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Christie's New York

10 AM, June 9, 2011

Sale 2450


Panther Panther side view

Lot 12, panther, Mesopotamian, circa Late 4th-Early 3rd Millennium B.C., steatite, 4 3/4 inches high

By Carter B. Horsley

The June 9, 2011 Antiquities auction at Christie's New York is highlighted by several wonderful small, several-thousand-year-old works, some very nice Egyptian works and many marble and bronze Roman Imperial works.

The auction's stars are some terribly cute and very early pieces such as Lot 12, a steatite Mesopootamian panther, circa Late 4th-Early 3rd Millennium B.C.  It is 4 3/4 inches high.  Seated on its haunches, the panther is ornamented  with crescent-shaped white limestoe inlays indicating fur and the eyes have lapis lazuli pupils.  It has an estimate of $150,000 to $250,000.  It sold for $182,500 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.


Of the 202 offered lots, 141, or 70 percent, sold for a total of $10,353,125.

Sandman

Lot 57, figure, Late Vinca, Neolithic Period, circa 5th Millennium, B.C., terracotta, 6 3/8 inches high

Lot 57 is a Late Vinca Neolithic Period, circa 5th Millennium terracotta figure that is 6 3/8 inches high. is fascinatingly stylish.  The figure has a triangular head with a rounded crown and a pointed chin and crescent-shaped eyes and vertical lines on the face, pierced ears, extended stump arms with two perforations each, a V-neck garment and a skirt with incised vertial pleats.  It has a modest estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $80,500.

QueenArrow    

Lot 20, seated figure, Syrian, copper, Middle Bronze Age, circa early 2nd Millennium B.C., 8 1/4 inches high; Lot 22, warrior figure, bronze, Canaanite, Middle Bronze Age II, circa 1700-1500 B.C., 5 inches high

Lot 20 is a very nice, Syrian copper seated figure, 8 1/4 inches high, Middle Bronze Age, circa early 2nd Millennium B.C.  It has an estimate of $35,000 to  $45,000.  The clenched hands likely once held attributes, with some traces of silver overlay.  It is missing inlaid eyes.  It sold for $40,000.

Lot 22 is a good Canaanite bronze warrior figure, 5 inches high, from the Middle Bronze Age II, circa 1700-1500 B.C.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $25,000.



Bactrian lady

Lot 19, seated female figure, Bactrian, composite stone, 5 3/8 inches high

Lot 19 is a Bactrian black chlorite seated female figure with white stone arms and a white stone head.  It is 5 3/8 inches high and is dated circa Late 3rd-Early 2nd Millennium B.C.  The lot has a modest estimate of $70,000 to $90,0o00.  It sold for $68,500.


Axe head

Lot 10, axe head, Bactrian, copper, circa Late 3rd/Early 2nd Millennium B.C., 6 1/4 inches high

Lot 10 is a wonderful Bactrian copper axe head, circa Late 3rd/Early 2nd Millennium B.C.  It is 6 1/4 inches high and its shaft is surmounted by a reclining goat with raised horns curving at their tips.  It has a modest estimate of $6,000 to  $8,000.  It sold for $18,750.


Cup

Lot 9, Bactrian copper figure, circa Late 3rd/Early 2nd Millennium B.C., 4 1/4 inches high

Lot 9 is a lovely copper Bactrian figure, circa Late 3rd/Early 2nd Millennium B.C.  It is 4 1/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000. It failed to sell.


Two eyes

Lot 14, spectacle idol, steatite, Mesopotamian, Syria, circa 3000-2500 B.C., 5 7/8 inches high


Lot 14 is a great steatite Mesopotamian spectacle idol from Syria, circa 3000-2500 B.C.  It is 5 7/8 inches high with a highly decorated base.  It has an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.  It sold for $40,000..


Falcon

Lot 52, Falcon, Egyptian, bronze Late Period, Dynasty XXVI-XXX, 664-343 B.C., 5 inches high

Lot 52 is a very nice bronze Egyptian falcon from the Late Period, Dynasty XXVI-XXX, 664-343 B.C.  It is 5 inches high and has an estimate of  $25,000 to $35,000.  It sold for $50,000.


Egyptian cat

Lot 61, cat, Egyptian, bronze, Third Intermediate Period to Late Period, Dynasty XXII-XXVI, 945-525 B.C., 11 1/8 inches high


Lot 61 is a lovely Egyptian bronze cat from the Third Intermediate Period to Late Period, Dynasty XXII-XXVI, 945-525 B.C.  It is 11 1/8 inches high and has an estimate of $70,000 to $90,000.  It sold for $146,500.


Mask

Lot 64, Gilt cartonnage mummy mask, Egyptian, Roman Period, circa 1st-2nd Century A.D., 15 1/4 inches high

Lot 64 is a very fine gilt cartonnage Egyptian mummy mask from the Roman Period, circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.  It is 15 1/4 inches high and has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It failed to sell.


Pharoah

Lot 56, Pharaoh, Egyptian, bronze, Late Period, Dynasty XXX-XXXI, 6 inches high

Lot 56 is an excellent Egyptian bronze figure of a kneeling pharaoh from the Late Period, Dynasty XXX-XXXI, 380-332 B.C.  It is 6 inches high and has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.  It sold for $158,500.



Egyptian head

Lot 44, "head of an official," Egyptian, granite, New Kingdom, Late Dynasty XVIII,circa 1400-1390 B.C., 6 3/4 inches high

Lot 44 is an impressive Egyptian granite head of an official, New  Kingdom, Late Dynasty XVIII, circa 1400-1390 B.C.  It is 6 3/4 inches high and has an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.  It sold for $422,500.


Egyptian urn

Lot 38, Breccia jar for Sen-Nekhen(1), Egyptian, First Intermediate Period to Middle Kingdom, 2134-1640 B.C., 8 3/4 inches high

Lot 38 is an impressive Egyptian reccia jar for Sen-Nekhan(1), First Intermediate Period to Middle Kingdom, 2134-1640 B.C.  It is 8 3/4 inches high and was once in the collection of David David-Weill of Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.  It has an estimate of  $50,000 to $80,000. It sold for $110,500.


thumb

Lot 189, right hand, bronze, Roman, circa 2nd-3rd Century A.D., 8 1/4 inches long

Lot 189 is perhaps the most desirable antiquity in the auction because it is a complete, Roman bronze sculpture of a right hand in a "thumbs up" position with a fair amount of encrustation.  It comes from the 2nd-3rd Century A.D. and is 8 1/4 inches long. It has a modest estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.  It sold for $68,500.
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couple


Lot 153, the de Clercq Pan & Hermaphrodite, marble, Roman, circa 1st Century A.D., 41 5/8 inches high

Lot 153 is a very impressive Roman marble of Pan and a Hermaphrodite, circa 1st Century A.D.  It is 41 4/8 inches high and is known as the de Clercq Pan & Hermaphrodite Group.  It was once in the collection of Louis de Clercq (1836-1901) of Paris.  Only one other similar group is known and it is a much restored sculpture with a completely different composition now at the Uffizi.  It has an "estimate of request."  It failed to sell.



Beard


Lot 184, Head of Hercules, marble, Roman, circa 2nd Century A.D., 16 1/4 inches high

Lot 184 is a very impressive and very fine Roman marble head of Hercules.  It is circa 2nd Century A.D., and is 16 1/4 inches high.  It is in very fine condition and has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $194,500.


Beard 2

Lot 152, head of Hercules, bronze, Roman, circa 1st Century A.D., 4 3/8 inches high


Lot 152 is a very impressive small bronze head of Hercules.  It is Roman, circa 1st  Century A.D., and 4 3/8 inches high.  The finely sculpted head was once part of a full figure and is modelled on Hercules of Lysippos, best known from the version in Naples.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $140,500.


Green


Lot 167, Enthroned male, Roman, chrome chalcedony, circa Late 1st-2nd Century A.D., 4 1/8 inches high

Lot 167 is a marvelous chrome chalcedony sculpture of an enthroed male.  It is Roman circa Late 1st-2nd Century A.D.  It is 4 1/8 inches high.  It has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It sold for $$434,500.


Lady head

Lot 162, head of Venus, marble, Roman, circa 1st-2nd Century A.D., 13 1/4 inches high

Lot 162 is a very fine and  lovely marble Roman head of Venus, circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.  It is 13 1/4 inches high.  It hasan estimate of $120,000 to $160,000.  It sold for $422,500.



Ladynose


Lot 161, Head of Apollo, marble, Roman circa Late 1st-Early 2nd Century A.D., 15 1/8 inches high

The cover illustration of the catalogue is Lot 161, a Roman marble head of  Apollo from circa Late 1st-Early 2nd Century A.D.  It is 15 1/8 inches high and was once in the collection of Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke (1654-1732) at Wilton House in Wilsthire. This is a version of the Anzio Apollo of which there are about 20 Roman copies and it takes its name from an example now in the Palazzo Massimo in Rome. It has an estimate of  $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $902,500.



Marbleheadlady

Lot 178, Portrait bust of a Woman, Roman,  marble, 25 1/4 inches high, Hadrianic, circa 2nd Century A.D.

Lot 178 is a very good portrait bust of a lady, Roman Hadrianic, circa 2nd Century A.D., marble, 25 1.4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It failed to sell.


marblelady

Lot 131, Aphrodite, marble, Greek, Hellenistic Period, circa 2nd Century B.C., 25 inches high

Lot 131 is a very good Greek marble statue of Aphrodite from the Hellenistic Period, circa 2nd Century B.C.  It is 25 inches high.  It has an estimate of $70,000 to $90,000.  It sold for $128,500.


hips

Lot 132, Aphrodite, marble, Greek, Hellenistic Period, circa 2nd Century B.C., 13 1/2 inches high

Another marble statue of Aphrodite from the same period, Lot 132, is 13 1/2 inches high and has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.  It failed to sell.


Curly

Lot 183, Infant Bacchus, marble, Roman, circa 2nd Century A.D., 13 1/8 inches high

Lot 183 is a fine Roman marble statue of the Infant Bacchus from circa 2nd Century A.D.  It is 13 1/8 inches high and has an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.  It sold for $25,000.



Spoon

Lot 112, Spoon, East Greek, silver, Late Classical to Hellenistic Period, circa 4th Century B.C., 7 1/8 inches long

Lot 112 is a fabulous East Greek silver spoon with a lion and horse handle from the Late Classical to Hellenistic Period, circa 4th Century B.C.  It is 7 1/8 inches long.  It has a very modest estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.  It sold for $25,000.

Hercules      


Lot 171, Hercules, Roman, bronze, circa 2nd Century A.D., 5 1/16 inches high

Lot 171 is a very fine Roman bronze of Hercules from circa 2nd Century A.D.  It is 5 1/16 inches high.  The Nemean lionskin is draped over his bent left arm surmounted byh the infant Telepos.  It has a modest estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.  It sold for $8,125.


skin

Lot 173, Jupiter, Roman, bronze, circa 2nd Century A.D., 4 7/8 inches high

Lot 173 is a fine Roman bronze statue of Jupiter holding a twisted lightning bolt that is 4 7/8 inches high.  It is dated circa 2nd Century A.D.  It has an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000.  It failed to sell.



bronzelady

Lot 172, Apollo, Roman, bronze, circa 2nd Century A.D., 4 5/8 inches high

Lot 172 is an excellent Roman bronze figure of Apollo circa 2nd Century A.D.  It is 4 5/8 inches high.  It has an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.  It sold for $30,000.


bronzegirl

Lot 151, Apollo, Roman, bronze, circa 1st Century A.D., 7 1/4 inches high


Lot 151 is a superb Roman bronze figure of Apollo that is 7 1/4 inches high and from circa 1st Century A.D.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It failed to sell.


threeromans


Lot 155, 3 busts, Roman, bronze, largest 4 3/4 inches high

Lot 155 is an extremely charming and lovely group of three bronze Roman busts from  circa the 1st-2nd Century A.D.  The largest is 4 3/4 inches high.  The lot has an estimate of $35,000 to $45,000.  It failed to sell.

pleae

Lot 174, Satyr, Roman, bronze, circa 2nd Century A.D., 8 7/8 inches high


Lot 174 is a Roman bronze figure of a satyr that is 8 7/8 inches high and from circa 2nd Century A.D.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.  It sold for $15,000.


Helmet

Lot 108, helmet of Phrygian type, Greek, Late Classical to Early Hellenistic Period, circa 350-300 B.C., 16 1/2 inches high


Lot 108 is a very striking Greek bronze helmet of the Phrygian type, Late Classical to Early Hellenistic Period, circa 350-300 B.C.  It is 16 1/2 inches high with attached highly detailed face guards.  It has a modest estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.  It sold for $170,500.

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