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, 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.