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A Marble Pillar, Roman Imperial, Augustan, late 1st Century B.C./early 1st Century A.D.
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53
A Marble Pillar, Roman Imperial, Augustan, late 1st Century B.C./early 1st Century A.D.
Estimation
35 00045 000
Lot. Vendu 149,000 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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A Marble Pillar, Roman Imperial, Augustan, late 1st Century B.C./early 1st Century A.D.
in Neo-Attic style, slightly tapering, carved on one side in low relief with a flowering acanthus plant, and on the other side in higher relief with a herm of Silenus surmounted by two female season personifications each in the form of a woman wearing a chiton and himation and walking to left with billowing drapery, Summer holding a garland in one hand and sheaves of wheat in the other, Autumn carrying pomegranates and bunches of grapes in the fold of her garment, each of the short sides decorated with a thyrsos.
Height 39 5/8 in. 100.6 cm.
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Provenance

Baron Valentin de Courcel (1838-1917), Villa Faustina, Promenade de la Croisette, Cannes, France, late 19th century
by inheritance to Madame Valentin de Courcel (d. 1923), Cannes (Baussy et Morot, Vente aux enchères des sculptures de la Villa Faustina à Cannes, November 27th, 1923, no. 25: "Pilastre ou piédroit: le devant décoré d’un dieu terme surmonté de deux personnages féminins tenant des fleurs, les côtés ornés de gaufrures. Marbre veiné. Hauteur: 1 m; largeur 0.18 m.”)

Description

For the acanthus motif cf. M. Mathea-Förtsch, Römische Rankenpfeiler und -pilaster, Mainz am Rhein, 1999, nos. 4 (Amsterdam) and 55 (Frascati). For closely related representations of the seasons see "Horae," Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, vol. V, 1990, p. 511, no. 3 (terracotta Campana reliefs), and the previous lot.

There is an old faded Italian inscription in pencil on the herm shaft.

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