Arte Primitivo is a gallery specializing in Pre-Columbian Art, Classical and Egyptian Antiquities, Asian Antiquities and Antiques and Ethnographic Art. The gallery conducts absentee internet auctions approximately 6 times a year, plus special exhibitions, retail, and private sales.
The owner, Howard S. Rose, started his career in the Antiquities business in 1971. Before taking over the Arte Primitivo gallery, Rose was the director of Harmer Rooke Galleries on 57th Street, for nearly 25 years, and more recently director of Greg Manning Galleries. Rose has authored over 100 auction catalogues, is a licensed and bonded New York auctioneer, is a full member of both the NADAOPA (National Association of Dealers in Ancient, Oriental and Primitive Art) and ATADA (Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association) and has performed hundreds of appraisals as well as advising the IRS and the NYC DEA on property evaluations.