|Title:||Incense Holder, Urn|
|Date/Era/Period:||800-400 BC Greece Geometric- Archaic period|
|Description:||Appears to be an archaeological example of incense holder, hollow - coil construction, orignal colour residues, ancient greek design - 6 inches diameter at base; 17.5 inches in height.. The design appears to be dated to the Geometric period based upon the decorations. Notice the lines and intricate patterns. The fact that it is hollow makes it even more fragile. Chances are that this piece was originally painted quite brightly. This is definitely an example that was brought to Sicily by colonists during the Colonial movement, such sites that it may have come from include, Gela or Syracuse.|
|Condition:||amazing for age - no chips but colours faded - reds, pink and black.|
|Provenance:||unkown - though has a numeric inscription catalogue reference.|
|Appraised By:||Rachael Goldman|
|Appraiser Comments:||Hello, this is Rachael Goldman from New Jersey Your request for an appraisal has been referred to me for reply. I have closely examined the information you submitted. My findings are based on this information. This is a good and stable example of an incense burner which has been decorated and fashioned in the Oriental style that influenced the Greeks from their eastern neighbors. The condition of this antiquity is significant and there are range of values. The marketplace for antiques is always on the exponentially high range. Given that the provenance is from Sicily, the impact will be different historically as well. Geometric (ca. 900-725 BC.) After the period known as the ‘Dark Ages’, Greek culture began to flourish again particularly in Athens. The period is named for the prevalence of geometric shapes used in contemporary art, seen in the maeander motif and the geometric rendering of living things on pottery and figurines. The desire to break things down into their constituent parts, to render things in an orderly fashion after a period of chaos, is seen in even the smallest of objects from the period. The Geometric eventually gave way to the Orientalizing (ca. 725-625 B.C.) a change that can be attributed to increased trade contacts and colonization. These expanded horizons brought the alphabet to Greece, as well as new motifs, shapes, and techniques that responded to a growing desire for narrative in art. Corinth , with its extensive trade contacts, replaced Athens as the cultural center of Greece, and its artists introduced into Greek art as heraldic style of mythical beasts derived from Near Eastern objects. Corinthian architects began the Doric system of architecture, while its potters invented the black-figure technique. Souces include: www.sothebys.com Royal Athena Galleries, NYC Robin Osborne, Archaic and Classical Greece, 1998. (excellent text!) Keep in mind that the values listed below can vary depending upon how and where marketed, locale, and may vary across different collecting disciplines. If you are satisfied with the services I have rendered, I would be most grateful if you would take the time to leave some positive feedback. Kindest regards, Rachael Goldman, MA Ph.D. candidate in Art History CUNY-GC Senior Certified Member Appraisers Association of America Assumptions and Limiting Conditions. This certificate of appraisal is given subject to the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth, all of which are a part hereof unless expressly set aside in writing either on the pages of this certificate or by writing attached to the certificate signed by all parties concerned. Unless otherwise stated herein, this certificate is based only on the readily apparent identity of the item(s) appraised, and no further opinion nor guarantee of authenticity, genuineness, attribution or authorship is made. Unless otherwise stated herein, the appraised value(s) is based on the whole ownership and possessory interest undiminished by any liens, fractional interests or any other form of encumbrance or alienation. This certificate is made at the request of the party names for his/her/its use. It is not an indication or certificate of title ownership. The identification of the interest of the requesting party is simply that represented to the appraiser by such party and no inquiry or investigation has been made nor is any opinion given as to the truth of such representation. The value(s) expressed herein is based on the appraiser’s best judgment and opinion and is not a representation or warranty that the item(s) will realize that value if offered for sale at auction or otherwise. The value(s) expressed is based on current information on the date made and no opinion is hereby expressed as to any future value, nor, unless otherwise expressly stated, as to any past value. Information furnished by others is assumed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed by this appraisal firm. The appraiser is not required to give testimony, be present in any court of law, or appear before any commission or board by reason of this appraisal, unless prior arrangements have been made with the appraiser. Possession of this report, or copy thereof, does not include the right of publication without the written consent of the appraiser. This report in its entirety or any part thereof, including the identity of the appraiser or his/her firm, shall not be made public through advertising, public relations, news releases, sales or other distributive or information media without the written consent of the appraiser.|
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