A Roman marble torso of Aphrodite
Lot 94
A Roman marble torso of Aphrodite
Sold for £44,050 (US$ 73,995) inc. premium
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A Roman marble torso of Aphrodite
Circa 1st Century A.D.
After a Hellenistic sculpture similar to the type of Aphrodite "Anadyomene", suggestively poised with her weight on her left leg, her right leg slightly advanced, her upper torso bent slightly forward to show the curvature of her body and pronounced waistline, her right breast and arm raised, 14in. (35.6cm.), mounted on a square marble plinth, the back of the left leg damaged

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  • Provenance:
    Inherited by the present owner on the death of his wife in 1974. Although uncertain as to when and where she acquired it, the vendor recalls his wife owning the sculpture when they first met in London in 1945. It may have been part of the collection left to her by her father, a merchant who traded between Brazil and London - she was born in Rio in 1897. However, it is possible that she had acquired it by her own means, as she had always taken a keen interest and acquired a considerable knowledge of antiques.

    Literature:
    Margarete Bieber, Ancient Copies - Contributions to the History of Greek and Roman Art (New York 1977), pl.39
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