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Event Date7 December 01:00 PM GMT | Live auction 21015

Antiquities: Including Ancient Engraved Gems Formerly in the G. Sangiorgi Collection Part IV

Antiquities: Including Ancient Engraved Gems Formerly in the G. Sangiorgi Collection Part IV

Sale Overview

Christie’s forthcoming Antiquities sale includes a selection of artefacts spanning the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean basin from the Neolithic Period to the great migrations that followed the fall of the Roman Empire.

The sale is led by an imposing Roman marble statue of the goddess Athena in the Classicising style, which took inspiration from Classical Greek originals, often lost like in this case. This elegant sculpture was once in the collection of the famed Chicago-born technologist and philanthropist Max Palevsky (1924-2010).

The Greek and Roman section of the sale will also include a marble portrait of Hermarchos of Mytilene, the pupil of Epicurus who, after his master’s death, took over the running of the famous Epicurean school in Athens, and a striking marble portrait of a young athlete from the famed Lansdowne Collection.

The Egyptian section is led by a finely-cast bronze head depicting a king, possibly a decorative element from a ‘Sacred boat’ used for transportation during funerary and religious ceremonies, and a fragment from a granite statue of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet. 

Christie’s is also pleased to announce that the sale will include Part IV of Masterpieces in Miniature: Ancient Engraved Gems Formerly in the G. Sangiorgi Collection. The section comprises 50 lots of the most sought-after and captivating intaglios and cameos still in private hands. The gems presented here once formed part of a much larger collection assembled by Giorgio Sangiorgi (1886-1965), an important Roman dealer, scholar and connoisseur, who operated a gallery in the Palazzo Borghese. Fearful of the impending war, he moved his collection to Switzerland in the late 1930s, where they have remained since.

Highlights include an important group of ‘Graeco-Persian’ gems finely carved with fantastical beasts and heroes in contest; a fine Etruscan scarab from the famed Cook Collection of gems; and a Roman carnelian intaglio carved with the imposing bust of the philosopher Epicurus.

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Auction times
07 Dec 01:00 PM (GMT) Lots 1-131

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Claudio Corsi

Claudio Corsi

Specialist, Head of Department | Ancient Art & Antiquities

Claudio Corsi joined the Antiquities department at Christie’s in October 2016, after a 7-year-long career in the Antiquities market. He joined Bonhams in 2010 and for three years he was in charge of the bi-annual Antiquities sale in the Knightsbridge saleroom. He then moved to Chiswick Auctions where he set-up their Antiquities and Tribal Art Department.

Claudio started his studies at the University of Siena, Italy, where he obtained a BA in Archaeology and an MA in Classical Archaeology, gaining valuable practical experience joining excavation campaigns in Italy and Greece. He then earned an MPhil in Heritage Studies at Cambridge University, UK, where he expanded his knowledge on the issues surrounding the movement of cultural and archaeological goods and their importance in modern day society.
Chanel Clarke

Chanel Clarke

Associate Specialist | Ancient Art & Antiquities

Chanel Clarke is an Associate Specialist in the Antiquities Department, based in London. Chanel started at Christie’s in 2014 in the Client Services department, handling external and internal queries relating to all aspects of bidding, buying and selling. In 2016 she joined the Antiquities department as Sale Coordinator and was appointed Junior Specialist the same year and later Associate Specialist. In this role, she sources and appraises material across Europe, also contributing to the department’s biannual sales through provenance research and cataloguing.
Chanel graduated from The University of Edinburgh with a first class MA Joint Honors in Classics and the Scandinavian Languages, where she had focussed predominantly on Early and Archaic Greek art and archaeology.

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