Carter B. Horsley
Antiquities Auction at
Christie's December 9, 2008 is highlighted by several spectacular
works, the foremost being Lot 142 a Roman bronze of Hercules that
is 8 1/2 inches high and is not only perfection in execution but
poetic and inspiring in its very fluid form. It has a modest estimate
of $300,000 to $500,000 and is one of the rare and extraordinary
works that by themselves make a collection important without any
other works. It failed to sell.
Roman work from the
same period is Lot 145, a marble statue of Venus Anadyomene that
is 9 nine inches high. The goddess is show nujde with her hands
each attending to the long plaits of her center-parted hair. The
work is not as finely sculpted as the Hercules bronze but there
is a great charm about her elegant pose and lithe body and her
lovely face. The work has a very modest estimate of $8,000 to
$12,000. It also failed to sell.
piece is Lot 119, a Greek bronze statue of Aphrodite that is 11
inches high and dates circa 2nd to 1st Century B.C. It is based
on the renowned 4 th Century masterpiece known as the Cnidian
Aphrodite by Praxiteles that portrays the goddess as she emerges
from her bath. She is in fine condition except that she is missing
her lower legs. A similar piece is at the Metropolitan Museum
of Art. This lot has a modest estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.
It sold for $242,500 including the buyer's premium as do all
results mentioned in this article.
Aphrodite, this time
a Roman bronze of Isis-Aphrodite, circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century
A.D., is Lot 135. It has an ambitious estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.
It failed to sell. She is in fine condition
she is missing her right arm. A similar bronze is at the Louvre.
is a very impressive,
large and superb bronze portrait head of the Emperor Vespasian.
The Roman work is 16 1/8 inches high and is dated circa mid 3rd
Century A.D. It has an estimate of $700,000 to $900,000. It
failed to sell.
is a fine Greek bronze
of a genre figure that is 14 1/2 inches high and dated circa mid
1st Century B.C. It has an estimate of $150,000 to $250,000. It
failed to sell. The figure is in fine condition except that
it is missing its arms and feet.
isa fine Roman bronze
sculpture of a running Cupid Lampidarius that is 21 1/8 inches
high and is dated circa 1st Century A.D. It has an estimate of
$100,000 to $150,000. It is in very fine condition except that
it is missing both arms. It failed to sell.
is a very dramatic
Roman bronze theater mask, circa 1st Century A.D. It is 15 1/4
inches high and has an ambitious estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.
It failed to sell.
is quite haunting and
lovely Greek marble veiled female head from the Classical Period,
circa 4th Century B.C. It is 7 inches high. It has a modest estimte
of $60,000 to $90,000. It sold for $62,500.
is an impressive and
finely carved Egyptian bust of an official in black granite. It
is dated Dynasty XXX to early Ptolemaic Period, circa 4th-early
3rd Century B.C. It is 13 1/2 inches high. It has an estimate
of $250,000 to $350,000. It failed to sell.
the finer Egyptian works
is Lot28, a Nubian serpentine shabti for the King of Senkamenisken,
Sudan, Napatan Period, 643-623 B.C. It is 6 5/8 inches high and
has hieroglyphics entirely around it. It has an estimate of $80,000
t o$120,000. It sold for $98,500.
is a very handsome and
fine Egyptian granite head of a goddess or lady that is 9 inches
high and is dated late New Kingdom to Third Intermediate Period,
Dynasty XIX-XXII, 1307-712. The face is in excellent condition.
It has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. It failed to sell.
is a striking and very
handsome and large pair of Egyptan glass eye inlays, 3 1/2 inches
long each, white calcite sclerae with obsidian ireses, blue glass
lids, New Kingdom, Dynasty VXII-XX, 1550-1070 B.C. The lot has
an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000. It sold for $43,750.
is a finely carved bronze
statue of Ptah.The Egyptian piece dates from the Third Intermediate
Period to the Late Period, 1070 to 343 B.C. It is 7 7/16 inches
high and has an estmate of $8,000 to $12,000. It failed to
the more intriguing
works in the auction is Lot 45, a Bactrian seated female figure
of copper alloy that is 4 1/4 inches high. It has a estimate of
$70,000 to $90,000. It failed to sell.
the auction's more exotic
works is Lot 56, a rather rotund South Arabian female figure in
alabaster from the early 3rd Century B.C. It is 8 1/2 inches high
and has a conservative estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. It
South Arabian alabaster
piece is Lot 54, a libation table with six conjoined reclining
ibexes projecting from one end. It is 22 1/4 inches long. It has
an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000. It sold for $54,000. It
is dated circa 2nd Century B.C.-2nd Century A.D.
is a quite large, South
Arabian,alabaster,stele circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century A.D.
It is 19 1/2 inches high and has an estimate of $60,000 to $90,000.
It sold for $116,500.
is a large early Christian
paten circa late 4th Century-Early 5th Century A.D. It is 9 1/2
inches in diamter. It has an ambitious estimate of $600,000 to
$900,000. It failed to sell.