Carter B. Horsley
Spring 2008 Antiquities
auction at Christie's is highlighted by several exquisite small
works, some excellent Egyptian and Near Eastern Works and some
nice Roman works.
Lot 26 is an exquisite Egyptian
of an ibis from the Ptolemaic Period, 304-30 B.C. It is 6 3/8
inches wide. It has a modest estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.
It sold for $27,500 including the buyer's premium as do all results
mentioned in this article.
Lot 51 is a quite beautiful
portrait head of Ptolemy II (whose reign from 286-246 B.C.). It
is 7 3/4 inches high and was once in the collection of Jacob Epstein.
It has a modest estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. It sold for
Lot 23 is a very good limestone
falcon from the Ptolemaic Period, 304-30 B.C. The statue is 12
1/8 inches high. It has a modest estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.
It sold for $52,500.
Lot 13 is a "colossal"
head of Pharaoh Nectanebo II, Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty XXX,
360-343 B.C. The lot, whose face is severely damaged, has an estimate
of $250,000 to $350,000. It sold for $350,500.
Lot 58 is a very impressive
wood sarcophagus lid for Aset-Em-Akhbit, Late Ptolemaic period,
circa 1st Century B.C. The lid is 72 1/4 inches long and has a
modest estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. It sold for $104,500.
Lot 68 is a magnificent Central
marble mouflon that is dated circa Mid 3rd/Early 2nd Millennium
B.C. It is 4 3/4 inches long. It has a very conservative estimate
of $15,000 to $20,000. It sold for $158,500.
Lot 72 is an interesting
Canaanite bronze of
a "warrior god." It is dated circa Early 2nd Millennium
B.C. Itis 5 3/8 inches high. The lot has an estimate of $8,000
to $12,000. It sold for $22,500.
Lot 80 is a Sumerian gypsum
Early Dynastic, circa 2550-2250 B.C. It is 7 3/8 inches high and
has an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000. It sold for $60,000.
Lot 238 is a Roman marble
statue of Telamon
in the form of a satyr that served an an architectural embellishment
fora Roman theater. It is dated circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century
A.D., and has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000. It failed
Lot 246 is an extremely
charming Roman marble
statue of Venus Genetrix. Dated circa 1st Century A.D., it is
10 1/8 inches high and has a conservative estimate of $10,000
to $15,000. It sold for $27,500.
Lot 264 is a lush Roman
porphyry statue of
Tyche, seated on rocks. Dated circa 2nd Century A.D., it is 31
1/2 inches high. The separately made white marble, head, hands
and left foot are missing. The piece was once in the collectionof
Dr. Elie Borowski. It has an estimate on request. It failed
Of the 282 offered
lots, 215 sold for a
total of $6,250,053.