4 June 2008,
Price realised USD 12,500
USD 15,000 - USD 20,000
A ROMAN BRONZE OINOCHOE
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
The globular body on a flat pad base, with lathe-turned rings around the foot, on the underside of the base and around the shoulders, the high-arching ribbed handle terminating below in a lion's paw on an oval handle-plate decorated with tendrils and berries, the edges beaded, the upper end with a well-modelled frontal-facing lion's head, a stylized ox skull in its mouth, the ends expanding to rotellae, the lion's eyes and the rotellae with silver overlay
7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm.) high
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Hong Kong +852 2760 1766
Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766
For the type see no. 464, p. 330 in Comstock and Vermeule, Greek, Etruscan & Roman Bronzes in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
Belgian Private Collection, prior to 1974.
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