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Sotheby's New York

10 A.M., June 5, 2013

Sale 9005

Marble statue of Roman Emperor



Lot 51, figure of an emperor, Roman Imperial, mid 1st Century A.D., restored in the 18th/Early 19th Century as the Emperor Lucius Verus, marble, 83 inches high


By Carter B. Horsley

This Antiquities auction at Sotheby's New York June 5, 2013 is highlighted by a monumental Roman marble sculpture of an emperor, a few Aphrodite pieces, a great onyx panther table support, and some nice Egyptian pieces.

Lot 51 is a large marble figure of an emperor, Roman Imperial, mid 1st Century A.D., that was restored in the 18th/Early 19th Century as the Emperor Lucius Verus. It is 83 inches high.

The cover illustration of the catalogue, the piece was once in the collection of Duke Luigi Braschi Onesti (1745-1816), the nephew of Pope Pius VI, Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville, the first Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, Stowe, Buckinghamshire, and William Lowther (1787-1872), the 2nd Earl of Lonsdale, Lowther Castle, Penrith, Cumberland.  It has been widely published.  The catalogue notes that there is "a similarly decorated cuirassed torso in the Villa Borghese.  "Lucius," the catalogue entry notes, "served as co-emperor alongside Marcus Aurelius between A.D 161 and his untimely death in 169.  Their rule was the last in a succession of so-called 'adoptive emperors' of the Antonine dynasty, rulers who were adoopted by their predecessors."


Detail of Roman Emperor statue

Detail of Lot 51

The lot has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It sold for $515,000 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

The auction total for the 93 offered lots of which 76 sold, or 81.8 percent, was $3,835,625.  

Cupid

Lot 27, "Sleeping Eros with the attributes of Herakles," marble, Roman, circa Late 1st Century A.D., 31 inches long

Lot 27 is a Roman marble sculpture of  "Sleeping Eros with the attributes of Herakles," circa Late 1st Century A.D.  It is 31 inches long and is based on a Hellenistic prototype that was also produced by Michelangelo.  The lot ha an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000  It sold for $46,875.


Dress

Lot 32, torso of Athena, Roman Imperial, circa 2nd Century A.D., 18 inches high

Lot 32 is an impressive marble torso of Athena, Roman Imperial, circa 2nd Century A.D.  It is 18 inches high.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $50,000.

Venus

Lot 28, torso of the Knidian Aphrodite, marble, Roman Imperial, circa 1st Century A.D., 13 1/2 inches high

Lot 28 is a fine marble torso of the Knidian Aphrodite, Roman Imperial, circa 1st Century A.D.  It is 13 1/2 inches high and was once in the collections of Matthias Komor of New York and Edwin L. Weisl Jr. of New York.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  it sold for $125,000.

Aphrodite

Lot 29, Capitoline Aphrodite, marble,Roman Imperial, 1st/2nd Century A.D., 26 1/2 inches high

Lot 29 is  a lovely marble statue after a late Hellenistic work inspired by the Aphrodite of Knidos, Roman Imperial, 1st/2nd Century A.D.  It is 26 1/2 inches high.  At her side is Eros riding a dolphin.  The statue was once in the collection of Pierre and Denise Levy who gave 2000 works of art to build a Museum of Modern Art in 1982 in Troyes.  The lot has an estimate of $180,000 to $220,000.  It failed to sell.


seated goddess

Lot 26, Kybele, marble, Roman Imperial, circa 2nd Century A.D.,23 18 inches high

Lot 26 is a very nice marble statue of Kybele, Roman Imperial, circa 2nd Century A.D.  It is 23 1/8 inches high and was once in the collection fo General Luigi Palma di Cesnola and discovered in Cyprus.  General Cesnola's collection of Cypriot art was given to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the catalogue indicates that this work was once at the museum.  It haas an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $50,000.

Man paw

Lot 44, bronze furniture leg with Eros emerging from a calyx of acanthus leaves and the leg resting on a frog, Roman, circa Early 2nd Century A.D., 7 5/8 inches high

Lot 44 is a very impressive Roman bronze furniture leg that rests on a frog and is topped with a figure of Eros.  It is circa Early 2nd Century A.D. and is 7 5/8 inches high.  There is an example in the British Museum.  It has a modest estimate of $7,000 to $10,000.  It sold for $6,250.



Jaguar

Lot 54, panther, onyz table support, Roman Imperial, circa 1st Century A.D. , 17 1/4 inches high

Lot 54 is a spectacular onyx table support with the head of a panther  It is dated to Roman Imperial, circa 1st Century A.D.  It is 17 1/4 inches high.  It has a modest estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $50,000.


Man's beard

Lot 56, theater mask of a satyr, marble, Roma, circa late 1st/2nd Century A.D., 11 inches high

Lot 56 is a very dramatic marble relief of a theater mask of a satyr with a animal skin falling over his shoulder.  It is Roman, circa Late 1st/2nd Century A.D.  It is 11 inches high.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $37,500.

Man's hair

Lot 39, "Zeus," marble, Roman Imperial, Late 1st/2nd Century A.D., 11 3/8 inches high

Lot 39 is a very fine marble head of Zeus, Roman Imperial, Late 1st/2nd Century A.D.  It is 11 3/8 inches high.  It has an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.  It sold for $125,000.

Lady

Lot 15, "Aphrodite," marble, Hellenistic, circa Late 4th/3rd Century B.C., 6 1/2 inches high

Lot 15 is a handsome marble head of Aphrodite, Hellenistic, circa Late 4th/3rd Century B.C.  It is 6 1/2 inches high.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $37,500.

Eyes of a lady

Lot 16, "Head of a Ptolemaic Queen," marble, Hellenistic, circa mid-3rd/mid-2nd Century B.C., 12 1/4 inches high

Lot 16 is a fine marble "head of a Ptolemaic Queen," Hellenistic, circa mid-3rd/mid-2nd Century B.C.  It is 12 1/4 inches high and the catalogue indicates that it is probably a portrait of Berenike II or Arsinoe III.  It was once in the collection of the Princes of Murat in Naples.  It has an estimate of $45,000 to $65,000.  It sold for $118,750.

Seated god        Cat man

Lot 7, Lion-headed Maahes, bronze, Egyptian, Late Period, 716-30 B.C., 8 1/2 inches high, left; Lot 65, Sekmet, bronze, Egyptian, Late Period, 716-30 B.C., 8 3/4 inches high

Lot 7 is a very fine Egyptian bronze statue of a seated Lion-headed Maahes from the Late Period, 716-30 B.C.  It is 8 1/2 inches high.  It has a modest estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.  It sold for $37,500.

Lot 65 is a very nice Egyptian bronze figure of Sekmet from the Late Period, 716-30 B.C.  It is 8 3/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $7,000 to $10,000.  It sold for $12,500.


Egyptian lady

Lot 12, Amenemope (Amenemipet), steatite, ushabti, Egyptian, 19th/20th Dynasty, 1291-1075 B.C., 7 1/8 inches high

Lot 12 is a good Egyptian, steatite, ushabti of Amenemope (Amenemipet), chief of physicians of the Lord of the Two Lands, 19th/20th Dynasty, 1292-1075 B.C.  It is 7 1/8 inches high.  It was once in the collection of William Randolph Hearst.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $53,125.

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