Marble sculptures

Estim. 1 - 100 EUR
For sale on Wed 19 May
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Egypt. NEEDHAM. De inscriptione quadam Aegyptiaca Taurini inventa.
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Estim. 400 - 600 EUR
For sale on Wed 19 May
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Estim. 50 - 100 EUR
For sale on Thu 20 May
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Estim. 2 500 - 3 500 EUR
For sale on Sat 22 May
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Estim. 1 500 - 2 000 EUR
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Estim. 500 - 1 000 EUR
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Estim. 1 000 - 1 500 EUR
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Estim. 200 - 300 EUR
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Estim. 1 200 - 1 500 EUR
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Estim. 1 500 - 2 000 EUR
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Estim. 3 000 - 5 000 EUR
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Estim. 2 000 - 3 000 EUR
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Estim. 5 000 - 7 000 EUR
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Neo-Sumerian Head of a Nobleman. 3rd-2nd millennium BC. A head of a nobleman or prince, carved in limestone and decorated with lapis lazuli; facial features formed in a stylised but semi-realistic fashion, featuring a long thin nose, large almond-shaped eyes, delicate and sensual lips and long ears ornamented with earrings; mounted on a custom-made display stand.Cf. A similar head from Lagash in the Louvre, accession number AO 4351, representing a man with shaven head; cf. the portrait of Gudea, King of Lagash (circa 2100-2090 BC) preserved in the MET, accession number 49.26, from Girsu (modern Tello); see a male head in white limestone in Berlin, Staatliche Museen, in Moortgat, A., The Art of Ancient Mesopotamia, London, New York, 1969, figs.168, 169.273 grams total, 18.5cm including stand (7 1/4"). Property of a Kensington lady; acquired Austria in 1993; previously in the Trimbacher collection; formerly acquired in Germany in 1980; accompanied by an archaeological expertise by Dr. Raffaele D’Amato; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.10581-173401.This incredible statuette head presents strong similarities with the head of a statuette in Louvre, for style and shape. The similarity of the eyes and the shape of the nose with the Louvre statuette is extraordinary and, as on another statue of Ur-Ningirsu, son of King Gudea, one side of the upper lip is higher than the other side. The striking similarities with Ur-Ningirsu and with the Louvre statuette (recently identified as a possible portrait of the same person), allows for the hypothesis that our head belongs to a portrait of a royal member of the Gudea family. Another element which shows similar features with the royal family of Lagash is the tip of the nose, which appears to be rounded if seen on the front and slightly squared-off when viewed from the side. Rarely does Sumerian statuary survive with coloured pigment, but the remains of blue colouration and lapis lazuli around the eyes suggests that the head may have originally featured light blue and blue pigments around the eyes for emphasis. The baldness of the head indicates that the figure possibly represents a prince-priest. A video of this lot is available to view at TimeLine Auctions website.

Estim. 30 000 - 40 000 EUR
For sale on Tue 25 May
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Renaissance Bust of Marcus Aurelius. Late 16th century AD or later. An impressive life-size portrait of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the head and neck carved from black marble, the lower part carved from alabaster of Circeo; the hair arranged in thick waves, full beard dressed in two layers; wearing muscled armour with a large winged Gorgoneion at the breast, the left shoulder covered by military cloak fastened by a round brooch; an armour shoulder strap detailed on the right shoulder with a row of round lappets from the under cuirass visible from beneath a strap.See Fittschen, K., ‘Sul ruolo del ritratto antico nell’arte italiana’ in Setis, S., Memoria dell’antico nell’arte italiana, ed., vol.II, Turin, 1985; Favaretto, I., ‘La fortuna del ritratto antico nelle collezione venete di antichità: originali, copie e invenzione,’ in Bolletino d’Arte LXXVIII,, no.79, May-June, 1993, pp.68-72; Bava, A.M., Le Meraviglie del mondo, le collezioni di Carlo Emanuele I di Savoia, Genova, 2016, p.233, fig.86.64.1 kg, 59.5cm (23 1/2"). From the private collection of an Oxfordshire, UK, gentleman; acquired from a local auction in Marseille, France; formerly part of the estate of a deceased old French family collector; accompanied by an archaeological report by Dr Raffaele D’Amato; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.10607-174161.During the 16th century, antique sculpture and architecture became a popular subject matter for artists and sculptors. Various sets of imperial busts were commissioned from the Della Porta workshops in Rome during the second half of the 16th century, Marcus Aurelius being one of the figures most frequently represented. In the 16th century AD, the Court of the Duchy of Savoy housed a bust of Marcus Aurelius described as being ‘a bearded man, with cloak fastened on the right shoulder’, today visible in the collection of the Castle of Racconigi (inv.R3097"). Our sculpture corresponds to the last ancient portrait type of Marcus Aurelius, created between 169 and 176 AD. A video of this lot is available to view at TimeLine Auctions website.

Estim. 40 000 - 60 000 EUR
For sale on Tue 25 May
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Estim. 1 500 - 2 000 EUR
For sale on Wed 09 Jun
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