95, female dancer, Greek, marble, 14 1/4 inches high, Hellenistic
Period, circa late 4th-3rd Century B.C.
Carter B. Horsley
This June 10, 2010 auction of Antiquities at Christie's in
New York is highlighted by several extremely beautiful marble figures
of women and some excellent Egyptian works.
Perhaps the most beautiful work is Lot 95, a 14
1/4-inch-high Greek marble figure of a female dance from the
Hellenistic Period, circa late 4th-3rd Century B.C. The work
has a great deal of grace and elegance and a very
conservative estimate of $50,000 to $70,000. It sold for $86,500.
109, Aphrodite, bust, marble, Greek, Hellenistic Period, circa 3rd-2nd
Century B.C., 11 3/8 inches high
Lot 109 is a
good-size bust of an equally beautiful Aphrodite from about the same
Greek period. It is 11 3/8 inches high.
When it was offered at Christie's in New York December 9, 2005, it had
a modest estimate of $60,000 to $80,000 and it sold for $240,000.
This time is has a modest estimate of $150,000 to $250,000. It failed to sell.
117, Aphrodite with Eros, Greek, marble, 19 inches high, Late
Hellenistic Period, circa 1st Century B.C.
Lot 117 is a
very nice marble sculpture of Aphrodite with Eros that is
Greek, Late Hellenistic Period, circa 1st Century B.C. It is
19 inches high and the goddess is missing her two arms. It
has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. It failed to sell.
75, Greek bronze statue of Minotaur, 4 inches, Archaic
Period, circa 520-500 B.C.
114, Aphrodite wearing the helmet of Ares, bronze fulcrum
terminal, Greek, Hellenistic Period,, circa 3rd-2nd Century B.C., 8 1/2
The perfect complement to Lot 95, the Greek marble female
dancer, is Lot 149, a smaller Roman bronze figure of Venus adorned with
several gold attachments. Dated circa the 2nd Century A.D.,
the graceful work is 8 inches high. It has a modest estimate
of $25,000 to $35,000. It sold for $40,000.
Lot 127 is a superb Roman marble portrait head of
a man from the Late Republican Period, circa mid 1st Century B.C.
It is 9 3/4 inches high. It has a conservatuve
estunate of $70,000 to $90,000. It sold for $86,500.
55, mummy mask of a woman, painter plaster, Egyptian, Roman Period,
circa 1st Century A.D., 14 inches high
One of the auction's most
striking works is Lot 55, a painted plaster mummy mask of a woman that
is Egyptian Roman Period, circa 1st Century A.D. It is 14
inches high and has a highly stylized coiffure. It
has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000. It sold for $47,500.
Lot 38 is an exquisite
diorite head of an official that is Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty XXX,
380 to 343 B.C. It is 8 1/2 inches high. it has an
estimate of $500,000 to $700,000. It sold for $842,500.
49, bust of an official, Egyptian, black granite, 13 1/2 inches high,
Dynasty XXX to Early Ptolemanic Period, circa 4th-Early 3rd Century B.C.
Lot 49 is a very fine and
impressive Egyptian black granite bust of an official, Dynasty XXX to
Early Ptolemaic Period, circa 4th-Early 3rd Century B.C. It
is 13 1/2 inches high. The blackness of the stone and the
calm visage of the depicted official and his pose give this work a
superb monumentality, made all the more memorable by the sheerness of
his missing left side. The lot has a conservative estimate of $180,000
to $280,000. It failed to sell.
41, Egyptian granite head of a goddess or lady, Late New Kingdom to
Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty XIX-XXII, 1307-712 B.C., 9 inches
Lot 41 is a very good
Egyptian granite head of a goddess or lady, Late New Kingdom to Third
Intermediate Period, Dynasty XIX-XXII, 1307-712 B.C. It is 9
inches high and unlike Lot 49 the face is not in perfect condition and
has a smashed nose. The lot has an estimate of $70,000 to
$90,000. It sold for $86,500.
10, bronze figure, Canaanite, circa 12th Century B.C., 9 3/8 inches high
Lot 10 is very tall and
thin Canaanite bronze figure, circa 12th Century B.C., that is easily
rivals any stick figures by Giacometti. It is 9 3/87
inches high. The catalogue notes that the figure relates to
the Negbi's "Ugarit" group, distinguished by the flat silhouettes,
elongated faces, and beaked noses. Many of the group, as with
the present example were once entirely coated in silver sheet.
The lot has a very conservatie estimate of $12,000
to $18,000. It sold for $37,500.
5, Bactrian bronze axe head with conjoined ibexes, 9 3/4 inches long,
circa Late 3rd-Early 2nd Millennium B.C.