The not-for-profit association Hydra 21 and the Historical Archives – Museum of Hydra (HAMY) organise an auction of collectable weapons from the period of the Greek Revolution of 1821 with the aim of providing financial support to their public programmes.
The auction will be conducted gratuitously by Vergos Auctions and will take place at the
Historical Archives – Museum of Hydra (HAMY) – Port of Hydra
Saturday, 5 August 2017, at 19:00
Viewing: Historical Archives – Museum of Hydra (HAMY), 3-4 August 2017, 10:00-14:00
The lots on offer come from the personal collection of John Stephanis and are being auctioned in order to support essential needs of the Historical Archives – Museum of Hydra (HAMY) as well as to provide financial instigation for the not-for-profit association Hydra 21 in order to actuate its public programme.
John Stephanis’s collection includes exquisite examples of Balkan weapons, mainly of the 18th and 19th centuries, most of which were used in Greece during the Struggle for Independence. With the passing of time, however, these weapons have been largely removed from their original use and we can, nowadays, enjoy them as accomplished works of art of transnational co-operation.
Hydra 21 was founded in November 2016 by a group of Hydriots and friends of Hydra (from Greece and abroad) who wish to see the island being further developed through quality tourism and cultural initiatives with the aim of establishing Hydra as an open workshop of architecture, art and culture all year round. The Association’s ambition is to collaborate with the inhabitants of Hydra for the promotion of the island’s rich cultural inheritance as well as for the encouragement of contemporary cultural production.
The Historical Archives – Museum of Hydra (HAMY) was founded in 1918 and is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education. HAMY operates three departments: an Archive, a Museum and a Library which host daily a large number of historians, researchers as well as a wider audience. Besides its academic and museological orientation HAMY organises and hosts a wide range of cultural events under the title ‘Cultural Summer of Hydra’. The programme includes visual art exhibitions by prominent artists, archival and archaeological exhibitions, conferences, book launches, concerts and performances along with a rich educational programme. HAMY is an important advocate of Hellenic culture and with its multifaceted role in the social life of Hydra it is, undoubtedly, a cultural haven for the historic island.
Vergos Auctions was founded in 1989 in Athens. Originally oriented towards old books, manuscripts and prints, it quickly ranked first in sales among auction houses. The firm’s clientele includes important libraries and institutions, but also private collectors who are looking for rare works of Hellenic interest. Since 2000 Vergos Auctions has expanded its activities towards paintings and sculptures, focusing on Greek creators, or foreigners who visited Greece and were inspired by its history. Today Vergos Auctions is the biggest auction house in Greece with particularly successful sales in rare books and artworks.
For more information:
Dr Konstantinos J. Stefanis (firstname.lastname@example.org, + 30 6942 444803)
Vergos Auctions: +30 21 0361 4897