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10:15 AM, Friday, December 8, 2000

Sale 7572

Sasanian silver-gilt plate

Lot 150, a Sasanian silver-gilt plate, 5th/6th Century, A.D., 7 5/8 inches in diameter

By Carter B. Horsley

While this antiquities auction is a bit less spectacular than recent Sotheby’s sales, it has a few knockout works and a good selection of minor works.

The cover illustration of the catalogue, shown above, is Lot 150, a Sasanian Silver-gilt plate, 5th/6th Century, A.D., 7 5/8 inches in diameter, which is very dramatic and stunning. The plate depicts a royal hunting scene is high relief with the king riding his steed at full gallop, turning backward, and preparing to unleash his arrow at a pursuing lion, an arrow lodged in his quarry’s breast, with another lion, probably wounded, sprawled below. The catalogue notes that a "remarkably similar" plate is in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art that differs manly in the form of the king’s crown. Both plates seem to have in common the punched dot on the king’s forehead, appearing only on cult or divine images in the art of the Sasanian Empire. The lot has an "estimate on request" and Richard Keresey, Sotheby’s specialist, notes that this is "the first of its kind to appear at auction in at least three decades. It failed to sell.

Zeus enthroned, bronze, Roman Imperial

Lot 110A, a bronze figure of Zeus Enthroned, Roman Imperial, circa 2nd Century A.D., a 6 1/8-inch high

Another highlight of the auction is Lot 110A, a bronze figure of Zeus Enthroned, Roman Imperial, circa 2nd Century A.D., a 6 1/8-inch high work that shows the god seated in a very large chair with his feet resting on a stool. The catalogue notes that the throne is separately cast. The god holds a thunderbolt in his right hand and his left hand at one time held a scepter, which is now missing. The figure of Zeus is very finely sculpted and the lot has an estimate of $60,000 to $90,000. It sold for $69,750 including the buyer's premium as do all results in this article.

Roman bronze figure of Poseidon

Lot 103 is a Roman bronze figure of Poseidon, circa 1st/2nd Century A.D., 4 5/8 inches high

Lot 103 is very good Roman bronze figure of Poseidon, circa 1st/2nd Century A.D., that is 4 5/8 inches high. The statue is after a Greek original of the late 4th Century B.C., probably by Lysippos and shows the god standing with his right foot supported on an outcrop with his right arm resting on his raised leg and his left arm raised holding a trident, which is now missing. The lot has a conservative estimate of $4,000 to $6,000. It sold for $4,800.

Lot 37 is a very good Egyptian granite or diorite head of a man, 30th Dynasty, 380-342 B.C., that is 7 ¾ inches high and has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. It sold for $115,750. The catalogue notes that the work has a serene expression and gentle smile. There is a hole in the top of the head and the nose is damaged, although the mottled stone disguises the damage to a considerable extent.

Egyptian bronze figure of Anubis

Lot 27, Egyptian bronze figure of Anubis, 26th Dynasty, 664-525 B.C., 6 3/16 inches high

Lot 27 is a very good Egyptian bronze figure of Anubis, 26th Dynasty, 664-525 B.C. The 6 3/16-inch-high statue shows the jackal-headed god striding and has a conservative estimate of $7,000 to $10,000. It sold for $23,750.

Lot 70, a Greek Pottery Olpe, Geometric Period, probably Attic, 8th Century B.C., 20 3/4 inches high, had an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000 and sold for $137,750.

Lot 78 is an Attic Black-Figure hydria, circa 500 B.C., which is attributed to the Rycroft Painter. The 18 13/16-inch-high vase shows Peleus and Thetis in a quadriga. It has an estimate of $60,000 to $90,000. It sold for $92,750.

Lot 91 is a marble figure of Eros, Roman Imperial, circa second half of the 2nd Century, A.D., that is 20 inches high and is being sold by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The figure is missing its head and the lower part of its legs and arms. The marble’s surface is very finely finished and almost looks like porcelain. It has an estimate of $60,000 to $90,000. It sold for $269,750.

Lot 97, a marble herm, Roman Imperial, circa 1st Century, A.D., 66 inches high, had an estimate of $50,000 to $80,000 and sold for $147,750.

Lot 98 is a silver dish, 10 ¾ inches in diameter, Roman Imperial, circa late 1st/Early 2nd Century, A.D., that has a very ornamental rim. It has an estimate of $120,000 to $180,000. It failed to sell.

Lot 110 is a bronze figure of a Dancing satyr, late Hellenistic or early Roman Imperial, circa 2nd Century B.C./1st Century A.D., which is 6 inches tall and is very nicely sculpted and has an animal hide that is apparently meant to be windblown. The lot has a slightly ambitious estimate of $60,000 to $90,000. It failed to sell.

Lot 165, an Ottoman polychrome dish, Iznik,circa late 16th Century, 12 inches in diameter, had an estimate of $6,000 to $9,000 and sold for $165,250.

See The City Review article on the Dec. 6, 2000 auction of Ancient Jewelry and Seals at Christie's

See The City Review article on the Fall 2000 Antiquities Christie's Dec. 7, 2000

See The City Review article on the Spring 2000 Antiquities auction at Sotheby's

See The City Review article on the Spring 2000 Ancient Greek Vases auction at Christie's

See The City Review article on the Spring 2000 Antiquities auction at Christie's

See The City Review article on the Fall 1999 Antiquities auction at Christie's

See The City Review article on the Antique Jewelry evening auction at Christie’s Dec. 8, 1999

See The City Review article on the Dec. 9, 1999 antiquities evening auction at Sotheby's of the Christos G. Bastis Collection

See The City Review article on the Dec. 10, 1999 Antiquities auction at Sotheby's

See The City Review article on the June 5, 1999 Antiquities Auction at Sotheby's

See The City Review article on the Fall 1998 Antiquities auctions at Sotheby's and Christie's

See The City Review article on the Spring 1998 Antiquities auctions at Sotheby's and Christie's

See The City Review article on the Fall 1997 Antiquities auction at Sotheby's

See The City Review article on the Spring 1997 Antiquities auction at Sotheby's

  

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