Our 12 December sale brought $16.3 million, well over the high estimate of $12.6 million. Leading the sale was a monumental marble head of Hermes-Thoth which sold for $4.6 million, more than one million over the high estimate.
This season’s sale includes a monumental marble head of Hermes-Thoth, probably from a cult of the syncretistic deity.
We will also offer an imposing Egyptian diorite head of Sekhmet, once among six hundred images of the goddess decorating the temple of Mut at Thebes.
A 1st century A.D. Roman marble figure of a satyr wearing a mask of Silenus restored in 1628 by Alessandro Algardi combines virtuoso carving from antiquity and modernity. The present statue is the only known sculpture in the round of an ancient subject otherwise only attested in relief.
Leading our collection of pottery is a large Attic black-figured amphora and lid decorated with the Apotheosis of Herakles, once in the collection of Dr. Leo Mildenberg.