About

About us

Ancient & Oriental is the website brand of Ancient Art, London's leading purveyor of antiquities and coins, whom have been actively dealing in ancient artefacts and coins for almost 40 years. Having built up an enviable reputation both in the wholesale and retail markets, Ancient Art strives to sell antiquities at affordable prices with all items unconditionally guaranteed authentic, with each item being sold with a certificate of authenticity.

Proprietor Chris Martin actively serves as chairman of the Antiquities' Dealer's Association (ADA) and the British Numismatic Trade Association (BNTA), in addition to being a member of LAPADA, Ancient & Oriental thus abides by the strict standards set within their codes of conduct.

As the leading purveyor and carrier of the largest stock of ancient artefacts and coins within the UK, we are often asked questions about where these articles are obtained from, whether they should be in museums, and so forth. To which we respond that the vast majority of our items are not rarities and we try to ensure that they will be affordable to everybody; We believe that everyone should have opportunity to own a small piece of antiquity, provided that the artefacts are sufficiently common and are neither of any national value nor should be legitimately within a museum environment . We purchase mostly from old collections, some famous, such as those accumulated by Lord MacAlpine of West Green and the Hon. Robert Erskine, as well as huge declared hoards such as the Normandy Hoard and Killingsholme Treasure. The large collections were often started during the era of the Victorian "Grand Tours' and have now been passed down through the generations.

Antiquities and Ancient Art are not only about priceless Greek vases and marble friezes. They include items that were used as part of everyday life by these ancient civilisations, for example, the Roman Terracotta Oil lamps, used and disposed of in much the same way as the modern lightbulb today, beautiful pieces of Greek and Roman gold jewellery, fully wearable and deserved of use and continued appreciation today; still functioning Apulian salts; timeless creations of Roman glass and bronze.

These 'everyday items' often lack the lustre desired by the collectors of more refined antiquities and are surplus to the already overstretched museums. That is where we-and you-come in!

There are hundreds of thousands of domestic antiquities already in circulation; museum basements are often choking with pieces and it is an open question as to how well they are being cared for or whether they will ever be displayed.

The inevitable question-will stocks run out? Yes.

There is not an infinite supply of antiquities in circulation, which is why the stock is ever changing as new pieces and collections arrive on the market. 

Conservation & Preservation

Through the sale of antiquities, we aim to increase public awareness and promote the aims of conservationists. We donate money from our sales to museums and charities to help encourage, preserve and understand our heritage.

Education

It is vital that the history of our world and our civilisation is taught with the help of archaeology and artefacts. Books can only provide so much, actual artefacts from the past tell a much more exciting story and challenge the mind. Such study has now become a vital aspect of the school curriculum as people and events from history are connected to items that can be held in the hand.

 

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