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Sotheby's New York

2 PM, June 8, 2011

Sale 8762

Sacrophagus


Lot 45, Mythological sarcophagus panel of the Rape of Persephone, Roman Imperial, circa 190-200 A.D., 39 by 69 3/4 inches

By Carter B. Horsley

The spring 2011 Antiquities auction at Sotheby's New York is highlighted by an impressive Roman Imperial marble mythological sarcophagus panel of the Rape of Persephone.  It dates circa 190-200 A.D. and measures 39 by 69 1/2 inches.  It has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It sold for $1,874,500.  It has been widely published and exhibited and was once at Lansdowne House in London where it belonged to Sir William Petty Fitzmaurice (1737-1805), the 2nd Earl of Shelburne and later 1st Marquess of Lansdowne.

The auction, which abounded in marble Roman Imperial period works, was quite successful with 88 of its 98 offered lots selling for $11,320,691.  Greek vases fared very strongly.

Box

Lot 48, Marble urn and lid ("the Stowe Sarcophagus"), Rome, circa A.D.1770-1780, 25 1/4 inches long

Lot 48 is a marble urn and lid that is known as "The Stowe Sarcophagus" and is dated A.D. 1770-1780 from Rome. It is 25 1/4 inches long.  It has an esimate of $15,000 to $25,000.  It sold for $98,500.


Mask

Lot 47, Figure of the Muse Melpomene, marble, Roman Imperial, circa 1st Century A.D., 27 3/4 inches high

Lot 47 is a Roman Imperial marble figure of the Muse Melpomene that is dated circa 1st Century A.D.  It is 27 3/4 inches high and is one of only two known Roman copies of a now lost Hellenistic original  it has an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.  It sold for $242,500.

skirt

Lot 70, Torso of Athena, Syria, basalt, Roman Imperial period, circa2ndCentury A.D., 19 1/2 inches high

Lot 70 is an impressive, headless and legless Syrian basalt torso of Athena from the Roman Imperial  period, circa 2nd Century A.D.  The billowing forms of the goddess's dress and the darkened tones of basalt make this a most dramatic and imposing work.  It is 19 1/2 inches igh and has and a modest estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $31,250.



dfress

Lot 80, Figure of a goddess, possibly the Muse Urania, bronze, Roman Imperial, circa 1st/2nd Century A.D., 7 inches high

Lot 80 is a lovely bronze figure of a goddess, possibly the Muse Urania from the Roman Imperial period, circa 1st/2nd Century A.D.  It is 7 inches high.  It has a modest estimate of $7,000 to $10,000.  It sold for  $25,000.


greenface

Lot 51, Portrait head of a man, bronze, Roman Imperial, Hadrianic, circa early 2nd Century A.D., 11 inches high

Lot 51 isa superb bronze portrait head of a man from the Roman Imperial Hadrianic period, circa early 2nd Century A.D.  It is 11 inches high and has some highly visible patina discoloration in the face.  It was once in the collection of Robin Symes Ltd., of London and the late Clarence Day.  It has an estimate of $250,000 to $350,000.  It sold for $872,500.


Nose 1


Lot 50, Portrait bust of a man, marble, Roman Imperial, Antonine, 2nd half of the 2nd Century A.D., 22 1/2 inches high

Lot 50 is an imposing and very fine marble portrait bust of a man from the Roman Imperial, Antonine period, 2nd half of the 2nd Century A.D.  It is 22 1/2 inches high.  It has an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.  It sold for $182,500.

Old man

Lot 42, head of a Greek poet, probably Hesiod, marble, Roman Imperial, circa 1st Century A.D., 13 inches high


Lot 42 is a very impressive marble head of a Greek poet, probably Hesiod, from the Roman Imperial period, circa 1st Century A.D.  It is 13 inches high and is in excellent condition except for his smashed nose.  It has an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.  It is also nown as the "Pseudo-Seneca, after a Greek original of the late 3rd/2nd Century B.C., according to the catalogue.  It sold for $1,706,500!

The cover illustration of the catalogue, Lot 28, a marble head of the Diadumenosos from the Roman Imperial Hadrianic period, circa A.D.117-138 had an estimate of $700,000 to $900,000 but failed to sell.  It was once in the collection of Anthony Quinn, the actor.  It was 12 3/4 inches high.  It is a copy of a Greek bronze statue by Polykleitos circa 430 B.C.


Janus

Lot 39, Janiform head of Dionysus, marble, Roman Imperial period, circa 1st/early 2nd Century A.D., 10 1/2 inches high.

Lot 39 is a very impressive and good janiform head of Dionysus from the Roman Imperial period, circa 1st/early 2nd Century A.D.  It is 10 1/2 inches high.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $98,500.

Helmet

Lot 36, Giallo Antico herm bust of a Hellenistic Ruler, Roman Imperial Period, circa 1st Century A.D., 7 3/16 inches high

Lot 36 is a very good Giallo Antico herm bust of a Hellenistic Ruler from the Roman Imperial Period, cira 1st Century A.D.  It is 7 3/16 inches high and has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $37,500.


Cherub

Lot 37, head of a young satyr, marble, Roman Imperial, circa 2nd half of 1st Century A.D., 9 1/2 inches high

Lot 37 is a very fine Roman Imperial marble head of a young satyr, circa 2nd half of the 1st Century A.D.  It is 9 1/2 inches high and has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $122,500.


putti

Lot 35, "Dionysiac child," marble, Roman Imperial, circa 1st Century A.D., 8 1/2 inches high

Lot 35 is a very nice marble head of a "Dionysiac child," from the Roman Imperial period, circa 1st Century A.D.  It is 8 1/2 inches high.  It has an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.  It sold for $16,250.

Nose 2

Nose 3

Lot 29, head of Aphrodite, marble, Roman Imperial, circa mid 2nd Century A.D., 7 5/8 inches high

Lot 29 is a good marble head of Aphrodite from the Roman Imperial Period, circa mid 2nd Century A.D.  It is 7 5/8 inches high and has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $86,500.

Nose 4

Lot 49, Portrait head of a woman, marble, Roman Imperial, Early Hadrianic, circa A.D. 120-130, 9 inches high

Lot 49 is a very fine marble portrait head of a woman from the Roman Imperial Early Hadrianic period, circa A.D. 120-130.  It is 9 inches high and has an estimate of $60,000 to $90,000.  It sold for $86,500.


Sabean

Lot 67, Bust of a Woman, alabaster, Southern Arabia, circa 1st Century B.C./1st Century A.D., 10 inches high


Lot 67 is an impressive alabaster bust of a womanfrom Southern Arabia, circa 1st Century B.C./1st Century A.D.  It is10 inches high.  It was once owned by Pierre Aimable Chapon-Baissac of Djibouti, the Governor of French Somaliland from 1924 to 1935 and was  probably acquired by him from Kaiky Muncherhee, an art dealer from Aden.  It has am estiomate  of $30,000to$50,000. It sold for $53,125.



Wood

Lot 62, Mummy mask, wood, Egyptian, 21st/26th Dynasty, circa 1075-600 B.C., 8 1/2 inches high

Lot 62 is a very beautiful and fine Egyptian wood mummy mask from the 21st/26th Dynasty, circa 1075-600 B.C.  It is 8 1/2 inches high.  It has an estimate of $150,000 to $250,000.  It sold for $812,500.


Falcon

Lot 55, Figure of the Horus Falcon, peridotite, Egyptian,  New Kingdom/Late Period, 1540-1530 B.C., 8 inches high

Lot 55 is a great Egyptian peridotite figure of the Horus Falon from the New Kingdom/Late Period, 1540-1530 B.C.  It is missing its feet but otherwise is in excellent condition.  It is 8 inches high.   It was once in the collection of Eli Borowski of Basel.  It has an estimate of $70,000 to $90,000.   It sold for $266,500.

Sitter

Lot 58, Statue of Sau-Hor, Tanis, basalt block, Egyptian, 21st Dynasty, 1075-944 B.C., 9 3/4 inches high


Lot 58 is an impressive Egyptian basalt block statue of Sau-Hor, Tanis, 21st Dynasty, 1075-944 B.C.  It is 9 3/4 inches high and is in superb condition except that Amun, between Sau-Hor's legs, is missing his head.  It has an estimate of $60,000 to $90,000.  It sold for $74,500.


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