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    Sale 12256

    Antiquities

    12 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 136

    FIVE ITALIC AND ROMAN STONE RINGSTONES

    CIRCA 2ND-1ST CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    FIVE ITALIC AND ROMAN STONE RINGSTONES
    CIRCA 2ND-1ST CENTURY B.C.
    Including two of carnelian, one with a warrior armed in a cuirass over a short tunic, holding a spear and circular shield in his left hand and a crested helmet in his right, on a short groundline; and one with Mars Gradivus walking to the left, holding a spear in his left hand, and a trophy over his right shoulder, nude but for a helmet, enclosed within a hatched border; and three of banded agate, one with a candelabrum; one with a warrior in profile to the right, nude but for a cloak over his right arm, armed with a crested helmet, a circular shield and a spear, enclosed in a hatched border; and one with Psyche, wearing a long tunic, preparing to torch a butterfly before her, enclosed within a hatched border
    Largest: 13/16 in. (2 cm.) long


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    Provenance

    G. Sangiorgi Collection (1886-1965), Rome.
    Private Collection, Monaco, 1970s; thence by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR

    Giorgio Sangiorgi (1886-1965) was a principle of the most renowned art-dealing family in Rome. The firm was located at 117 via Ripetta at Palazzo Borghese and was famous for many important auctions, with catalogues written in collaboration with leading scholars. The galleria specialized in ancient art, furniture, ceramics and textiles. As a private collector, Sangiorgi assembled an important ancient glass collection, which he published in 1914. Masterpieces from it were sold in the 1960s and are now the pride of numerous institutions such as the Toledo Museum of Art and the Corning Museum of Glass; the bulk of the collection was sold here at Christie’s New York in June 1999, “Ancient Glass formerly in the G. Sangiorgi Collection.” As with the glass collection, many of the objects in his personal collection, such as the gems presented here, were acquired throughout Europe and never imported into Italy.