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Property from the collection of Christopher Terry (1938-2016)

We are delighted to be offering the private collection of Christopher Terry (1938-2016), acquired in the 1970s and 1980s, in our next Antiquities and Tribal Art sale at Chiswick Auctions on 29 March 2017. As a boy Christopher Terry was a keen amateur archaeologist.  By mapping out the Roman occupation in Britain he visited many …

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Grief and Loss; Roman Funerary Art

Lot 41. A ROMAN LIMESTONE STELE FRAGMENT Circa 2nd Century A.D. Offered in the Antiquities Auction on 29th March 2017.  I was recently researching Classical Greek funerary monuments at university, and it got me thinking about this Roman stele fragment offered in my next sale. The way the viewer interacts with the deceased and the questions this …

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Carving Nature in Stone: A Roman marble torso of Silvanus

Carving Nature in Stone: A Roman marble torso of Silvanus Silvanus deus est silvarum, ‘Silvanus is the god of the forests’ (Servius, Eclog. 10.26.1) One of the highlights of the next Antiquities sale is a Roman marble torso of the god Silvanus, dating to the 2nd Century A.D. Silvanus is a woodland deity who protects …

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Property from the collection of James Chesterman (10 April 1926 – 30 July 2014)

James Chesterman’s interest in antiquities started in the mid-1960s; his first acquisition was a little Sicilian Archaic head dating to the 5th century B.C., purchased for 37s 6d in the Portobello Road. James had a particular interest in terracotta’s, finding them to be a charming reflection of a now lost world, he regarded their diminutive …

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IHY BRONZE

An Egyptian Bronze figure of IHY

One of the highlights of the next Antiquities sale is a very rare Egyptian bronze figure of the child god IHY. Often depicted holding the ancient Egyptian instrument the Sistrum, the child deity Ihy personifies jubilation and music. He was worshipped in the temple complex at Dendera as one of the triad of Deities alongside …

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A Royal Trombash

The threatening appearance of the trombash ceremonial knife often means it is usually mistaken as a weapon and, arguably, it is designed with this purpose in mind. However, in the north western corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo, this throwing knife was used as a rather interesting form of currency by the Bushongo tribe …

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A piece of history from Roman Northumberland

Spring is finally here and all of a sudden it’s time to tidy up your garden in preparation for the long overdue first BBQ of the season. Whilst most people will probably be digging out last year’s unsuccessful botanical experiments and the odd plastic bottle, the lucky residents of Gilsland will better keep their eyes …

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Money in the (piggy) bank

The first preview of the upcoming Antiquities and Tribal Art sale is a lot that will appeal to all serious investors in the art market. Here is a very special small terracotta piggy bank, which was produced in Indonesia during the Majapahit Empire in the 15th Century. The shape is very familiar, with round hollow …

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The Etruscan ‘graffione’

It should be no surprise to my (few) readers that I have a soft spot for unusual artefacts. This time my adrenaline fix was duly provided by this Etruscan bronzed iron health and safety hazard, otherwise known as ‘graffione’. This type of object is typical of Etruscan contexts of the 5th and 4th Century B.C. …

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The Allan Course Collection of British prehistoric artefacts

I am very proud to announce that the next Antiquities and Tribal art sale on the 2 February will include 22 lots from the collection of Allan Course, experimental archaeologist and expert flintknapper specialising in British Prehistory, formed in the 1990s – early 2000s on the UK art market. The collection focuses on stone and bronze …

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Feliks Topolski Collection (1907-1989)

Born in Warsaw and trained at the Academy of Arts, Feliks Topolski left his country of origin very young and started travelling through a Europe still recovering from the First World War and heading towards the Second. In 1935 he moved to the UK, his adoptive country, where he opened a studio and later on …

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A ‘SPICY’ MYSTERY OBJECT

It is always a real pleasure when, whilst cataloging a collection, every item is straightforward and easy to identify. Even better is when, amongst the collection, the eye is caught by a mysterious object which one has never encountered before. Especially when the item in question gives off a surprisingly pleasant smell of spice as …

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