European private collection, early 20th Century (based on Siena marble stand) French private collection, acquired in the 1950s (Orne Enchères, Alençon, March 10th, 2018, no. 71) acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Two handwritten labels affixed to the back of the mount read "Fragment d’un revêtement en bas-relief grec circa IIe s. AV. JC / Issu des Fouilles Sous-marines de Mahdia (au large d’Hamamet). Fouilles exposées au Musée du BARDO (Alaoui) à Tunis."
Fragmentary and chipped as shown. Fastened to yellow marble base with two iron screws. Surface retains some of original polish but abraded and scratched overall. "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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."