An Egyptian bronze and gilt wood ibis
Lot 29
An Egyptian bronze and gilt wood ibis
Sold for £ 134,500 (US$ 185,315) inc. premium

Antiquities

16 Apr 2015, 10:30 BST

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
An Egyptian bronze and gilt wood ibis
An Egyptian bronze and gilt wood ibis
Late Period - Ptolemaic Period, circa 664-30 B.C.
Depicted recumbent, the body carved from wood and covered in gilt gesso with repainting, the separately-cast bronze legs and the head inserted into the body, with a bronze tail section, the legs folded under with tangs beneath and long talons, with a sinuous neck and a curving beak, the details of the feathers on the legs and tail incised, 43cm long

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Beverly Whitney Kean (1921-2011) Collection, New York and Scotland. An art historian and actor, Beverly Whitney Kean was the author of All the Empty Palaces: The Merchant Patrons of Modern Art in Pre-Revolutionary Russia, arguably the definitive account of the great Impressionist and Modern Art collections of Sergei Shchukin (1854-1936) and Ivan Morozov (1871-1921).

    Beverly Whitney Kean was among the first Western tourists to visit the Soviet Union in 1959. During her visit she was struck by the quality of the virtually forgotten French paintings she saw at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. On the advice of Alfred Barr, the director of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, she decided to write the book which was to reconstruct the history of arguably Russia's greatest period of artistic patronage.

    Before the outbreak of World War I, Shchukin held open house every Sunday to the Russian art world, among them young painters such as Mikhail Larionov, Natalya Goncharova, Vladimir Tatlin and Kasimir Malevich, who were profoundly influenced by the French modern masterpieces they saw. However after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, Shchukin and Morozov's art collections were 'nationalised' and their reputations redacted from history. When Beverly Whitney Kean's book was published, Shchukin and Morozov were still 'non-persons' and the book was banned in the Soviet Union until the end of Communism.

    An art connoisseur in her own right, Beverly Whitney Kean at various times owned an Kokoschka, a Natalia Goncharova, a blue-period Picasso and an early Kandinsky which she kept at properties in New York and Scotland. She is survived by her second husband Dr. Gerhard Hess, a German-born retired professor at the State University of New York.

    Accompanied by a copy of an insurance listing dated 1962.
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