Greek, Roman, Egyptian & Other Antiquities

The antiquities market comprises artefacts and works of art made by ancient civilisations including statues, coins, jewellery and arms and armour.

Provenance is one of the most important considerations when trading in this sector as there is a long history of looting from archaeological sites.

Ozengell Hoard

Anglo-Saxon hoard bought by Kent Archaeological Society ahead of London auction

27 October 2022

A large group of c.6-7th century Anglo-Saxon artefacts, known as the Ozengell Hoard, have been bought by Kent Archaeological Society.

Marble head

Met museum hands back looted artefacts

12 September 2022

Twenty-seven looted artefacts seized from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art have been returned to Italy and Egypt as part of longrunning investigations by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit.

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Alexander’s distater – the spoils of conquest

12 September 2022

Alexander the Great’s conquest of the Persian Achaemenid empire delivered into his hands a vast wealth.

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5 Questions: antiquities dealer Rolf van Kiaer

29 August 2022

Rolf van Kiaer runs web-based antiquities dealership Helios Gallery with Samantha Neal.

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Dealer Wace takes his shows on the road after gallery closure

22 August 2022

Different way of operating involves exhibitions, some non-commercial, in a variety of premises.

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Roman marble busts from the Finches

22 August 2022

On November 9-10 Sworders will conduct an auction of objects from the collection of pioneering dealer Jan Ellen Finch (1952-2021) of Finch & Co.

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Egyptian visions in exhibitions

22 August 2022

Time for some 21st century Egyptomania: this year marks 200 years since Jean-François Champollion deciphered hieroglyphs and a century since Howard Carter uncovered Tutankhamun’s tomb.

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Egyptian bronze figure of Isis offered in Salisbury auction

22 August 2022

The Woolley & Wallis sale in Salisbury on September 21 titled Arts of Africa, Oceania and he Americas includes a small section of antiquities.

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On the zigzag trail

22 August 2022

TimeLine Auctions’ Antiquities sale includes a dozen good examples of Roman glass including this 3rd-5th century unguentarium with zigzag trail decoration.

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5 Questions: antiquities dealer Guy Rothwell

22 August 2022

Guy Rothwell runs Antiquities Online.

Obituary: Jerome Eisenberg

22 August 2022

Jerome Eisenberg (1930-2022), who died aged 92 on July 6, was a leading member of the antiquities trade.

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To be or not to be at both fairs, that was the question

25 July 2022

When a new client with an interest in Roman marbles visited Charles Ede at TEFAF, they liked what they saw but thought they would come back.

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Ancient attractions turn heads at Hindman

11 July 2022

An ancient Egyptian cartonnage Mummy mask was the top-selling lot in an auction of Antiquities held by Hindman (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Chicago.

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Roman jewellery box on offer in Munich sale

04 July 2022

Almost two thousand years ago, a wealthy Roman woman would have kept her jewellery or trinkets in a cylindrical box, a so-called Pyxis. They were originally plain vessels, often made of pottery.

Mehernefer and his son

Egyptian Old Kingdom statue once owned by George III comes to auction

30 May 2022

This Egyptian Old Kingdom statue once owned by George III will be offered at Christie’s during its Classic Week sales in July.

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Keep an eye on the return of this London event

02 May 2022

An Attic black-figure vessel decorated with a striking pair of eyes to the outside is among the highlights at the second physical staging of Eye of the Collector.

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Cat sat on a shelf came all the way from Egypt

11 April 2022

Cats were represented in the social and religious practices of ancient Egypt for several millennia.

Anglo-Saxon gold shilling

Anglo-Saxon coin emerged from stubble

14 March 2022

An Anglo-Saxon gold shilling or thrymsa dating from 650- 670AD took £15,000 at Dix Noonan Webb in Mayfair.

Seized cultural goods

Interpol operation seizes nearly 10,000 illicit cultural artefacts

12 March 2022

An international police operation coordinated by Interpol has led to the seizure of 9408 antiquities and cultural artefacts including archaeological objects, furniture, coins, paintings, musical instruments and statuettes.

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Catherine Southon tees off to a fine start in 2022

21 February 2022

Egyptian antiquities and Rolex are a hit in first sale of the year held at Surrey golf club

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