• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 152

    A BYZANTINE MOSAIC PANEL

    SYRIA, CIRCA 5TH-6TH CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A BYZANTINE MOSAIC PANEL
    SYRIA, CIRCA 5TH-6TH CENTURY A.D.
    Composed of multi-coloured tesserae, depicting a vase with gadrooned body, the handles with bifurcated terminals, with two birds perched on the rim and a further two flanking the base, among fruiting vines, within a chequered border
    56½ x 43½ in. (143.5 x 110.5 cm.)


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    Provenance

    Formerly in the collection of the artist Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949), thence by descent to his son Ben Nicholson (1894-1982). The mosaic was reputedly acquired in Syria circa 1900-1910 and was subsequently set within the Medieval Hall of their home, The Manor House in Wiltshire.
    Property of a private UK collector, acquired in 2002.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this lot will be removed to Cadogan Tate at 5pm on the day of the sale, with two weeks free storage.