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RUPERT

WACE ANCIENT

ART


RUPERT

WACE ANCIENT

ART

RUPERT WACE A NCIENT ART 14

14 Old Bond Street London W1S 4PP, UK Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7495 1623 Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7495 8495 Email: info @ rupertwace.co.uk www.rupertwace.co.uk


Compiling our catalogue of acquisitions is one of the highlights of our year. Finding and choosing the pieces to be included is never easy but always exciting; a reminder of the talents of these ancient artists and craftsmen and of the timeless appeal of their work. Included in this current collection are works ranging from the prehistoric rock art of the Sahara to Christian imagery from the Byzantine world, a span of almost 9000 years and covering a vast geographical area. And yet this diversity does not grate but highlights the fact that just as ancient peoples were influenced by their neighbouring civilisations so the themes, subjects and forms of these ancient works of art continue to resonate with us today.

Claire Brown


1

SAHARAN SCHIST RELIEF DEPICTING ELEPHANTS Palaeolithic. 8000-7000 BC Dimensions: 22 x 35 cm Provenance: Private collection UK Sold Bonhams, London, 1996; UK collection


2

EGYPTIAN SCHIST PALETTE Predynastic Period. Naqada II, 3700-3250 BC Length: 12 cm Provenance: Joseph Klein collection, USA acquired 1941-1980 and thence by descent


3

EGYPTIAN NUMMULITIC LIMESTONE JAR Predynastic Period. Naqada III, 3250-3100 BC Height: 19.5 cm Provenance: Private collection UK, acquired 1930s-1950s and thence by descent


4

EGYPTIAN TERRACOTTA VASE INSCRIBED FOR KING HEDJW-HOR (DETAIL OF HIEROGLYPHS ON FRONTISPIECE) Predynastic Period. Naqada III, 3250-3100 BC Height: 49 cm Provenance: Private collection Switzerland acquired 1960s and thence by descent


5

EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE HEAD OF A MAN Old Kingdom. 5th Dynasty, 2454-2311 BC Height: 9.5 cm Provenance: Private collection Switzerland acquired 1960s and thence by descent


6

EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF WITH OFFERING BEARER HOLDING A BIRD Old Kingdom. 5th Dynasty, 2454-2311 BC Dimensions: 30 x 32.5 cm Provenance: Private collection Switzerland acquired 1960s


7

EGYPTIAN BRONZE OPENWORK PLAQUE DEPICTING THE GOD HAPI Late Dynastic Period. 26th Dynasty Reign of Amasis, 570-526 BC Dimensions: 18.2 x 8.5 cm Provenance: Private collection Switzerland acquired 1960s and thence by descent


8

EGYPTIAN BRONZE PLAQUE DEPICTING THE GOD HAPI New Kingdom. 18th Dynasty Reign of Thutmosis III, 1479-1425 BC Dimensions: 19.5 x 8.3 cm Provenance: Private collection Switzerland acquired 1960s and thence by descent


9

EGYPTIAN FAIENCE WEDJAT EYE RING New Kingdom. Late 18th Dynasty c. 1350 BC Width of bezel: 2 cm Ring size: I Provenance: Private collection UK acquired prior 1983

10

EGYPTIAN FAIENCE LID WITH CARTOUCHE OF AMENHOTEP III New Kingdom. 18th Dynasty Reign of Amenhotep III, 1391-1353 BC Diameter: 4 cm Exhibited: San Diego Museum of Man, 1968 Provenance: Dubois Collection, USA acquired 1901-7 and thence by descent

11

EGYPTIAN FAIENCE WEDJAT EYE RING New Kingdom. Late 18th Dynasty, c. 1350 BC Width of bezel: 1.9 cm Ring size: J Exhibited: Metropolitan Museum of Art New York 1920-1945; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1945-1965 and San Diego Museum of Man, 1968 Provenance: Dubois Collection, USA acquired 1901-7 and thence by descent


12

EGYPTIAN FAIENCE FROG SEAL AMULET

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THREE SMALL EGYPTIAN FAIENCE FROG SEAL AMULETS

New Kingdom. 18th Dynasty, Thutmosid period 1504-1391 BC

New Kingdom. 18th Dynasty, Amarna period 1353-1337 BC

Length: 2.5 cm

Lengths: 1.1 to 1.2 cm

Exhibited: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1920-1945 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1945-1965 and San Diego Museum of Man, 1968

Exhibited: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1920-1945 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1945-1965 and San Diego Museum of Man, 1968

Provenance: Dubois Collection, USA acquired 1901-7 and thence by descent

Provenance: Dubois Collection, USA acquired 1901-7 and thence by descent


16

EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF FROM A TALATAT WITH CARTOUCHES OF QUEEN NEFERTITI AND PHARAOH AKHENATEN New Kingdom. 18th Dynasty, Amarna Period 1353-1337 BC Dimensions: 21.6 x 53.1 cm Exhibited: 'Geschenk des Nils, Ägyptische Kunstwerk aus Schweizer Besitz’, Switzerland, 1978 Published: G. Roeder, ‘Amarna Reliefs aus Hermopolis’, Hildesheim, 1969 and Hermann Schloegl ‘Geschenk des Nils Ägyptische Kunstwerk aus Schweizer Besitz’, Basel, 1978 Provenance: Collection of Heinz Herzer, Germany, acquired prior 1978; Private collection USA, acquired 1991


17

COLLECTION OF EGYPTIAN FAIENCE FRAGMENTS FROM TELL EL-AMARNA New Kingdom. 18th Dynasty Amarna Period, 1353-1337 BC Dimensions of boards: 19 x 24 cm Provenance: Collection of Robert de Rustafjaell; Rustafjaell sale, Anderson Galleries, New York, 1915; Purchased by Gustave Maurice Heckscher and donated to Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington; de-accessioned 2012


18

EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF OF PHARAOH AKHENATEN New Kingdom. 18th Dynasty Amarna Period, 1353-1337 BC Dimensions: 18 x 16.5 cm Provenance: Private collection France acquired 1979 from Galerie Maspero


19

‘EGYPTIAN BLUE’ BUNCH OF GRAPES ON BRONZE STALK New Kingdom. 18th Dynasty Amarna Period, 1353-1337 BC Length: 18.5 cm Provenance: Collection of Mr. Garnett-Orme acquired early 20th century from the Egypt Exploration Society


20

EGYPTIAN FAIENCE TILE WITH CARTOUCHE OF PHARAOH SETI II New Kingdom. 19th Dynasty. Reign of Seti II, 1200-1194 BC Dimensions: 10 x 4.5 cm Exhibited: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1920-1945 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1945-1965 and San Diego Museum of Man, 1968 Provenance: Dubois Collection, USA acquired 1901-7 and thence by descent


21

EGYPTIAN INLAID WOOD LEGS WITH DUCK HEAD TERMINALS FROM A FOLDING STOOL New Kingdom. 18th Dynasty, 1540-1295 BC Length of leg: 50 cm Provenance: Private collection France acquired before 1975


22

EGYPTIAN PAINTED WOOD FRAGMENT FROM A CANOPIC BOX New Kingdom. 18th Dynasty, 1540-1295 BC Dimensions: 14.5 x 19.3 cm Provenance: Collection of Klaus Baumhardt, Germany acquired 1981


23

EGYPTIAN FAIENCE PECTORAL IN THE FORM OF A NAOS WITH HEART SCARAB New Kingdom. Late 18th - 19th Dynasty, 1353-1186 BC Height: 12 cm Provenance: Found Abydos 1894-1898 by Emile Amélineau Sold his sale, Drouot, Paris, 1904; Caron Collection, sold Drouot, Paris, 1925; Private collection France Bouché collection France, acquired 1985


24

EGYPTIAN WOOD SARCOPHAGUS MASK Late Dynastic Period. 30th Dynasty, 380-343 BC Height: 26.6 cm Provenance: Private collection UK acquired prior 1982 and thence by descent


25

EGYPTIAN BRONZE AND WOOD IBIS WITH INLAID EYES Late Dynastic Period. 25th - 31st Dynasty 715-332 BC Length: 28 cm Provenance: Irving F. Burton Collection, USA acquired 1950s-1970s and thence by descent


26

EGYPTIAN BRONZE APIS BULL WITH INLAID EYES Late Dynastic Period. 25th-31st Dynasty 715-332 BC Length: 9.5 cm Provenance: Collection of Maurice Mathieu, France acquired 1960s-1980s


27

EGYPTIAN ALABASTER VASE INSCRIBED FOR PHARAOH AMASIS Late Dynastic Period. 26th Dynasty Reign of Amasis, 570-526 BC Height: 36 cm Provenance: Private collection Switzerland acquired 1960s and thence by descent


28

EGYPTIAN SILVER-GILT AMULET OF THE GODDESS NEPHTHYS INSCRIBED FOR MERESKHONSU Late Dynastic Period. 25th - 26th Dynasty 715-525 BC Height: 6.3 cm Provenance: Samuel Rulnick collection, USA Sold Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc, New York 21st May 1977; Private collection UK, acquired 1979


29

EGYPTIAN INLAID BRONZE FIGURE OF OSIRIS Ptolemaic Period. 304-30 BC Height: 28 cm Provenance: Kevorkian collection, USA Sold Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 1966 Private collection France


30

EGYPTIAN FAIENCE NECKLACE OF URAEI AND EYE PENDANTS New Kingdom. 18th - 20th Dynasty, 1550-1070 BC

31

EGYPTIAN GOLD RING ENGRAVED WITH THE FIGURE OF THE GOD BES New Kingdom. 18th Dynasty, 1540-1295 BC

Length: 40.5 cm Exhibited: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1920-1945 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1945-1965 and San Diego Museum of Man, 1968 Provenance: Dubois Collection, USA, acquired 1901-7 and thence by descent

Dimensions of bezel: 1.5 x 0.9 cm Ring size: J/K Provenance: Collection of Jean Sigrist, Switzerland acquired prior 1980s


32

EGYPTIAN RED JASPER AND CARNELIAN SEED HEAD NECKLACE New Kingdom. 18th Dynasty, 1540-1295 BC

33

EGYPTIAN CARNELIAN RING INCISED WITH HATHOR SISTRUM FLANKED BY URAEI New Kingdom. 19th Dynasty Ramesside Period, c. 1295-1186 BC

Length: 43 cm Provenance: Private collection Belgium acquired 1970s

Dimensions of bezel: 2 x 1 cm Ring size: J/K Provenance: Collection of Byron Zoumboulakis Switzerland, acquired 1978


34

EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE ISIS LACTANS Romano-Egyptian. c. 1st century BC- 1st century AD Height: 13.2 cm Provenance: Collection of Professor G端nter Grimm, Germany acquired 1972


35

MESOPOTAMIAN STONE SEAL IN THE FORM OF A CROUCHING BOAR Jemdet Nasr. 3100-2900 BC

36

MESOPOTAMIAN STONE SEAL IN THE FORM OF A LION’S HEAD Jemdet Nasr. 3100-2900 BC

Length: 5.6 cm

Length: 4.5 cm

Provenance: Collection of Jil Danon, France acquired 1940s-1980s

Provenance: Collection of Jil Danon, France acquired 1940s-1980s


37

MESOPOTAMIAN FLUORSPAR SEAL IN THE FORM OF A VULTURE Jemdet Nasr. 3100-2900 BC Height: 4 cm Provenance: UK collection


38

NEAR EASTERN STONE, GOLD AND CLOISONNÉ HANDLE, BOSS AND MACE HEAD Caucasus. Early 1st millennium BC Length of handle: 19.6 cm Diameter of boss: 6.6 cm Height of mace head: 9.3 cm Provenance: UK collection


39

NEAR EASTERN BRONZE AND LAPIS DAGGER Luristan. Early 1st millenium BC Length: 25.5 cm Provenance: Collection of Mrs Elias-Vaes The Netherlands, acquired 1960s - early 1970s


40

NEAR EASTERN BRONZE ADZE Luristan. 9th-7th century BC Length: 19.4 cm Provenance: Collection of Alan Harrison, UK


41

GREEK TERRACOTTA FEMALE HEAD Archaic. Late 6th-early 5th century BC Height: 15.5 cm Provenance: Collection of E. H. Goddard, UK Private collection UK, acquired 1960


42

GREEK BRONZE FIGURE OF A NAKED YOUTH 5th century BC Height: 12.6 cm Provenance: Collection of Mrs F.C. Pinchbeck, UK Sold Sotheby’s, London, 1967; Private collection UK


43

RHODIAN TERRACOTTA ARYBALLOS IN THE FORM OF A SANDALLED FOOT East Greek. 600-550 BC Dimensions: 8.6 x 9.7 cm Provenance: Private collection UK acquired prior to 1970


44

ROMAN SILVER GILT DISC FIBULA WITH THE HEAD OF A SATYR 1st-2nd century AD Diameter 3.9 cm Provenance: Private collection Germany acquired mid 1970s


45

GREEK SILVER KANTHAROS WITH GILDED DECORATION Late 4th century BC Height: 9 cm Provenance: Private collection Switzerland acquired 1960s and thence by descent


46

ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT OF EMPEROR ANTONINUS PIUS 2nd century AD Height: 35.5 cm Provenance: Collection of Frederick W. Hughes, USA Collection of William F. Reilly, USA


47

GREEK PAINTED TERRACOTTA HEAD OF A YOUNG LADY Magna Graecia. c. 4th-3rd century BC Height: 4.5 cm Provenance: Collection of Marcel Dumoulin, Belgium acquired 1960s-1970s


48

HELLENISTIC MARBLE HEAD OF APOLLO LYKEIOS 2nd-1st century BC Height: 14.8 cm Provenance: Private collection UK acquired prior to 1970


49

HELLENISTIC BRONZE FIGURE OF A PTOLEMAIC KING AS HERMES Ptolemaic Period. c. 2nd century BC Height: 7.5 cm Provenance: Sold Sotheby’s, London, 1989 Private collection UK


50

HELLENISTIC BRONZE FIGURE OF A PTOLEMAIC KING AS HERAKLES CARRYING THE CALEDONIAN BOAR Ptolemaic Period. c. 1st century BC Height: 6.2 cm Provenance: Collection of Brian North Lee, UK acquired c. 1985


51

ROMAN GLASS CINERARY URN c. 1st-2nd century AD Height: 25.4 cm Provenance: Collection of Armen Sarkisian, USA acquired 1970s or earlier and thence by descent


52

ROMAN BRONZE PHALLIC TINTINNABULUM c. 1st century AD Length: 10.1 cm Provenance: Collection of David Backhouse, UK acquired prior 1970


53

ROMAN BRONZE HERM 1st-2nd century AD Height: 13.2 cm Provenance: Collection of Mr Segredakis France, acquired 1950


54

ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF A GODDESS 2nd century AD

55

ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF SILENUS c. 1st century AD

Height: 6.3 cm

Height: 27.9 cm

Provenance: French collection

Provenance: Private collection France acquired 1940s


56

IBERO-CELTIC BRONZE MALE VOTIVE FIGURE 5th-3rd century BC Height: 13 cm Provenance: Collection of Paul Binet, France acquired prior 1970


57

IBERO-CELTIC SILVER LEECH FIBULA c. 3rd century BC Height: 5.9 cm Provenance: UK collection


58

IBERO-CELTIC SILVER TWISTED TORC WITH HERAKLES KNOT c. 3rd-2nd century BC Maximum internal diameter: 11.2 cm Provenance: UK collection


59

OSTROGOTHIC SILVER GILT AND GARNET BIRD HEADED BROOCH c. 5th-6th century AD

60

MEROVINGIAN SILVER BIRD BROOCH 6th century AD

61

DARK AGE SILVER GILT AND GARNET BIRD HEADED BROOCH c. 6th century AD

Height: 3.3 cm Diameter: 3.8 cm Provenance: Collection of David Backhouse, UK acquired prior 1970

Provenance: Collection of Brian North Lee UK acquired c. 1985

Height: 3.5 cm Provenance: Collection of Peter Petrov, UK acquired c. 1980


62

DARK AGE GOLD RING WITH GARNET INLAYS c. 6th century AD Diameter: 1.9 cm Ring size: Q Provenance: Private collection Germany acquired c. 1980

63

DARK AGE GOLD AND GARNET PENDANT 6th-8th century AD Height: 3.4 cm Provenance: Collection of David Backhouse, UK acquired c. 1976


64

BYZANTINE GOLD RING WITH AMETHYST AND PEARL c. 6th century AD

65

GREEK GOLD EARRING WITH IBEX HEAD TERMINAL 4th century BC

Internal diameter: 2 cm Ring size: N/O

Height: 3.2 cm

Provenance: Private collection UK

Provenance: Private collection UK


66

PAIR OF GREEK GOLD EARRINGS c. 4th century BC Drop: 3.5 cm Published: A. de Ridder, ‘Collection de Clercq’ Paris, 1911 and J.-L. Zimmermann, ‘Collection de la Fondation Thétis’, Geneva, 1987 Provenance: De Clercq collection, France acquired prior 1911; The Thétis Collection, Switzerland acquired prior 1970

67

BYZANTINE INSCRIBED GOLD RING c. 10th Century AD Width of bezel: 1.6 cm Ring size: N Provenance: The Thétis Collection Switzerland, acquired prior 1970


68

ROMAN SILVERED-BRONZE PIN IN THE FORM OF A HAND HOLDING A PEARL Late 1st century AD Length: 10.5 cm Provenance: Collection of Alan Harrison, UK


69

BYZANTINE BRONZE VOTIVE HAND c. 6th-7th century AD Height: 15.5 cm Provenance: Private collection France acquired 1940s and thence by descent


COORDINATED BY CLAIRE BROWN

DESIGNED BY PETER KEENAN

PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICHARD VALENCIA

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ALL ITEMS ARE SOLD WITH AN UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE OF AUTHENTICITY AND ALL APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTATION ALL ITEMS HAVE BEEN CHECKED THROUGH THE ART LOSS REGISTER ISBN 978-0-9575064-0-4


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