• The William F. Reilly Collecti auction at Christies

    Sale 2273

    The William F. Reilly Collection

    14 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 79

    A GREEK BRONZE PECTORAL

    NORTHERN GREECE, GEOMETRIC PERIOD, CIRCA LATE 8TH-EARLY 7TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A GREEK BRONZE PECTORAL
    NORTHERN GREECE, GEOMETRIC PERIOD, CIRCA LATE 8TH-EARLY 7TH CENTURY B.C.
    Triangular in form with slightly raised rectangular collars off-setting the tapering hooked terminals, the front embellished with carefully incised ornament, centered by a large compass-drawn wheel filled with hatched triangles, enclosing a rosette, the zones between the six petals stippled, with smaller rosettes and stamped concentric circles evenly distributed in the remaining field, all enclosed within a double border of hatched triangles
    11½ in. (29.2 cm.) wide


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    For a pectoral of similar form see fig. 1 in von Bothmer, ed., Glories of the Past, Ancient Art form the Shelby White and Leon Levy Collection. For the style of the engraving compare the belt in the Harvard University Art Museums, no. 60 in Langdon, ed., From Pasture to Polis, Art in the Age of Homer.

    Provenance

    New York Art Market, 1990s.
    with Fortuna Fine Arts, New York, 2001 (Reflections of the Past, no. 20).