Lot 8
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An Attic Marble Anthemion from a Grave Stele, circa 350-340 B.C.

60,000 - 90,000 GBP
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  • An Attic Marble Anthemion from a Grave Stele
  • Marble
  • 109 by 58 by 12.5 cm.
the shaft carved in shallow relief with two circular rosettes above a fragmentary line of engraved Greek inscription reading ΕΣΤΙ[ΑΙΟΣ], the architrave surmounted by a tall slightly concave anthemion composed of twin spirally-fluted acanthus stalks both emerging from a three-leaf calyx and terminating in addorsed volutes, each with pendent bell flower, the half palmettes above flanking a small rosette; no restorations.


John Hewett, Bog Farm, Kent, 1960s
New York art market, acquired from the above on November 3rd, 1980
American private collection
American family trust (Sotheby’s New York, December 10th, 2008, no. 28, illus.)
acquired by the present owner at the above sale


Christie's, London, October 24th, 2013, no. 32, illus.

Catalogue Note

The composition of the anthemion is closely paralleled on the stele of Pytharchos from Rhamnous: F. Hildebrandt, Die attischen Namenstelen, 2006, p. 273f., no. 109, pl. 46. For evidence of the use of the name Hestiaios in Attica see M. Osborne and S. Byrne, eds., A Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, vol. 2, 1994, p. 161.