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A Marble Figure of the Capitoline Aphrodite, Roman Imperial, 1st/2nd Century A.D.
standing with the weight on her left leg, two strands of hair falling over her shoulders, the support in the form of Eros riding a dolphin; no restorations.
Total height 67.5 cm.; height without plinth 63 cm.
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Provenance

French private collection (Hôtel Drouot, Paris, Maître Albinet - André Le Véel Expert, Argenterie ancienne du XVIIIe siècle. Faïences anciennes de Delft. Sièges et Meubles du XVIIIe. Importante Commode en laque d'époque Louis XV estampillée de Dubois. Sculpture antiques. Céramique de la Chine. Pierres dures de la Chine, May 4th-5th, 1965, no. 97)
Pierre (1927-2002) and Denise Lévy, Troyes, acquired at the above sale (Boisseau-Pomez SARL, Troyes, Vente Succession Pierre Lévy: Arts Primitifs, Archéologie, Tableaux, February 1st, 2007, no. 362, illus.)
acquired at the above sale by the present owner

Literature

Sotheby's, New York, June 5th, 2013, no. 29, illus.

Catalogue Note

Alsatian-born industrialist Pierre Lévy and his wife Denise were known as major art patrons in France in general, and in the city of Troyes in particular, close to which their textile factory (Devanlay) was and still is located. Through a gift of more than 2000 works of art, they made it possible for the city to build a Museum of Modern Art, which opened in 1982. Their collection was exhibited in Paris prior to the opening: Donation Pierre Lévy: February 16th - April 16th, 1978, Orangerie des Tuileries, Paris, 1978. Pierre Lévy published several books on art collecting, among which are Des artistes et un collectionneur (Paris, 1976) and L’art ou l’argent (Paris, 1982).

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