Phoenix Ancient Art is considered by many specialists in the field to be the world’s leading dealer in rare and exquisite antiquities. Founded in the mid-1960s by the late S. Aboutaam, Phoenix Ancient Art is now managed by his sons, Ali and Hicham. Growing up with their father’s business, these brothers developed a great love for, and a first-hand knowledge of, many objects of ancient art like those in their Geneva and New York galleries.
Both galleries exhibit works originating from cultures that contributed significantly to the foundation of Western Civilization. Their offerings include antiquities of the highest quality and interest coming from a broad geographic range covering the Mediterranean region and western and central Asia.
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.
As co-founders of Phoenix Ancient Art, 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.