Ariadne Galleries

Masterpiece Awards 2017
Outstanding Display of the Year

Ariadne Galleries wins the top award for Outstanding Display at this year's Masterpiece Fair. The stand was praised for its 'perfect marriage of objects and display, spanning the spectrum of classical antiquity and evoking shades of Greece'.

Gagosian Magazine
Art above Politics

Ariadne Galleries Founder and Hermitage Museum Foundation Chairman Torkom Demirjian and Dr Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the Hermitage Museum, speak about the historical reach of the State Hermitage Museum's collections and the value of preserving art in spite of cultural politics.

Read the interview between Hermitage Director Dr Mikhail Piotrovsky and Mr Demirjian published in Gagosian Magazine this month.

Modern Painters
Dealing Dynasties

"The reputations of many of the art world's most prominent galleries were not built in a day but rather burnished over the course of generations, each of which has brought its own eye and acumen to the enterprise. The editors of Modern Painters' partner publication Art + Auction spoke with Ariadne Galleries Co-Presidents James and Gregory Demirjian, and six other notable next-generation dealers, to get their takes on the mutable market for art."

Review: Salon Art + Design

"Ariadne Galleries' presentation of antiquities sat perfect among the 20th century and contemporary booths and its Anthropomorphic Stele 1st century head from South Arabia was the single outstanding piece in the entire show. If it sat in a contemporary presentation you would have thought it was created yesterday."

Blouin ArtInfo
TEFAF Invades New York

"The first edition of TEFAF New York Fall, which brings together fine and decorative art from antiquity to 1920, assembled through the fully vetted lens of 94 international dealers and displayed in grand style at the refurbished Park Avenue Armory, has scored high marks among the cognoscenti.

In the antiquities field, New York/London dealers Ariadne sold an imposing Imperial Marble Bust from the Roman Julio-Claudian era of early 1st Century A.D., a work that was formerly in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art collection for the high six figures, according to gallery co-president Gregory Demirjian. The gallery also sold a stunning Greek sculpture, the 36.9 cm high “Head of the Goddess Tyche,” dating from the 3rd to 2nd Century B.C. for an undisclosed price to another private American collector. “New York needed this fair,” said Demirjian."

The Telegraph
Unmissable Highlights at Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2016

Ariadne Galleries' Egyptian Mummy Mask a highlight of this year's Frieze Masters. 

Bulgari & Liv Tyler Host Dinner to Celebrate Opening Night of Bulgari & Rome: Eternal Inspiration

"Liv Tyler hosted an exclusive cocktail event to celebrate the opening night of Bulgari & Rome: Eternal Inspiration at the maison's flagship store. The evening continued at the James B. Duke House on Fifth Avenue with a private Roman Bacchanal dinner. Guests including host, Liv Tyler, and other notables included Alexa Chung, Harley Viera-Newton, Giovanna Battaglia, Jessica Hart, Alessandra Neidich, Cleo Wade, Indre Rockefeller, Lily Kwong, Zani Gugelmann, and Lauren Remington Platt all looked stunning in Bulgari jewelry.

The dinner theme of an ancient Roman Bacchanal, featured guests in diaphanous dresses with floral crowns and Bulgari jewels dining amidst a setting of lush florals including climbing ivy, vines, citrus and cypress trees and arrangements with heirloom fruits. Inspired by Caravaggio’s still life paintings, the fare included a lavish spread served on hand-blown glass plates etched with 18-karat gold from Florence. An ancient Roman mosaic from the Third Century AD depicting autumn and representing plentiful harvests on loan from Ariadne Galleries was also on display. "

Bugari Salutes the Eternal City

"The 131-year-old Italian jewelry house has long looked to Rome as a  source of reference for its fanciful and decidedly romantic designs."

" The exhibition features a sizable collection of similar mintage provided by the American Numismatic Society, including a “hoard” of coins bearing the profiles of late Roman emperors Arcadius and Honorious. In addition, Bulgari borrowed an assortment of Roman statues and torsos from Upper East Side antiquities purveyor Ariadne Galleries to complete the inspirational environment of the exhibition — further evidence that the Eternal City has been immortalized through its art."

New York Magazine
Bulgari Pays a Jewel-Filled Tribute to Rome

"Long before it became a part of the all-powerful LVMH group, Bulgari opened up as a small jewelry shop in Rome in 1884. The brand remains seriously committed to those Roman ties — it's the main inspiration in their designs, and now the center of a new exhibition called "BVLGARI + ROME: Eternal Inspiration." Starting today, their New York flagship is playing host to 40 pieces curated from their archives and private collections, plus authentic ancient Roman artifacts, like marble busts of Venus and coins dating back to the first century [Venus provided by Ariadne Galleries]."

The upcoming shopping and fashion events you need to know about in New York City; "Bulgari & Rome: Eternal Inspiration"

"Drop by the Bulgari flagship (730 Fifth Ave) between Thursday, October 15th and Sunday, November 22nd to see their exhibition of Rome's influence on their work. The collection features 40 pieces from the 1930s to the present day that highlight the brand's subtle and not-so-subtle nods to ancient Roman culture. Additionally, the exhibition will display rare coins from the American Numismatic Society and Roman antiquities, like the portrait bust and torso of Venus on loan from Ariadne Galleries. The guided tours are free and open to the public daily."

Financial Times
Frieze Masters: where a million is still money

"In the history of collecting this has always been a variable dependent more on fashion than quality. So far at least in the 21st century, the recent reigns triumphant. As a result, world-class or museum-quality older works of art can be found for sums that might astound collectors of classic modern or contemporary.
Take the spectacular Etruscan bronze votive warrior god dubbed the “Cernuschi Warrior” by Ariadne Galleries. There is simply nothing quite like it in terms of scale or the quality of its incised decoration. It is a marvel. The piece was acquired by the banker Henri Cernuschi before he left Italy for Paris in 1850, and passed down in his family before being sold privately in 1987. It now appears in public for the first time, bearing a price tag of £975,000. "

Antiques Trade Gazette
The English Flavour to the Apple's Showpiece

Ariadne Galleries' Venus Pudica is a highlighted object from the upcoming International Fair at the Armory. 

The Met’s Egypt Exhibit Goes Way Beyond King Tut
Artistic achievements of the 'Middle Kingdom' take the spotlight

Torkom Demirjian is interviewed on The Metropolitan Museum of Art's upcoming exhibition, “Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom".

Hermitage Museum and Foundation
Torkom Demirjian Named New Chairman of the Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA)

The Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA) announced that Torkom Demirjian, one of the world’s leading authorities on ancient art and antiquities and founder of the Ariadne Galleries in New York and London, has assumed the role of Chairman of the Board of the Hermitage Museum Foundation (HMF) in the United States. Mr. Demirjian succeeds former Chairman Paul Rodzianko, who stepped down in March after seven years of service heading the Foundation.

HMF President Peter Schaffer said, “We are thrilled that Torkom Demirjian has agreed to lead the foundation. He is a globally distinguished expert and philanthropist who has already made important donations to the Hermitage Museum and a longstanding board member.” Mr. Schaffer added, “The Foundation is fortunate to enter a new phase with a recognized leader in the museum and gallery world at its helm.”

Commented Hermitage Museum Foundation Chairman Torkom Demirjian, “I assume the chairman's role with optimism and a strong belief that helping such a great institution in Russia can only have a beneficial effect on the relationship between our countries. The Hermitage Museum, often under very difficult circumstances and in a heroic fashion, has maintained a vital role in global cultural preservation in addition to its mandate of educating and enlightening the public.” He added, “The American philanthropic community has generously supported Russian cultural institutions in the past. I have great faith that the American tradition of voluntarism will benefit the Hermitage Museum as it has so many museums and cultural institutions throughout the world.”

A Review of London Art Week

Handelsblatt features Ariadne's South Arabian Stele in its review of London Art Week 2015.

ArtFix Daily
Masterpece London saw Record Attendance of 40,000 and Strong Sales Across The Fair

ArtFix Daily interviewed James Demirjian about sales and the success of Masterpiece 2015. 

Mayfair Life Magazine
The capital's foremost experts will gather in the historic heartland of the art market to unveil new discoveries and showcase works of art from antiquity to the 20th century.

Ariadne Galleries Egyptian vessels featured in Mayfair Life Magazine.

London Live
London Live TV Surveys Masterpiece Art Fair

Co-President Jim Demirjian is interviewed about Masterpiece 2015 and the Lyon Venus featured at the fair. 


Jermyn Street Journal
London Art Week 2015

Jermyn Street Journal feautues three Egyptian vessels being shown at London Art Week 2015. 

The Art Newspaper
What to see at Masterpiece: from a four-metre Delaunay to a £1m Venus discovered by nuns

The London and New York-based antiquities gallery is presenting the head of Venus found buried in 1882 near Lyon, France, close to the convents of two religious orders, the Carmelite Sisters and the Visitation Sisters. “It’s very rare to know the exact provenance of a piece like this,” says Mark Merrony, the London gallery's director. “It’s a great story: the head of the Roman goddess of love was found by the most chaste orders of nuns.”

Financial Times Wealth Magazine
A Broader Canvas the High Price of Contemporary Art has Prompted a Revival of Interest in Old Masters

Dalya Alberge explores how the high prices of contemporary art promts a great interest in Old Masters and Antiquities, features pieces from Ariadne Galleries.

New York Times
London Gears Up for Its Summer Fairs

"In the art-friendly Mayfair and Saint James’s districts, over 45 galleries will join forces for London Art Week from July 3 to 10. There will be works dating from as far back as 3000 B.C., like an Egyptian vase at Ariadne Galleries, to 1977, with a Frank Auerbach work on paper at the Stephen Ongpin gallery."

Apollo Magazine
Masterpiece London Preview, Emma Chrichton-Miller Selects her Hightlights of the Fair

Emma Chrichton- Miller highlights Ariadne's Lyon Venus in her Masterpiece Preview.

Financial Times Magazine: Traders of the Lost Arts
Art lovers are now juxtaposing their Antony Gormleys with ancient Greek artefacts, their Balloon Dogs with Byzantine statues – and, reports Catherine Milner, antiquities dealers are finding new ways to woo and wow them.

The FT takes a look at the first London outpost of Ariadne Galleries, the prestigious New York antiquities dealer.

Co-presidents Gregory and James Demirjian (pictured on previous pages), who took over the business from their father Torkom, are surrounded by faded beauties from the ancient world. A pensive-looking Aphrodite (£2m) from 3rd-2nd century BC Greece – so finely sculpted it rivals, they claim, that carved by the greatest of Attic sculptors, Praxiteles – contrasts with the haunting face of a south Arabian stele (£90,000; both pictured on previous pages) from around the same time, whose severe geometry and gimlet eyes look so startlingly contemporary it could sit as comfortably with works by Pablo Picasso or Sarah Lucas as with Old Master paintings. “The Aphrodite is an exceptionally rare and important work of art,” says James Demirjian. “The sensitive carving of her coiffure blows one away.”

Antiques and the Arts Weekly
Thinking Inside The Box: An Updated International Show Stays True To Form

Antiques and the Arts Weekly features Ariadne Galleries' booth at the International Fine Art and Antiques Show, and highlights a South Arabian Female Head. 


Art + Auction features Ariadne Galleries' Roman Torso of Venus on the October 2014 cover. 

The Art Newspaper
Strangey Familiar

The Artnewspaper features Ariadne Galleries' South Arabian Stele at Frieze Masters.

New York Times
A Collection of Wonders Across the Ages

The New York Times reviews Ariadne Galleries at the International Fine Art and Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory.

"At Ariadne Galleries, there’s a Roman sarcophagus from the third century A.D. that was unearthed near Florence sometime before 1743. Carved in relief across its front are four standing putti, each representing one of the four seasons, interspersed with four vases overflowing with seasonal foods. A small, reclining figure in the lower center represents a drunken Dionysus. (The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo deaccessioned this piece in 2007.)

Near that florid funerary sculpture is a Byzantine communion tabletop from the fifth or sixth century A.D. Displayed upright, it has an elegant, nearly minimalist formal economy. Ten circular recesses for cups radiate around an empty, arch-topped area. Along the bottom edge, two neatly carved woolly sheep face an encircled cross in the center that symbolizes Jesus as the “True Shepherd.” Together, the sarcophagus and the tabletop prefigure centuries to come in which pagan and Christian belief systems would interweave and clash across Europe."

Mayfair Times
The Rise of Antiquities

Veteran dealer, and Wace’s old neighbour, Daniel Katz reopened in April after revamping his
Edwardian townhouse at 6 Hill Street. He’s also been working with Jim Demirjian and his brother Gregory, the sons of renowned New York antiquities collector Torkom Demirjian, to open the London branch of Ariadne, which opened on the first floor of the same building in June. “It’s been wonderful. We’re at the centre of it all on Hill Street really,” says Jim Demirjian. “The scene is busy and vibrant, which is great, not just for us but for our field as well.” 

Kunst und Auktionen
Eclectic and Sublime

"At the New York based Ariadne Galleries, the highlight of their booth may well be a mosaic in rather complete preservation, presenting the moon goddess Luna on her carriage. "

Art Info

Art Info interviews Gregory Demirjian about Masterpiece Art Fair and Ariadne Galleries. 

Wirschafts Blatt

Wirschafts Blatt features Ariadne Galleries' Statue of Asklepios as a highlight in its review of the spring art fairs and exhibitions in London. 

Architectural Digest
The Best Art and Antiques at Masterpiece Show

Ariadne Galleries' Egyptian Unguent Vessel is featured as one of the best pieces at Masterpiece Art Fair by Architectural Digest. 

The Gentleman's Journal
What's on- Masterpiece Preview

New York-based antiquities dealer Ariadne’s stand at Masterpiece is likely to be a focus for connoisseurs. ‘We deal only in the highest-quality ancient artefacts, priced from £50,000 to £5 million,’ founder Torkom Demirjian tells me. Ariadne will be demonstrating some truly extraordinary objects at this year’s masterpiece. Among them is this 6th Century BC hydria, attributed to the mysterious Princeton Painter, the greatest of the Ancient Greek vase artists.

Apollo Magazine
Capital Gains
On the eve of the 5th edition of  Masterpiece London, Nazy Vassegh  and Philip Hewat-Jaboor talk to Apollo  about how the fair has established  itself on the London calendar, including Ariadne Galleries' Bactrian Camel as a highlight of the fair:
"This exceptional bactrian camel is  testament to the wealth of the Tang  Dynasty through both the abundance  of its load, and its sheer size – it  stands nearly a metre high. its tri- colour glaze is characteristic of the  finest tang ceramics with a comparable piece held by the Philadelphia Museum of Art".
Il Giornale Dell’Arte

Il Giorno Dell'Arte highlights Ariadne Galleries as a gallery to visit during London Art Week. 


ArtEconomy24 mentions Adiadne Galleries' Statue of Asklepios and exhibition during London Art Week 2014.

Heritage Magazin
Magazin für historische Häuser, Gärten, Interior Design, Landschaften, Architektur, Antiquitäten, Reise und Kultur.

Heritage Magazine highlights Ariadne Galleries and London Art Week in the international spring art calendar. 

Antiquities Dealers Liven Up the London Art Scene
March 7, 2014
CNN Turkey
An Interview with Torkom Demirjian
Ancient Masterworks, Especially from Egypt, are Finding New Takers
September 2013
Art+Auction reviews the current Antiquities Market and interviews James Demirjian.
Solid Gains and 3D Explosions
July 6, 2013

The FT reviews important objects exhibited at Masterpiece, including Ariadne's Chinese wood and lacquer stag, Sixth to Fifth century BC.

Art + Auction
June 13, 2013

Art+ Auction previews Masterpiece 2013

Masterpiece London Aimes to Appeal to Cross-Collectors
June 1, 2013
The Art Newspaper interviews James Demirjian about cross collecting at Masterpiece.
Torkom Demirjian on Investing and Collecting Fine Art
October 17 2012
Torkom Demirjian is the president and founder of Ariadne Galleries on the Upper East Side. He has been a dealer of ancient art since 1972. His son's James Demirjian and Gregory Demirjian run the family business along side him and discuss investing and collecting fine art.
The Modern Sybarite International Fair NY Oct 2012
October 19 2012
Last, and certainly not least, one of my favorite pieces of the entire show was this sexy Roman torso of Aphrodite – the goddess of love. Her contrapposto posture reflects the influence of the Greek Hellenistic sculptures of the goddess, which were wildly popular and emulated well into the Roman times. On offer by Ariadne Galleries, New York.
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Original Interview 2003
CBS News Program 60 Minutes Interviews Torkom Demirjian discussing private ownership of antiquities.
History Alive at Art Fair
February 10, 2012
Staci Sturrock of Palm Beach Post Interviews James Demirjian and Gregory Demirjian of Ariadne Galleries on collecting works from ancient civilizations
November 20, 2011

Guest writer Mary Clemente interviews Gregory Demirjian of Ariadne Galleries to discuss antiquities and ancient art as not only important cultural and artistic creations but hard assets. Zero Hedge is an American financial blog. It reports on Wall Street and the financial sector and is credited with bringing the controversial practice of flash trading to public attention in 2009.

Antiques Trade Gazette, November 2011
Sweet Charity - it's a hit
12th November 2011
"High society partying converts to cash for trade at Manhattan's British import...this basalt Female Idol, Neolithic Syrian or South Arabian, 4th millennium BC, was sold for around $250,000 by Ariadne Galleries, NY. Ariadne also sold a Roman sandalled foot, 1st - 3rd century AD, for about $150,000."
Apollo, October 2011
Market Preview
Saturday, 1st October 2011
"More furniture, silver and other delectable works of art, ancient and modern, are presented by the 64 participants of this year's International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show, at the Park Avenue Armory (21 - 27 October). For those with a taste for sumptuous materials, consider...a group of banded alabaster vessels from Neolithic Syria (Ariadne Galleries; $125,000)."
Neolithic to Nebuchadnezzar: Ancient Near Eastern Art is a vast field with growth potential
November 2010
Torkom Demirjian, owner of Ariadne Galleries, says, "We don't worry about fakes because we do due diligence and have things tested." Scientific testing is good thing for every area of antiquity, but it can be expensive and can also take a long time. But for serious collectors of important pieces, testing has made buying antiquities a great deal safer.
Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show: Wo stilsichere New Yorker einkaufen
October 23, 2010
Antiquities dealer Ariadne Galleries (New York) has a surprising selection of rarely seen Islamic pieces. This collecting area has seen steadily increasing interest in the U.S. for about one and a half years. Here is an unusually early, five-foot long carved wooden cornice from Andalusia (about 11-12. Century, 1.15 million dollars).
Elle Decor, October 2010
Treasure Trove: This month's International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show brings the best of everything to Manhattan
October 2010
L'Objet d'Art, October 2010
Biennale Archeologie: Rare chefs-d'oeuvre, Regard de Verite sur Venus
September 2010
This Venus in white marble is a Roman work from the 1st - 2nd century AD. Mr. Claude Verite, a self-taught expert, wrote about his subject, "this sculpture in white marble represents a crouching Venus. She is nude and ready for her bath. Despite her modest scale (40.6 cm including the base), that she is kneeling and missing an arm, the proportions of this piece are remarkable." This beautiful sculpture was inherited from his father, Pierre Verite, during the first half of the 20th century.
Antiques Magazine, Sept-Oct 2010
Farther Afield: The Biennale
September-October 2010
by Carolin Young New York antiquities specialist Ariadne Galleries is exhibiting at the Biennale for the fourth time. Gregory Ara Demirjian notes that they too have seen a "healthy growth in business among our European clientele," and that "as a result we have been gradually shifting more of our focus to Europe, opening showrooms in Paris and Munich." The Biennale, which Demirjian describes as, "undoubtedly the most glamorous art event in Europe," is a natural venue for them. For full article:
Artfix Daily News, Biennale 2010
Interconnected Beauty: Ariadne Galleries to unveil Christian and Islamic antiquities collection
August 29, 2010
ArtfixDaily Artwire
Six New York Galleries to Exhibit at the 25th Edition of the Biennale des Antiquaires, at the Grand Palais, in Paris, 9.15-22.10
July 20, 2010
Antik Dekor
October 2009