View full screen - View 1 of Lot 108. A Roman Marble Portrait Bust of a Man, the head circa A.D. 80, the shoulders 2nd Century A.D..
108

A Roman Marble Portrait Bust of a Man, the head circa A.D. 80, the shoulders 2nd Century A.D.

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 GBP

A Roman Marble Portrait Bust of a Man, the head circa A.D. 80, the shoulders 2nd Century A.D.

A Roman Marble Portrait Bust of a Man, the head circa A.D. 80, the shoulders 2nd Century A.D.

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 GBP

Lot sold:

21,420

GBP

A Roman Marble Portrait Bust of a Man

the head circa A.D. 80, the shoulders 2nd Century A.D.


wearing a tunic, cuirass, and paludamentum fastened with a circular brooch on the right shoulder and falling in long folds over the left shoulder and chest, his head (not belonging) turned to his right; socle restored.

Total height 73.5 cm.

Shoulders and head each date to different periods of Roman art and were associated in Italy in the 17th or 18th century. Original throat and lower part of neck in front are missing and were restored using a separate piece of marble allowing head to fit neatly into neck cavity inside shoulders. Chips, abrasions, and scratches to many protruding parts, such as edges of drapery folds, chin, mouth, nose, rims of ears, etc., are consistent with age. Shoulders' brownish patina due to partially removed layer of incrustation beneath a layer of grime.

Shoulders mounted on 17th/18th c. circular marble socle.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.

European private collection, 19th Century or earlier (based on socle and patina)
Ginac Collection, Nîmes, France, acquired in the 1970s
acquired from the above

 

Bonhams, London, May 1st, 2013, no. 92, illus.
Physiognomy and hairstyle recall portraits of emperor Titus; see especially a head in Erbach: K. Fittschen, Katalog der antiken Skulpturen in Schloss Erbach, 1977, pp. 63ff., no. 21, pl. 23. The present head is likely a Flavian private portrait imitating the likeness of the current emperor, as with a private portrait in the Vatican: P. Cain, Männerbildnisse neronisch-flavischer Zeit, 1993, p. 223f., no. 97, pl. 26.