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Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities was established by Christof Maupin with the aim of making ancient Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Byzantine and Near Eastern antiquities and artifacts accessible to the widest possible audience, while also offering print and electronic resources about collecting ancient art and the cultures that created it to both the novice and experienced collector of antiquities.
 
Started in the San Francisco Bay Area and relocated to the historic coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities utilizes Mr. Maupin's academic background in archaeology and a life long interest in ancient art. He has traveled extensively in the ancient Mediterranean world and visited countless archaeological heritage sites in Italy, Greece, Egypt, Cyprus, Malta, Spain, Great Britain and many other countries. With over 25 years experience collecting antiquities, as an antiquities dealer he has consulted on ancient art for museums and private collectors, and has established a Trust that sets aside key examples of ancient art for donation to museums and institutions of higher learning in building their own collections of Greek, Cypriot, Roman, Egyptian, Biblical and related types of antiquities, ancient artifacts and ancient coins.


  
     
Clio Ancient Art & Antiquities owner Chris Maupin Visiting the Pyramids, Giza, Egypt Clio Ancient Art owner Chris Maupin on the ancient Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Antiquities donated to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA by our Trust for Ancient Art

Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities is a member of the Association of International Antiquities Dealers (AIAD), a not-for-profit international association of antiquities dealers, ancient art and numismatic dealers and others keen to promote the positive aspects of antiquities ownership. The organization promotes responsible practices by antiquities dealers and provides both antiquities dealers and collectors a support network and means of exchanging information about fakes, forgeries, misrepresentation and stolen goods with a view to identifying such items offered for sale and notifying appropriate authorities. AIAD promotes responsible trading in antiquities for sale, which includes meeting all legal requirements concerning reporting and documentation, and its members adhere to its Code of Conduct.

We live in a world obsessed with change that seems constantly to be reinventing itself. This wasn't always so. For most of recorded history, change occurred slowly and this was especially true of art. Only rarely, as with Greek vase painting, did styles evolve rapidly.

Holding an antiquity, such a Roman oil lamp, Egyptian beads or an ancient Greek coin, and feeling a human connection to its maker can help ground us, briefly silence the din of modern life and put in perspective our own place in time.

Visitors to the Clio Ancient Art website sometimes ask why a distinction has been made between antiquities and ancient art. The answer lies in our modern perception of what art is and how we moderns perceive the ancient past. Many of the antiquities and ancient artifacts for sale by Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities or on display in museums were never intended to be viewed as "art". These artifacts may have served a utilitarian purpose, and may even have been ornamented by their makers to move them beyond the realm of the ordinary, but were not viewed as "art" in their own time. "Art" is an appellation we have ascribed to these artifacts, in reverence of their age and rarity. By contrast, other antiquities on this site such as Roman marble sculpture, Attic and Greek South Italian vases or Luristan bronzes were clearly designed in their own time with aesthetics in mind, to serve much more than utilitarian needs.

Another question sometimes asked is "Why Clio?" Clio is the Muse of History in Classical mythology and thus appropriate here. The Muses were companions of the Greek god Apollo. Originally deities associated with sacred springs, their number and functions changed over time but in the Classical era it was finally determined there were nine Muses, each with her own unique character. Clio, whose name means "the proclaimer," is most often depicted in Greek and Roman art with her attributes, the trumpet and clepsydra (a device for measuring time).

Comments are always welcome. From our Home Page you may select from Roman antiquities, Egyptian antiquities, Cypriot Antiquities, Greek Antiquities and a mixed selection of Holy land and Biblical antiquities, Byzantine, early Islamic, Migration Period and Medieval European antiquities, as well as ancient coins. We also offer printed resources for antiquities collectors and antiquities dealers in our Books & Publications section, and many recommended web resources dealing with antiquities, ancient art and ancient coins in our "Links" section. Enjoy the website and contact us if you would like to purchase any of the antiquities offered for sale here.

Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities

PO Box 7714

Wilmington, NC 28406

E-mail: chris@clioancientart.com

Phone: 704-293-3411 




  • “Excellent, perfect, beautiful, thank you very much.” – European customer

  • “The axe head arrived; it's a very beautiful piece, lovely patina. Thank you very much.” – San Francisco customer

  • “My Gorgon oil lamp arrived today in perfect condition. Thank you for the excellent service and the careful packing. ” – Kentucky customer

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  • The Roman and Egyptian objects have been a huge hit already! – U.S. Museum

  • “I can't begin to tell you how happy my son is with his Christmas gift.” – Illinois customer

  • “Chris, thank you very much for this lovely artifact, it looks much better than in photo!” – European customer

  • “I got the oil lamp, it is all I expected and more. Thank you for your prompt service.” – U.S. customer