29 April 2010,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 1,125
Estimate GBP 1,200 - GBP 1,500
AN ETRUSCAN BRONZE GRIFFIN PROTOME
CIRCA 6TH-5TH CENTURY B.C.
With mouth agape revealing pointed teeth, the face framed by an incised collar, tang for attachment behind; and an Etruscan bronze vessel cover, probably from a thymiaterion, in the form of a male half-figure, with arms upraised, circa 700-650 B.C., both mounted
2¼ in. (5.7 cm.) and 3 in. (7.5 cm.) high respectively (2)
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Item one: Formerly in a French private collection; acquired in Paris, March 1987.
Item two: acquired in Ascona, Switzerland, February 1990.
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