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    Sale 5951

    Antiquities Including the Plesch Collection of Ancient Glass

    28 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 214

    A ROMAN MARBLE BUCOLIC RELIEF FRAGMENT

    MID-3RD CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A ROMAN MARBLE BUCOLIC RELIEF FRAGMENT
    MID-3RD CENTURY A.D.
    Depicting a cow grazing in a pastoral landscape, with a she-goat seated behind
    15 in. (38 cm.) wide


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    This relief might depict part of the myth of Endymion where he encounters the moon goddess, Selene, in a rustic landscape. It was a popular subject among 3rd Century A.D. Romans. Cf. G. Koch, Roman Funerary Sculpture, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, 1988, pp. 32-35, no. 12, which depicts the front of an Endymion sarcophagus; and E. Angelicoussis, The Woburn Abbey Collection of Classical Antiquities, Mainz, 1992, pp. 85-88, no. 65.

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    Provenance

    Collection of Joseph McCrindle (1923-2008). The publisher, collector and traveller, McCrindle, was the founder and editor of The Transatlantic Review from 1959 to 1977. He generously donated to public art collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, The Princeton University Art Museum and the Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven.

    With red ink "198", and "Spink" in white chalk on the reverse.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE JOSEPH McCRINDLE, SOLD BY ORDER OF THE EXECUTORS
    Lots 214-215 and 240