Some of our Notable Sales

Leagros Group amphora

This stunning ancient Greek amphora has been attributed to the famous Leagros Group, a workshop of Attic vase painters who produced a final flourish of the black-figure style between 525 – 500 BC. As contemporaries of the artists working in the new red-figure technique, the members of the Leagros Group were among the last black-figure painters.

This example was formerly in the collection of Count Alberic du Chastel de la Howarderie (1842-1919), was illustrated and sold in Christies London 1977 and now resides in an important US collection.

Celtic Chariot lynchpin

Of national importance, this Iron Age lynchpin was found by Arts Council England to be of both exceptional aesthetic and academic significance in the study of Celtic art in the British Isles.

The early "plastic" style is highly regarded and was formerly unknown in Britain in this context, with only very few examples known from Western Europe. Its discovery has contributed to our knowledge of Celtic metalworking in the 4th century BC.

ArtAncient made the decision to donate the lynchpin so that it could be further studied and enjoyed by the public. It can now be found on permanent display in the Iron Age gallery of the British Museum.

 

Limestone head of a King

This impressive over-life-size limestone head depicts a King or Votary; bearded, wearing a crown of oak leaves and a thin diadem. An exceptional example of early Classical sculpture from the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

Dating to the early 5th Century BC, it displays the unique fusion of cultures that must have existed on the island at the time and was reflected in its art. The gently smiling mouth and almond-shaped eyes reflect Greek and Egyptian influences, whereas the beard and corkscrew curls along the forehead are typically Persian, reflecting the fashions of the Achaemenid dynasty.

This piece was once part of the Josey collection and was published and exhibited in 1970.

The 'Carter Po'

A fine example of Shang dynasty bronze working, the "Carter Po" was sold by ArtAncient in July 2013. Produced for the ritual feasts the ancient Chinese would undertake with their ancestors, the Po is a particularly rare shape - there are only three examples with this distinctive bossed form. Writing in the publication "Shang Ritual Bronzes", scholar Eleanor Von Erdberg describes the "Carter Po" as follows:

"A Po in the Freer Gallery also has one row of lozenges and the small hooks in the upper triangles only [. ..] The Po formerly in the Berlin Museum had a similar shape but different decor. These three vessels are probably of the same generation. Among them, the Carter Po stands out because of its exquisite dragon-band."