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    Sale 12256

    Antiquities

    12 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 51

    A ROMAN ROCK CRYSTAL FISH FLASK

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A ROMAN ROCK CRYSTAL FISH FLASK
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
    The long tapering body with a small tail, delicately hollowed through the open mouth, the lips offset by a raised rounded band, with large drilled eyes, a curved groove marking the gills, the pectoral fins in relief, the first dorsal, the ventral, second dorsal and anal fins all raised ridges, the front dorsal and ventral fins perforated for suspension; mounted with a modern gold stopper, suspension ring and chains
    3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm.) long


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    For a similar example, see the rock crystal fish sold in these rooms, lot 271, 8 June 2001.

    Provenance

    with Gawain McKinley, London.
    Mr. Fernando Torres, Lisbon, acquired from the above, 1971.
    Mr. Jose de Albuquerque, Lisbon, acquired from the above, 1979-1998.
    Art Market, New York.
    Acquired by the current owner from the above, 2015.