6 December 2007,
Price realised USD 27,400
USD 12,000 - USD 18,000
A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF HERCULES
CIRCA LATE 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
The deified hero with a full beard and hair of deeply drilled curly locks, the thick mustache overhanging his upper lip, the unarticulated almond-shaped eyes drilled at their inner canthi and recessed below the prominent brows, crowned with a laurel wreath tied in a "Herakles" knot at the nape of his neck, loosely based on a Greek 4th century B.C. prototype by Lysippos
7 in. (17.8 cm.) high
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Grinnell College Art Collection, gifted circa 1950.
Acquired by the current owner in 2001.
PROPERTY FROM A CONNECTICUT COLLECTION
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