Hicham Aboutaam, co-proprietor of Phoenix Ancient Art, sells antiques from a variety of different historical time periods. One of these is South Italian, also known as Italiote, during the 4th century B.C.. Pieces were made in Magna Graecia –the coastal regions around Southern Italy on the Tarentine Gulf, colonized exclusively by Greek settlers. In terms of artistic production throughout this period, red figure pottery that was the most famous for its unique and easily distinguishable style. Southern Italian art was produced in Apulia, Campania, Lucania, Paestum, and Sicily
Hicham Aboutaam and Ali Aboutaam often add precious gems to their Phoenix Ancient Art collection. These can also be purchased without leaving one’s home, by visiting the company’s online site, e-Tiquities, which shows very clear images so that potential buyers can really get a good idea of what they are purchasing. One such gem is a bronze bracelet with female heads. This antique dates back to 12th-8th century BC and hails from the Mesopotamia. . Like this piece, many of the artifacts found from this time were bronze.
Add a piece from Phoenix Ancient Art to your collection For $14,000 this bracelet from the Aboutaam’s collection could be yours. For an antique collector the price might just be right since it sports very detailed decoration. The bracelet is actually two halves which connect via a hinge so that it easily opens on the wrist. But since the original pin holding together the other side is no longer on the bracelet, that side remains open. Still, it is probably not something that one would wear on a day-to-day basis. For one interested in interesting motifs, this is a good purchase, since it can fascinate you for hours with its butterfly, faces, almond shaped eyes, strong noses, etc.
Hicham Abouttam and his brother Ali Aboutaam, joint owners of Phoenix Ancient Art, offer their clients the opportunity to bid for antique arts from the Neolithic Era through to the 14th century. Otherwise known as the New Stone Age, this was a time when human technology was in its early developmental stages. It followed the Holocene Epipalaeolithic Age which led to the Neolithic Revolution. The Neolithic Era more accurately describes a certain set of cultures and behavior traits, as opposed to a specific historical time and thus antique art is an example of this Era.
E-Tiquities and Art Collectors
For anyone who has an eye and a heart for antiques, Phoenix Ancient Art, working with its online partner e-Tiquities, would be a good place to start. The Abouttam’s sell both “rare and exquisite works of art from ancient civilizations” spanning many centuries, that make an antique collector’s dreams come true. At their e-Tiquities site, one will find pieces from many eras, including the following: Anatolian, Byzantine, Cypriot, Dark Age, Egyptian, Geometric and Orientalizing Greek, Hellenistic, Islamic, Mesopotamian, Persian, Roman, Sardinian, and Syrian.
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.”
Bringing ancient art to the widest possible range of people has been one of Hicham Aboutaam’s dreams.
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.”