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PROPERTY FROM AN ENGLISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Marble Head of Herakles, Roman Imperial, circa late 1st Century A.D, on Roman marble shoulders, circa mid 2nd Century A.D., the ensemble composed and restored by Lambert Sigisbert Adam (1700-1759)
Estimate
70,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 175,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY FROM AN ENGLISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Marble Head of Herakles, Roman Imperial, circa late 1st Century A.D, on Roman marble shoulders, circa mid 2nd Century A.D., the ensemble composed and restored by Lambert Sigisbert Adam (1700-1759)
Estimate
70,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 175,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A Marble Head of Herakles, Roman Imperial, circa late 1st Century A.D, on Roman marble shoulders, circa mid 2nd Century A.D., the ensemble composed and restored by Lambert Sigisbert Adam (1700-1759)
the head based on a Hellenistic version of a Greek work of the 4th Century B.C., turned to his left, with long moustache, full divided beard, slightly parted lips, and deep-set eyes, his hair radiating from the crown in rows of overlapping curls, swept up above the forehead, and bound in a thick twisted diadem; the bust, probably originally of an emperor, clad in a tunic fastened with a circular brooch on the right shoulder and fringed mantle falling from the left shoulder.
Total height 23 in. 58.4 cm.
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Provenance

Cardinal Melchior de Polignac (1661-1742), excavated by him in Rome between 1723 and 1732
the sculptor and restorer Lambert Sigisbert Adam (1700-1759), Rome and Paris, received from the above as payment for his restoration work on the Cardinal's collection (sold at auction as part of Adam's estate circa 1763)
French private collection, Versailles

Literature

Lambert Sigisbert Adam, Recueil de sculptures grecques et romaines, Paris, 1755, pl. 55, as "L'empereur Commode, marbre de Paros, 2 pieds, 2 pouces" (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/arachne/images/image.php?file=BOOK-collectionpolignac-0058_188.jpg&width=600&height=1000_)

Catalogue Note

The present head of Herakles (of Vatican/Albani type) is only known from two other Roman copies: the statue of Herakles holding the infant Telephos in the Vatican Museums, Galleria Chiaramonti, inv. no. 1314 (B. Andreae, ed., Museo Chiaramonti. Bildkatalog der Skulpturen des Vatikanischen Museums, vol. I, 2, Berlin, 1995, pls. 670-673; http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/20076), and the double herm of Herakles and Hebe in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, inv. no. 01.8197 (M.B. Comstock and C.C. Vermeule, Sculpture in Stone. The Greek, Roman and Etruscan Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, 1976, no. 216; http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/2907). For the type see S. Kansteiner, Herakles. Die Darstellungen in der Grossplastike der Antike, Cologne, Weimar, and Vienna, 2000, pp. 49-53, and 133.

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