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.
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An Attic Red-Figured Kylix
Attributed to The Colmar Painter, Circa 490
Estimate: $150,000 - 250,000
The tondo of this very fine cup, a late work by the
artist, is thought to show a youth crowning a
victor of the euandria, a tribal contest limited to
Athenian citizens, which was part of the
Panathenaic Games. The Colmar Painter was a
late Archaic cup-painter whose style was
developed under the influence of Onesimos and
the Antiphon Painter, who very likely sat with
them in the workshop of Euphronios.
Also among the Greek highlights is a Greek
bronze corslet, circa late 7th- early 6th century B.C.
(estimate: $80,000-120,000); a Greek bronze
winged helmet of Chalcidian Type, late Classical
Period, circa 4th century B.C. (illustrated leftestimate:
$50,000-80,000); and a Greek parcel gilt
silver mirror, Hellenistic Period, circa 2nd-1st
century B.C. (estimate: $70,000-90,000)
A Roman Marble Emperor
Circa Late 1st-Early 2nd Century A.D.
Estimate: $600,000 - 900,000
Among the extraordinary works from the Roman
period is a Roman marble emperor circa Late 1st–
Early 2nd Century A.D. (estimate: $600,000-
900,000). This statue likely depicts the Emperor
Trajan, representing him in full military regalia.
Property from the Collection of Max Palevsky
A Roman Marble Head of Aphrodite
Circa 1st- 2nd Century A.D.
Born in Chicago, Max Palevsky (1924-2010) was
an innovator and forerunner in computers and
systems technology. His work continues to
influence computing technology today. The
Collection of Max Palevsky comprises Antiquities,
Impressionist and Modern Art, Post-War and
Contemporary Art, 20th Century Decorative Arts
and Design, Prints and Multiples, Japanese Art,
Latin American Art, American Sculpture and
Modern British Art.
Offered in this sale are seven works from the
Collection of Max Palevsky, including four
remarkable Roman marble sculptures, including: a
Roman marble Athena, circa 1st-2nd Century
A.D. (estimate: $200,000-300,000), a Roman
marble head of Aphrodite, circa 1st-2nd Century
A.D. (illustrated left, estimate: $150,000-250,000)
and a Roman marble draped female Herm, circa
1st-2nd century A.D. (estimate: $250,000-350,000).
Three Roman Gold-Mounted Sardonyx
Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D. and 3rd Century A.D.
Estimate: $150,000 - 250,000
It was common during the later Roman Empire
for jewelers to re-use older stones in their work.
The magnificent 1st century A.D. cameo centering
this ensemble depicts a youthful Emperor Nero,
whose memory had been officially condemned at
the end of his tumultuous reign. This suggests
that by the 3rd century, when the cameo was
remounted, either that his physiognomy was no
longer recognized, or that his popularity endured
despite his condemnation.
A Byzantine Gold, Pearl, Emerald And Spinel
Circa 6th-Early 7th Century A.D.
Estimate: $40,000 - 60,000
The extremely high quality of workmanship and
materials suggests that this cross was produced in
an Imperial workshop in Constantinople. The
emeralds are of the highest quality, imported from
Egypt. The spinel is likely from Ceylon or
Madagascar. The natural seed pearls are most
likely from the Gulf or India.
Auction: Antiquities including Property from the Collection of Max Palevsky Dec