A Roman marble portrait head of a man
Lot 237*W
A Roman marble portrait head of a man
Sold for £11,400 (US$ 18,903) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Roman marble portrait head of a man A Roman marble portrait head of a man A Roman marble portrait head of a man
Lot Details
A Roman marble portrait head of a man
Circa late 1st Century A.D., probably Flavian Period
Realistically carved with mature purposeful features, the crown of the head bald with loosely carved wavy hair at the back and sides, the lidded eyes set in deep sockets with 'crows feet' creases at the corners, with deep lines between the broad nose and down-turned mouth, the heavy jawline with pronounced jowls, 11¼in (28.5cm), excluding the mount, cleaned, with some repair, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Property of a private South African owner, acquired from the widow of the former owner, the late Mr Christian Delville. The Delville family were from Belgium, and were in possession of the sculpture for over 150 years. Mr Christian Delville's great grandfather was librarian to King Leopold I and according to family tradition the Delville family home near Waterloo, was where Lord Paget, Earl of Uxbridge had his leg amputated after it was shattered at the battle of Waterloo.
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