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Sotheby's New York

10 A.M., December 8, 2015

Sale 9438

Egyptian seated goddess

Lot 6, Egyptian steatite figure of the Lady Iset, chantress of Sobek, 19th Dynasty, Reign of Ramesses I/Early Reign of Ramesses II, circa 1292-1250 B.C, 16 inches high


By Carter B. Horsley

This December 8, 2015 Antiquities auction at Sotheby's New York is highlighted by a spectacular Egyptian steatite figure of the Lady Iset, chantress of Sobek, 19th Dynasty, Reign of Ramesses I/Early Reign of Ramesses II, circa 1292-1250 B.C.

The magnificently detailed statue is Lot 6 and is 16 inches high and once belonged to David Pollak of Vienna and Paris.


Pleated lady detail


Detail of Lot 6

The lot has an estimate of $600,000 to $900,000.  It sold for $760,000 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

The sale realized $8,986,500 with 74 percent of the 36 offered lots selling.

Other highlights included a fine Egyptian wood mummy mask, a monumental granite figure of Sekhmet Enthroned that was once owned by John Lennon, an Egyptian faience baboon and a Canaanite copper figure of a man or god.

Egyptian wooden mummy mask

Lot 22, Mummy mask, Egyptian, wood, 25th/Early 26th Dynasty, circa 750-600 B.C., 13 1/8 inches high

Lot 22 is a large and impressive Egyptian wood mummy mask from the 25th/Early 26th Dynasty, circa 750-600 B.C.  It is 13 1/8 inches high.  It is the cover illustration of the catalogue.  It once belonged to Helena Rubenstein of New York and Paris and then Klaus Perls.  The catalogue entry notes that the mask's wood stand bears the sampeof Kichizo Inagali (1876-1951), the Japanese artist whose "bases are celebrated ass works of art for their own sake because each is created to fit its sculpture perfectly....While working for Joseph Brummer, Inagaki made prestigious connections among key dealers, collectors and avant-garde artists in early 20th Century Paris."  Auguste Rodin and Albert Barnes used him as did such major dealers as Dikran Khan Kelekian, Charles Ratton and Paul Guilliaume.  The lot has an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.  It sold for $1,450,000.

Red mummy face

Lot 28, Mummy mask, Egyptian, wood, Late Period, 716-30 B.C., 25 centimeters

Lot 28 is another Egyptian wood mummy mask that has remains of red and black pigment.  It is Late Period, 716-30 B.C., and 25 centimeters high.  It has a very modest estimate of $5,000 to $8,000.  It failed to sell.

Ibis

Lot 16, Ibis, Egyptian, bronze, 26th-30th Dynasty, 664-342 B.C., 6 inches long, left; Lot 4, Bust of Tuthmosis III, Egyptian, basalt, 18th Dynasty, reign of Tuthmosis III, 1479-1426 B.C., 4 3/4 inches high, right;

Lot 16 is an Egyptian bronze statue of Ibis from the 26th-30th Dynasty, 664-342 B.C.  It is 6 inches long.  It was once with Joseph Brummer of New York and the Rev. Theodore Pitcairn.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000.  It sold for $50,000.

Lot 4 is a superb Egyptian basalt bust of Tuthmosis III, 18th Dynasty, reign of Tuthmosis III, 1479-1426 B.C.  It is 4 3/4 inches high.  He is wearing the nemes-headcloth and his nipples are recessed for inlay. It has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $250,000.


Wood body


Lot 32, Ptah-Soker-Osiris, Egyptian, wood, Ptolemaic Period, 305-30 B.C., 21 inches high

Lot 32 is a fine Egyptian wood figure of Ptah-Soker-Osiris, Ptolemaic Period, 305-30 B.C.  It is 21 inches high.  It has a modest estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.  It sold for $10,000.


Skirt

Lot 20, Ushabti of Kenj, Egyptian, 19th Dynasty, 1292-1130 B.C., 7 inches high, left; Lot 21, Ushabti of Neferibresaneith, Egyptian, pale blue faience, 26th Dynasty, reign of Amasis, 570-526 B.C., 7 1/4 inches high, center; Lot 19, Kefri, Mistress of the House, Egyptian, ushabti, serpentine, late 18th Dynasty, circa 1330-1292 B.C., 7 13/16 inches high, right

Lot 20 is a good Egyptian serpentine ushabti of Kenji from the 19th Dynasty. 1292-1130 B.C.  It is 7 inches high.  The kilt flares forward and the piece is nicely detailed.  It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.  It failed to sell.

Lot 21 is an Egyptian pale blue faience ushabti of Neferibresaneith, 26th Dynasty, reign of Amasis, 570-526 B.C.  It is 7 1/4 inches high.  It is the catalogue's frontispiece. The tomb of Neferibresaneith was found in 1929 at Saqqara withy 366 ushabtis atop the sarcophagus.  The lot has an estimate of $60,000 to $90,000.  It sold for $137,500.

Lot 19 is an Egyptian serpentine ushabti of Kefri, Mistress of the House, late 18th Dynasty, 1330-1292 B.C.  It is 7 13/16 inches high.  It has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $125,000.

Lion man

Lot 23, Sekhmet Enthorned, granite, Egyptian, Thebes, 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III, 1403-1365 B.C., 82 1/2 inches high

Lot 23 is one of more than 600 statues of Sekhmet at the courts and passageways at Thebes to honor Mut, the goddess.  Sekhmet was the divine consort of Ptah, the chief god of Memphis in Lower Egypt.  The statue is from the collection of Alfred A. Taubman and was formerly owned by John Lennon.  The catalogue entry notes that "close inspection of the name Amenhotep in the throne inscription bears witness to his successor Akenaten's attempt to expunge every occurrence of Amun's name when when such an act defaced the cartouche of his father.  It has been subsequently restored, presumably during the reign of Tutankhamun, under whom the cult of Amun regained its former emiinentce."  The lot has an estimate of $3,000,000 to $5,000,000.  It sold for $4,170,000.


Long beak

Lot 37, Thoth, Egyptian, pale blue faience, 26th/30th Dynasty, 664-342 B.C., 2 3/4 inches high

Lot 37 is an Egyptian pale blue faience of Thoth, the Ibis-headed god, from the 26th/30th Dynasty, 664-342 B.C.  It is 2 3/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $5,000 to $8,000.  It sold for $11,250.


Syro-Hittite figure


Lot 45, Man or god figure, copper, Canaanite, circa 1500-1000 B.C., 5 3/16 inches high

Lot 45 is a strong Canaanite Picassoesque copper figure of a man or god, circa 1500-1000 B. C.  It is 5 3/16 inches high.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $52,500.


Relief

Lot 25, Griffin, bronze, Greek, protome, Samos, circa late 7th Century B.C., 5 1/16 inches high, left; Lot 24, votive relief, Egyptian, limestone, 30th Dynasty/Early Ptolemaic Period, circa 380-200 B.C., 8 3/8 inches high, right

Lot 25 is a handsome Greek bronze protome figure of a griffin, circa Late 7th Century B.C.  It is 5 1/16 inches high.  It is missing one ear.  It was once in the William Herbert Hunt Collection and is property from the collection of Alfred A. Taubman.  It has an estimate of $125,000 to $175,000.  It failed to sell.

Lot 24, Egyptian limestone votive relief, 30th Dynasty/Early Ptolemaic Period, circa 380-200 B.C.  It is 8 3/8 inches high and shows a snake-faced god.  It was once with Charles Dikran Kelekian and Lester Wolfe, both of New York, and is property of the Collection of Alfred A. Taubman.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $25,000.




Crocadile

Lot 35, crocodile, Egyptian, wood, Late 12th-13th Dynasty, circa 1800-1640 B.C., 8 1/8 inches long

Lot 25 is an Egyptian wood figure of a crocodile, Late 12th/13th Dynasty, circa 1800-1640 B.C.  It is 8 1/8 inches long.  It has a modest estimate of $5,000 to $8,000.  It sold for $17,500.


Baboon

Lot 38, Baboon, turquoise faience, Egyptian, late 18th/20th Dynasty, circa 1390-1075 B.C., 6 1/8 inches high

Lot 38 is an impressive Egyptian turquoise faience of a baboon, late 18th/20th Dynasty, circa 1390-1075 B.C.  It is 6 1/8 inches high.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $75,000.

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