooch on her right shoulder. A himation gently drapes over her left shoulder and arm and envelopes the lower part of her body. Her sweet oval face is pale; the lips of the small mouth preserve traces of red pigment, and her round, oval eyes with arched eyebrows emphasize the timeless depth of her gaze. Atop her head is an elaborate diadem of ivy leaves and floral arrangement. She wears a necklace of rounded beads in dark red, most probably depicting carnelian.
A marvelously preserved object, the piece has much of the original rich color, characterized by strongly contrasting hues, including the delicate painting of the facial details, in keeping with the local style. A pseudo-vase, attached to the back is a purely decorative strap handle that is also brightly painted.
Background: This pseudo-vase is a product of Canosa from the end of the fourth century BCE to the beginning of the third century BCE, based on numerous statues with comparable typology, fabric, and polychromy. The figure echoes a type, inspired by the production of Greek Tanagras, with the characteristic ivy wreath, which can be traced to Dionysian ideals. Standing draped female statuettes were also utilized as attachments on large polychrome vases made in Canosa, datable between the end of the fourth century and the beginning of the third century BCE.
Dimensions: Height: 19 inches (48.25 cm)
Condition: Minor loss to fingertips of both hands, some areas of incrustation, otherwise intact with good remaining original paint.
Provenance: Private New York collection, acquired from the NY trade in 2000, previously in the private collection of Mickey Nemer, FL. acquired from the Donna Jacobs Gallery, Michigan in the 1980’s.
A Greek Terracotta Warrior on Horse, Canosa, circa 4th-3rd Century BCE
GT1902Regular price $18,000 USD
The rider wearing a Thracian helmet with cheek pieces, short pleated tunic attached at the shoulder with straps and buskins, and secured at the waist with a belt, his right arm raised to hold a now-missing weapon, the left by his side. He sits astride a separately modeled horse, with elaborate disc decorated bridle, the forelegs raised with upright rippling mane and attached flowing tail, creating a wonderful sense of movement.
Condition: Complete with extensive white slip, pink, and blue pigment remaining, overall in very good condition.
Dimensions: Height: 10 7/8 in (27.5 cm), Length: 11 1/4 inches (28.5 cm)
Provenance: Ex collection of Patrick Olivier Picourt, Aris, acquired in the 1980s; Mme. S., Paris.