• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 119

    A GREEK TERRACOTTA ARTEMIS

    HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3RD CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A GREEK TERRACOTTA ARTEMIS
    HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3RD CENTURY B.C.
    Likely an archetype, intended to serve as a positive for making a mold, the goddess clad in a voluminous floor-length peplos, cinched at her shoulders and belted below her breasts, standing with her weight on her left leg, her right knee bent, wearing platform sandals, her toes emerging from beneath the hem, on a high semi-circular plinth, produced without her arms or head, the surfaces of each stump smoothed
    10¼ in. (26 cm.) high


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    For a Greek terracotta of Apollo similarly fabricated without arms or head, see fig. 56 in Bell, "Hellenistic Terracottas of Southern Italy and Sicily" in Uhelnbrock, et al., The Coroplast's Art.

    Provenance

    Munich Art Market, 1990s.
    Anonymous sale; Gorny & Mosch, 16 June 2004, lot 383.
    with Safani Gallery, New York, 2005.


    Pre-Lot Text

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