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Hellenistic Gold Wreath at Bonhams

The gold wreath due to be auctioned at Bonhams (lot 240) next week is discussed on "Archaeology Matters". There is a link to a report in the Greek press (N. Kontrarou-Rassia, "Στο σφυρί μοναδικά και πανάκριβα αρχαία", Eleutherotypia, April 9, 2010). It appears that Greek archaeologists have contacted Bonhams asking for further information about the wreath and requesting additional photographs.

The first documented appearance of the wreath was at Sotheby's in London (July 11, 1988, lot 83). However it is also stated that the wreath resided in an unspecified private Swiss collection; the date of acquisition is uncertain ("between the 1930s-60s"). This sounds like one of the "interesting provenances" that was highlighted in the press release issued by Bonhams.

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David Gill said…
The wreath was unsold.

Lot No: 240
A Hellenistic gold oak wreath
Circa 4th-3rd Century B.C.
Composed of numerous projecting sprays of sheet gold oak leaves with serrated edges and veins, miniature acorns nestling amongst them, each spray attached by twisted gold wire to a circular gold tube, the overlapping ends bound together to form a crown, 17in (43cm) diam, 5½in (14cm) deep, mounted on a perspex stand

Estimate: £100,000 - 120,000

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