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    Sale 12256

    Antiquities

    12 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 137

    FIVE ROMAN STONE RINGSTONES

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    FIVE ROMAN STONE RINGSTONES
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-2ND CENTURY A.D.
    Including two of banded agate, one with the cult statue of Artemis of Ephesus, facing frontally, fillets draped over her arms, a crescent and a star in the field; and one with Isis, wearing a long garment knotted at her breasts and a broad-brimmed hat, holding a situla in her lowered right hand, and a cobra in her left, the letter C below; and three of carnelian, one with Cassandra kneeling with her right leg on an altar, holding up the Palladion before her, her head thrown back, her mantle draped over her legs and arm, revealing her torso; one with Diana, enveloped in a mantle, standing before a stag protome above an altar, on a groundline; and one of Venus Victrix, the goddess nude but for a mantle draped around her legs and over the top of a column upon which she leans, holding a spear and a crested helmet
    Largest: 5/8 in. (1.5 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.