ETRUSCAN AND ROMAN ART
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B3038. A RARE VILLANOVAN PYXIS, ca. 8th-7th century BC. The elegant vessel on a high foot with knobbed lid, the whole decorated with bands of red, the rim with hatch patterns. 4 x 5.5 inches. A couple of minor rim chips. Very rare. From the collection of an American diplomat stationed in Italy in the early part of this century.
B3039. A RARE VILLANOVAN GRAYWARE KYATHOS, ca. 8th-6th century BC. The small bowl with high double handle ornamented with two knobs and twin breast-like protrusions. 3.25 x 3.75. A very rare and recognizable type often shown in museums.
B3040. A SUPERB ARCHAIC ETRUSCAN PROTOME, ca. 6th century BC. The bust of a goddess done in the finest archaic style with high cheekbones and with a wonderful archaic smile. 3.6 x 6 inches. Chip to base. Very fine example.
B3042. A SUPERB ROMAN MARBLE BUST OF APOLLO, ca. 1st century BC/AD. Fine grained white marble bust of the diety sculpted in the round in archaising style wearing his hair bound in a diadem with long curls falling on his shoulders, socle base carved for insertion. 3.25 x 6.3 inches. Repaired at the neck with light reddish iron deposits. A wonderful museum quality example of ancient scupture rendered in the finest style and worthy of the finest collection. Ex. Harmer Rooke Galleries.
B3043. A LARGE ROMAN BRONZE APPLICAE BUST OF MERCURY, ca. 1st-3rd century AD. The god with long curly hair and winged head, a goat skin draped across his chest, the arms, which are rarely rendered on applicaes, fully defined and extending out from the surface, the left holding the remains of an attribute. 3.7 x 4.6 inches. Repair at neck, otherwise excellent condition and detail. Very rare.
B3044. A ROMAN BRONZE EQUINE HEADPLATE, ca. 1st-3rd century AD. The circular equestrian disk with knobbed ornament, two attachment loops at the sides, the type worn over the forehead of a Roman legionary cavalryman's mount. 3.75 inches. Excellent condition and rare.
B3045. A ROMAN BRONZE APPLICAE HEAD, ca. 1st-3rd century AD. The facing head of a female, remains of mounting tenon at rear. 0.75 inches.
B3046. A ROMAN BRONZE APPLICAE HEAD, ca. 1st-3rd century AD. The facing head of a female, remains of mounting tenon at rear. 1.1 inches.
B3047. A ROMAN BRONZE HEAD OF MINERVA, ca. 1st-3rd century AD. The head with nice sharp classical features wearing a Corinthian helmet tilted back on her head. Modeled in the round. 0.8 inches. Great style and condition.
B3048. A LARGE AND HEAVY ROMAN BRONZE BOWL, ca. 1st-3rd century AD. The thick-walled bowl with flat bottom and sharply turned up rim with decorative incised bands on the rim and center of the base. 3.25 x 11 inches. One side of the rim slightly deformed. Museum quality example in excellent condition. Very rare, the largest I've carried.
B3049. A CHOICE ROMAN BRONZE DUCK HEAD LADLE, ca. 1st-2nd century AD. The ladle of elegant classic form with high flat handle rising from the edge and turning to the head of a duck with eyes and demarkation of the bill incised. 2.75 x 11.75 inches. Choice example and condition. Museum quality. Very rare this nice.
B3050. A CLASSIC ROMAN BRONZE PAN, ca. 1st-2nd century AD. The pan with deep bowl and flat handle terminating in a suspension ring, the base with the classic Roman ribbed base. 2 x 4.4 x 8.5 inches. Possible professional repair at handle. Excellent red, green and brown patina. Very rare.
B3051. A FINE ROMAN BRONZE STRAINER, ca. 1st-3rd century AD. The vessel with long openwork handle terminating in a duck head, the container pierced with many fine holes in the bottom. 2.6 x 10 inches. The contained repaired with small gaps. Museum quality, extremely rare.
B3052. A ROMAN BRONZE PATERA, ca. 1st-3rd century AD. The offering bowl with (detached) handle with duck's head and engraved palmettes top and bottom. The bowl 8.75 inches in diameter, the handle 7.5 inches. Very rare. Hole on edge of bowl. Needs cleaning and professional repair.
B3053. A FINE ROMAN BRONZE PATERA HANDLE, ca. 1st-3rd century AD. The flutted handle terminating in a finely molded head of a boar with engraved details to eyes and fur. 5.6". Nice patina. Very rare this nice.
B3054. A FINE ROMAN BRONZE PATERA HANDLE, ca. 1st-3rd century AD. The heavy flutted handle terminating in a finely molded head of a snarling wolf with engraved details to eyes, teeth and fur, engraved floral details also on the attachment. 6.7". Hole in top. Excellent patina. Very rare this nice.
B3055. A CHOICE ROMAN BRONZE HERM HANDLE, ca. 1st-2nd century AD. The handle in the classic form of a herm with the winged bust of Hermes above, male organs in the middle, the hair, pubic hair and vines on the body finely engraved, tenon for attachment at the base. 3.6". Excellent quality and condition. Very rare this nice.
B3056. A ROMAN GLADIATORIAL BRONZE PLAQUE, ca. 1st-3rd century AD. The bronze plaque with a gladiator standing r. wearing helmet with plume and carrying sword and shield. 1.2 inches. Nice detail. Rare.
B3057. A FINE ROMAN BONE 'VENUS'. Egypt, prob. Alexandria ca. 2nd-4th century AD. The beautiful maiden standing nude except for a pleated garment which she holds up over her pubic area with her left hand while she cradles her breast with the right, the reverse view shows that the garment has slipped down over her thighs reveling her ample hips. 2.25 inches. A wonderful figure charged with eroticism and in excellent condition except that the suspension loop at top is broken.
B3058. A FINE ROMAN BONE 'VENUS'. Egypt, prob. Alexandria ca. 2nd-4th century AD. The beautiful maiden standing nude except for a pleated garment fastened at her hip by a large brooch which she holds from slipping down over her body or perhaps she is in the process of removing it. 3.2 inches. A wonderful figure charged with eroticism and in excellent condition.
B3059. A ROMAN INTAGLIO RING, ca. 1st-3rd century. The bronze ring set with an amber colored stone in which is engraved an eagle with a wreath in its beak. l. 22mm, 16 x 19mm internal. Nice condition.
B3060. A ROMAN INTAGLIO RING, ca. 1st-3rd century. The bronze ring set with an amber colored stone in which is engraved a horse stg. l. 29mm, 17 x 21mm internal. Nice condition.
B3061. A FINE ROMAN TERRA SIGILLATA FIGURAL SHARD. ca. 3rd-5th century AD. The redware fragment with a bearded warrior holding a sword and a human head. An early Christian scene representing Abraham about to sacrifice Issac. 1.7 x 1.8 inches. Choice example deserving of further study.
B3062. A FINE ROMAN TERRA SIGILLATA FIGURAL SHARD. ca. 3rd-5th century AD. The redware fragment from the center of a bowl with a complex scene with an Erote kneeling l. involved in an uncertain task, a grotesque winged head, a basket and other uncertain objects around and below. 1.75 x 1.75 inches. Choice example and deserving of further study. This scene is know from a complete bowl in Mainz.
B3063. A FINE ROMAN TERRA SIGILLATA FIGURAL SHARD. ca. 3rd-5th century AD. The redware fragment of the rim of a bowl with a very fine facing head of Zeus Ammon with ram's horns and bushy beards extending to both sides, or possibly Oceanus whose image often appears on opposite sides of a dish with two fish on the other sides; for a complete plate, see Salomonson, 1969, p. 102 (Pl. II 6 = Louvre AO 6639). In this case the 'horns' are, in fact, probably lobster claws. 3.7 inches. Choice example.
B3064. A FINE ROMAN TERRA SIGILLATA FIGURAL SHARD. ca. 3rd-5th century AD. The redware fragment roughly one quarter of a bowl with a wonderful leaping lion. 2.75 x 4 inches. Choice example.
B3065. A FINE ROMAN TERRA SIGILLATA FIGURAL SHARD. ca. 3rd-5th century AD. The redware fragment roughly one quarter of the rim of a bowl with very sharp and finely detailed fish and the head of another of a different species. 4.3 inches. Choice example.
B3066. A CHOICE ROMAN REDWARE BOWL, ca. 1st century BC/AD. The fine shallow bowl with ring base and vertical sides and covered with red glaze, a sharp plantipedia (maker's mark in the form of a footprint with stars, dots and delineated toes) impressed in the center of the tondo and the owner's incised graffito of ownership, a five pointed star, scratched on the bottom. 7.5". A wonderful classic example.
B3067. A ROMAN GLASS BOWL WITH SUPERB IRIDESCENCE, ca. 1st-3rd century AD. The beautifully formed bowl with wide base tapereing slightly inward to the rim, the surface covered with large swirling areas of bright purple and green iridescence, numerous thin linear inclusions within the glass with bright gold iridescence. 3.1 x 3.75. One of the most beautiful examples I've seen. A gem.
B3068. A FINE ROMAN WHEEL-CUT GLASS BEAKER, ca. 1st-2nd century AD. The pale aqua blue glass vessel tapering gracefully up from a slightly widened base, three wheel-cut bands around, the glass thicker and more substantial than in many examples. 3.25 x 6 inches. Areas of pale iridescent deposits and traces of dendrites. Some stable lines in the glass but its thickness gives it strength. Cf. Habib Anavian Collection, #89 for a nearly identical though smaller example, also with engraved measurement lines, from Syria. Ex Christie's with Christie's tag still attached.
B3069. A ROMAN GLASS VIAL WITH FINE IRIDESCENCE, ca. 1st-3rd century AD. The slim pinched 'tear' vial with the surface completely covered with a very rare and unusual swirling gold and green iridescence. 5 inches. Rather fragile with part of the rim chipped and a hole in the neck. Nevertheless a gem.
B3070. A FINE ROMAN GLASS BOWL, ca. 1st-3rd century AD. The pale aqua green glass bowl on ring base gracefully rising to an everted double rolled rim. 2.5 x 5.6 inches. Choice intact condition, the surface with large areas of subdued iridescence. A nice example.
B3071. A ROMAN GLASS VIAL WITH CHOICE IRIDESCENCE, ca. 1st-3rd century AD. The double pinched vial of pale aqua glass, the surface with beautiful frosty silver and pale peacock iridescence. 3.75 inches. Intact choice condition. A lovely specimen.
B3072. A LARGE ROMAN GLASS VIAL, ca. 1st-3rd century AD. The vial with very tall neck (repaired) with rolled rim and beehive base with conical interior decanter base with pontil mark. 7.4 inches. Light lime deposits and iridescence.
B3073. A ROMAN GLASS FLASK WITH IRIDESCENCE, ca. 2nd-3rd century AD. The pale aqua perfume vial with much silvery iridescence with subdued peacock colors. 4 inches. On custom stand.
B3074. A ROMAN GLASS BOTTLE WITH RIGAREE, ca. 2nd-3rd century AD. The yellow green glass bottle with strands of applied glass rigaree from rim to shoulders. 2.9 x 3 inches. Professional repair. Scarce.
B3075. A ROMAN GLASS FLASK WITH MOLDED HEADS, ca. 2nd-3rd century AD. The yellow green glass perfume bottle with molded female faces with curled hair both sides. 3.1 inches. Professional repair. On custom stand. Rare.
B3076. A ROMAN GLASS 'DATE FLASK', ca. 2nd-3rd century AD. The amber glass perfume bottle in the form of a date with wrinkled skin. 2.6 inches. Professional repair. On custom stand. Rare.
B3077. A ROMAN MOSAIC GLASS FACE BEAD, ca. 1st-2nd century AD. The red and green glass bead with three inlaid mosaic glass faces in white and black. 20 mm. Some erosion to surface but the three faces still fairly clear. Rare.
B3078. A CHOICE ROMAN LEAD SPINDLE WHORL, ca. 1st-3rd century AD. The whorl with a ring of crisply molded vine leaves one side, a ring of alternating short and long knobs on the other. 1.3 inches. The nicest example I've seen. Very rare.