Phoenix Ancient Art is considered by many specialists in the field to be the world’s leading dealer in rare and exquisite antiquities.

Phoenix Ancient Art exhibits works originating from cultures that contributed significantly to the foundation of Western Civilization.

The scope of the collection includes objects from the lands that formed the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine world and cultures in Mesopotamia, the Near East, Egypt, Europe, the Balkans, Eurasia, the Steppes. The galleries display exceptional works extending over more than 7,000 years of human history, from the Neolithic Period of the 6th Millennium B.C. to the 14th century A.D.

Founded in 1968 by the late S. Aboutaam, Phoenix Ancient Art is now managed by the second and third generations. Growing up in the family business, they developed a great love for, and a first-hand knowledge of, many objects of ancient art like those in the Geneva and New York galleries.

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The company was founded by the Lebanese businessman Sleiman Aboutaam under the name Aboutaam Antiquities and operated out of Beirut, Lebanon
The company expanded its business to Germany
The company expanded its business to the United Kingdom
The company expanded its business to Switzerland and the United States of America
Phoenix Ancient Art SA was formally incorporated in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland with a gallery at 6, rue Verdaine
Brenno Bottini was hired in Geneva as Chief Curator for Phoenix Ancient Art
The company opened a gallery at 600 Broadway, in SOHO, New York City
C. Michael Hedqvist was hired in Geneva as the Managing Director of Phoenix Ancient Art
East 66th Street location
Electrum was formed as the exclusive agent for Phoenix Ancient Art in New York City at 47 East 66th Street, off Madison Avenue
Opened the exhibition in New York entitled: "IDOLS AND CULT OBJECTS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN"
Launched the first official website marking Phoenix Ancient Art’s presence at the high end of the antiquities trade on the internet
Gold! exhibition collateral
Partnered with the Houston Museum of Natural Science for an exhibition in Texas entitled: “GOLD! NATURAL TREASURE, CULTURAL OBSESSION”
Ali Aboutaam was awarded the distinguished French order of “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Minister of Culture, in Paris
Opened the world acclaimed published exhibition in New York entitled: "THE PAINTER'S EYE: THE ART OF GREEK CERAMICS"
Alexander Gherardi was hired in New York City, currently the Gallery Director of Electrum
Watchmaking exhibition collateral
Partnered with Audemars Piguet for an exhibition in Geneva entitled: “ART & WATCHMAKING, THE TIME OF THE FEMININE”
Launched, Phoenix's first e-commerce platform for buying antiquities under $50,000
Marble exhibition
Partnered with Gagosian Gallery for a published exhibition in New York entitled: “MARBLE”
Partnered with Aspen Art Museum for a published exhibition in Colorado entitled: “DISEMBODIED”
Partnered with Musée Zervos for a published exhibition in Vézelay, France entitled: “ZERVOS ET L’ART DES CYCLADES”
Virginie Sélitrenny was hired in Geneva as Curator of Phoenix Ancient Art
Dr. Alexander V. Kruglov was hired in New York City as the Chief Curator of Electrum
Young-Collectors gallery space
Young-Collectors gallery was opened on rue Etienne Dumont, as the second Geneva gallery, with its own e-commerce platform focusing on works of art priced under CHF 50,000
Mnemosyne exhibition
Partnered with Helly Nahmad Gallery for a published exhibition in New York entitled: “MNEMOSYNE: DE CHIRICO AND ANTIQUITY
Medusa exhibition collateral
Partnered with Museum of Modern Art of the city of Paris for an exhibition in Paris entitled: “MEDUSA: BIJOUX ET TABOUS"
Electrum expanded to a larger gallery located on the 19th floor of the Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in New York City.
Partnered with Musei di San Domenico for an exhibition in Forli, Italy, entitled: "ULISSE. L'ARTE E IL MITO"
Partnered with Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi for an exhibition in Forli, Italy, entitled: "DANTE, LA VISIONE DELL'ARTE"

Our philosophy and vision

We know from years of experience that living with beautiful works of art changes one’s life in a positive way, and collecting works of art can be a rewarding endeavor. Whatever one collects, we believe a collector should have a deep personal connection to the objects they choose.

We also believe that collecting ancient works of art provides an advantage beyond collecting in other areas – by their nature antiquities have a long history and each object has its own story to tell. The historical and intellectual dimensions found by collecting antiquities provide the collector with an intimate knowledge of the past.

Finally, we believe that collecting must be done legally and ethically. Phoenix Ancient Art has a long history dealing in antiquities, and we have learned from our extensive experience how to facilitate a trade that openly promotes cultural exchange.  Our holdings are on par with any museum in the world, and we are committed to doing more than any dealer or museum has to date to insure that what we buy and sell is collected in full compliance with all legal and ethical rules. And, we have a full understanding of how those rules have changed over time—and continue to evolve. We believe there is no more room for grey in the antiquities market and we will not transact in any antiquities in which we have any doubt about the legitimacy and provenance.

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Swedish

Phoenix Ancient Art stands firmly by its objects

We have developed one of the antiquities trade’s most vigorous and stringent procedures of due diligence for establishing the provenance/ownership history of its objects.

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