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A Roman Marble Portrait Statue of a Girl, Eastern Mediterranean, circa 3rd Century A.D.

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Estimate:

18,000 - 22,000 GBP

Property from the Collection of the late Antonin and Christiane Besse

A Roman Marble Portrait Statue of a Girl, Eastern Mediterranean, circa 3rd Century A.D.

A Roman Marble Portrait Statue of a Girl, Eastern Mediterranean, circa 3rd Century A.D.

Estimate:

18,000 - 22,000 GBP

Lot sold:

20,160

GBP

Property from the Collection of the late Antonin and Christiane Besse

A Roman Marble Portrait Statue of a Girl

Eastern Mediterranean, circa 3rd Century A.D.


standing with the weight on her left leg, and wearing a chiton and himation, the left arm lowered, the right arm bent at the elbow and grasping the hem of the himation bunched up across the breasts, her head turned sharply to her left, her face with parted lips, her hair arranged in a melon coiffure.

Height 85 cm.


Repaired from four pieces. Small areas of restoration below join in front extending from proper right hip to proper left knee. Back, including back of head, roughly carved with traces of tool marks and areas of incrustation and root marks. Incrustation on front of statue was cleaned in order to reveal original polish, some of it remaining in interstices. Head very well preserved except for slightly abraded rims of ears. Drilled underneath for insertion of a rod and mounted onto a metal plate.


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.

Asfar Bros., Hotel St George, Beirut
Antonin Besse (1927-2016) and Christiane Besse (1928-2021), Beirut and Paris, acquired from the above in two instalments, first the body, then the head, in the late 1960s/early 1970s
Similar figures can be found on many Roman sarcophagi from Asia Minor; see V. Strocka, Dokimenische Saülensarkophage, 2017, pls. 57.2, 65.2, 69.1, 72.1, 74.1, 84.2, and 90.2. The present figure may well have have been produced by a sarcophagus workshop.