Leading London-based antiquities dealer, ArtAncient, will be showing at the BRAFA Art Fair for the first
time in January 2018. The gallery will be presenting ‘Connections’, an exhibition which explores objects’
stories through their surprising connections with coins.
Seventeen objects are paired with seventeen coins sharing visual, symbolic and historical connections. The
display is designed to be engaging and enrich the visitor’s experience:
“As dealers, we’ve always enjoyed anecdotes relating to our objects; we felt it would be fun to
share these snippets of information at a fair like BRAFA, with its focus on connoisseurship, to
encourage people to look closer at works of art.” - Costas Paraskevaides, Director.
The display includes the oldest item ever shown at BRAFA; an extraordinary, sculptural meteorite, which
predates the formation of our planet. The image on a little-known coin placed directly underneath proves
that our fascination with these beautiful, otherworldly objects goes back millennia: a four-horse chariot
tows the famous meteorite of Emesa to Rome exactly 1800 years ago.
Sometimes coins show subtle changes in artistic style, and through comparison, help us date important
objects and appreciate rare styles. Other times, they boast of conquest, the effects of which can be seen in
the region’s artistic traditions centuries later. Whether the connection is academic or whimsical, the aim of
the exhibition is to engage visitors and to encourage them to see objects in a new light.