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    Sale 12256

    Antiquities

    12 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 135

    TWO ROMAN STONE RINGSTONES

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

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    TWO ROMAN STONE RINGSTONES
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
    Including one of garnet with Ganymede and Jupiter as an eagle, the youth depicted nude, standing on tiptoe, the eagle clutching his waist, Ganymede with his head upturned towards the eagle's head, his right hand resting on the shoulders of a herm of Pan, an ant in the field below; and one of carnelian with Belerophon standing before winged Pegasus, on a groundline, enclosed within a hatched border
    Largest: ½ in. (1.2 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.