Christie’s Presents The Devoted Classicist

The Devoted Classicist: The Private Collection Of A New York Antiquarian.

Christie’s is honored to present The Devoted Classicist: The Private Collection of a New York Antiquarian in a dedicated live sale on October 6th. With more than 40 lots spanning ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Egyptian cultures, the works presented to illustrate the vision of a connoisseur fascinated by antiquity, the Grand Tour, and the history of collecting.

Formerly adorning the James F. D. Lanier House, a Gilded Age mansion in Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood, this diversity of works – including Athenian vases, Egyptian portrait heads, and Roman marble statues of gods, goddesses, and Imperial individuals – are united by a singular commitment to outstanding quality, beauty, and provenance.

Highlights include a Roman Marble Head of a God, depicting an idealized beauty with upswept locks secured with a wreath of laurel and wheat (estimate: $600,000-800,000), an impressive Egyptian Granite Torso of Hor-Maa-Kheru, once in the collection of Otto and Eloise Spaeth (estimate: $300,000-500,000), an over-life-sized Roman Marble Head of Apollo once in a princely Collection (estimate: $320,000-380,000), and a rare Greek Marble Torso of an Athlete from the onset of the Classical Period (estimate: $200,000-300,000).

Christie's Presents The Devoted Classicist
A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD
OF A GOD
HADRIANIC TO ANTONINE PERIOD,
CIRCA EARLY TO MID 2ND CENTURY A.D.
12¾ in. (32.3 cm.) high
Estimate: $600,000-800,000
Christie's Presents The Devoted Classicist
A FRAGMENTARY ATTIC MARBLE
STELE FOR MEDEA
CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA 375-350 B.C.
25⅞ in. (65.7 cm.) high
Estimate: $400,000-600,000
Christie's Presents The Devoted Classicist
A ROMAN BIGIO MORATO MARBLE
TORSO OF A YOUTH
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
18 in. (45.7 cm.) high
Estimate: $350,000-550,000
Christie's Presents The Devoted Classicist
AN EGYPTIAN GRANITE TORSO OF Hor-Maa-Kheru
PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, REIGN OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT TO PTOLEMY I, CIRCA 332-285 B.C.
17 in. (43.1 cm.) high
Estimate: $300,000-500,000
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A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF APOLLO
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
17¼ in. (43.8 cm.) high
Estimate: $320,000-380,000
Christie's Presents The Devoted Classicist
A ROMAN MARBLE APOLLO
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
22¼ in. (56.5 cm.) high
Estimate: $300,000-500,000
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Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had auction sales in the first half of 2019 that totalled £2.2 billion / $2.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectables, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

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