Carter B. Horsley
2008 Antiquities auction
at Sotheby's December 9, 2008 is highlighted by several wonderful
pieces including a Summerian figure of a deity, a Neolithic stone
figure of a woman circa 1st half of the 6th Millennium B.C.,
Sumerian work is Lot 59,
a 6 3/4-inch-high copper figure of a deity, Uruk IV, circa 3300-3100
B.C. The figure is seated with his legs folded beneath him and
holds his clasped hands on his left thigh and wears a cylindrical
diadem supporting a high flaring vessel of remains of sunk relief
decoration. The lot has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It
sold for $782,500 including the buyer's premium as do all results
mentioned in this article.
83 percent of the
offered lots, making this auction the second most successful of
the Fall 2008 season.
is a marvelous Neolithic
stone figure of a reclining woman that is as powerful as any sculpture
by the French Impressionists. Dating to the first half of the
6th Millennium B.C., it is only 3 15/16 inches long. It was formerly
in the collection of Ben Heller. It has a very modest estimate
of $30,000 to $50,000. It sold for $134,500.
is a tall Cycladic marble
figure of a goddess that is dated Early Bronze Age II, circa 2500-2400
B.C. It is 19 1/2 inches high and is intriguing because her left
sideis pockmarked rather than smooth. It has an estimate of $300,000
to $500,000. It sold for $1,022,500. Lot 26 is a
and slightly earlier Cycladic goddess that is more rounded and
smoother. It is 6 3/4 inches high and has an estimate of $100,000
to $150,000. It sold for $170,500.
is an exquisite and
retal Roman Imperial, Augustan bronze figure of a goddess that
is 7 inches high and is in superb condition except that she is
missing her arms. While her bolt-upright pose may not recall more
sensuous goddesses, but the drapery of her garments and her very
beautiful face are most arresting. She is dated Late 1st Century
B.C./Early 1st Century A.D. She has an estimate of $600,000 to
$900,000. The lot failed to sell.
the more charming works
in this auction is a small Roman bronze of a sphinx, Lot 37. It
is only 3 7/8 inches high but is finely detailed and has a highly
animated pose. It is dated Roman Imperial, circa Late 1st Century
B.C./Early 1st Century A.D. It has a modest estimate of $8,000
to $12,000. It sold for $22,500.
is a very sweet and
nicely carved statue of the Young Asklepios, Roman Imperial, circle
2nd Century A.D. The marble statue is 15 inches high. It has a
modest etimate of $50,000 to $80,000. It sold for $110,500.
is a nice Etruscan bronze
cista handle from the early 5th Century B.C. It is 2 13/16 inches
long. It has an estimate of $5,000 to $8,000. It sold for
the most beautiful works
in the auction, one that is almost too perfect, is Lot 11, the
head of an Egyptian sarcophagus of indurated limestone, 30th Dynasty,
380-343 B.C. It is 21 1/4 inches high and has a conservative estimate
of $80,000 to $120,000. It sold for $134,500.
is a finely preserved
and impressive Egyptian greywacke figure of a man, Late 26th/30th
Dynasty, circa 600-342 B.C. It is 13 7/8 inches high. The kneeling
figure is holding an enthroned figure of ram-headed Khnum on his
lap. It has an estimate of $600,000 to $900,000. It sold for
the most impressive
work in the auction to many contemporary collectors is Lot 16,
an Egyptian torso of a man, Ptolemaic Period,m circa 305-30 B.C.
Carved in black diorite, it is 22 1/2 inches high and is headless
and legless and armless but very powerful and very beautiful.
It has a conservative estimate of $150,000 to $250,000. It
sold for $662,500.
is an impressive Egyptian
Horus falcon from the 26th Dynasty, 664-525 B.C. It is 10 5/8
inches high and has an estimate of $75,000 to $125,000. It
sold for $92,500.
is an excellent Egyptian
bronze statue of Nefertum, 26/30th Duynasty, 664-343 B.C. It is
9 inches high and has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. It
sold for $53,125.