A large Roman figural Corinthian capital
Lot 161W
A Roman marble figural basin
Sold for £10,625 (US$ 17,841) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Roman marble figural basin
Circa 2nd-3rd Century A.D.
Carved from a Corinthian column capital in high relief with a continuous scene of a mythological battle, depicting warriors in heroic nudity fighting leonine and griffin-like beasts, with a beaded baseline and a band of swags and rosettes below, the rim with four heads of satyrs, two with youthful faces, the other two bearded, the interior hollowed out later and a water-spout added, 21in (53.2cm) wide,


  • Provenance:
    English private collection.
    Bonhams London, 26 October 2007, lot 186.
    American private collection. Acquired in 2006 from Kamelot Auctioneers as part of a Philadelphia deceased estate.

    For comparative literature, cf. F. Matz, Die Dionysischen Sarkophage, Berlin, 1968; or E. von Mercklin, Antike Figuralkapitelle, Berlin, 1962.
    This piece is thought to have been hollowed out in post-Renaissance times and re-used as a fountain basin, which could account for the wear to the figures.
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