As I’m sure you have seen by now this weekend is Pax Romana’s sale to start off 2021 the way we mean to go on! A large sale with some breathtaking pieces it’s promising to be very exciting. However, we understand that such a long sale might seem somewhat intimidating! So, we’ve written you this guide to the rough timings and sections of the auction in order to help you participate as well as you can. As always, a live auction is just that – live! – so timings are liable to change. If there’s something you really don’t want to miss, we recommend being online well in advance. Or, perhaps consider telephone bidding where we will call you when the lot is coming up and take your bids over the phone.
But anyway, that’s enough initial explanation! Let’s get on to a sale guide and its highlights.
11am – 1pm: Asian Antiquities
It would only be right to start at the very beginning of the sale when taking you through the highlights, as lot number 1 is indeed spectacular. A full set of Zodiac figures, their paint work is still bright, and they show no signs of restoration or significant damage. Additionally, they are TL tested so you can be doubly assured of their exact age. They would make a truly incredible centrepiece for any Asian art collection or as a striking interior feature in your home.
Other terracotta Chinese pieces that come with the relevant TL test are the beautiful Northern Wei horses (Lot 9 and 17) and the rare standing Han Dynasty Dog (Lot 14). Beautiful and scientifically authenticated pieces from Ancient China do not stop there as we have some delicate ritual bronze vessels (lot 25A and 76) and intricately decorated mirrors (Lot 25B).
Ending the Asian Art portion of our sale is a selection of remarkable Gandhara statues. Firstly, there are the expressive smaller examples made of Stucco, such as lots 126 and 129. However, what stands out the most are the large and impressive Schist statues that have strong figures with beautifully carving. The most impressive, in terms of their sheer size, has to be Lot 132 and Lot 133.
1pm – 3pm: Ancient Jewellery
Moving onto the Ancient Jewellery, this is a wide and sparkling collection of wearable, one of a kind ancient pieces. Pieces such as the small bird ring of Lot 134, the Hellenistic gold ring of lot 136 and the Byzantine Garnet cross of lot 142 are stunning and unique. They also all have XRF tests that support their authenticity and would make brilliant additions to any ensemble.
Later in the sale with have the Pax Romana brand coin necklaces. New to our auctions, these are some of the items that we’re most excited about. Using Alexander the Great or Julius Caesar coins, they are mounted in exclusive silver settings on silver chains. They are a great way of having ancient history with you at all times and would make brilliant gifts!
We end the jewellery section with some of the more unusual pieces in our sale. One bracelet that has had a lot of interest is a rare Viking piece with attached Thor’s hammers. Lot 253 it would have held an amulet like function as it asked for protection from Thor himself. Then, a piece that dates from a later time period than we usually focus on, is the charming Tudor wedding ring at lot 344. Featuring two clasped hands its gilded and likely belonged to a Tudor woman. Finally, for the jewellery section, very different to our romantic ring is the ancient Gold Sumerian pendant of the demon Pazuzu (Lot 352). Coming with its own XRF test, the pendant is very rare and would have been worn to ward off different evil gods, such as his enemy Lamashtu.
3pm – 5pm: Ancient Weaponry
What immediately stands out the most in the weaponry portion of our sale is the selection of rare helmets. The four helmets are all extremely unusual types – Phrygian, Assyrian, Etruscan Negau and Roman Montefortino. All coming from around the Mediterranean, it’s so intriguing to watch how different peoples at different times shaped and formed their helmets. All of these pieces have been XRF tested and also have brilliant provenances. The Roman Helmet (404B) has a provenance back to 1947, the Assyrian pointed helmet’s provenance dates to 1922 and lot 374B, the Phrygian, has a paper trail back to 1897!
Alongside these stunning helmets are a selection of long, impressive Roman and Viking Swords. Highlights include the Viking sword with circular pommel (lot 371) and the Roman Spatha sword with bone handle (lot 409). There is also a good selection of maces, axe heads, spears and daggers that any ancient weapons collector would want to look into.
5pm – 7pm: Classical Art
Last but not least, we have the Classical Art portion of our auction. Lots of the items have been in important collections, sold by Chrisite’s or Sotheby’s and one that has even been in a museum. As a bidder you are spoilt for choice! Particular pieces worth noting are the TL tested Kraters such as lot 515. They have a distinctive style and bold decoration that makes them very desirable. More unusual pieces like Egyptian sandals, gladiator souvenirs or Roman marbled glass also catch the eye. Some of the largest and most impressive pieces are the Roman Marbles (lot 514, 536 and 551). However, the rarest piece has to be the Egyptian Osiris that was shown at the Kresge Art Gallery. Intriguingly, it has the remanence of an old stock taking label on its back.
Well, has anything caught your eye? We’re so excited for this auction and we hope that this time guide helps you prepare for a day of bidding! If you’re not registered to bid yet please head over to paxromana.auction to get ready! Remember that you can also bid via phone if you prefer. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you need anymore information about this.
As always, we offer in house white glove shipping and a certificate of authenticity with each item. Lastly, all items over £1,000 in the catalogue have been approved by the Art Loss Register.