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LOT 0074

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EUR (€) 47,040 - 70,560
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£36,000 (EUR 42,338; USD 47,952) (+bp*)

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Roman Glazed Terracotta Vase with Bust of Silenus

1st century BC-1st century AD

A substantial Roman Imperial or Hellenistic lead-glazed terracotta plastic vase formed as a bust of Silenus with a pallium mantle draped over his right shoulder and head, left hand emerging from the folds of cloth, bearded head offset to one side with flowers and vine-leaves in the hair; eyebrows, eyes, lips and hem of the robe picked out in contrasting colours; tall stem above the head and ribbed strap handle to the rear terminating in grapes. 987 grams, 28cm (11"). Very fine condition, stem and handle restored.

From an important London W1, collection; previously with Sotheby's, New York, 12 June 2003, lot 52; formerly in an old European collection formed in 1980s; accompanied by a copy of the relevant Sotheby's catalogue catalogue pages; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.10937-181278.

A similar pot signed by Lykinnios, in lead-glazed terracotta and representing the face of Dionysos is preserved in the Getty Museum, inv. no. 83.AE.40; for the production workshops see Hasselin Rous, I., 'Des ateliers des céramiques et de figurines glaçurées à Smyrne?', in D'Izimir à Smyrne, catalogue d'exposition, Paris, 2009, pp.192-199.