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LOT 0160

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GBP (£) 5,000 - 7,000
EUR (€) 5,840 - 8,170
USD ($) 6,320 - 8,850

Current bid: £2,550 (+bp*)
(30 Bids, Reserve met)

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(30 Bids, Reserve met)   |   Current bid: £2,550
ROMAN BRONZE FIGURINE OF VENUS
CIRCA 50 A.D.
10 3/4 in. (1.17 kg total, 27.3 cm high including stand).

The figure standing with her head turned slightly to the right, elegant hair falling to the shoulders in two long tresses; chiton draped around the left shoulder and sagging to expose the right breast; left hand holding a fold of the robe at her thigh, right hand slightly extended holding an apple; toes exposed beneath the fringe of her robe; mounted on a custom-made stand. [No Reserve]

PROVENANCE:
European private collection, acquired 1980s, or before.
Subsequently British private collection, acquired late 1990s from the previous.
Acquired directly from the above by the current owner.

This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by search certificate no.12052-210844.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Boucher, S. & Tassinari, S., Musée de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine a Lyon: Bronzes Antiques I. Inscriptions, Statuaire, Vaisselle, Lyon, 1976, items 65 (presenting an apple), 72 (cloth gathered in left hand).

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