EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS

MARBLE MALE HEAD 

ALEXANDRIAN, THIRD-SECOND CENTURY B.C. 

Probably a portrait, originally embedded in another material, probably stucco. 

Height 12.7 cm. 

PROVENANCE 

Lord Clark of Saltwood (1903-83), Kent: Sotheby’s, London, 27 June 1984, lot 122 

European private collection, 1984-2018 

EXHIBITED 

Pinacothèque de Paris, 10 April-7 September 2014 

PUBLISHED 

Le Mythe de Cleopatre, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 2014, p. 46, no. 12 

Kenneth Clark, later Lord Clark of Saltwood, bought a number of antiquities but unfortunately no records survive; it would seem, however, that most of his acquisitions were made during the 1920-30s and certainly before his move to Saltwood Castle in 1953. See C. Stephens and J-P. Stonard (ed.), Kenneth Clark. Looking for Civilisation, exhibition catalogue, London, 2014.This head was evidently a particular favourite as it sat on his desk, both at his house in Hampstead and at Saltwood Castle in Kent. 

Hellenistic sculpture from Alexandria is distinctive, often with a smooth almost polished surface and idealistic quality. In some cases, it would have been combined with another material, such as limestone, stucco or wood, to create the hair, beard and bodies. Cf. R.R.R. Smith, Hellenistic Sculpture, London, 1991, pp. 205-211. 

£35,000

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