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    Sale 12256

    Antiquities

    12 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 140

    SIX ROMAN GLASS CAMEOS

    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    SIX ROMAN GLASS CAMEOS
    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
    Including one of opaque white over dark blue with a profile head of Mercury, a wing in his hair; one of cobalt blue with a reclining dog; one of layered brown, opaque white and brown with a female bust in profile to the left; one of opaque white over blue with Cupid standing before a shrine; one of turquoise green with a facing head of Bacchus; and one of iridescent white with Omphale walking to the right, wearing Hercules' s lion skin and carrying his club over her shoulder, on a groundline
    Largest: 7/8 in. (2.2 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.