Kallos Gallery to make their debut at Frieze Masters with a rare Cretan bronze helmet

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Kallos Gallery to make their debut at Frieze Masters with a rare Cretan bronze helmet
Attic Black-Figure Amphora signed by Pamphios as Potter. Photo: Kallos Gallery & Steve Wakeham.



LONDON.- Kallos Gallery, the world’s only commercial gallery to specialise exclusively in the art of ancient Greece, will unveil an extraordinarily rare Cretan bronze helmet as part of their debut at the forthcoming Frieze Masters art fair.

The focal point of the gallery’s stand is a helmet featuring a striking tall crest and open-face design (650-620 BC), which has survived in remarkable condition from archaic Crete. It is one of only two known examples of its type in the world, and the only example to be minutely engraved with elaborate mythological scenes.

The helmet’s ornamental decorations, including depictions of the centaur Cheiron with Achilles, and Perseus presenting the head of Medusa to Athena, are some of the earliest in extant Greek art. Until the 1960s discovery of a fragmentary example now in Hamburg, this type of Cretan armour was known only in artistic depictions and widely held to be a figment of the Heroic Age. The re-emergence of Kallos Gallery’s exceptional example from a 19thcentury collection in 2005 confirmed the historical reality of these unique helmets.

Alongside this masterwork, Kallos Gallery will display a fine selection of ancient Greek pottery, votives, sculpture and jewellery, with prices ranging from £20,000 to £5 million. Highlights include the only known black-figure amphora signed by the potter Pamphaios (515–500 BC) and an Attic pyxis carved from translucent Parian marble (440 - 400 BC) once used to hold adornments such as jewellery and cosmetics.

Kallos Gallery will also be the only ancient art gallery at the fair to present ancient coinage, with prices ranging from £2,500 to £125,000. Their selection of Greek gold and silver coins includes a magnificently struck Gold 100-Litrai of Syracuse bearing the water-nymph Arethusa, and the youthful Herakles throttling the Nemean Lion.

Kallos Gallery’s stand at Frieze Masters has been designed by Arthur De Borman, a designer and art director working across films, commercials, installations and music videos. He has created art installations for Samsung, Guinness and Nike; produced commercials for the likes of Apple and Adidas; and conceived music videos for performers including Jessie J and Tinie Tempah. De Borman has brought this multidisciplinary approach to his innovative design for Kallos Gallery’s stand, which will introduce their collection in spectacular fashion.

Named after the ancient Greek for ‘Beauty’, Kallos Gallery was founded in 2014 by Baron Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza. He comments: “We are delighted to be participating in our first international fair at Frieze Masters 2016. Kallos Gallery will be bringing some of the most important treasures of the ancient Greek world - from beautiful Athenian tableware to extraordinary relics from the history of Greek arms. We are excited to showcase these best-in-class artworks to the varied audience of serious collectors across different disciplines which the fair attracts.”










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