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    Sale 12256

    Antiquities

    12 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 133

    THREE ROMAN CARNELIAN RINGSTONES

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    THREE ROMAN CARNELIAN RINGSTONES
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
    Including one depicting a youthful warrior, nude but for a cloak over his shoulders, wearing a crested helmet, standing with his right leg raised on a rock, holding an inscribed circular shield before him, inscribed VIC, a trophy to the left, on a groundline; one with a warrior walking to the right, nude but for a helmet, shouldering an oval shield obscuring his upper torso, a spear angled over his left shoulder, on a groundline; and one depicting three warriors and a bull, the central warrior bearded, depicted frontally, wearing a tunic and a crested helmet, a spear in his right hand, the bull facing right, the other warriors standing behind the bull with their heads in profile, one to the left, one to the right, each wearing a crested helmet and holding a circular shield
    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.