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A LATE ROMAN - EARLY BYZANTINE, GOLD, EMERALD AND SAPPHIRE NECKLACE
CIRCA 4TH-5TH CENTURY A.D.
Estimate: GBP 180,000 - GBP 220,000
(USD 240,480 - USD 293,920)
A ROMAN MARBLE TERMINAL FIGURE OF DIONYSUS
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
Estimate: GBP 700,000 - GBP 1,000,000
(USD 935,200 - USD 1,336,000)
A ROMAN MARBLE VENUS
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
Estimate: GBP 250,000 - GBP 350,000
(USD 334,000 - USD 467,600)
A MONUMENTAL ROMAN GREY MARBLE HEAD OF MINERVA
CIRCA LATE 2ND CENTURY A.D.
Estimate: GBP 500,000 - GBP 800,000
(USD 668,000 - USD 1,068,800)
AN APULIAN RED-FIGURED LOUTROPHOROS
ATTRIBUTED TO THE GROUP OF RUVO 423, CIRCA SECOND HALF OF THE 4TH CENTURY B.C.
Estimate: GBP 70,000 - GBP 100,000
(USD 93,520 - USD 133,600)
AN EGYPTIAN NUMMULITIC LIMESTONE FIGURE OF AN AMARNA PRINCESS
NEW KINGDOM, 18TH DYNASTY, REIGN OF AKHENATEN, CIRCA 1347-1345 B.C.
Estimate: GBP 400,000 - GBP 600,000
(USD 534,400 - USD 801,600)
The Antiquities sale will be led by a Roman marble terminal figure of Dyonisus (estimate £700,000-1,000,000), a rare survival of the highest artistic quality and equally prestigious provenance, going back to the 18th Century and the 'Golden Age of Classic Dilettantism'. Sourced in Rome by the Scottish painter Gavin Hamilton for Lord Shelburne, this statue was house at Lansdowne House, until it was offered for sale in this very saleroom at Christie's in 1930 and then entered the Bergsten Collection in Stockholm. Another highlight of the sale is a Roman marble Venus (estimate £250,000-350,000), also once in one of the oldest and most prestigious collections of Classical sculpture housed at Wilton House and formed by Thomas, 8th Earl of Pembroke (1654-1732), in the late 17th - early 18th centuries. This sculpture remained at Wilton House until 1961, when it went under the hammer here at Christie's.
Also included in the sale is an Egyptian limestone figure of an Amarna Princess (estimate £400,000-600,000), depicting one of the daughters of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, from one of the border stelae which surrounded the city of Tell el-Amarna.
The auction also includes a selection of Ancient Jewellery with exceptional examples from ancient Greece (A Greek gold bracelet, estimates at £80,000-120,000) to the Byzantine period (an Early Byzantine gold, emerald and sapphire necklace at £180,000-220,000).
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London 8 King Street St. James 's
16 Dec, 2pm (Lots 1 - 77)
London, King Street
11 Dec, 10am - 5pm
12 Dec, 12pm - 5pm
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15 Dec, 10am - 6pm
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