A Roman marble Venus

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Lot 72
A Roman marble Venus

£ 40,000 - 60,000
US$ 48,000 - 71,000

Antiquities

28 Nov 2018, 10:30 GMT

London, New Bond Street

A Roman marble Venus
Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.
The goddess depicted nude, the torso sensuously modelled, standing with her weight on her right leg, the left leg bent, a swag of drapery held in her lowered right hand, wearing a crescentic diadem atop her wavy hair, centrally-parted and arranged in a low chignon, her oval face with almond-shaped unarticulated eyes, the head probably ancient but not belonging, 140cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Private collection, France.
    with Galerie Samarcande, Paris, 16 October 1984.
    with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1985 (Art of the Ancient World, 1985, no. 238).
    John Kluge collection, Charlottesville, VA, 1995-2007.
    with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 2008 (Art of the Ancient World, 2008, no. 10).
    Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins, France.

    Published:
    M. Merrony (ed.), Mougins Museum of Classical Art, Mougins, 2011, p.90, fig.32.

    Exhibited:
    Mougins, Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins, June 2011-2018.

    Portrayed in different positions and gestures, Venus was a popular subject in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Statues of the goddess depicted in the nude were ultimately inspired by the work by Praxiteles, the Aphrodite of Knidos, and it is likely that in its original form the present lot depicted the goddess in a pose related to this type, i.e. with her right hand held in front of her exposed body. The original sculpture was created by Praxiteles in the 4th Century B.C., and was renowned for its beauty and sensuality. For a discussion on the types of Aphrodite see A. Pasquier and J.-L. Martinex, Praxitèle, exhibition catalogue, the Louvre, Paris, 2007, pp.130-201.
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