• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 152

    A ROMAN MARBLE TABLE SUPPORT

    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A ROMAN MARBLE TABLE SUPPORT
    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
    Each end of the solid rectangular slab finely carved with a winged lynx head emerging from a massive feline paw, each with its tongue lolling between ferocious teeth, with large sickle-shaped wings, the tips curving outward, a conical krater filled with fruit in between on one side, an ivy leaf on the other, the upper surface of the cornice with shallow grooves centered by a mortise for attachment of the table top, and a shallow incised letter
    27¾ in. (70.5 cm.) wide


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    For a discussion of furniture supports, see Vermeule, "Bench and Table Supports: Roman Egypt and Beyond" in Simpson and Davis, eds., Studies in Ancient Egypt, the Aegean and the Sudan, Essays in Honor of Dows Dunham on the Occasion of his 90th Birthday, June 1, 1980.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 10-11 July 1989, lot 233.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 10 December 2004, lot 579.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT EUROPEAN COLLECTOR