London auctions. On the 11th May Chiswick Auctions will play host to a sale of Antiquities and Tribal Art.
Lots of particular interest include:
L ot 174. A GROUP OF ROMANO-BRITISH BRONZES AND TERRACOTTA FRAGMENTS. Circa 2nd-3rd Century A.D.
Including two bronze figures of Herakles, the right arm raised to strike with the now-missing club, the left arm draped in the lion skin, 8.5cm and 9.5cm high; a bronze fragment, possibly from another figure of Herakles, 5.5cm high; a bronze skillet handle terminal with a lead core, in the shape of a bull’s head, 9cm long; a bronze attachment with a hoop handle and a terminal in the shape of a dog’s head, 7.5cm long; a bronze hollow-cast penannular brooch, the pin now missing, 4.3cm diam; a bronze hinged buckle with remains of inlaid enamel, the pin missing, 3cm long; two bronze spoon fragments, 3.3cm and 7.8cm long; a grey terracotta round spindle whorl, 4cm diam; six Samian red ware terracotta fragments, approx 3cm-6cm long; six coarse pottery fragments, approx 5cm-10cm long; and ten Roman bronze coins (32)
Provenance: Crellin Family Collection, found in the 19th Century in the area around their home at Denton Foot, Gilsland, Northumberland. The finds were authenticated by Chesterholm Museum, Vindolanda Trust, in 2003. Accompanied by a small photograph of Denton Foot cottage.
Exhibited: the group was with the Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, between February 2008 and April 2012.
This group of bronzes and terracotta vessel fragments were found by the Crellin family in the 19th Century in the garden of their home, Denton Foot cottage, in Gilsland, Northumberland.
All the items can be dated to the 2nd-3rd Century AD. At that time the city of Gilsland was on the Hadrian’s Wall which had been erected at the beginning of the 2nd Century AD.
The finds were authenticated by Chesterholm Museum, Vindolanda Trust, in 2003 and were displayed at the Tullie House.
Highlights of the groups are two bronze figures of Hercules, very well preserved, which were possibly left as offerings for a local Hercules shrine.
Another interesting item is a handle fragment from a bronze skillet in the shape of a bulls head with a lead core. This type was imported, possibly from Italy, showing the ongoing links between Rome and what at the time would have been the northern border of the empire.
Other fragments of terracotta vessels called ‘Samian ware’ were produced in France.
Lot 2 and 3. AN EGYPTIAN GREEN GLAZED COMPOSITION SHABTI.
Late Period, 30th Dynasty, circa 400-350 B.C.
The elongated mummiform figure holding a hoe and an adze, the front with a double row of T-shaped text added in blue glaze, for ‘Ankhep’, and a seed bag painted over the left shoulder, 18.3cm high
Provenance: John Marriott (1921-2007) Collection, London, formed prior to 1980. John Marriott and Count R. L. Sangorski expanded the family collection originally formed by his grandparents Otto and Addie Kahn and his parents Sir John & Lady Marriott throughout the first half of the 20th Century. Accompanied by a copy of a Christie’s valuation dated 13 August 1993 and by a photograph of the shabti displayed in John Marriot’s house.
Both shabtis are from the same owner called ‘Ankhep’ and are estimated at £700-£900 each.
Lot 7. A ROMAN LIMESTONE MALE PORTRAIT HEAD.
Circa 2nd Century A.D.
Possibly from a large relief, the back flat and unworked, depicting a man with full beard, pronounced cheekbones and curly hair falling over the forehead, 23cm high.
Provenance: John Marriott (1921-2007) Collection, London, formed prior to 1980. John Marriott and Count R. L. Sangorski expanded the family collection originally formed by his grandparents Otto and Addie Kahn and his parents Sir John & Lady Marriott throughout the first half of the 20th Century. Accompanied by an invoice from Asprey London for mounting the head on the green calf leather plinth, dated 13 June 1975, and by a photograph of the head displayed in John Marriott’s house dated 1 September 1991.
The following three lots are from the Horatio and Patsy Melas Collection, Alexandria, Egypt, acquired before 1967. Thence by descent, moved to Switzerland and London.