Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities was established with the aim of making the enjoyment of art and antiquities from the ancient Roman, Egyptian, Greek, Cypriot, Byzantine and Near Eastern worlds accessible to the widest possible audience.
Started in the San Francisco Bay Area and relocated to Wilmington, North Carolina, Clio Ancient Art draws upon the owner’s academic background in archaeology and a life long interest in ancient art, including extensive travel in the Mediterranean world visiting countless archaeological sites in Italy, Greece, Egypt and other countries. With 25 years collecting experience, Clio has consulted for museums and private collectors, and has established a Trust that sets aside key pieces of ancient art for donation to museums building their own collections of Greco-Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern antiquities.
We live in a world obsessed with change that seems constantly to be reinventing itself. This wasn’t always so. For most of recorded history, change occurred slowly and this was especially true of art. Only rarely, as with Greek vase painting, did styles evolve rapidly. Holding an object, however modest, from ancient Greece, Rome or Egypt and feeling a human connection to its maker can help ground us, briefly silence the din of modern life and put in perspective our own place in time.
Visitors sometimes ask why a distinction has been made between antiquities and ancient art. The answer lies in our modern perception of what art is and how we moderns perceive the ancient past. Many antiquities we offer for sale here or one finds on display in a museum were never intended to be viewed as art. These items may have served a utilitarian purpose, and may even have been ornamented by their makers to move them beyond the realm of the ordinary, but were not viewed as “art” in their own time. “Art” is an appellation we have ascribed to these objects, partly in reverence of their age and rarity. By contrast, other pieces we offer such as Attic and Greek South Italian vases or Luristan bronzes were clearly designed in their own time to serve much more than utilitarian needs.
Another question sometimes asked is “Why Clio?” Clio is the Muse of History and thus appropriate here. The Muses were companions of the god Apollo. Originally deities associated with springs, their number and functions changed over time but in the classical era it was finally determined there were nine Muses, each with her own unique character. Clio, whose name means “the proclaimer,” is most often depicted in Greek and Roman art with her attributes, the trumpet and clepsydra (a device for measuring time).
Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities is a member of the Association of International Antiquities Dealers (AIAD), a not-for-profit international association of antiquities dealers, ancient art and numismatic dealers and others keen to promote the positive aspects of antiquities ownership. The organization promotes responsible antiquities dealing and provides a support network and means of exchanging information about fakes, forgeries, misrepresentation and stolen goods with a view to identifying such items offered for sale and notifying appropriate authorities. AIAD promotes responsible trading in antiquities, which includes meeting all legal requirements concerning reporting and documentation, and its members adhere to its Code of Conduct.
Authentication and identification are the key elements in building a collection of ancient art. We at Clio Ancient Art are often contacted by private owners and museums wishing to identify objects and learn if the they are genuine ancient artifacts, reproductions, fakes, forgeries, or tourist trinkets.
As a service to collectors and owners, Clio Ancient Art provides authentication and identification services. For a fee of $50.00 per hour or portion thereof, we will review your quality digital images or examine your objects in person, and inform you in writing as to the precise nature of the objects you own, their origin, place and time of manufacture, potential value, etc. If your items are found to be genuine antiquities, certificates of authenticity may be made available upon request at no additional charge.
We also offer private owners and collectors guidance with bringing their collections to sale through the major auction houses in London and New York. Our fees for this service are the same as those listed above, at $50.00 per hour.
Fees for our identification and authentication services are payable in advance and may be made either via PayPal (simply by looking up firstname.lastname@example.org) or by check. For large collections, terms may be negotiated in advance with the customer.
For private owners or museums who know nothing about the objects they have come to own, knowing where to start can be bewildering. The antiquities trade is complex and full of potential pitfalls. There are dealers, especially among the internet based auction web sites, who are less than scrupulous and knowingly or unknowingly offer fakes, forgeries and reproductions. Education is the key to avoiding these traps. Our own links page here on WordPress is a good starting point in building a knowledge base about antiquities and ancient art.
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