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Many types of small antiquities are of increasing interest, whether it is ancient jewelry per se or artifacts that may be incorporated with contemporary wearables. The latter has been practiced since ancient times, when heirlooms such as coins were recycled by mounting them as pendants.
In contrast to those who sell ethnographic material the antiquities market has always been much more limited and difficult to penetrate. Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art is a family business, started
about seventy years ago in Iran. Over 30 years ago, Mehrdad Sadigh came to the United States; since then, even while in college, he worked with antiquities. His current business is primarily wholesale, mail order and private clients. Sadigh attributes his success to educating the public, by spending much of his effort on publishing information about artifacts. Not surprisingly, his clients are mostly educated professionals with a love of history and art. The majority are Americans and Canadians, with a few Europeans and Japanese. As expected, jewelers are among his customers. Ancient coins, due to the beauty of their sculptural images and rarity, have been used for decades in the expensive jewelry of well-known firms. Now, this trend has spread to a much more diverse audience, including
artist/designers, who have been using coins and other artifacts, including ancient glass shards, in their work.
Perhaps the most important factor for the antiquities dealer is having the client feel comfortable with the authenticity of the material, or conversely, having confidence in the dealer. Sadigh buttresses
this aspect of the relationship by having a policy of return for any reason.
Sadigh Gallery is located at 303 Fifth Avenue (Room 1603) in lower Manhattan, and is open to the public and all sorts of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic artifacts passing through are usually on display. Aside from items that are ancient, the gallery also stocks various antique Middle Eastern jewelry that goes as far back as 1700's AD, North American colonial items such as shipwreck coins, pipes, and bible leaves.
Free catalog is available by calling Toll Free (800)426-2007.