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.
'Ides of March' Denarius
One of the most historically fascinating and sought-after Roman coins; the ‘ides of march’ denarius was minted to celebrate the assassination of Julius Caesar. The obverse is struck with a bold portrait of the lead conspirator, Brutus, while the reverse depicts the murder weapons and the cap of freedom. Published in the landmark study on coins of this type, Eidibus Martiis, 1989, coin 29a, this piece is now part of an important US private collection.
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."
Corinthian helmets are the most striking and immediately recognisable of all ancient Greek armour; emblematic of ancient Greece and its soldier-citizen, the Hoplite. This helmet belongs to the first phase of development of the Corinthian helmet, placing it in the Archaic period, 650 BC.
This piece is now in an important American private collection.