The brother team that makes Phoenix Ancient Art, Ali Aboutaam and Hicham Aboutaam, believes that collecting antiquities is more than just a hobby or even a financial investment option, but that the collector acquires a personal connection to the objects. Articles that have existed through the ages are more than mere items of beauty for they carry with them tremendous worth as testimony to ages gone by.
Antiquities have always served as an inspiration to writers, artists and others. This art connects us to the past cultures in which we can find the roots of our civilizations. When you collect antiquities you also connect to the past and the ancestors and fathers of modern society.
Phoenix Ancient Art, founded by S. Aboutaam, and now under the management of his sons, Ali Aboutaam and Hicham Aboutaam, ensures that their clients always sense the history, culture and beauty contained within each piece that is exhibited and sold by Phoenix and the Aboutaam brothers.
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.”
It is clear that a piece of artwork such as the Greco-Roman mosaic glass bowl being offered at the Phoenix Ancient Art Gallery in Geneva was a luxury available to only the wealthiest individuals of the 1st century B.C.E. Extremely time consuming and labor intensive to produce, it is quite a rarity to find an example of mosaic glass of such immense quality and in such good, virtually intact, condition.
In response to a question about the significance of this particular millifiori glass bowl, Hicham Aboutaam, one of the owners of the Phoenix Ancient Art Gallery, along with his brother Ali, responded,
“Although mosaic glass was not uncommon in ancient times, few vessels of comparable quality and condition exist today.”
There are two similar bowls from the same time period and in the same style but of different color schemes. One is on display in the Museum of Glass in New York and another at the Yale University Art Gallery. These, and perhaps just a handful of others are the only surviving examples of the high level of beauty, craftsmanship and preservation that this bowl exhibits. Admitting the fortunate nature of the acquisition of this bowl by Phoenix Ancient Art, Ali Aboutaam remarked,
“We are quite fortunate to have found such a remarkable piece and feel very lucky to be able to present it for others to enjoy.”
Among the many beautiful and ancient artworks at the Geneva gallery of Phoenix Ancient Art is a Greco-Roman mosaic glass bowl from approximately the 1st century B.C.E. Ali and Hicham Aboutaam, the proprietors of Phoenix Ancient Art explain that the bowl is most likely from the Eastern Mediterranean region and was created using a technique that was first developed in this part of the world during the 3rd century B.C.E.
The bowl is produced from canes of glass in an assortment of colors including rose pink, amethyst and deep blue with white and golden yellow accents. The “thousand flowers” effect, or millefiori, is achieved using multicolored glass rods which are fused together to create the amazing variety of textures, shapes and colors.
Hicham Aboutaam manages Phoenix Ancient Art’s New York gallery, at 47E. 66th Street. Here you will find exceptional antiquities that represent over 7,000 years of our existence, spanning the expanses of the Neolithic Period of the 6th Millennium B.C.E. through to the 14th Century C.E.
The display of each item by Aboutaam in his gallery is unique, and you will find the works of art displayed against settings of simplicity and elegance. Thus, the object on display takes possession of its space and speak for itself. This also allows collectors and the general public to solely focus on each individual artefact.
Hicham and Ali have taken over their father’s business, and they have made great leaps forwards since assuming the reigns of Phoenix Ancient Art.