On-line Ancient Art Auction at e-tiquities

Carnelian Bezel Gold Ring
Carnelian Bezel Gold Ring

Have you always wanted to peruse the world of antiquities, but  without leaving your house? Beginning on May 1st, 2009 all you need is a computer with internet to travel back to the art of ancient cultures and contemplate adding an artifact to either your already existing collection, or to begin a collection of your own.

Phoenix Ancient Art offers antiquities for sale or auction both on-line or in-person which were created as long ago as the 6th millennium BCE from cultures located in the areas surrounding and including the Mediterranean Basin such as but not limited to Greece, Rome, Egypt, Byzantium and the world of Islam.

No need to worry about the authenticity of an object, or overpaying. Over the years Phoenix Ancient Art has developed an impeccable reputation for honesty, and this reputation will be passed on to all purchases made on-line.

Alexander Gherardi, president of e-tiquities, explains how e-tiquities simplifies entrance into the world of collecting antiquities:

“Many people are intimidated by the thought of purchasing antiquities. They fear buying something that is inauthentic, illegally acquired or overpriced. E-tiquities.com eliminates this anxiety. Our researchers have worked to make e-tiquities an educational site as well as an accessible way to collect elegant, guaranteed authentic antiquities. It is truly an innovation in the field.”

Big Art, Small Collectors

A fascinating new trend seems to be developing in the world of collecting art and antiquities; and that is the increase in the number of children participating in this unquestionably sophisticated and pricey hobby.
Growing up in the mid to late 20th century, children’s collections were usually composed of stamps, postcards, bottle caps, and if the child had an extraordinarily large allowance, coins.

Today, however, as a general boom in art and wealth is experienced in society, especially among younger people who are raising their children with a keen desire to give them the best possible education and a taste for high culture, children are more often participating in auctions or purchasing great works of art in galleries.

According to Hugh Hildesley , executive vice president of Sotheby’s , when he joined the esteemed auction house in 1961 children were never present at sales. “Children were unheard of, and we would have discouraged their presence,” he remembers. In 2007 alone there have been upwards of a dozen children present, as onlookers or even bidders, at both auction previews as well as sales.
At age 4 Dakota King began collecting contemporary art in 2002. Among her more than 40-piece collection is a Panda from Andy Warhol’s series on endangered species.  “Panda is darling and chubby and cute, and at night he protects me,” Dakota comments.

Along with modern art there are children that are also collecting antiquities. Soliman Aboutaam, age nine, collects Greek and Roman coins because he enjoys the “monsters” imprinted on the ancient currency, such as griffins and chimeras. Their father, Hicham Aboutaam, an antiquities dealer and co-owner of Phoenix Ancient Art with his brother Ali Aboutaam, began the collection for his two sons. The younger son, Alexander, age seven is learning proper care for his 2,000 year old coins. They are always careful to just hold the coins along the rim, “so that the front doesn’t erase,” Soliman says.

Still, these “small collectors” are unusual despite the fact that the trend seems to be increasing. Andrew Reed, owner of a $3,000 painting called “Smurf” by Michael Vasquez, says his friends are not too interested in his prized painting. “What my friends really like are my baseball cards.”

Black Chlorite Mythological Figure at Phoenix Ancient Art

Narbemann:Black Chlorite Demon
Narbemann:Black Chlorite Demon

Having developed an impeccable reputation as ancient art dealers, the Aboutaam brothers, Ali and Hicham, of Phoenix Ancient Art, can be depended upon to acquire extraordinary works of art of high historical and artistic value.

Among the Aboutaams’ many offerings is a significant figure from circa 2200 B.C.E. of black chlorite believed to represent a Near Eastern demon known as the Narbemann, or “scarred man.”

Although the demon is frequently represented as a scaly man with a striking gash on his face, this particular representation is smooth-skinned. The tell-tale scar is present on the right side where the original ivory inlay is still complete clearly signifying that this is a representation of more than four thousand years old of the Narbemann.

Hicham Aboutaam’s Dream Becomes Virtual Reality

Bringing ancient art to the widest possible range of people has been one of Hicham Aboutaam’s dreams.

Glass Amphoriskos
Glass Amphoriskos

Now, with the lauching of e-tiquities, Hicham’s dream is virtually coming true. As of May 1st, 2009 anyone with internet access and a desire to enter the world of rare and beautiful antiquities can easily bring his desire to fruition.

Whether your interest is in an antiquities auction or in antiquities for sale, both can be achieved at e-tiquities. Ranging in price from only $500 to $25,000, there is something available to just about anyone on this on-line gallery/auction house.

E-tiquities is the virtual version of the very real and quite well known gallery Phoenix Ancient Art. Located in two central locales, New York City and Geneva, Phoenix Ancient Art is one of the world’s most respected and reliable outlets for beautiful and rare antiquities. Hicham Aboutaam, co-owner with his brother Ali, explains some of his goals for e-tiquities:

“In launching e-tiquities by Phoenix Ancient Art, we hope both to introduce a new audience to the cultures of the ancient world, and to give our existing clients an easy way to expand their collections. One of the things which makes Phoenix Ancient Art special in our field is the guarantee of authenticity that we provide to our clients, whether they buy works in our galleries or on our new website. Over the years, we’ve developed procedures to establish provenance (chain of ownership) to ensure that our pieces are both authentic and on the market in accordance with international law.”