9 December 2008,
Price realised USD 3,500
USD 10,000 - USD 15,000
A BYZANTINE BASALT RELIEF
SYRIAN, CIRCA 5TH-6TH CENTURY A.D.
Perhaps an altar screen, sculpted in raised relief with two peacocks facing a pedestaled krater, their tails with incised circles, a small bird below the tail of the peacock to the left, two symbols and a two-letter Greek inscription above, and a small bird above the tail of the peacock to the right, the panel framed by simple guilloche
61 in. (154.9 cm.) long
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
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Asian Collection, acquired between 1968-1972.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 8 June 2001, lot 308.
THE PROPERTY OF A FLORIDA PRIVATE COLLECTOR
Interior designer Robert Kime on how he came to acquire this magnificent tapestry — depicting a scene in the life of Alexander the Great — for just £7,500
International Head of Antiquities G. Max Bernheimer surveys the treasures offered in our Antiquities sale, while Laetitia Delaloye offers an expert introduction
Dina Zhang, Head of Sale for Asian Contemporary Art, explains how Hong Kong’s meeting of East and West has shaped her view of art
François de Ricqlès, President of Christie's France, explains how this exceptional work speaks to the Rockefellers’ mutually admiring relationship with France