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Christie's New York

10 A.M., December 13, 2013

Sale 2755

Gray Panther


Lot 32, Feline,  Western Asiatic, inlaid chlorite, circa Late Third Millennium B.C., 10 1/4 inches high


By Carter B. Horsley

This very strong Antiquities auction December 13, 2013 at Christie's New York has many fine lots highlighted by a inlaid chlorite feline from the Third Millennium B.C., a Egyptian faience hippopotamus, and many good Roman bronzes and marbles.

Lot 32 is a memorable and powerful Western Asiatic feline of inlaid chlorite from the late Third Millennium B.C. It is 10 1/4 inches high and is similar to one in the Baghdad Museum with kidney-shaped inlays.  The work is "superbly sculpted, depicted seated on folded hind legs, the forelegs extended, the tail tucked under and curving along the right flank" and the body ornamented throughout withpairsof opposing kidney-shaped inlays of white limestone."  A few of the inlaysare missing.

It has an estimate of $600,000 to $900,000.  It failed to sell.

Hippo

Lot 5, "Hippopotamus," Egyptian faience, Middle Kingdom, 11th-12th Dynasty, 2040-1783 B.C., 8 inches long

Lot 5 is a Egyptian faience hippopotamus from the 11th-12th Dynasty, 2040-1783 B.C.  It is 8 inches long and was once in the collection of Charles Ratton of Paris.  The catalogue entry notes that hippos were formidable creatures both dreaded and revered.  "They were hazards in the daily life of Egyptians, attacking fishing boats and other river rafts, destroying river banks and laying waste to the neary crop fields," it continued, adding that many hippo figures found in tombs "have had their legs purposedly broken, including the present example to prevent them from bringing harm to the deceased."  The unofficial mascot of the Mtropolitan Museum of Art is a very similar hippo whose blue paint has not been eroded.  The lot has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000. It failed to sell.

Although the auction had many works of high quality, it fared poorly with only about 71 percent of the 173 offered lots selling for $4,407,250.

Venus head

Lot 130, "head of Venus," Roman, marble, circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century A.D., 10 1/4 inches high

Lot 130 is a very beautiful and fine Roman marble head of Venus, circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century A.D.  It is 10 1/4 inches high.  The catalogue entry notes that 'the position of the goddess' head,thedownward gaze, and fashion of the hairstyle find close similarity to the CapitolineVenus, which is based on the 4th Century B.C. prototype by Praxiteles," adding that "her aesthetic perfection is reflected here in the goddess' idealized face, graceful neck and sensuously tactile hair."  The entry also noted that this head is similar to one that was originally set into a draped statue in the Glyptothek in Munich.  It has a modest estimate of $60,000 to $90,000.  It sold for $221,000.

Boy's head

Lot 153, "Head of Pan," Roman, marble, circa Late 1st Century-Early 2nd Century A.D., 11 inches high

Lot 153 is a very fine Roman marble head of Pan from circa Late 1st Century-Early 2nd Century A.D.  It is 11 inches high and is from the estate of Mrs. Mary Duke Biddle Seasons and formerly from Lady Zouche of Parham, Pulborough, Sussex, and Captain E. G. Spencer-Churchill of Northwick Park, Bleckley, Glouchestshire.  The catalogue notes that the work "is in essence a young satyr, complete with equine ears, but recognizable by the inclusion of budding horns emerging form his unruly wavy hair.  The head is in good condition generally except for thin cracks in the middle of its forehead that remind the viewer that this is not perfection.  It has a modest estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  it sold for for $155,000.

Dionysus

Lot 155, Dionysus, Roman, marble, circa 2nd Century A.D., 13 7/8 inches high

Lot 155 is a very fine and large Roman marble head of Dionysus, circa 2nd Century A.D.  It is 13 7/8 inches high.  It has a modest estimate of $250,000 to $350,000.  It failed to sell.

Sarapis

Lot 111, bust of Sarapis, Hellenistic Period, circa 2nd-1st Century B.C., 8 inches high

Lot 111 is a very good and strong bust of Sarapis from the Hellenistic Period, circa 2nd-1st Century B.C.  It is 8 inches high.  It has a modest  estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It failed to sell.


Diamond head


Lot 161, "Portrait head of a man," Roman, marble, Antonine period, circa mid-2nd  Century A.D., 8 3/4 inches high

Lot 161 is an impressive Roman  marble head of a man from the Antonine Period, circa mid-2nd Century A.D.  It is 8 3/4 inches high and while the face is considerably eroded, there is a lot of sparkle in the stone that makes the head quite alluring.  Itis property of the Museum of FineArts in Boston and is being sold "to benefit the collection."  The lot hasa very modest estimate of $5,000 to $7,000.  It sold for $9,375.

Emperor

Lot 166, Portrait head of the Emperor Philip the Arab, basalt, Roman, reign 244-249 A.D., 13 3/4 inches high

Lot 166 is a Roman basalt portrait head of the Emperor Philip The Arab whose reigned from 244-249 A.D.  It is 13 3/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $90,000 to $120,000.  It sold for $317,000.

Venus body

Lot 149, Venus, torso, marble, Roman, circa 1st-2nd Century A.D., 34 inches high

Lot 149 is a very lovely Roman marble torso of Venus, circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.  It is 34 inches high. It has an estimate of $130,000 to $180,000.  It failed to sell.

Male torso

Lot 146, "Satyr," Roman, marble, circa  1st-2nd Century A.D., 23 1/2 inches high

Lot 146 is a good Roman marble torso of a satyr circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.  It is 23 1/2 inches high and has a good and noble presence despite its eroded imperfections.  It has a very modest estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.  It sold for $9,375.


Boy robe


Lot 160, Statue of the Youthful Marcus Aurelius, Roman, marble, 49 inches high

Lot 160 is a very good Roman marble statue of the Youthful Marcus Aurelius, circa 140 A. D.  It is 49 inches high.  The catalogue entry indicated it was "said  to have been found near Bath, England."  It has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It failed to sell.

Hero

Lot 148, "Hercules," Roman, bronze, circa Late1st-Early 2nd Century A.D., 9 3/8 inches high

Lot 148 is a Roman bronze of Hercules from the Late 1st-Early 2nd Century A.D.  It is 9 3/8 inches high and was once in the collection of John W. Kluge.  It has an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.  It sold for $13,750.


Mercury and friend

Lot 127, Group of Dionysus and Ampelos, bronze, Roman, circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century A.D., 5 7/8 inches high

Lot 127 is a very find Roman bronze of Dionysus and Apelos, circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century A.D.  It is 5 7/8 inches high.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $37,500.

Bronze Cupid

Lot 129, Cupid, bronze, Roman, circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century A.D., 6 1/8 inches high

Lot 129 is a nice Roman bronze of Cupid, circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century A.D.  It is  6 1/8 inches high and is missing its arms.  It has an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.  It sold for $12,500.


Staff

Lot 165, Dionysus, Roman, bronze, circa 2nd-3rd Century A.D., 5 7/8 inches high

Lot 165 is a very nice small Roman bronze statuette of Dionysus circa 2nd-3rd Century A.D.  It is 5 7/8 inches high.  It was once in the collection of John W. Kluge.  It has an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000.  It sold for $6,250.

Stand

Lot 147, Herm of Hercules, bronze, Roman, circa Late 2nd-Early Third Century A.D., 9 3/8 inches high

Lot 147 is an excellent Roman bronze herm of Hercules, circa Late 2nd-Early 3rd Century A.D.  It is 9 3/8 inches high.  It was once in the collection of John W. Kluge.  It has an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.  It sold for $12,500.

Lion

Lot 158, Lion, Roman, bronze, circa 2nd-3rd Century A.D., 5 3/4 inches long

Lot 158 is a very fine and charming small Roman bronze of a lion, circa 2nd-3rd Century A.D.  It is 5 3/4 inches long.  It has an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000. It failed to sell!

Bull

Lot 128, applique of taurcamp, bronze, Roman, circa 2nd-1st Century B.C., 6 3/4 inches high

Lot 128 is an impressive and large Roman bronze applique of a taurocamp, circa 2nd-1st Century B.C.  It is 6 3/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It failed to sell.


Cornice

Lot 144, Cornice fragment in the form of the upper body of a sphinx, Roman, marble, circa 2nd Century A.D., 10 3/4 inches long

Lot 144 is a Roman marble cornice fragment in the form of the upper body of a sphinx, circa 2nd Century A.D.  It is 10 3/4 inches long. It has an estimate of $7,000 to $9,000.  It failed to sell.

Ball

Lot 110, Canosa pottery askos, Apulia, circa Early 3rd Century B.C., 14 7/8 inches high

Lot 110 is a Canosa pottery askos from Apulia, circa Early 3rd Century B.C., topped by a figure of Scylla with a long serpent-like body ending in a split tail.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It failed to sell.

Helmet

Lot 67, Greek Corinthian bronze helmet, Archaic Period, circa second half of the 7th Century B.C., 9 1/4 inches high

One of the most striking works in the auction is Lot 67, a Greek Corinthian bronze helmet from the Archaic Period, circa second half of the 7th Century B.C.  It is 9 1/4 inches high and is noted for its beautiful bright green patina.  It has an estimate of $50,000 to$70,000.  It sold for $75,000.

Coffin1

Lot 8, Painted Wood Funerary Ensemble, Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, 21st Dynasty, 1070-945 B.C., 73 3/4 inches long

Lot 8 is a well-preserved Egyptian painted wood funerary ensemble from the Third Intermediate Period, 21st Dynasty, 1070-945 B.C.  It is 73 3/4 inches long.  The ensemble belonged to M. Gustave Posno, a Dutch jeweler, living in Cairo in the second half of the 19th Century.  

Coffin 2

Detail of Lot 8

The catalogue entry notes that "this coffin is one of a well-known class of luxury coffins made for the High Priests of Amun and their families during a period when thosr priests controlled Southern Egypt from Thebes.  It is rare for the mummy board to survive with the coffin."  

Coffin 3

Detail of Lot 8

The lot has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $221,000.

Black bird

Lot 21, Falcon-headed coffin, Egyptian, gilt wood, Late Period, 26th-30th Dynasty, 664-343 B.C., 19 3/4 inches high

Lot 21 is a good Egyptian, falcon-headed gilt-wood coffin, Late Period, 26th-30th Dynasty, 664-343 B.C.  It is 19 3/4 inches high and is being sold by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to benefit "the collection."  It has a modest estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.  It sold for $47,500.

Ptah

Lot 12, Amun, Egyptian, bronze, Late Period, 25th-26th Dynasty,  712-525 B.C., 9 1/8 inches high

Lot 12  is an imposing Egyptian bronze statue of Amun, Late Period, 25th-26th Dynasty, 712-525 B.C.  It is 9 1/8 inches high.  It has an estimate of $60,000 to $90,000.  It sold for $81,250.


Braid

Lot 20, Harpokrates, Egyptian bronze, Ptolemaic Period, 304-30 B.C., 5 1/2 inches high

Lot 20 is a fine Egyptian bronze statuette of Harpokrates from the Ptolemaic Period, 302-30 B.C.  It is 5 1/2 inches high.  It has an estimate of $8,000 to$12,000.  It  sold for $8,125.


Crown


Lot 11, "Nefertem," Egyptian, bronze, Third Intermediate Period, 21st-22nd Dynasty, 1070-712 B.C., 11 3/4 inches high

Lot 11 is a fine Egyptian bronze statue of Nefertem from the Third Intermediate Period, 21st-22nd Dynasty, 1070-712 B.C.  It is 11 3/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $50,000 to  $80,000.  It sold for $75,000.

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