A Greek bronze rider with two horses
Lot 5*
A Greek bronze rider with two horses
£ 20,000 - 25,000
US$ 28,000 - 34,000

Antiquities

2 Oct 2014, 10:30 BST

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
A Greek bronze rider with two horses
Late Archaic - early Classical, circa 490-80 B.C.
Probably an appliqué from a large bronze vessel, composed of a nude male figure in profile, his head carved in the round, shown seated astride the horse in the foreground, clasping the reins in his hands, leading another horse in the background, its head and body slightly visible behind the first horse, both depicted walking forwards, the details of the bridles and the horse's faces articulated in relief, the reverse hollowed-out, 3in (7.4cm) high, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Swiss private collection.
    Cahn Auktionen AG, Basel, Auktion 4, 18 September 2009, lot 227.
    Swiss private collection, Zurich.
    Beaven Collection, 1960s.

    Literature:
    The combination of the naturalistic representation of the horses' bodies with the more stylised facial features on the young man, indicates that this bronze may be dated to the transitional period from Archaic to Classical Greece, between the first and second Persian Wars circa 490-480 B.C.

    For a bronze figure with similar archaic rendering of the rider's face and eyes, cf. M. Comstock & C. Vermeule, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 1971, p. 42, no. 42. For two slightly earlier Greek statuettes of riders, cf. Comstock & Vermeule op. cit., pp. 34-5, nos. 32-33. Cf. A.S. Walker, Animals in Ancient Art from the Leo Mildenberg Collection, Mainz, 1996, no. 124, 188.
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