Lot 9
  • 9

A Greek Marble Relief Head of Youth, Attica, 3rd Quarter of the 4th Century B.C.

25,000 - 35,000 GBP
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  • A Greek Marble Relief Head of Youth, Attica
  • marble
  • Height 17 cm.
with full parted lips, large eyes, straight nose, and prominent brow, his short hair freely worked, the mouth, nostrils, and ears drilled; no restorations.


the orientalist, archaeologist, and art historian Friedrich Sarre (1865-1945), Babelsberg, Potsdam
his wife Maria Sarre, née Humann (1875-1970), Villa Giovanni, Ascona
by descent to her daugther Irene Wätjen (1910-2004), Ascona 
by descent to the present owner, Hamburg

Catalogue Note

The present head was probably part of an Attic grave stele, similar to the one of Philodemos: C. Clairmont, Classical Attic Tombstones, vol. 1, 1993, p. 323, no. 1.342; http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/1161).

On Friedrich Sarre and his art collection see J. Kröger, "Die Sammlung des Orientalisten, Archäologen und Kunsthistorikers Friedrich Sarre (1864–1945)"in Privates und öffentliches Sammeln in Potsdam. 100 Jahre "Kunst ohne König", 2009, pp. 119–122.

The present lot comes with an original notarized statement by the present owner attesting to the provenance.