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Rare Ancient Near Eastern Holy Land Pottery Jug 1st Millennium B.c. For Sale
A rare andgenuine, ancient Near Eastern Terracotta jug, dating to the 1st millennium B.C.
With rounded base and globular body with wide, cylindrical neck. The piece decorated with added pellets of clay and with two lug handles positioned bilaterally.
Abeautifully shaped vessel, and fascinating display piece.
Condition:Very good, small area of base reattached and associated infill.Age related encrustation.
Ex-Collection of Henk Huffener (1923 – 2006), a respected artist, officially honoured hero of the Dutch resistance, and successful antiques dealer, with establishments in Surrey and Kensington, England.
Huffener was born in Utrecht in 1923. One of nine children, he soon became known for his artistic talents, most notably for his still lifes, portraits, and abstractionist works. Huffener, inspired by his father, also became immersed in the world of anti-fascist activism. Come the start of the war, he began traveling the Netherlands, helping Jews escape Nazi-occupied Europe by providing them with forged papers, and hiding them from their persecutors. This incredible bravery and selflessness was documented in The Other Schindlers by Agnes Grunwald-Spier (2010), and Huffener was honoured by Yad Vashem as 'Righteous Among the Nations' in 1998. His wartime contributions were also commemorated posthumously in March 2010, when Prime Minister Gordon Brown awarded him the Hero of the Holocaust medal for "the service of humanity."
Huffener eventually moved to England in the 1950s, establishing his own antiques business in 1959 in Albury, Surrey. Here, his knowledge and collections grew to encompass antiquities, ethnographic art, glass, paintings and fossils. Also noted for his restoration skills, Huffener was much respected in his field, coming to befriend Herbert Reiser, one of the world's leading collectors.
ArtAncient are pleased to offer a few select artefacts from this well provenanced and fascinating collection, of which this piece is one.
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Rare Ancient Near Eastern Holy Land Pottery Jug 1st Millennium B.c.: $143