Category Archives: Antiques

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) …

This is 2400 years old can you comprehend that?

“This lekythos has an unusually large shape is subdivided into three zones, each with a mythological subject. The middle zone features Thetis and her sister Nereids bringing armor to replace the set that Achilles had given Patroklos. The lower zone depicts Theseus and Hippolyte in combat among Greeks and Amazons. The uppermost scene has been interpreted as the abduction of Persephone but more likely shows a god (or goddess) departing on a mission of divine intervention.”

Featured Artwork of the Day: Attributed to the Eretria Painter | Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) | ca. 420 B.C. | Greek, Attic.

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Union Jack fragment from Lord Nelson’s ship fetches $515,000 at Sotheby’s auction …

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Union Jack fragment from Lord Nelson’s ship fetches $515,000 at Sotheby’s auction

“A piece of the Union Jack believed to have been flown from the flagship of Britain’s Lord Horatio Nelson’s fleet during the Battle of Trafalgar has sold for $515,000 at an auction in London.

Key points:
Memorabilia belonging to Lord Nelson auctioned off by Sotheby’s
Lord Nelson died in the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar
Last surviving complete Union Jack flag flown at the battle fetched $666,000

The item was part of a collection of Lord Nelson’s memorabilia that went up for sale at auctioneers Sotheby’s on Thursday, and included weapons, his “grog chest” and personal letters.”

Read article at ABC Australia and more at Battle of Trafalgar Wikipedia

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Mirza Ali Asghar Khan by Ismail Jalayir circa 1880 …

 Amazing wish I could be there to bid!

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Turner’s golden landscape …

This is up for auction next week 

“It is a salutary thought that of all the artists whose work has sold at auction for around $50m or more, only three predate Monet. This triumvirate comprises Raphael, Rubens and Turner. After finding an auction record of £30.3m in 2014 for the latter’s Rome, from Mount Aventine (1835), Sotheby’s London now offers another late work painted in the same year, Ehrenbreitstein. As the painting’s full title makes abundantly clear, this is more than a picturesque view of a Rhineland fortress atop a rocky crag.”

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“Ehrenbreitstein, or The Bright Stone of Honour and the Tomb of Marceau, from Byron’s Childe Harold, represents the stone obelisk near Koblenz that forms the monument to the young French revolutionary hero, General François-Sévérin Marceau-Desgraviers, whose bravery in battle prompted a delegation from the opposing Austrian forces to join with the French in honouring him. For Byron, the poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage reflected the sense of melancholy and disillusionment felt by many in the aftermath of the French Revolutionary wars. Turner’s response, although poignant, seems far more positive. Peace has triumphed over war, and life continues as usual in this idyllic valley bathed in hazy golden light.”

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 (J.M.W. Turner …
Tate Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851

Joseph Mallord William Turner, RA was an English Romanticist landscape painter. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting. Wikipedia
Born: 1775, Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom
Died: 19 December 1851, Cheyne Walk, London, United Kingdom
On view: Yale Center for British Art, Tate Gallery, Britain, more
Period: Romanticism
Buried: St Paul’s Cathedral, City of London, United Kingdom
Siblings: Mary Ann
Parents: William Turner, Mary Marshall Wikipedia

Please visit source: Turner’s golden landscape and other auction highlights | Apollo Magazine

I really want it just have to find a spare $30m. It should be in a museum for all to view don’t you think?

Vintage door lock by John Wilkes circa. 1680 …

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Thanks Leslie I have not seen this before.

The Pink Star: One Of The World’s Great Natural Treasures | Sotheby’s

You girls will love this

“Meticulously cut by Steinmetz Diamonds over a period of nearly two years – a process in which the 132.50 carat rough was cast in epoxy more than 50 times in order to create models upon which the design team could experiment with different cuts -it was transformed into this spectacular 59.60 carat, fancy vivid pink, internally flawless oval cut gem – the largest internally flawless or flawless, fancy vivid pink diamond that the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has ever graded.”

Please visit source: The Pink Star: One Of The World’s Great Natural Treasures | Sotheby’s

“Of all fancy coloured pink diamonds, those graded ‘Fancy Vivid’ are the most precious and desirable. The current world auction record for a pink diamond is the Graff Pink, a superb 24.78 carat diamond which sold at Sotheby’s Geneva in November 2010 for US$46.16 million. Weighing in at 59.60 carats and graded as Fancy Vivid, the Pink Star is twice the size.”

If you have a spare 80 mil you might be bidding against Bear if you like it or should I say your partner likes it. See you in Hong Kong LOL

Remains of 5,000-Year-Old Egyptian City Unearthed Abydos …

Bear loves antiquities and had to share this …




“The remains of a 5,000-year-old city, including a cemetery and several houses, have been unearthed at the site of Abydos in Egypt.

The city, whose size is not clear, dates to the early dynastic period when the first pharaohs ruled a united Egypt, said Mahmoud Afifi, the head of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities at the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, in an Arabic language statement.”

Please visit source: Remains of 5,000-Year-Old Egyptian City Unearthed & Ministry of Antiquities

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