Christie’s is delighted to present Part 2 of Faces of the Past: Ancient Sculpture from the Collection of Dr. Anton Pestalozzi. This further offering of 28 lots comprises Greek, Roman, and Etruscan works of art by the late collector and lawyer. Inspired by the collections of the Capitoline Museums in Rome, the heart of Pestalozzi’s collection was formed by Imperial Roman portraiture.
The sale is led by a Roman Marble Portrait Bust of the Emperor Hadrian, depicted as supreme military commander of the Roman Empire; a remarkable Portrait Bust of the celebrated general Germanicus; and a Portrait Head of perhaps the most instantly recognisable Roman ruler in history – Julius Caesar. The majority of the collection was published by prominent Swiss archaeologist Ines Jucker in 1995 and 2006. Faces of the Past is a golden opportunity to acquire ancient works of art and iconic subjects seldom seen on the international market.