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

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 80,000 GBP

Other Properties

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

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

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 80,000 GBP

Lot sold:

68,750

GBP

Other Properties

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


standing with her legs crossed against a square pillar surmounted by an upturned jug drilled for use as a waterspout, her right hand resting behind her hip and holding fruits, her left hand formerly grasping the jug's handle, and wearing a mantle draped around her lower body and falling from her left lower arm, remains of hair on the shoulders; former restorations removed, the fragmentary ancient base set into a modern marble plinth.

Total height 112 cm.; height without plinth 106 cm.

As shown and described. Former restorations removed. Surface somewhat weathered overall. Ancient plinth partially sunk and mortared into modern Carrara marble base. Chips, scratches and abrasions throughout. 


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.

Scheidwimmer, Munich

Julius Böhler, Munich, acquired from the above on June 9th, 1922

Brummer Gallery, New York, inv. no. N587a, acquired from the above on August 14th, 1922 (https://libmma.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16028coll9/id/5835/rec/12)

Francis Neilson (1867-1961), Chicago and New York, acquired from the above on May 18th, 1923

Brummer Gallery, New York, inv. no. 587a, bought back from the above on November 7th, 1923

Albert John Kobler (1886-1936), New York, acquired from the above on June 5th, 1935

New York private collection (Rago Arts and Auctions, Lambertville, New Jersey, October 20th, 2018, no. 368, illus.)

acquired by the present owner at the above sale

For the statuary composition and the attribute of an upturned jug on a pillar cf. a statuette in Milan: E. Camporini, CSIR Italia, vol. XI.1, 1979, p. 27f., no. 11, pl. 10. This attribute is common for statues serving as fountain-figures; cf. certain replicas of the Leyden Pan (G. Lippold, Die Skulpturen des Vaticanischen Museums, vol. III.2, 1956, p. 400f., no. 42, pl. 168), the Narkissos (G. Hafner, Rivista di Archeologia, vol. 18, 1994, p. 50, fig. 4), or the Venus Pontia (G. Traversari, La statuaria ellenistica del Museo Archeologico di Venezia, 1986, pp. 133ff., no. 43).