Lot 12
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A Marble Figure of a Satyr Playing the Pipe, Roman Imperial, circa 1st Century A.D., with 18th Century Restorations

60,000 - 90,000 USD
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  • A Marble Figure of a Satyr Playing the Pipe
  • marble
  • Height 44 1/8 in. 112.1 cm.
the ancient torso after Skopas’s statue of Pothos of the later 4th Century B.C.; the base, support, feet, arms, left shoulder, and neck restored, the head ancient but not belonging.


James Hugh Smith Barry (1746-1801), Belmont and Marbury Hall, Northwich, Cheshire
by descent to Lord Barrymore, Marbury Hall (Sotheby's, London, July 29th, 1946, no. 151)
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York
The Kevorkian Foundation, New York (Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, Art of the Near East and Orient, Classical Antiquities, Property of the Kevorkian Foundation, February 25th-26th, 1966, no. 273)
Jerome Eisenberg, New York, 1966


James Dallaway, Anecdotes of the Arts in England, London, 1800, p. 355
A Catalogue of Paintings, Statues, Busts, &c. at Marbury Hall, the Seat of John Smith Barry Esq. In the County of Chester, Warrington, 1819
John Preston Neale, Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, 2nd series, vol. V, London, 1829
Comte de Clarac, Musée de sculpture antique et moderne, vol. IV, Paris, 1850, pl. 704a, no. 1683c
Alexander Conze, Archäologischer Anzeiger, vol. 186, June 1864, col. 237
Johannes Adolf Overbeck, Griechische Kunstmythologie, vol. III/5, Leipzig, 1889, p. 242, no. 8
Wilhelm Klein, Praxiteles, Leipzig, 1898, p. 122, n. 10
Salomon Reinach, Répertoire de la statuaire grecque et romaine, vol. I, Paris, 1906, p. 397, no. 3
F. Eichler, "Ein antiker Marmortorso in Wiener Privatbesitz," Belvedere, XII-XIII, 1928, p. 132, n. 1
P. Arndt and G. Lippold, Photographische Einzelaufnahmen Antiker Sculpturen, Serie XI, Munich, 1929, col. 28, no. 3099
Heinrich Bulle, “Zum Pothos des Skopas,” Jahrbuch des Deutschen archäologischen Instituts, vol. 56, 1941, p. 148, c
Giovanni Beccatti, “Il Pothos di Scopa,” Le Arti. Rassegna bimestrale dell’Arte Antica e Moderna, year 3, fasc. 3, August-September 1941, p. 402, no. 17 (repr. in G. Beccatti, Kosmos. Studi sul mondo classico, Rome, 1987, p. 64)
Cornelius C. Vermeule, "Notes on a New Edition of Michaelis: Ancient Marbles in Great Britain," American Journal of Archaeology, vol. 59, 1955, p. 142
Jerome Eisenberg, New York, Art of the Ancient World, vol. II, December 1966, no. 27, illus.
Andrew Stewart, Skopas of Paros, Park Ridge, New Jersey, 1977, p. 145, no. 27
Jonathan Scott, The Pleasures of Antiquity: British Collectors of Greece and Rome, New Haven, 2003, fig. 106
Arachne, no. 51445 (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/51445)

Catalogue Note

For a similar torso of Pothos in Dresden see K. Knoll, Götter und Menschen. Antike Meisterwerke der Skulpturensammlung, Dresden, 2000, p. 15, no. 5 (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/5252).