8 June 2004
AN ETRUSCAN BRONZE CANDELABRUM
CIRCA 450 B.C.
The tripod base formed of three lion paws, each on a molded pad with beading along its upper edge, incised palmettes at the juncture of the legs, a flange at the join to the faceted shaft incised with ovolo, surmounted by a spool from which project four branches, each terminating in a lotus blossom, the finial in the form of a bearded athlete on a pedestal base with beading on its upper edge, depicted nude, standing in contrapposto with his weight on his right leg, his right arm bent acutely over his back and reaching between his shoulder blades with his strigil, his left arm extended to the side, perhaps once holding an attribute, his short cap-like hair brushed forward, the individual strands of his hair and spade-shaped beard delineated
40¾ in. (103.5 cm.) high
with Atlantis Antiquities, New York, 1989 (Ars and Texnh, no. 12).
Anonymous sale; Hesperia Arts Auction, Ltd., New York, 27 November 1990, lot 16.
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1991 (Art of the Ancient World, vol. VI, part 2, no. 27).
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From Olympus to the Underworld, Ancient Bronzes from the John W. Kluge Collection, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 26 March - 23 June 1996.
In conversation with the Korean-American artist, whose recent painting The Evolution of Perception will be offered at Christie’s in Hong Kong on 25 November
As this 1,000-year-old Ru tea bowl comes to auction in Hong Kong, we look at the evolution of the grey-green ware from Yue to Yaozhou to Ru