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Sotheby's New York

2 P.M., December 12, 2013

Satyr with mask


Lot 43, Young Satyr wearing a theatrical mask of Silenus, marble, Roman Imperial, circa 1st Century A.D. with 1628 restorations by Alessandro Algardi, 23 7/16 inches high


By Carter B. Horsley

This Antiquities auction December 12, 2013 at Sotheby's New York is highlighted by a grotesque Roman Imperial marble statue of a satyr wearing a mask of Silenus, a Egyptian chlorite lion-head of Sekmet, and many good Roman bronzes and marbles.

Lot 43 is a Roman Imperial marble statue of a young satyr wearing a theatrical mask of Silenus.  It is circa 1st Century A.D. and 23 7/16 inches high.  According to the catalogue, it has restorations made in 1628 by Alessandro Algardi, who, according to the catalogue, "along with Gianlorenzo Bernini was one of the two most famous sculptors of the Baroque Age in Rome," and was "probably found circa 1620 on the grounds of Villa Ludovisi in Rome.  The young satyr is seen thrusting his hand through the caping mouth of the mask.  The catalogue entry notes that "the base, support, lower right lef, left leg, genitalia, left arm, both ears and right hand restored in marble.  It has an estimate of $3,000,000 to $5,000,000.  It sold for $3,525,000.  It was exhibited recently at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California, and has been very widely published.

The auction total was $16,243,000.
Sekmet

Lot 9, Head of the Goddess Sekhmet, Egyptian, diorite, Thebes, 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III, 1390-1353 B.C., 14 inches high

Lot 9 is a very impressive Egyptian diorite head of the Goddess Sekhmet from Thebes, 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III,1390-1353 B.C.  It is 14 inches high and is missing its left ear and an inserted headdress.  It is the cover illustration of the catalogue that notes that Sekhmet "was the divine consort of Ptah, chief god of Memphis in Lower Egypt" and who "later came to be identified with the Goddess Mut who was similarly the consort of the chief god of Thebes in Upper Egypt, Amun," adding that his head probably once stood among over six hundred images of Sekhmut, goddess of war and protector of the king which adorned the courts and passagemewyas of the great temple Amenthop III built in honor of the goddess Mut."  The lot has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,000.  It sold for $4,197,000.

Venus

Lot 35, "Torso of Aphrodite," marble,  Hellenistic, circa 1st Century B.C., 9 3/4 inches high

Lot 35 is a very nice Hellinistic marble torso of Aphrodite from circa 1st Century B.C.  It is 9 3/4 inches high and was once in the collection of William Welles Bosworth, whom the catalogue identified as the personal architect of John D. Rockefeller Jr.    It has a modest estimate of $50,000 to $80,000.  It sold for $87,500.

Male torso

Lot 39, torso of a youth, marble, Roman Imperial, Asia Minor, circa A.D. 170, 18 1/2 inches high

Lot 39 is a very fine marble Roman Imperial torso of a youth from Asia Minor, circa A.D. 170.  It is 18 1/2 inches high.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $47,500.

 
Female head

Lot 36, "Head of Persephone," marble, Roman Imperial, Hadrianic, circa early 2nd Century A.C., 11 1/2 inches high

Lot 36 is a large marble head of Persephone, Roman Imperial, Hadrianic, circle early 2nd Century A.D.  It is 11 1/2 inches high and according to the catalogue was inspired by a Greek work in late severe systle of circa 460 B.C.  It has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000  It failed to sell.

Big male head

Lot 39, "Monumental marble Head of Hermes-Thoth," Late Hellenisitic, circa 2nd Century B.C. 17 inches high

Lot 39 is a "Monumental" marble head of Hermes-Thoth, Late Hellenistic, circa 2nd Century B.C.  It is 17 inches high and is probably from a standing cult figure of the god  It was once in the collection of Robin Symes of London.  It has an estimate of $2,5000,000 to $3,500,000.  It sold for $4,645,000.

Man with beard

Lot 29, marble bust of Zeus, Roman Imperial, Eastern Mediterranean, circa 2nd Century A.D., 21 inches high

Lot 29 is a very fine marble bust of Zeus, Roman Imperial, Eastern Mediterranean, circa 2nd Century A.D.  It is 21 inches high.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It failed to sell.


Torso with mask

Lot 31, marble caryatid figure of the muse Melpomene, Roman Imperial, Asia Minor, circa 2nd Century A.D., 48 1/2 inches high

Lot 31 is an excellent headless Roman Imperial Asia Minor marble caryatid figure of the muse Melpomene, circa 2nd Century A.D.  It is 48 1/2 inches high and has been widely published.  It has an estimate of $250,000 to $350,000.  It sold for $605,000.

Man and eagle

Lot 28, Zeus, Roman Imperial, Asia Minor, marble, 2nd/3rd Century A.D., 23 inches high

Lot 28 is a fine, Roman Imperial, Asia Minor marble statue of Zeus, 2nd/3rd Century A.D.  It is 23 inches high.  An eagle stands on a thunderbolt at his feet.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $$68,750.

Torso with hands

Lot 44, torso of a youth, marble, Roman,circa 2nd Century A.D., 23 inches high

Lot 44 is a nice Roman marable torso of a youth circa 2nd Century A.D.  It is 23 inches high.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $$22,500.


Pretty putti

Lot 27, Eros, marble, Roman Imperial, circa  1st Centuiry A.D., 6 3/4 inches high

Lot 27 is a charming marble Roman Imperial head of Eros from the 1st Century AD.  It is 6 3/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $25,000.

Putti

Lot 30, Figure of a Paniskos, marble, Roman Imperial, circa 1st Century A.D., 12 inches high

Lot 30 is a Roman Imperial marble figure of a Paniskos seated on a rocky outcrop, circa 1st Century A.D.  It is 12 inches high.  It has an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.  It sold for $62,500.


Three Egyptians

Lot 2, Architrave relief, limestone, Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Early 6th Dynasty, circa 2354-2300 B.C., 26 1/4 inches long

Lot 2 is an impressive, Egyptian limestone architrave relief from the Old Kingdom, Early 6th Dynasty, circa 2354-2300 B.C.  It is 26 1/4 inches long and was once with Mathias Komor of New York  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $112,500.

Falcon

Lot 13, Horus falcon, bronze, Egyptian, 26th Dynasty, 664-525 B.C., 6 3/8 inches high

Lot 13 is a very nice Egyptian bronze figure of the Horus Falcon from the  26th Dynasty, 664-525 B.C.  It is 6 3/8 inches high and is missing its feet.  It is property from the collection of Alex and Elisabeth Lewyt.  It has a modest estimate of $6,000 to $9,000.  It sold for $35,000.

Bas relief

Lot 3, relief fragment, limestone, Egyptian, 19th Dynasty, reign of Ramesses II, 1279-1213 B.C., 20 1/4 inches long

Lot 3 is a fine Egyptian limestone relief fragment from the 19th Dynasty, reign of Ramesses II, 1279-1213 B.C.  It is 20 1/4 inches long and was once in the collection of Denys Sutton.  It has a modest estimate o $20,000 to $30,000.

Detail of bas relief

Detail of Lot 3

It sold for $106.250.

Braid

Lot 11, Harpocrates, Egyptian, bronze, Late Period, 716-30 B.C., 6 1/4 inches high

Another good work from the collection of Denys Sutton is Lot 11, an Egyptian bronze statue of Harpocrates from the Late Period, 716-30 B.C.  It is6 1/4 inches high.  It has an  estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.  It sold for $31,250.


Stone head

Lot 7, "head of a man," Egyptian, granite, 18th Dynasty, period of Amenhotep III, 1403-1365 B.C., 3 inches high

Lot 7 is a small granite Egyptian head of a man from the18th Dynasty, period of Amenhotep III, 1403-1365 B.C.  It is 3 inches high and was once in the collection of M.r and Mrs. Meyer P. Potamkin.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $27,500.


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