December 8, 2015
auction at Sotheby's New York is highlighted by a spectacular Egyptian
steatite figure of the Lady Iset, chantress of Sobek, 19th Dynasty,
Reign of Ramesses I/Early Reign of Ramesses II, circa 1292-1250 B.C.
The magnificently detailed statue
is Lot 6 and is 16 inches high and once belonged to David Pollak of
Vienna and Paris.
of Lot 6
22, Mummy mask, Egyptian, wood, 25th/Early 26th Dynasty, circa 750-600
B.C., 13 1/8 inches high
has an estimate of $600,000 to $900,000. It sold for $760,000 including the buyer's
premium as do all results mentioned in this article.
The sale realized $8,986,500 with 74 percent of the 36 offered lots
Other highlights included a fine Egyptian wood mummy mask, a
monumental granite figure of Sekhmet Enthroned that was once owned by
John Lennon, an Egyptian faience baboon and a Canaanite copper figure
of a man or god.
22 is a large and impressive Egyptian wood mummy mask from the
25th/Early 26th Dynasty, circa 750-600 B.C. It is 13 1/8 inches
high. It is the cover illustration of the catalogue. It
once belonged to Helena Rubenstein of New York and Paris and then Klaus
Perls. The catalogue entry notes that the mask's wood stand bears
the sampeof Kichizo Inagali (1876-1951), the Japanese artist whose
"bases are celebrated ass works of art for their own sake because each
is created to fit its sculpture perfectly....While working for Joseph
Brummer, Inagaki made prestigious connections among key dealers,
collectors and avant-garde artists in early 20th Century Paris."
Auguste Rodin and Albert Barnes used him as did such major dealers as
Dikran Khan Kelekian, Charles Ratton and Paul Guilliaume. The lot
has an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000. It sold for $1,450,000.
28, Mummy mask, Egyptian, wood, Late Period, 716-30 B.C., 25 centimeters
Lot 28 is
another Egyptian wood mummy mask that has remains of red and black
pigment. It is Late Period, 716-30 B.C., and 25 centimeters
high. It has a very modest estimate of $5,000 to $8,000. It failed to sell.
16, Ibis, Egyptian, bronze, 26th-30th Dynasty, 664-342 B.C., 6 inches
long, left; Lot 4, Bust of Tuthmosis III, Egyptian, basalt, 18th
Dynasty, reign of Tuthmosis III, 1479-1426 B.C., 4 3/4 inches high,
Lot 16 is
an Egyptian bronze statue of Ibis from the 26th-30th Dynasty, 664-342
B.C. It is 6 inches long. It was once with Joseph Brummer
of New York and the Rev. Theodore Pitcairn. It has an estimate of
$15,000 to $25,000. It sold for
32, Ptah-Soker-Osiris, Egyptian, wood, Ptolemaic Period, 305-30 B.C.,
21 inches high
Lot 4 is a
superb Egyptian basalt bust of Tuthmosis III, 18th Dynasty, reign of
Tuthmosis III, 1479-1426 B.C. It is 4 3/4 inches high. He
is wearing the nemes-headcloth and his nipples are recessed for inlay.
It has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It sold for $250,000.
32 is a fine Egyptian wood figure of Ptah-Soker-Osiris, Ptolemaic
Period, 305-30 B.C. It is 21 inches high. It has a modest
estimate of $8,000 to $12,000. It
sold for $10,000.
20, Ushabti of Kenj, Egyptian, 19th Dynasty, 1292-1130 B.C., 7 inches
high, left; Lot 21, Ushabti of Neferibresaneith, Egyptian, pale blue
faience, 26th Dynasty, reign of Amasis, 570-526 B.C., 7 1/4 inches
high, center; Lot 19, Kefri, Mistress of the House, Egyptian, ushabti,
serpentine, late 18th Dynasty, circa 1330-1292 B.C., 7 13/16 inches
Lot 20 is
a good Egyptian serpentine ushabti of Kenji from the 19th Dynasty.
1292-1130 B.C. It is 7 inches high. The kilt flares forward
and the piece is nicely detailed. It has an estimate of $80,000
to $120,000. It failed to sell.
23, Sekhmet Enthorned, granite, Egyptian, Thebes, 18th Dynasty, reign
of Amenhotep III, 1403-1365 B.C., 82 1/2 inches high
Lot 21 is an Egyptian pale blue faience ushabti of
Neferibresaneith, 26th Dynasty, reign of Amasis, 570-526 B.C. It
is 7 1/4 inches high. It is the catalogue's frontispiece. The
tomb of Neferibresaneith was found in 1929 at Saqqara withy 366
ushabtis atop the sarcophagus. The lot has an estimate of $60,000
to $90,000. It sold for $137,500.
Lot 19 is an Egyptian serpentine ushabti of Kefri, Mistress of
the House, late 18th Dynasty, 1330-1292 B.C. It is 7 13/16 inches
high. It has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. It sold for $125,000.
Lot 23 is
one of more than 600 statues of Sekhmet at the courts and passageways
at Thebes to honor Mut, the goddess. Sekhmet was the divine
consort of Ptah, the chief god of Memphis in Lower Egypt. The
statue is from the collection of Alfred A. Taubman and was formerly
owned by John Lennon. The catalogue entry notes that "close
inspection of the name Amenhotep in the throne inscription bears
witness to his successor Akenaten's attempt to expunge every occurrence
of Amun's name when when such an act defaced the cartouche of his
father. It has been subsequently restored, presumably during the
reign of Tutankhamun, under whom the cult of Amun regained its former
emiinentce." The lot has an estimate of $3,000,000 to
$5,000,000. It sold for
37, Thoth, Egyptian, pale blue faience, 26th/30th Dynasty, 664-342
B.C., 2 3/4 inches high
Lot 37 is
an Egyptian pale blue faience of Thoth, the Ibis-headed god, from the
26th/30th Dynasty, 664-342 B.C. It is 2 3/4 inches high. It
has an estimate of $5,000 to $8,000. It sold for $11,250.
45, Man or god figure, copper, Canaanite, circa 1500-1000 B.C., 5 3/16
Lot 45 is
a strong Canaanite Picassoesque copper figure of a man or god, circa
1500-1000 B. C. It is 5 3/16 inches high. It has an
estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.
It sold for $52,500.
25, Griffin, bronze, Greek, protome, Samos, circa late 7th Century
B.C., 5 1/16 inches high, left; Lot 24, votive relief, Egyptian,
limestone, 30th Dynasty/Early Ptolemaic Period, circa 380-200 B.C., 8
3/8 inches high, right
25 is a handsome Greek bronze protome figure of a griffin, circa Late
7th Century B.C. It is 5 1/16 inches high. It is missing
one ear. It was once in
the William Herbert Hunt Collection and is property from the collection
of Alfred A. Taubman. It has an estimate of $125,000 to
$175,000. It failed to sell.
35, crocodile, Egyptian, wood, Late 12th-13th Dynasty, circa 1800-1640
B.C., 8 1/8 inches long
Lot 24, Egyptian limestone votive relief, 30th Dynasty/Early
Ptolemaic Period, circa 380-200 B.C. It is 8 3/8 inches high and
shows a snake-faced god. It was once with Charles Dikran Kelekian
and Lester Wolfe, both of New York, and is property of the Collection
of Alfred A. Taubman. It has an estimate of $30,000 to
$50,000. It sold for $25,000.
Lot 25 is
an Egyptian wood figure of a crocodile, Late 12th/13th Dynasty, circa
1800-1640 B.C. It is 8 1/8 inches long. It has a modest
estimate of $5,000 to $8,000. It
sold for $17,500.
38, Baboon, turquoise faience, Egyptian, late 18th/20th Dynasty, circa
1390-1075 B.C., 6 1/8 inches high
38 is an impressive Egyptian turquoise faience of a baboon, late
18th/20th Dynasty, circa 1390-1075 B.C. It is 6 1/8 inches
high. It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. It sold for $75,000.
See The City Review article on the
Spring 2015 Antiquities auction at Christie's, New York