Lot 42
  • 42

A Monumental Roman Marble Portrait Statue of a Woman, circa 2nd Century A.D.

Estimate
250,000 - 350,000 GBP
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Description

  • A Monumental Roman Marble Portrait Statue of a Woman
  • Marble
  • Total height 209 cm.; height without plinth 201 cm.
standing with the weight on her left leg, and wearing sandals, chiton, stola, and mantle; the head incl. neck, left hand with cup and adjoining drapery, and right arm incl. shoulder restored.

Provenance

private collection, Rome, 18th/19th Century (based on restoration techniques)
photographed in Rome prior to 1924 (Reinach, op. cit.)
Bert Crowther, Syon Lodge, Islington, Middlesex, photographed in 1962
Douglas James Cooper (1931-1988) and Diene Cooper, born Pitcairn, El Cerro, Tamarind Hill, Montego Bay, Jamaica, installed in the house prior to its completion in 1968
acquired with the house by the current owners in 2009 and removed from the premises in 2016

Literature

Salomon Reinach, Répertoire de la statuaire grecque et romaine, vol. 5, Paris, 1924, p. 375, no. 8 ("Rome. Tête et bras mod. Phot. env. par Helbig“)
The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 4th, 1968, p. 73
"Beauty: A Way of Life," The Morning News, Wilmington, Delaware, March 26th, 1971, p. 35, illus. (reversed)
"Roman Bacchanal in Montego Bay, Jamaica," The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday, March 10, 1974, p. 123
Slim Aarons, A WonderfulTime: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life, New York, 1974 (http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/event/slim-aarons-retrospective-57576281?#the-swimming-pool-at-the-jamaican-home-of-philadelphia-jeweller-picture-id52171077)
https://davidwills.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/barney-bubbles-snaps-maisie-p/ (1962 photograph by Colin Fulcher of Margaret Minay posing next to the statue at Crowther's, Syon Lodge, Islington)

Condition

Restored in marble in the 18th/19th Century: head and neck, left hand with cup and adjoining drapery, and right arm including shoulder. Minor chips and abrasions overall, especially on edges of drapery. Surface slightly re-polished in places. Fingers of restored left hand missing, restored cup chipped.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Catalogue Note

The stola suggests a portrait statue. For the draping of the mantle cf. a statue in Sparta: http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/30646. The 18th/19th-century head imitates portraits of Agrippina Minor; cf. B. Andreae, ed., Bildkatalog der Skulpturen des Vatikanischen Museums, vol. I.1, 1994, pl. 174.
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