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ROYAL-ATHENA GALLERIES INTRODUCTION
Jerome M. Eisenberg, Ph.D., the founder and director of Royal-Athena Galleries, is usually at the New York gallery and visits the London gallery several times each year.
He is available by appointment for consultation, expertise, and appraisals; or for a telephone conference. Dr Eisenberg travels overseas several times annually to visit collectors, museums, clients, and many of the nearly 150 private sources, agents, dealers, and auction houses with whom he is in frequent contact. Since 1954, he has made over 260 overseas trips, purchasing many thousands of works of art for tens of millions of dollars. The first volume of Art of the Ancient World by Dr. Eisenberg was published in 1965. Since 1968 Dr. Eisenberg has concentrated on expertise in the ancient arts, having lectured on this subject at New York University and presented several scholarly papers at the annual meetings of the Archaeological Institute of America, most recently on the 'Roman' Rubens Vase. His wide range of expertise is further revealed through other recent papers: on Egyptian bronzes at a Congress of the International Association of Egyptologists, on Etruscan bronze forgeries at an International Bronze Congress, on the 'Greek' Boston and Ludovisi thrones at the Magna Graecia Symposium in Venice, on Roman bronze forgeries at the 1999 International Bronze Congress, and on the Portland Vase as a Renaissance work of art at the 2003 International Congress of Classical Archaeology. He chaired a conference in London on the Phaistos Disk in 2008. In 1996 he was a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Classical Archaeology of the University of Leipzig, Germany. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society in 1952; a member of the Archaeological Institute of America in 1960 (and a Life Member in 1988); a Patron of the American Numismatic Society in 1955 (and a Life Associate in 1998); a Fellow for Life of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1966; and most recently, a Benefactor of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an Honorary Fellow of the Egyptian Museum in Barcelona, Spain. Dr Eisenberg has appeared as an Expert in the Courts of several states and has conducted appraisals for the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Treasury Department, the U.S. Customs Service, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, as well as m any other prominent institutions. He was elected a Qualified Appraiser by the Appraisers Association of America in 1964 and has recently participated in several episodes of the Antiques Road Show. He has served on the vetting committee of the European Fine Art Fair at Maastricht from 1993 to 2001. Dr. Eisenberg was the Chairman and co-organizer of the New York Antiquarian International Fine Art Fair, held from November 30th through December 4th, 2001. Dr Eisenberg has been a leader for several years in the promotion of the ethical acquisition of antiquities by museums and collectors and has delivered papers on this subject at the Archaeology Section of the U.K. Institute for Conservation in 1993 and at the 1998 International Congress of Classical Archaeologists. He was invited to give an address on the international trade in antiquities at the UNIDROIT Convention in Rome in 1993. He organized two symposia in New York in 1994 on public policy and the movement of antiquities and in 1998 on the acquisition of antiquities by museums for the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art, of which he is a founding member and was a member of the executive board from 1993 to 2002. In September 1999 he presented testimony to the United States Cultural Properties Committee on the legal and illegal trade in ancient art in Italy. In May 2003 he was a featured speaker and panel participant in the U.S. Government Conference on Stolen Mideast Antiquities in Washington, D.C. Recently he has been featured on the European TV channel Arte and on BBC Radio's File on Four in in-depth interviews on the antiquities trade. In the past several years he appeared on television on CBS News, Dateline NBC, PBS Jim Lehrer News Hour and CBC Television (Canada), and was interviewed on the BBC and PBR Radio, and in print in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, The Times, and a dozen other publications. In 2004 he was featured on a Discovery Channel program and on Fox News on the antiquities trade. In April 2004 he presented a paper on 'The Mesopotamian Antiquities Trade and the Looting of the Iraq Museum' to the American Bar Association. In 2005 he was twice interviewed at length on the antiquities market and the collecting of antiquities on National Public Radio in the US and on National Public Television in Athens, Greece. In 2006 he again appeared on Greek television featuring his exhibition at the European Fine Art Fair at Maastricht. In 2007 he delivered a paper on 'Perspectives on the Antiquities Trade and the Collector: Past, Present, and Future' at the symposium 'The Future of the Global Past' at Yale University. He was interviewed in depth for his expertise on Greek television in 2008 and on Artfinding in 2009. In June 2012 Dr. Eisenberg was awarded the title of officiale in the Order of the Star of Italy by the President of the Republic of Italy for having provided a meaningful contribution to the prestige of Italy in his many publications on Etruscan and Roman art. Ancient Coins We carry a fine stock of select Greek silver and bronze coins from $100; Roman gold, silver, and bronze coins from $100; and Byzantine gold and bronze coins from $100. We began our business as 'Royal Coin Company' in January 1942, 73 years ago, and Dr Eisenberg, co-founder of the firm, has specialized in ancient coins, as sole proprietor, since 1952. Minerva Minerva, the bi-monthly, profusely illustrated international review of ancient art, archaeology, and numismatics, published in England, was established by Dr Eisenberg, its publisher and editor-in-chief, from 1990-2009. Jerome M. Eisenberg, Ph.D. Director
Large Roman Mosaic Panel
This one has been looked at by many experts, including Jerry Eisenberg of Royal Athena Gallery in New York city, and they all agree it is a wonderful and authentic example.
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The buyer would then turn around and donate the piece to the Getty at a greatly inflated value, thanks to the appraisals of Frel's friend Jerome Eisenberg, owner of Royal Athena Gallery.
Ancient Dreams: Greek and Roman Artworks
In the words of Jerome Eisenberg, owner of Royal-Athena Galleries in New York and a 58-year veteran of the trade, antiquities are "ridiculously underpriced compared to contemporary art.
According to Eisenberg, Greek and Roman terra cottas and smaller bronzes are very good buys. Expect to pay between $5,000 and $15,000 for terra cottas and between $10,000 and $25,000 for bronzes. "Good vases are quite active on the market," he adds. "Smaller Attic examples start at about $15,000. Considering that vases from 4th and 5th-century B.C. Athens are among the greatest works of art in human history, that's not bad at all. At a much lower price point, Royal-Athena has a Corinthian vase painted with dancing figures from circa 600 B.C. for only $1,650. Roman portraits, Eisenberg says, generally start around $75,000, although they can be found for as low as $50,000. Again, to put it in perspective, such pieces, many of which are highly individual, warts-and-all revelations of personality and physicality, are among the greatest examples of naturalistic portrait sculpture ever made, anywhere. Currently, Eisenberg is offering a marble head of the Roman comic playwright Menander, from the late 1st century A.D., almost 10 inches high, for $67,500. Hixenbaugh recommends Greek armor as an interesting sub-field. He has five ancient Greek bronze helmets, dating from the time of the battle of Marathon through the age of Alexander the Great, at prices from $15,000 to $65,000 each. "Medieval armor of the same rarity and quality costs much more," he observes. Haber recommends small ancient bronzes as an undervalued collecting opportunity. "They're very underpriced," he says. "Why? Fashion. Eisenberg cites the need for impeccable provenance-and the relative scarcity of the needed documentation-as a major reason for rising prices at the high end of the market.