Antiquities auction at Sotheby's June 7, 2005 has no "blockbusters,"
it does offer some very fine objects, highlighted by several small
Egyptian statues, a marvelous Roman marble sarcophagus fragment,
a few excellent Roman small bronze statues, and a fine Greek kylix.
perhaps the most desirable work is Lot 87, an Egyptian steatite
figure of Sobek, the crocodile-headed god who rarely appears on
the auction market. It has a modest estimate of $5,000 to $8,000.
It sold for $7,200 including the buyer's premium as do all
results mentioned in this article. The fearsome object was
once in the colletion of Jay C. Leff of Uniontown,Pa., and was
exhibited at the Carnegie Institute in 1959-1960.
Lot 86 is
a fine Egyptian bronze figure of Imhotep. It has a a conservative
estiimate of $5,000 to $8,000. It sold for $16,800. The
object comes from the estate of Winifred Karpf of New York.
Lot 85 is
a very fine Egyptian bronze figure of the goddess Neith, 26th
Dynasty, probably reign of Psamtik I, 664-610 B.C. The senuous
figure is 8 1/2 inches high and has an estimate of $50,000 to
$80,000. It sold for $54,000. It once was in the
of Henry Osborne Havemeyer and according to the catalogue was
"most likely acroquired from Kikran Khan Kelekian.
Lot 73 is
an impressive Egyptian wood figure of a jackal. It is 20 inches
long and is dated to the Third Intermediate Period, 1075-716 B.C.,
or earlier. It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. It sold
is an impressive pair of large wood and bronze ibises that the
catalogue maintains are "probably 20th Century." The
works were acquired separately at auctions at Sotheby's in London
in the mid-1980s. The lot has an estimate of $6,000 to $9,000.
It sold for $96,000 to someone who apparently felt the handsome
birds were somewhat older than the 20th Century!
Lot 91 is
an nice polychrome and gilt wood mummy mask of a woman that is
dated to the Ptolemaic Period, 305-30 B.C. It is 28 inches high
and has an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000. It sold for
most dramatic work in this auction is Lot 51, a Roman marble relief
fragment of a heads of a group of horses. Probably Severan, the
work is dated late 2nd/eeraly 3rd Century A.D. It is 13 1/8 inches
long and has an estimtae of $25,000 to $35,000. It sold for
$66,000. The catalogue notes that "this fragment was
probably part of a sarcophagus panel depicting a mythological
episode which included a racing quadriga...."
Lot 36 is
a finely modelled and impressive bronze statue of Hermes that
is dated Roman Imperial, circa 1st Century A.D. The 7 1/2-inch-high
figure has an estimate of $50,000 to $80,000. It sold for
bronze of Hermes, this time seated, from about the same period
is Lot 37. The 4 7/8-inch-high figure was once in the collection
of Matthias Koor of Knew York and has an estimate of $60,000 to
$90,000. It failed to sell.
Lot 18 is
a large and imposing marble head of Zeus Serapis that is dated
circa the 2nd Century A.D. It is 23 1/4 inches high and was once
with the Merrin Gallery in New York. It has an estimate of $100,000
to $150,000. It sold for $296,000.
Lot 45 is
an impressive pair of bronze Roman lamps, circa 2nd Century A.D.
One is 11 inches high and the other 11 1/2 inches. The lot has
an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. It failed to sell.
illustration of the catalogue is Lot 22, an Attic red-figured
kylix, attributed to the Thalia Painter, circa 500 B.C. The kylix
is 13 5/8 inches in diameter. It has an estimate of $180,000 to
$220,000. The catalogue notes that few vases are attributed to
the Thalia Painter and "none, except for the present cup,
shows such grand mythological or epic scenes; it is possible that
he was influenced, in this particular instance, by the ambitious
repertoire of the Pezzino Group. Stylistically, however, the Thalia
Painter appears to be under the sway of the late Archaic Pioneer
Group, includoing such painters of Euphronios and Euthymides...."
It failed to sell.