• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 126

    A GREEK MARBLE APHRODITE

    HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3RD-1ST CENTURY B.C.

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    A GREEK MARBLE APHRODITE
    HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3RD-1ST CENTURY B.C.
    The goddess depicted nude, standing with her weight on her right leg, her left leg bent at the knee and slightly advanced, her right arm lowered, her fingers resting on her left thigh and covering her pudendum, the right shoulder slightly forward, the left shoulder back, her left arm originally angled down behind her, perhaps bent forward and holding her drapery, with a strut partially preserved on her left hip, her elongated figure naturalistically modelled, twisting down and to the right, creating a feminine paunch around her navel
    12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm.) high


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    The present work is a smaller version based on Praxiteles' Aphrodite from Knidos. For a similar example see no. 396 in Delivorrias, "Aphrodite" in LIMC.

    Provenance

    French Private Collection, 1950s.
    with Rupert Wace, London, 2006 (Eternal Women, no. 47).


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. & MRS. CHARLES W. NEWHALL, III