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Item:303291653987Item Type: Pre-Columbian or Mesoamerican pottery "Coffee Mug" Item Description: A curious artifact, ancient and complete. It looks astounding like a modern coffee mug. Nobody would blink if you had it at Starbucks. 4 1/4" high. Archeological mark on bottom reading "54909" Old gallery tag reading "(illegible) .75,00". From a large collection of Pre-Columbian pottery. Country or Region : Unknown, but definitely Pre-Columbian or Mesoamerican. My best guess is Mississippian Culture Item Age: 1600AD or earlier, possibly much earlier Provenance: Ex-Marcel Gibrat Collection, from formal archeological dig (number mark on bottom) Authentication performed: Visual: PASSED, clearly ancient Smell test:PASSED, unfakeable ancient smell when wet Microscopic Inspection: PASSED, crystallization Certainty of Authenticity: Very High For more info do a search for "The Marcel Gibrat Collection" including the quote marks. Marcel Gibrat (pictured), my grandfather, was a Restorer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan and later owned a Madison Avenue Restoration Studio and Art Gallery one block from the Guggenheim Museum. From the 1960s to 1990s. Marcel was undoubtedly a genius and was, as far as I know, the only Restorer for the Met without a PhD. In fact he had a sixth grade education. He was also a talented painter. I’m Max Lewin the curator of what remains of Marcel’s extensive art collection, comprising ancient, tribal, Asian and European art. Marcel began purchasing antiquities, tribal art, Asian art and European art beginning in the early to mid 1960s and many of the pieces in the collection were purchased at this time. He collected, restored, bought and sold high quality items for the better part of three decades, before falling ill and being unable to work in 1992. Marcel was an unquestioned expert in antiquities and all items in the collection from the ancient world are guaranteed to be authentic. Marcel also had a particular affinity for African tribal art, and while dating such items is problematic, he absolutely had impeccable taste. He started buying these items nearly sixty years ago when some of them were no doubt already quite old. He believed some to be from the 19th, 18th or even 17th century, and some of the items deemed important have in fact been sold for high ticket values at auction. Some of his opinions on provenance of tribal items have been challenged. There are also Asian items of various quality, and many fine and genuine items from primitive cultures including relatively contemporary ( a few hundred years old) and both neolithic and upper paleolithic items. Many of the items have archaeological markings.Condition:Original 98% intact ancient pottery with good preservation of paint and root marks, Modified Item:No, Provenance:Ex Marcel Gibrat Collection, Material:Pottery, Country/Region of Manufacture:Americas, Featured Refinements:Pre-Columbian Antiquities, Handmade:Yes
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