October 13, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment News
NEW YORK, October 13, 2007 – Phoenix Ancient Art, one of the world's leading dealers in rare and exquisite antiquities from Western civilizations, today announced that it will be exhibiting for the first time at the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show. The fair will be held at The Park Avenue Armory in New York, from October 19-25. The show is renowned for its array of high-end works of art dating from antiquity to the present day.

“The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show is an exceptional venue that provides us with the opportunity to present our best pieces to some of the world’s most discerning collectors,” said Hicham Aboutaam, co-owner of Phoenix Ancient Art. “We will showcase a vetted selection of beautiful and rare antiquities from the Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern worlds.”

Among the works that Phoenix will display is a charming Greek black-figure jug from the late 5th century B.C. featuring a rare depiction of an octopus. The tentacles of the octopus spread radially over the curved bottom of the jug: when the jug is used, the animal appears as the bottom is tipped up, staring at the person opposite to whimsical effect.

The highlight of Phoenix’s stand will be an exquisite Hellenistic bronze figure of Hermes. Solid cast and standing nearly 27 centimeters tall, the bronze depicts a seated figure of the Greek god Hermes, apparently taking a brief rest between his missions as the messenger of the gods. Depicted as a virile youth with the muscular build of an athlete, this masterpiece of Hellenistic bronzework is based on a mid 4th century statue by Lysippos, the most famous Greek sculptor of his time.

Phoenix Ancient Art has produced a full-color catalogue for the show that will feature the works displayed as part of its ongoing series of scholarly exhibition and fair publications.

The catalogue will be released at the opening of The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show.

As the leading dealer in Western antiquities, Phoenix Ancient Art ( serves a clientele of world-class museums and top private collectors. The gallery’s reputation for ensuring pieces of unsurpassed quality from some of the most important and prestigious collections from Europe and America has made Phoenix a leader in the industry. Originally formed in 1968, Phoenix Ancient Art was officially incorporated in 1995 under brothers Hicham and Ali Aboutaam. The gallery has locations in New York City and Geneva, Switzerland.

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