All of the pieces we handle are legally and ethically acquired, in complete accordance with US and international regulations and laws concerning the import and sale of ancient objects. We deal only in authentic pieces with minimal or no restoration. All objects sold by us are guaranteed genuine and as described in perpetuity.
We specialize in building collections with our clients, both public and private. Due to our in depth knowledge of the antiquities market we are often able to locate particular pieces to complement any collection. Please feel free to contact us and let us know what you are trying to find. We acquire pieces with a very discerning eye, and one can be assured of our integrity, expertise, and the value of the objects we handle. Authenticity is of paramount importance in collecting antiquities. Experience, education, and a well stocked library are the cornerstones one relies upon when attributing an ancient piece of artwork. There are two things to avoid when collecting antiquities - buying fakes and buying illegally excavated and exported material.
Authenticity can be difficult. Many forgers aptly copy and adapt pieces of well known and well published varieties. But often they betray themselves by not paying close attention to the details and conventions of ancient craftsmanship as well as working in the proper material or medium. On the other hand, some forgers closely mimic ancient techniques but misunderstand or misinterpret ancient iconography or aesthetics. Still another group of fakes are those that were never meant to deceive. Pieces made during the height of the Egyptomania of the 19th century, or for the travelers of the Grand Tour, or in the excitement following the early excavations of Pompeii, Knossos, or sites in Etruria. These pieces now are indeed antiques but not antiquities. Unfortunately pieces in all of these categories are sometimes passed on by unscrupulous or undereducated dealers and auctioneers. There are both a great number of genuine antiquities and a great number of fakes on the market at any given time.
All of the objects we handle have been legally acquired. Most come from collections formed decades if not centuries ago. When we purchase antiquities abroad, they are officially cleared and licensed for export. Upon entry to the United States, they are again examined and cleared by US customs for import. We do not handle freshly excavated or illegally imported material, rather we specialize in fine quality antiquities with clear provenance. In doing so we provide our clients with not only beautiful and thought provoking ancient artwork, but also responsible and sound investments.