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A ROMAN MARBLE FIGURE OF ASKLEPIOS, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

100,000

to
- 150,000 GBP

Property from a Spanish Private Collection

A ROMAN MARBLE FIGURE OF ASKLEPIOS, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

A ROMAN MARBLE FIGURE OF ASKLEPIOS, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

Estimate:

100,000

to
- 150,000 GBP

Lot sold:

212,500

GBP

Property from a Spanish Private Collection

A ROMAN MARBLE FIGURE OF ASKLEPIOS, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.


standing with the weight on his right leg and left arm akimbo, his right arm lowered and holding a staff with entwined serpent, and wearing sandals and himation falling from the left shoulder, covering the left arm, and forming a triangular overfold around the lower body, his bearded head turned to his right, his long centrally parted hair bound in a fillet, the pupils recessed, the crown of the head carved separately; his head repaired; plinth, feet, support, right lower arm incl. staff and serpent, two fingers of left hand, and nose restored.

Total height 153 cm.; height without plinth 143.5 cm.; height of head 24 cm.

Head repaired but belonging. Crown of head carved separately. Restored in marble: plinth, feet, support, right lower arm including staff and serpent, two fingers of left hand, and nose. Note losses to fingertips of left hand (ring and little fingers) restored in plaster. Surface weathered on abdomen, pectorals, proper right shoulder, and proper left hand. 


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.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

European private collection, circa 18th Century (based on restoration techniques)

Cesare Della Seta, Rome

Graham Geddes, Melbourne, Australia, acquired from the above in 1972

Price Calder Collection, 1972-1976

Russell Smith Collection, 1976-1994

Graham Geddes, Melbourne, Australia

Felix e Hijo, Madrid

Spanish private collection, acquired from the above

by descent to the present owners


Published

Christie’s, Melbourne, The Graham Geddes Collection, October 15th, 1996, no. 218, illus.

With regard to the statuary composition and the draping of the himation, the present statue is similar to an often copied Asklepios type (see, for example, a replica in Rome: A. Giuliano, ed., Museo Nazionale Romano. Le sculture, vol. I.8, 1985, p. 376f., no. VIII,11). However, it differs with regard to the size and the position of the left foot.

Cesare della Seta also owned a portrait head of Hadrian (Bonhams, April 3rd, 2014, no. 60), a small torso of a peplophoros, and a votive stele (Bonhams, October 15th, 2008, nos. 52 and 61, respectively).