Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Christie's and the Medici Dossier: Correction

It now appears that lot 110 in the June sale of Antiquities does not feature in the Medici Dossier. The reason is simple: Christie's had placed the incorrect image against lot 110. (However, it would be interesting to know the collecting history of the piece prior to it being acquired by the anonymous Japanese private collector in the 1980s.)

During the afternoon the image against lot 110 moved to lot 112 and the image of lot 112 to lot 110.

Lot 112 is a Canosan 'Greek terracotta goddess', dating to the 3rd century BCE. It is valued at $6000 to $8000. The figure rests against a herm.

The present proprietor is not given ("Another Property"). However it is perhaps significant that the piece surfaced at "Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 9-10 July 1984, lot 551" before passing into an anonymous English private collection.

Several other interesting pieces passed through Sotheby's, London in 1984.

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