01 juillet 2018

A Sarmatian gold lion griffin head appliqué, Northern Black Sea or Central Asian Steppes, circa 2nd century B.C.-1st century A.D

Lot 78. A Sarmatian gold lion griffin head appliqué, Northern Black Sea or Central Asian Steppes, circa 2nd century B.C.-1st century A.D. Lenght 4.5 cm., depth 1.5 cm. Estimate 3,500 — 4,500 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. repoussé and with turquoise and enamel inlays over A black substance, probably bitumen. Provenance: Drouot, Paris, May 29th-30th, 1963, no. 29, cover illus.acquired by the present owner at the above sale. Note:Such objects were probably ornaments from horse trappings or attachments to weaponry... [Lire la suite]

01 juillet 2018

A Gold Torque, probably Sarmatian, Northern Black Sea Area or Central Asian Steppes, circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.

Lot 77. A Gold Torque, probably Sarmatian, Northern Black Sea Area or Central Asian Steppes, circa 1st-2nd Century A.D. Diameter 15 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 GBP. Lot sold 68,750 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. of solid circular section with hinged opening section and fastener, inlaid with carnelian and niello.. Provenance: Drouot, Paris, May 29th-30th, 1963, no. 27, illus. Note: The missing inlays may have been in a material more susceptible to decomposition with time and, on the basis of comparison... [Lire la suite]
20 octobre 2016

Eight Sarmatian gold phalerae, circa 1st century B.C.-2nd century A.D.

Lot 117. Eight Sarmatian gold phalerae, circa 1st century B.C.-2nd century A.D. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. Each: 1 ½ in. (3.7 cm.) diameter Provenance: Edmund Roy Hofmann (1901-1977), Philadelphia, acquired in Europe, 1930s-1950s; thence by descent. Note: For a similar depiction of animals in circular formation, see the gold vessel from the Kobyakov burial mound on the lower Don river in south Russia, fig. 10 in V. Guguev, "The Gold Jewelry Complex from the Kobyakov... [Lire la suite]