The remarkable artistic achievements of the Mamluks of Egypt

Just the other day we sold a small bronze coin issued by one of the 14th Century Mamluk rulers of Egypt, Syria and the Levant, pictured below. Inexpensive and similar to countless thousands of examples that were produced by the Mamluk sultans over a period of over 250 years, its simple but satisfying floral scroll… Read More The remarkable artistic achievements of the Mamluks of Egypt

Still more ancient coins and antiquities added to our Etsy shop

For the fifth time this year we’ve added newly acquired ancient coins and antiquities to the selection in our online Etsy shop. Here are some of the newest acquisitions:         Visit our Etsy shop for an ever changing selection of items, including antiquities, ancient coins, related books and prints, and other antique… Read More Still more ancient coins and antiquities added to our Etsy shop

Byzantine Ceramics Revisited

Here is a link to an article I’ve just published on my other WordPress site, Past Present Arts and Crafts, dealing with my own attempts at both reinterpreting and recreating ancient and Medieval Byzantine pottery (opens in a new window or tab) – https://pastpresentartsandcrafts.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/byzantine-ceramics-revisited Please visit my other WordPress site for many more articles about… Read More Byzantine Ceramics Revisited

This Week’s Featured Object: Echoes of a Very Different Middle East – Clothing from Iraqi Kurdistan

Our featured object this week hearkens back to a time when the Middle East was quite different demographically than it is today. For more than 400 years, large parts of the Near and Middle East were governed by the expansionist Ottoman Empire. Under the Empire’s authoritarian rule, the many ethnic and religious minorities of the… Read More This Week’s Featured Object: Echoes of a Very Different Middle East – Clothing from Iraqi Kurdistan

A breakthrough moment in the modern interpretation of antiquities

As an artist myself (yes, I have come to accept, to my own astonishment, that in addition to being an antiquities dealer / antiquarian / art historian, I am, at last, an artist) I often find myself influenced, even if sometimes subliminally, by the ancient and medieval art and artifacts I handle every day (see… Read More A breakthrough moment in the modern interpretation of antiquities