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LOT 0062

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GBP (£) 15,000 - 20,000
EUR (€) 17,630 - 23,500
USD ($) 20,900 - 27,870

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£15,000 (EUR 17,628; USD 20,904) (+bp*)

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Greek Mirror with Aphrodite and Eros

Mid-late 4th century BC

A late Classical mirror with cover, circular in form, comprising: a lid featuring a hammered sheet repoussé appliqué of Eros and Aphrodite standing on either side of a thymiaterion, or censer associated with religious worship and ritual; Eros with wings outstretched, left hand supporting the top tier of the censer, right hand lowered to his side holding a wreath(?); much delicate incised detailing to his wings indicating a feathered texture; Aphrodite standing to the right, wearing a floor-length woollen tunic or chiton, a pleated himation around her waist and draped over her left arm; right hand held above the top tier of the censer; the scene is framed within an incised circular roundel; the interior of the lid, and the base including its flange, featuring a series of lathe-turned concentric circular mouldings; both halves mounted on a custom-made stand, which reproduces the human act of lifting the lid off the mirror base. 1.17 kg total, 15cm (6"). Fine condition.

Provenance
Property of a London gentleman; formerly with Christie's, Rockefeller Plaza, New York, 9 June 2011, lot 109; previously in a London private collection, UK, 1975; accompanied by copies of the relevant Christie's catalogue pages; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no. 10788-177825.

Literature
See Comstock, M. & Vermeule, C., Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 1971, no.36; see The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 07.259, for another example of a box mirror featuring Eros.

Footnotes
Eros and Aphrodite are two Greek gods famously believed to induce desire.