A Roman mosaic panel

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Lot 54W
A Roman mosaic panel

Sold for £ 168,000 (US$ 224,012) inc. premium

Antiquities

29 Apr 2009, 11:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

A Roman mosaic panel
Circa 2nd-3rd Century A.D.
Composed of pink, russet, yellow, ochre, green, pale blue, grey, white and black tesserae, depicting a Nereid or Venus seated on the back of a bearded triton, naked with her drapery over her right leg and beneath her, holding a swag of drapery billowing behind, wearing a necklace, armlets and anklets, the triton holding her drapery in his upraised left hand, his lower chest in the form of a horse with raised forelegs and a dolphin swimming beneath, his lower body a scrolling fish tail, another youthful triton on the left, both with short pincered horns, with waves in the field and an undulating graded border, 63 x 60¼in (160 x 153cm), some restorations, mounted in a grout frame

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Property of a private French collector, acquired in 1985.

    Literature:
    For a similar example with marine subject matter cf. Mosaïque, Receuil d'Hommages à Henri Stern (Paris 1983), pl.XCVII.
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