• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5952

    Antiquities

    27 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 118

    A BYZANTINE STEATITE MOULD FOR AN AMPULLA

    CIRCA 5TH-6TH CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A BYZANTINE STEATITE MOULD FOR AN AMPULLA
    CIRCA 5TH-6TH CENTURY A.D.
    With the scene of Saint Sergios riding on a horse, Greek inscription around the edge, reverse with four smaller moulds for casting metal tokens, including two Holy riders, the Virgin Mary, and the infant Jesus with angel
    2½ in. (6.5 cm.) square


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    Provenance

    Collection of Victor Adda (1885-1965), acquired in the early 20th Century; and thence by descent to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A LADY

    THE VICTOR ADDA COLLECTION
    Lots 118-122

    Victor Adda (1885-1965), born in Alexandria, travelled frequently between Egypt and Europe throughout his life. He had been deeply interested in numismatics and antiquities from his youth and would recount how, soon after he had been taken out of school at 16 to learn the family business, had used his very first earnings to buy an ancient coin, to the considerable disapproval of his father. Throughout his collecting life he was known for his scholarship and innate aesthetic appreciation, seeking only the best examples of the most perfect craftsmanship.