By Carter B.
Small bronze statues are the
joy of many collectors
as they are manageable in size and usually price. Mid-size works,
however, are rarer and often of much higher quality and price.
Lot 260, shown above, is just
such an example.
A bronze figure of the Farnese Herakles, Roman Imperial, circa
2nd Century A.D., it is 11 1/4 inches high and magnificently carved
and in wonderful condition. It is based on the Greek original
of the 4th Century B.C. that was attributed to Lysippos. That
statue, the catalogue notes, was described by A. Stewart in "Greek
Sculpture," New Haven and London, 1990, as follows: "Both
a culmination and a fresh start, this statue constitutes the definitive
statement of the ethos and arete of Herakles as conceived by the
late classic, yet in the studied rhetoric of its drama and pathos
it announces the more circumstantial concerns of the Hellenistic
age." It has a conservative estimate of $70,000 to $100,000.
It sold for $107,000 including the buyer's premium as do all
prices in this article.
Lot 316 is a large, finely
carved bronze figure
of a boy, Roman Imperial, circa late 1st Century, B.C./1st Century,
A.D. The 20 5/8-inch-tall work is in fine condition except for
its missing arms and it has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.
It failed to sell.
Among the smaller bronze are
several nice pieces
such as Lot 401 and 408. The former is a Roman bronze figure of
Eros-Harpocrates, circa 1st Century, A.D. It is 2 13/16 inches
high and depicts the god with his forefinger held to his mouth
and a cornucopia cradled in his left arm. It has an estimate of
only $1,200 to $1,800. It sold for $2,185. The
consists of two Roman bronzes, circa 1st/3rd Century, A.D., one
of Fortuna holding a rudder and cornucopia and the other of Herakles.
The works are 3 3/8 inches high and the lot has an estimate of
only $1,200 to $1,800. It sold for $2,588.
Among the Egyptian bronzes, Lot
222 is a standout.
It depicts the god Amun and is dated 22nd Dynasty, 944-716 B.C.
The very finely carved sculpture is 4 3/8 inches high and one
of his eyes has obsidian inlay and the head has traces of gilding
on the crown. It has an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. It
sold for $11,500.
Lot 224, which is the cover
the catalogue, is a bronze figure of a king, 20th/25th Dynasty,
1190-656 B.C. The 9 3/8-inch high statue probably personifies
the Soul of Pe, according to the catalogue, and is kneeling on
one knee with his left hand raised in salutation and right hand
held to his chest. He is wearing the nemes-headcloth
queue behind and the entire surface except for the recessed areas
covered with small incisions probably for the application of gesso,
gilding and polychrome. The work comes from the collection of
Roger Fernand Galliano and had been brought to France by the Napleonic
Expedition Collection of a French noble family. The lot has a
conservative estimate o $40,000 to $50,000. It sold for
Lot 437 is a charming bronze
statue of Bastet,
26th Dynasty, 664-525 B.C., showing the cat-headed goddess striding
on a small base with two kittens seated in front. The 7 9/16-inch-high
work has a very conservative estimate of $1,000 to $1,500 and
is being sold by a Canadian private collection to benefit Concordia
University in Montreal. It sold for $5,175.
Among the most desirable works
are the Greek Tanagra figures of women in draped costumes. Lot
308 is an exquisite example. The dancing terracotta figure, Boeotia,
circa mid 4th Century, is 9 1/2-inches high. It has a conservative
estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. It sold for more than
Lot 309 is another such figure, albeit not in such a
pose, 3rd Century, B.C., and it has an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000.
It sold fo $6,325.
Lot 313 is a very nice Roman
of Lar, circa 1st/early 2nd Century, A.D. The charming, 6 1/2-inch-high
figure is in very good condition and has an estimate of $7,000
to $10,000. It failed to sell.
Lot 248 is a marble head of the
Aphrodite, Roman Imperial, circa 1st Century, A. D. The impressive
14 1/2-inch-high sculpture has an ambitious high estimate of $300,000
and is not as charming as Lot 261, a marble head of Dionysos of
the same period. Lot 261 is 11 1/2 inches high and has an estimate
of only $60,000 to $90,000 and was "ultimately inspired by
the Apollo Lykeios by Praxiteles. Lot 248 sold for $662,500
and Lot 261 sold for $63,000.
A highlight of the Western
is Lot 320, a Basalt House God Figure, Chalcolithic, 4th Millennium,
B.C. This 13 3/8-inch-high sculpture of zoomorphic form with flaring
cylindrical body and large hooked nose and protruding globular
eyes is a powerful work and has a conservative estimate of $7,000
to $10,000. It sold for $8,625.
Lots 321 and 322 are
Mesopotamian duck weights,
circa early 2nd Millenium B.C. The former is a sandstone sculpture,
15 3/4 inches long, and has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.
The latter is a stone sculpture of very similar form, 10 3/4 inches
long and has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. Both lots
Sabean figures in alabaster
have become very
popular with collectors in recent years and this auction offers
two interesting examples. Lot 331 is a stele from Southern Arabia,
circa 1st Century B.C./1st Century, A.D., 19 inches high. It is
carved in shallow relief with the figure of a man with his hands
resting on his abdomen. He is wearing bracelets and has garnet-inlaid
eyes and a bronze pendant with a rosette motif is suspended beside
his head. The lot has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000. It
sold for $112,500. Lot 332 is a more conventional Sabean
a bust of a woman from the same period as Lot 331. It has a sweeter
and less primitive visage than most such works and has a conservative
estimate of $7,000 to $10,000. It sold for $14,950.
Lot 350, shown above, is an
glass, snake-thread beaker, circa 2nd/3rd Century, A.D., 8 11/16
inches high. The design is quite fantastic and marvelous and abstract
and the lot has a conservative estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.
It failed to sell.