1. 2013 AADLA Springshow NYC - Phoenix Ancient Art Booth 323


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    The impact of the size of this monumental mosaic is reinforced by the superb polychromatic sense conveyed by its tesserae which contribute to its very lively character. That polychromatic effect is further enhanced by the innovative depiction of cast shadows. The composition is divided into the two principal zones consisting of a square panel in the center surrounded on all sides by a framing element in the form of a frieze in which smaller figures are involved in activities associated with viniculture. One’s attention is immediately arrested by the magnificent central rectangle, its visual impact effected by the use of tesserae of myriad colors which contributes to its polychromatic explosion of visual effects. The composition is designed as two vignettes, artfully divided by the compositional use of the grape vine. On the right, two men stand face to face. The bearded figure on the right who is wearing a short, gray-colored tunic, holds a charger onto which his companion places a bunch of grapes. His white tunic is masterfully ornamented. This group is captioned, under their feet, in Greek with the phrase, kaloi karpoi, the beautiful fruit. The larger vignette depicts a second pair of figures, oriented at a ninety degree angle to the vignette just described. The larger of the two figures in this vignette is seated on a bough around which two vines are intertwined. He is shown wearing a short tunic, held in place at the right shoulder by a round fibula, or safety pin. There is a Greek inscription below this figure, eikarios, happy. He extends his left hand toward a figure wearing a red tunic, who presents him with a covered vessel. Whereas some would interpret the seated figure as either a personification of the spirit of an individual who is “happy” because of the wine being offered in the covered vessel, others would see this individual as the owner of the villa and its vineyards. Whereas both interpretations may have merit, they overlook the fact that this composition, with its two pairs of figures, is in fact a mirror image of a subject attested in Room 27 of the Roman Imperial Villa at Casale, outside of Piazza Armerina, in Sicily. This mosaic depicts the famous episode in Book 9 of Homer’s Odyssey in which Odysseus and his men are trapped within the cave of Polyphemus, the one-eyed giant Cyclops. Odysseus, the undisputed master of all stratagems, concocts a plan whereby he offers wine to Polyphemus, who, never experiencing this delightful gift of Dionysos before in his life, becomes intoxicated and eventually passes out. Odysseus and his companions are then able to blind this giant and make their escape by clinging to the bellies of his flock. The owner of the mosaic under discussion and the mosaicist must have collaborated on the choice of the subject matter and must have consciously referred to a now lost Hellenistic original of this particular episode of The Odyssey. The caption, Happy, beneath the seated figure in this vignette of the central panel alludes not to any individual figure, but to the felicitous state imparted to the drinker by the wine, which offers release from any number of circumstances, both real and imagined. The mosaic now takes on added importance because it is the second, after the mosaic at Casale, known monumental reflection of what must be a now lost Hellenistic original painting. The transmission of this lost original may have been due to the use of pattern books, whose use is again suggested by the elements of the vignettes in this mosaic’s frieze with their reliance on Erotes which frame this central panel.

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    • About Sotheby's International Realty


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      If you are interesting in selling your home or know anyone who is Premier Sotheby's International Realty is the realty firm to list with. Please listen to this video as Sarasota's Top Realtor Carol will tell you why.

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      • 446 AC Tanners MIll Estate, Gainesville GA $17,500,000


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        446 AC Tanners Mill Estate, Gainesville GA offered at $17,500,000

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        • Alexandra Ferrer Profile


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          This video is an introduction to Alexandra Ferrer, a premier real estate agent with Sotheby's International Real Estate in Coronado, CA.

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          • Algodon Wine Estates - Luxury Vineyard Living - @BRASIL_SIR


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              Digital Video Business Card for Alicia Vega-Acciardi

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                28 Inveraray | Northumberland | Nashville, TN 37215 Contact Realtor Lawrence Lipman today to schedule a private showing of this magnificent modern masterpiece, while it is still available. Lipman’s direct line is 615.364.3333. A rare window of opportunity has opened this month with the listing of 28 Inveraray. The often desired but seldom available exclusivity of Northumberland living is envied by many, but enjoyed by only a select few in the area’s only true “gated” community with 24 hour guard station. Entering through rod-iron privacy gates that surround and protect the perimeter of this modern modern masterpiece, you find a beckoning courtyard and koi pond which offsets the grand entryway from the car park space, which provides an additional layer of privacy and comfort that is truly unique to the home. Proceed along to cross the threshold and enter into the commanding foyer, which opens onto this one-of-a-kind study area boasting Heart of Pine walls, and a fireplace with custom moldings. THE MAIN LEVEL: This true 3-Level architectural masterpiece, characterized by upper-eschelon craftsmanship and architectural perfection, is one of exclusive Northumberland’s most cherished properties. Built recently in 2008, this home was custom-designed with an eye for only the highest quality international and domestic reclaimed woods, imported brick and other fine finishes. THE MASTER DOWN: This Master Down is accentuated by a set of French double-doors that open onto a screened-in porch area. Continuing past the mesmerizing master closet with center table, discover the Master Bathroom. This suites is adorned with double vanities, powdering station, jet-streamed bath, steamed showering, and tumbled-marble countertops and flooring with onyx inlaid designs, a chandelier fixture, and a quaint gas, tub-side fireplace. FAMILY AREA: Passing through the reclaimed-brick, arched-entryway, we discover the extraordinary family area. The opulence of this space is not overt, but subtle with firm Tuscan undertones reflected by it’s all-natural reclaimed heavy-wooden beaming and raw, rough-hewn repurposed interior brick accent columns and walls. KITCHEN: Carry on to discover the kitchen, with more reclaimed ceiling beams and brick flooring, recessed lighting, WOLF inset gas range with copper hood, and all-rain-forest marble countertops, with a charming eat-in breakfast area illuminated by a covered-wall-of-windows and a custom-built wrought-iron light fixture, all contributing to the verisimilitude of the interior space; each celebration here would remain a memorable one. THE LOWER LEVEL: Proceed down this sweeping staircase to discover The Lower Level, designed to function as true living space, featuring 10 ft. ceilings, matching windows and finishes, full wet-bar area, and a dedicated room to house the finest wines…. In an age of prefabrication and mass production, relish in the peerless craftsmanship of kiln-fired Hungarian brickwork, imported and repurposed throughout this level and the other levels of the residence. THE EXTERIOR: Enjoy these views of Northumberland while retaining absolute privacy behind the residence. Celebrate the season as the immaculately-designed and maintained naturescape blooms and blossoms. This lower patio area offers an all-brick fireplace…and, a dipping pool with additional natural views. This property transmits a powerful, peerless impression of modern prestige, coupled with Old World charm and the finest reclaimed features. The memories of residing at 28 Inveraray on Northumberland would remain priceless. Don’t miss this limited opportunity to experience an extraordinary lifestyle; one truly worth living. Contact Realtor Lawrence Lipman today to schedule a private showing of this magnificent modern masterpiece, while it is still available. Lipman’s direct line is 615.364.3333.

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                • Alison Jevremov


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                  • A look at Hong Kong's status as the next global art hub (SCMP)


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                    China Guardian, the mainland's oldest auction house, organised its first sales in Hong Kong in October. The move was qualified by the company's president Wang Yannan as "the first step of an international expansion plan." Hong Kong provides better access to international customers and a stable regulatory frame work, both things that the mainland still falls short of. Executives from Sotheby's, Christie's, China Guardian and from art brokerage company Art Futures Group tells how they see Hong Kong's place in the art market. Published on SCMP.com/video October 26, 2012.

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                    • Amedeo Modigliani 'Portrait de Roger Dutilleul'


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                      Amedeo Modigliani's portrait of his great patron Roger Dutilleul will be included in our Paris Art Impressionniste et Moderne auction on 4 December. Charles Moffett and Astrid Baulme discuss this iconic work from 1919. sothebys.com

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