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Exceptional Roman Sculpture at Auction – More provenance info needed

August 2, 2012

Two Important Roman Bronze Genre Statues Of A Girl Pursuing A Partridge. Circa Late 1st Century B.C.-Early 1st Century A.D. Estimate: $3,000,000-5,000,000. Photo: Christie’s Images Ltd 2012.

These two remarkable antique Roman bronzes are coming to auction in December at Christie’s.   Art Daily carries the Christie’s release, which is moderately detailed in discussion of the works and the ancient Romans’ interest in genre sculpture –  but it’s the provenance that needs more explanation:

The bronzes come to Christie’s from a private collection, the owner’s family having acquired them from renowned Swiss collector Giovanni Züst in the 1960s, whose collection formed the nucleus of Basel’s famed Antikensammlung.

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