Below are a selection of Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch's important sales, all made within the past 10 years.


A Roman Marble Bust of Antinous-Osiris

130-138 A.D.
Height: 70 cm, 27 ½ in

Provenance
By repute Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli
Thomas Hope (1769—1831) and by descent to his great-grandson, Eighth Duke of Newcastle (1866-1941)

Sold to an American Private Collector


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A Large Silver and Gold-inlaid Brass Tray Decorated with the Signs of the Zodiac

North-west Persia, 1300-1320 A.D.
Diameter: 53.2 cm, 21 in

Provenance
The Aron Collection, 1970's-2010

Published
J. Allan, Masterwork of the Islamic World: The Aron Collection, London, 1986, p. 132, no. 35
Metalwork of the Islamic World: The Aron Collection, London, 1986, p,132, no.35

Sold to the Louvre Abu Dhabi

 


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An early Chola Bronze figure of Siva Nataraja

Tamil Nadu, South India, 950-1000 A.D.
Height: 81 cm, 32 in

Provenance
Professor Samuel Eilenberg (1913-88), London and New York
The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 1993-2009

Published
L. Sickman, (ed.), Masterpieces of Asian Art in American Collections, New York, 1960, no. 23b

Sold to the Louvre Abu Dhabi


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The Lamp of Haci Bayram Veli

Akkoyounlu, Anatolia, circa 1470 A.D.
Brass decorated with niello, inlaid with silver and gild
Height: 101 cm, 39 3/4in

Provenance
Parish-Watson Collection, New York, early twentieth century
Rabenou Collection, New York

Published
A.U. Pope, A Survey of Persian Art, Oxford, 1939, p. 2510, pl. 1374

Sold to the David Collection, Copenhagen


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A Roman Marble Statue of the Three Graces

Second Century A.D
Height: 124 cm, 48 ¾ in

Provenance
Found in 1892 near the ancient Forum of Nerva and Vespasian’s Temple of Peace, Rome
Joachim Ferroni, Rome
Hagop Kervorkian (1872-1962), New York
Canessa Brothers, New York and Paris
Joseph Brummer (1883-1947), New York and Paris
Alexander Iolas (1907-87), New York

Published
S. Reinach, Repertoire de la Statuaire Grecques et Romaines, Paris, 1897-1910, vol. IV, p. 230, pl. 49
Catalogue de vente après la deces de monsieur Joachim Ferroni, Galeria Sangiorgi, Rome, 22 April, 1909, lot 566
Illustrated catalogue of the Canessa collection of Rare and Valuable Objects of Art of the Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Gothic and Renaissance Period, New York, 1919, no. 47

Sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


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King David playing the Harp

Folio from the “Late” Shah Jahan album
Miniature by Manohar
Mughal India, circa 1615
Opaque watercolour with gold on paper

Height: 21.1cm, 8 1/4in
Width: 13.4cm, 10 1/2in

Provenance
The British Rail Pension Fund, 1984-96
Dr. W.K. Ehrenfeld (1934-2005), San Francisco

Sold to the David Collection, Copenhagen


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A Monumental Gandhara Schist Standing Figure of a Bodhisattva

Pakistan, circa 300 A.D.
Height: 153 cm, 60 in

Provenance
Armand Trampitsch (1893-1970), Paris

Published
J.Casey, N.P. Ahuja and D. Weldon, Divine Presence: Arts of India and the Himalayas. Casa Asia, Barcelona, 2003, p. 56, no. 4

Sold to the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra


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The Guilford Marble Puteal Carved with Deities and Heroes

25-15 B.C.
Height: 48 cm, 19 in
Width: 99 cm, 39 in

Provenance
Found on the Acropolis at Corinth and first seen in December 1805 by the artist Edward Dodwell
Acquired by Frederick North, fourth Earl of Guilford (1766-1827) before 1819
Thomas Wentworth Beaumont (1792-1848)

Published
E. Dodwell, A Classical and Topographical Tour through Greece before the Years, 1801, 1805 and 1806, vol. 11, London, 1819, pp. 200-2
W.M. Leake, Travels in the Morea with a Map and Plans, London, 1830, pp. 264-8
A. Michaelis, Ancient Marbles in Great Britain, Cambridge, 1882, pp. 160-1

Sold to the British Museum, London


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Three Cycladic Terracotta Vessels

Early Cycladic 111-Middle Cycladic 1, circa 2300-1900 B.C.
Height: 27cm, 10 ½ in – 41 cm, 16 in

Provenance
All found on Melos in 1829 by Captain Richard Copeland (1791-1850) and given to Eton College by his widow in 1857

Published
R.C. Bosanquet, Notes from the Cyclades. Annual of the British School at Athens 3, London 1896-7, pp. 52-70, no. VIII (kernos)

Sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


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The Oppenlander Collection of Ancient Glass

Fourteenth century B.C. - Sixth Century A.D.
Comprising over three hundred Egyptian, pre-Roman and Roman inlays and vessels

Provenance
Barberini Collection, seventeenth century
Count Alexander Stroganoff (1795-1891)
Count Henri de Clercq (1836-1901)
A.Vogell (1857-1910)
P. Mavrogordato (1870-1948)
Enrico Caruso (1873-1921)
Giorgio Sangiorgi (1884-1975)
Ray Winfield Smith (1897-1982)
Erwin Oppenlander (1901-88)

Sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California


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An Egyptian Inscribed Granodiorite Bust of Sekhmet

New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, 1391-1353 B.C.
Height: 72 cm, 28 1/4in

Provenance
Arthur Sambon (1867-1947), Paris
Werner Coninx (1911-780), Zurich

Now in a Middle Eastern Collection


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Angels Descend from the Heavens to Visit a Princess

An illustration to the Gulshan-I ‘Ishq, a romance written in Deccani Urdu by Nusrati, court poet to Sultan ‘Ali Adil Shah II of Bijapur (r. 1656-72 A.D.)
Deccan, India, circa 1700
Opaque watercolour on paper heightened with gold and silver

Miniature: 22.3 by 14.4 cm.; 8 ¾ by 5 5/8 in.
Folio: 39.5 by 23.5 cm.; 15 ½ by 9 ¼ in.

Provenance
Christie's, Important Islamic and Indian Manuscripts and Miniatures, London, 11 October 1979, lot 187
Lloyd Collection, London, 1979-2011

Published
Zebrowski, M., Deccani Painting, London, 1983, p.224, fig. 195

Sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


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Krishna and Radha in a Pavilion: The Dhira or Steadfast Heroine

Leaf from a Sundar Sringara series
Attributed to Nikka, son of Nainsukh
Chamba, circa 1780-85
Opaque watercolour on paper with gold

Miniature: 14.6 by 23.7 cm., 5 ¾ by 9 3/8 in.
Folio: 19.4 by 28.4 cm., 7 5/8 by 11 1/8 in.

Provenance
Collection of Mandi royal family
Sotheby’s, Indian and Southeast Asian Art, New York, 1st April 2005, lot 113
Private collection, England, 2005-2012

Sold to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


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A Colossal Roman Gilded Bronze Head of an Emperor

180-200 A.D.
Height: 44 cm. 17 1/8in

Provenance
Reputedly found in the River Tiber between 1770 and 1790
Cardinal Schonborn (?1727=-1801)
Paul Victor Suppan, Vienna
Jacob Hirsch (1874-1955)
Henning Throne -Holst (1895-1980)
John Kluge (1914-2009)

Sold to the Louvre Abu Dhabi

 


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An Attic Red-Figure Kylix with Dionysos and Satyrs

Attributed to the Dokimasia Painter, circa 480 B.C
Width: 23 cm, 9 in

Provenance
Spink & Son Limited, London, mid-1960s
Sir Christopher Cockerell (1910-99)

Published:
J.D.Beazley, Paralipomena, Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Oxford, 1971, pp. 372-3, no. 25

Sold to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge


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A Densatil Style Gilt-bronze Relief Depicting Four Dancing Goddesses

Tibet, seventeenth century

38.8 by 37 by 4.5 cm., 15 ¼ by 14 ½ by 1 ¾ in.

Provenance
Private collection, London, 1970s-2014

Published
Schroeder, U. von, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, Hong Kong, 1981, p.430, no. 113G

Now in a private collection, New York


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An Orissan Grey Stone Figure of The God Rama

Height: 30 cm., 11 ¾ in.

Provenance
Collection of Dr. Paul Erni (1917 - 2008), Basel, Switzerland, acquired between 1975-80. Sold by his executors, Fischer Auction House, Lucerne, 23 November 2012, lot 3348 

Sold to a private collector, New York

 

 

 


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Fragmentary Roman Marble Relief with a Female Figure Playing The Pipes

32cm. 12 ½ in

Provenance
Alessandro Castellani collection
Paul Hirsch (1881-1951)

Exhibited
Greek Art, London, 1946, p. 34, p[. 36, no. 144

Now in an American private collection


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Tortoise Avatar of Vishnu

circa 1690
Opaque pigments and gold on paper
25.8 by 20.2 cm., 10 1/8 by 8 in. painting

Inscriptions
Inscribed on reverse in nagari with a dated inspection note:
am. 2 sam. 1751 kati
‘number 2 [avatar] samvat 1751 (1694 A.D.) [month] Karrtika’
and with the partially erased stamp of the private collection of the Maharaja of Bikaner

Provenance
Collection of the Maharajas of Bikaner
Natesan Gallery, London, 1996
Heil Collection, Berlin, 1996-2016

Acquired by the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco


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Bhils Hunting By Night

circa 1760
Opaque pigments with gold on paper, within blue and buff outer borders
10 1/8 by 6 5/8 in., 25.7 by 16.8 cm. painting
14 1/4 by 10 5/8 in., 36.2 by 27 cm. folio

Inscriptions
In black nasta’liq above the hunters: ‘amal-i Faizalla
On the margin below in nasta’liq:
‘Bhil huntresses on their way to the Deccan, hunting deer at night’
On the reverse in nagari: Ram

Provenance
Edwin Binney, III (1925-86), acquired before 1973
Collection of the painter Paul Wonner (1920-2008), California, 1975-85
Private collection, Los Angeles, 1985-2015

Published
Binney 1973, no. 100

Acquired by The Princeton University Art Museum, USA


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Roman Marble Torso of Herakles

First century B.C. – First century A.D.

34 cm. 13 ½ in

Provenance
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whiney (1875-1942)
Flora Whitney Miller (1897-1986)
Private collection, London (1995-2013)

Now in an American private collection


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