29 April 2010,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 127,250
Estimate GBP 80,000 - GBP 120,000
A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT BUST OF A BOY
TRAJANIC, CIRCA 100-200 A.D.
His head turned to his right, with thoughtful expression, his wide-set eyes with defined upper and lower lids, lips lightly drilled at each corner, thick wavy hair brushed forward from the crown onto his forehead, mounted
15 in. (38.1 cm.) high
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For related examples, cf. F. Johansen, Roman Portraits: Catalogue: Ny Carlsberg Glyptothek, Copenhagen, 1995, nos. 51, 54 and 55; and K. de Kersaoson, Catalogue des portraits romains. Musée du Louvre, vol. II, Paris 1996, p. 100, no. 38.
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 17.5% on the buyer's premium.
Formerly in a British private collection, acquired in the 1950s. Sold Sotheby's New York, 12 June 2001, lot 55.
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