Collecting Antiquities and Ancient Art
Antiquities are the art and artefacts of the ancient world. The term antiquity exclude flints; which are treated as a separate subject matter. Date ranges vary as far back as 7000 BC to AD 500, following the decline of the Rome and their empire. Allowing a couple of hundred years for the Coptic Civilisation of Egypt. The bulk of material on the antiquities market are from Europe and the Near East between the dates of 2000 BC and 500 AD where items are readily available.
So WHY COLLECT ANCIENT ART AND ANTIQUITIES?
Ancient art can appeal to the collector for a few reasons; aesthetically for their form and decoration; historically for their context and lastly for their investment qualities. Personally, the subject of ancient art collecting for me is based on the connection between ancient civilisations and our modern Western Civilisation. The splendours of Egypt; Greece and Roman Empire helped mould our modern civilisation, thus
developing how will live in our current climate. Antiquities can be relatively inexpensive, a piece of 2,000 year old Roman glass Candlestick Unguentarium can cost as little as £65.
One of the most common questions asked is how are these items still
intact and in good condition after 2,000 years. The majority of antiquities on the market fall into four categories; objects and belongings that were buried with the deceased; objects that were buried for other purposes such as Roman coins being
hidden against invaders; Objects from a site that has been destroyed; and items that were thrown away due to no longer being required.