CHRISTIE’S TO PRESENT IMPORTANT AUCTIONS OF ANTIQUITIES AND ANCIENT JEWELRY IN NEW YORK 12/9/10 The sales will feature over 300 lots that range from Predynastic Egypt through to the Byzantine period, including a highly important Cycladic marble reclining female figure.
News-Antique.com - Dec 01,2010 - New York – Christie’s is pleased to offer two sales of ancient art to take place on December
9- Antiquities Including Property from the Collection of Max Palevsky and Ancient Jewelry. The sales
will feature over 300 lots that range from Predynastic Egypt through to the Byzantine
period, including a highly important Cycladic marble reclining female figure. Highlights
comprise an exquisite Roman marble torso of an emperor, an Egyptian red granite statue of
a queen and an exceptional suite of three Roman gold-mounted sardonyx cameos.
A SELECTION OF HIGHLIGHTS
An Egyptian Red Granite Statue Of Queen
Late Ptolemaic Period, Circa 1ST Century B.C.
Estimate: $200,000 - 300,000
An Egyptian red granite statue of a queen possibly
depicting Cleopatra VII, striding forward in the
traditional Egyptian stance. This queen in its
present form may have originally been carved for
an earlier queen, likely Karomama, the wife of the
Dynasty XXII Pharaoh Osorkon II (924-909
B.C.), the statue was recarved in the Ptolemaic
Period with the visage of a different queen, most
likely Cleopatra VII.
Also included in the Egyptian section is a large
Egyptian bronze falcon-headed Horus, Ptolemaic
Period, 304-30 B.C (estimate: $150,000 -
$250,000); and an Egyptian bronze standard finial,
in the form of the jackal Wepwawet, New
Kingdom to Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty
XVII-XXV, 1550-712 B.C. (illustrated left, estimate:
$200,000 - $300,000), finely executed with extreme
A Babylonian Gray Stone Kudurru
Second Dynasty of Isin, Reign of
Nebuchadnezzar I, 1126-1105 B.C.
Estimate: $150,000 - 250,000
Leading the Near East selection of works is a
Babylonian Gray Stone Kudurru, Second Dynasty
of Isin, Reign of Nebuchadnezzar I, 1126-1105
B.C. A kudurru, or boundary stone, was set up in a
temple to record a land grant by the king, which
curses any later official who tried to undo the
arrangement. Most date to the end of the Kassite
period and continue into the early 1st millennium
A Mesopotamian Core-Formed Glass Bottle
Circa Mid to Late 15th Century B.C.
Estimate: $150,000 - 250,000
Colored with a vibrant opaque cobalt blue hue,
this cylindrical bottle is an exceptional example of
an extremely early glass vessel. Like this glass
bottle, the first glass vessels ever produced were
made in northern Mesopotamia in the late 16th and
early 15th centuries B.C. all by the core-form
A Cycladic marble reclining female figure,
Name-piece of the Schuster Master, Early
Circa 2400 B.C.
Estimate: $3-5 million
Christie’s is pleased to offer a Cycladic marble
reclining female figure, the most important
Cycladic idol ever to come to auction. Estimated
at $3-5 million, the folded-arm female figure is one
of the most iconic sculptural types to have
survived from antiquity. To date, there are only
twelve known sculptures that have been
recognized as the work of a single artist today
known as the Schuster Master, named after the
previous owner of the present work, Marion
Schuster. Most of Schuster Master’s works
represent the female in a pregnant state.