Friday, January 31, 2014

Fordham, The Walsh Collection and Collecting Histories



I have been working my way through Barbara Cavaliere and Jennifer Udell (ed.), Ancient Mediterranean Art: The William D. and Jane Walsh Collection at Fordham University (New York: Fordham University Press, 2012) [Review in BMCR].

I was disappointed in the presentation of the catalogue. Where are the full collecting histories for each piece? How did they enter the Walsh collection? When? Who were the previous owners?

The limited information is likely to be significant.

The entries for the coins (nos. 93-103) do not contain collecting histories.

Some of the information on the antiquities includes:

Atlantis Antiquities, New York
Greek and Etruscan Art (1988): no. 16, cup fragment

Christie's, New York
1995, December 7, lot 98: inv. 4.016, Faliscan stamnos
1999, June 4, lot 11: no. 11, Attic neck-amphora; lot 26, no. 35, terracotta Eros; lot 32, no. 36, terracotta thymiaterion; lot 52, no. 33, Gnathian situla; lot 72, inv. 7.050, Etruscan kylix; lot 74, inv. 7.024, Etruscan chalice
1999, June 6, lot 42: inv. 5.001, Apulian hydria
2000, December 7, lot 576: inv. 11.002, Roman portrait
2002, December 12, lot 81: inv. 4.018, Etruscan neck-amphora; lot 132 ($11,353): no. 19, Attic bell-krater; lot 134 ($7170), inv. 7.029, Tarentine water-spout; lot 148: inv. 4.004, Apulian volute-krater; lot 260 ($2629): inv. 3.013, marble eagle
2003, June 11, lot 206 ($71,700): no.79, portrait of Caracalla
2003, December 11, lot 233 ($47,800): no. 81, Severan female portrait
2005, June 8, lot 112 ($18,000): inv. 2.006, Canosan askos; lot 113 ($9600): inv. 3.011, 3.014, pair of theatrical masks
2005, December 9, lot 259 ($3840): inv. 7.023, Apulian plate
2008, June 4, lot 146 ($3500): no. 83, glass cosmetic jar, no. 84, glass bottle, no. 85, glass flask, no. 86, glass beaker, no. 87, glass bottle, no. 88, glass amphoriskos, no. 89, glass unguentarium; lot 174 ($6875): no. 10, Attic lekythos; lot 181 ($22,500): no. 16, cup fragment

Charles Ede, London
Prior to July 1992: no. 11, Attic neck-amphora

Galerie Blondeel-Deroyen, Paris
1999: no. 79, portrait of Caracalla

Archeologia, Montreal
1992: inv. 7.023, Apulian plate

Rome market
1966: inv. 7.020, Apulian epichysis

Sotheby's, London
1967, June 12, lot 152: no. 80, bronze portrait of Caracalla
1983, December 12-13, lot 403: no. 25, Apulian patera
1987, July 13, lot 298: no. 25, Apulian patera
1989, December 11, lot 167: no. 25, Apulian patera
1990, December 13-14, lot 288: no. 20, Apulian column-krater

Sotheby's, New York
1989, June 23, lot 419: no. 10, Attic lekythos [not mentioned in catalogue]
1991, June 18, lot 228: inv. 3.013, marble eagle

Collectors
Ambassador Edward Elliot Elson: no. 83, glass jar; no. 84, glass bottle; no. 85, glass flask; no. 86, glass beaker; no. 87, glass bottle; no. 88, glass amphoriskos; no. 89, glass unguentarium
Daniel Friedenberg: inv. 3.013, marble eagle
Sigmund S. Harrison, Philadelphia: no. 10, Attic lekythos [not mentioned in catalogue]
William and Linda Houston, London: no. 11, Attic neck-amphora; no. 33, Gnathian situla
William Suddaby: inv. 7.023, Apulian plate
Alfred Wolkenberg: no. 86, glass beaker

American private collection, acquired in 1983: inv. 2.006, Canosan askos [not mentioned in catalogue]
European private collection: no. 19, Attic bell-krater
German private collection: no. 81, Severan female portrait [not mentioned in catalogue]
New York private collection: no.79, portrait of Caracalla [not mentioned in catalogue]
Turin, private collection: no. 29, Paestan lekythos

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