Pangaea Auctions presents its NO RESERVES With Low Start, Jewelry, Antiques & Art Collection on January 13th, 2018. They are offering another exceptional collection with pieces curated from private collections and events from around the United States, Europe, and Latin America. This catalog showcases the top 40 lots from each category from highest estimate to lowest estimate and the remaining catalog lots are listed by category/groups in the same manner. This auction has every lot starting a very low price with no reserve thereafter. Therefore, any bid placed will win the item at the Start Price or higher. Pangaea has an agreement with their consignors that 5% to 25% of the value is a great starting point for bidders.
Pangaea Auctions is an International auction house that operates in more than 50 countries throughout the world. We are a premier auction management company that provides a world-class auction service to its clients. Clients may range from consignors, galleries, artists, estates, collectors, museums and even other auction houses. The Pangaea Auctions business model enables us to consign our client’s collections and market them to a global audience, where Millions of potential qualified buyers are able to bid. The Pangaea Auctions management team pre-approve these bidders through limited partnerships with Internet auction houses and Public auctions houses located around the world.
Lot 1 kicks off the sale with a Rare Antique African Tribal Dogon Cast Bronze opening for only $100 with a value of up to $7000. The full description from the auctioneer is:
“Rare Antique African Tribal Dogon Cast Bronze Warrior Riding A Camel Riding. Estimated more than 200 yrs old. African art is a term typically used for the art of Sub-Saharan Africa. A few of the most popular traditional African art was produced by the tribal people of the Fang, Dan, Baoule, Dogon, Senoufo, Makonde, Bambara, and San. Most African sculpture was historically in wood and other natural materials that have not survived from earlier than a few centuries ago; older pottery figures can be found from a number of areas. Masks are important elements in the art of many peoples, along with human figures, often highly stylized and in vast variety of styles. Sculpture is most common among “groups of settled cultivators in the areas drained by the Niger and Congo rivers. Direct images of deities are relatively infrequent, but masks in particular were made for religious ceremonies. Later West African cultures developed bronze casting for reliefs, like the Benin Bronzes, to decorate palaces and for highly naturalistic royal heads from around the Yoruba town of Ife, in terracotta as well as metal, from the 12th to 14th centuries. Akan gold weights are a form of small metal sculptures produced over the period 1400–1900; some apparently represent proverbs, contributing a narrative element rare in African sculpture; and royal regalia included impressive gold sculptured elements. Many West African figures are used in religious rituals and are often coated with materials placed on them for ceremonial offerings. Eastern Africans, in many areas shorter of large timber to carve, are known for Tinga Tinga paintings and Makonde sculptures. There is also tradition of producing textile art. Modern Zimbabwean sculptors in soapstone have achieved considerable international success. Southern Africa’s oldest known clay figures date from 400 to 600 AD and have cylindrical heads with a mixture of human and animal features. (Wikipedia)”
Lot 10 is one of the highlighted jewelry pieces of the auction. Up for grabs is a beautiful 14kt Solid Yellow Gold necklace with a weight of 20 grams. Pangaea is opening this beauty for only $300. The lot in detail is explained in the catalog as follows:
“14kt Solid Yellow Gold Necklace. Weight 20 grams. A beautiful piece from a Rhode Island Estate. Estimated more than 50 yrs old. Gold, Tested Positive using Nitric Acid Chemical Scratch Test, Cloth Rub Test, Smell Test, and Magnet Test. Karat Stamp Markings. The reason Gold needs to be combined with other metals is that it is very difficult to make great designs with just pure Gold, which is very soft and malleable. Gold resists attack by individual acids, but a mixture of nitric acid and hydrochloric acid can dissolve it. It is insoluble in nitric acid, which dissolves silver and base metals, a property that has long been used to refine gold and to confirm the presence of gold in metallic objects. Gold is a precious metal used for coinage, jewelry, and other arts throughout recorded history. In the past, a gold standard was often implemented as a monetary policy within and between nations, but gold coins ceased to be minted as a circulating currency in the 1930s, and the world gold standard was abandoned for a fiat currency system after 1976. The historical value of gold was rooted in its relative rarity, easy handling and minting, easy smelting and fabrication, resistance to corrosion and other chemical reactions, and distinctive color. Many countries do not require their precious metal items to be stamped and therefore we test to ensure we accurately represent the product.
Pangaea Auctions are extremely grateful to their collectors and galleries for selecting them to represent such a high quality body of work. This important event will begin live bidding at 11:00 AM Eastern US Time on Saturday January 13th, 2018. Absentee bidding is available right now on iCollector.com. Bidders can join the live auction from any internet enabled device. Pangaea Auctions conducts only four auctions per year to ensure quality lots at a low start price. The entire catalog is available today with photos and detailed descriptions ready for browsing through iCollector.com.