Carter B. Horsley
The Antiquities auction at
3, 2009 is highlighted by an excellent collection of Greek and
Roman sculpture, and some nice Egyptian and Parthian works.
The most spectacular pieces at
Lot 151, Greek
Hellenistic Period terracotta statues of Zeus and Ganymede. The
tallest is 14 1/4 inches and they date circa 2nd Century B.C.
They have a very modest estimate of $8,000 to $10,000 and they
were once in the collection of Sir William Bowmore of Australia.
"Antithetically arranged, each depicting Zeus in the form
of an eagle carrying the youthful Ganymede," the catalogue
observes. The pair has traces of color for their skin, pink on
the chlamys and weath and yellow on the eagles. It sold for
$10,625 including the buyer's premium.
By this season's
standards, the auction
was quite successful with 77 percent of the 197 offered lots selling
for a total of $3,410,125. G. Max Bernheimer said after the auction
that "today's strong results show that wonderful objects
with clear provenance continue to perform exceedingly well at
auction. Molly Morse Limmer, the head of the sale, said that
and consistent bidding came from international buyers in a packed
sale room and active phones, with an additional boost on Christie's
LIVE...[its on-line auction service]. Classical works of art from
the Allen E. Paulson Living Trust, including Roman sculpture and
Greek vases, accounted for four of the top ten prices."
Lot 184 is an excellent bronze,
of Fortuna that was formerly in The Morven Collection of Ancient
Art that was auctioned at Christie's June 8, 2004 (see The
City Review article). "Depicted with the wings of Victoria,
wearing a high-girt chiton, the belt once inlaid, and a himation
over her left shoulder and right leg, resting her right foot on
a ship's rudder, its handle in her right hand, the snake of Hygeia
coiled around her right arm, once holding a cornucopia in her
separately made left arm, a crenellated crown in her center-parted
hair, elements of the crown once inlaid, surmounted by a modius
fronted with the crown of Isis, composed of a solar disk, Hathor
horns, and plumes, the solar disk fronted by the crescent moon
of Luna, with Artemis's quiver over her right shoulder, her eyes
once inlaid," according to the catalogue. Those ladies sure
knew how to dress! The bronze has a very conservative estimate
of $25,000 to $35,000. It failed to sell.
is a small but very
fine Roman marble head of a youth wearing a Phyrgian cap with
up-swept deeply drilled wavy locks. It is dated circa late 1st-early
2nd Century A.D. The lot has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.
It sold for $35,000.
Lot 180 is an extremely
impressive Roman marble
portrait bust of a priest circa 2nd Century A.D. It is 16 3/4
inches high and sports a diadem with overlapping leaves. It is
beautifully carved and has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.
It sold for $98,500.
Lot 166 is an impressive Roman
of a goddess or nymph from circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century
A.D. It is 10 1/4 inches high. It has an estimate of $25,000 to
$35,000. It sold for $25,000.
Lot 191 is a 63-inch-high
marble Roman statue
of Diana from circa the 2nd Century A.D. It was belonged to William
Waldorf Astor. It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000. It
failed to sell.
Lot 173 is an impressive Roman
of a goddess that is 13 1/4 inches high is dated circa 1st-2nd
Century A.D. More than life-size it is excellent condition except
for a broken nose and is notable for her upswept wavy locks that
are bound in a chignon at the back and the remains of an iron
pin at the crown of he head for the attrachment of a now-missing
attribute. The lot has an estimate of $60,000 to $90,000. It
sold for $80,500.
Lot 188 is a ferocious-looking
of a lion with an open mouth that is a spout. An Eastern Roman
work, it is 31 3/4 inches high and is dated circa 1st-2nd Century
A.D. It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. It sold for
Lot 36 is an impressive
Canaanite copper warrior
that is dated to the Middle Bronze Age IIA, circa 1900-1700 B.C.
It is 9 1/4 inches high. It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.
It sold for $86,500.
Lot 44 is an excellent small
alabaster female head circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century A.D.
It is 5 1/8 inches high . It has ancient gold hoop earnings and
inlays for the pupils are missing. It has an estimate of $7,000
to $9,000. It sold for $16,250.
Lot 50 is a very fine Parthian
burner in the form of a panther. It is 9 3/4 inches long and dates
circa 1st Century B.C.-2nd Century A.D. It has a modest estimate
of $5,000 to $7,000. It sold for $9,375.
Lot 51 is a another fine
Parthian work, this
time a bronze incense shovel. It is 11 3/4 inches long and is
dated circa 2nd Century A.D. The bowlhas two ducks on its rims
and the handle terminates in the forepart of a panther. It has
a very modest estimate of $4,000 to $6,000. It sold for
Lots 94, 95, 96 and 97, tau,
phi and psi figures,
Mycenaean, Late Helladic III, circa 1400-1200 B.C., 3 1/2 to 4
inches high. The terracotta figures came from Charles Ede of London
and have estimates of $2,000 to $3,000 each. They sold for
$5,000, $4,000. $3,500 and $3,000, respectively.
Lot 4 is a finely modeled
Egyptian green schist
bust of an official from the Middle Kingdom, Dynasty XII-XIII,
1991-1690 B.C. It failed to sell and was passed at $70,000.
is an Egyptian painted
wood stele for Tjepen that is dated to the Late Period, Dynasty
XXV-XXVI, 712-525 B.C. It is 17 7/8 inches high and has an estimate
of $15,000 to $20,000. It sold for $32,500.
is an Egyptian gilt
and painted cartonnage ensemble in three pieces that is from the
Roman period, circa 1st Century A.D. The mask portion is 15 inches
high. The lot has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. It sold
is a small Egyptian
statue of an Ibis facing an even smaller bronze statue of Maat
from the Late Period to Ptolemaic Period, 664-30 B.C. It is 6
3/4 inches long. It has an modest estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.
It sold for $20,000.