Carter B. Horsley
This Antiquities auction at
6, 2006 is highlighted by an impressive Roman Imperial marble
sculpture of Aphrodite, a very good Roman Imperial marble sculpture
of Kybele, a Roman Imperial bronze candelabrum, a Roman Imperial
marble figure of Pan, a nice Roman marble cinerarium, a good Roman
Imperial marble relief fragment, a good Roman marble portrait
head of the Empress Livia, a fine Egyptian wood arm from the Middle
Kingdom, a very fine Egyptian limestone relief fragment, an excellent
Egyptian, indurated limestone head of King Ptolemy II, a superb
Egyptian polychrome wood face mask, an Egyptian bronze figure
of an ibis, an Egyptian bronze figure of Maat, and an excellent
Egyptian bronze figure of Wadjet.
Lot 23 is a marble figure of
Imperial, circa last 1st/early 2nd Century A.D. It is 47 ½
inches high and is property of Mrs. Lawrence Copley Thaw Sr. It
is of the Capitoline type, after a late Hellenistic work ultimately
inspired by the Aphrodite of Knidos. The goddess stands on an
oval base and Eros is riding a dolphin atop a rocky outcrop. The
goddess is missing her head, right arm and most of her left hand.
The lot has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000. It sold for
$968,000 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned
in this article.
Lot 38 is an impressive marble
statue of Pan
that is 23 ¾ inches high and is Roman Imperial, 1st/early
2nd Century A.D. For several generations it was in the collection
of the Earls of Lonsdale, Lowther Castle, Penrith, Westmoreland.
It is after a Hellenistic prototype with the goat-legged shepherd
deity striding with his left leg advanced and his mouth open as
in song. He is wearing a goat skin. The lot has an estimate of
$100,000 to $150,000. It sold for $132,000.
Lot 13 is a marble figure of
Imperial, circa 1st Century A.D., that the catalogue states is
"ultimately derived from the Pheidian cult-statue of the
5th Century B.C., with the Mother of the Gods majestically enthroned
with her feet resting on a trapezoidal plinth and flanked by two
lions seated on the armrests, one now missing, and wearing a
chiton…, the centrally parted wavy hair bound in a diadem…and
surmounted by a mural crown with towers, gates and masonry indicated."
The lot has an estimate of $35,000 to $45,000. It sold for
Lot 32 is a very fine bronze
candelabrum, circa 2nd/3rd Century A.D. The 18 ½-inch-high
candelabrum has a triangular voluted base with a cylindrical shaft
ornamented with the twelve labors of Herakles in four registers
of three vignettes each, and is topped with an elaborate Corinthian
capital supporting a bell-shaped cup. "In the highly inventive
and eclectic fashion typical of late antique decorative arts,"
the catalogue entry for this lot maintained, "the present
lampstand successfully combines and transforms disparate elements
drawn from the repertoire of larger-scale classical architecture
and ritual furniture. The lot has an estimate of $50,000 to $80,000.
It sold for $60,000.
Lot 41 is a charming Roman
2nd Century A.D. It measures 12 ¼ by 14 ¼ by 12
inches. It has a pedimented lid decorated in front with two confronted
birds and the front panel has an eagle with outstretched wings
at each corner with two confronted hares in the center. The lot
has an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. It sold for $24,000.
Lot 42 is a marble relief
fragment that is
Roman Imperial, Gallienic and is dated A.D. 250-270. It measures
12 ¾ by 60 inches and was discovered off the Via Appia
Antica in Rome and was once in the collection of J. J. Klejman.
There is a related example in the Vatican. The catalogue provides
the following commentary:
"The present lid once rested on
sacrophagus in a family hypogeurn, or underground burial chamber,
located above the main staircase leading down to the Catacombe
della Santa Croce, off the Via Appia Antica in rome. The sacrophagus
itself had a central medallion with female portrait bust in the
center anad a Season in each corner….; prior to 1972 it was
transferred without its lid, to the nearby Museum of the Catacombe
di Pretestato on the Via Appia, where it was given the inventory
no. 905." It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000. It
sold for $96,000.
Lot 54 is a very nice marble
of the Empress Livia, Roman Imperial, Julio-Claudian, early 1st
Century A.D. It is 12 9/16 inches high. The lot has an estimate
of $30,000 to $50,000. It sold for $154,000.
Lot 61 is a beautiful wood arm
that comes from
an over-lifesize figure of a man. It is Egyptian, Middle Kingdom,
probably 12th Dynasty, 1938-1759 B.C., and measures 15 ¾
inches long. The clenched hand at one time held a walking staff
and three of the fingers have ivory or shell inset fingernails
remaining. The lot has an ambitious estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.
It failed to sell.
Lot 64 is a lovely limestone
depicting a crouching lion. It is Egyptian, 30th Dynasty/early
Ptolemaic Period, circa 380-200 B.C. It measures 3 7/8 by 6 5/8
inches. It is the cover illustration of the catalogue and has
a modest estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. It sold for $114,000.
Lot 72 is a very fine indurated
of King Ptolemy II, Egyptian, Ptolemaic period, reign of Ptolemy
II, 285-246 B.C. It is 6 1/8 inches high. It has a modest estimate
of $60,000 to $80,000. It sold for $60,000.
Lot 78 is a beautiful
polychromed wood face
mask, Egyptian 19th/21st Dynasty, 1305-946 B.C. It is 8 7/8 inches
wide and is from the inner coffin of a large sacrophagus. It is
property from the Charles Pankow Collection. It has an estimate
of $125,000 to $175,000. It sold for $307,800.
Lot 84 is an impressive bronze
of the Goddess Wadjet from the 21st to 30th Dynasty, 1075-342
B.C. Its height on its modern base is 21 1/8 inches. It has an
estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It sold for $464,000.
Lot 87 is a good Egyptian
statue of an ibis.
It is bronze with tail feathers inlaid in blue glass paste imitating
lapis lazuli. It is 8 7/8 inches long and is Late Period, 664-30
B.C. It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. It sold for
One of the nicest Egyptian
works in the auction
is Lot 88, a bronze statue of the Goddess Maat that is 21st/26th
Dynasty, 1075-525 B.C. It is 8 inches high. The catalogue notes
that the "goddess of truth seated on an openwork shrine and
wearing an enveloping shroud and tripartite wig bound in a diadem
and surmounted by her name sign the ostrich plume." A related
example is at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. It has an estimate of
$35,000 to $45,000. It sold for $84,000.