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In a Hellenistic style depicted with short curly hair clustered around his face, with smiling mouth, full cheeks, high forehead and large narrow eyes with iris ring and pupils. Medium/Materials: marble Dimensions: Size: 4-5/8 inches (11.8 cm.) high. + custom mount. Provenance: From a European Private Collection
Etruscan Fine Bronze Patera Handle, Italy, circa 4th to 3rd century BC
Fine and rare cast handle of a draped Goddess for a ceremonial vessel, she stands on integral base; she wears flowing pinned peplos garment decorated with lovely folds in relief. She holds object out front in one hand, the other raised and bent at the elbow. She has fine facial features and carefully arranged hair. On the back of the attachment flange is a schematic head, perhaps a representation of Silenus or a Gogoneion between the two side extensions end in rosettes.

 

Pair of Yuan Dynasty Mounted Riders, circa 1127-1279 A.D.
Both are mold made examples depicting standing horses, facing forward, each with integral mounted riders wearing long dust-cover over coats, wide-cuffed trousers and brimmed, pointy hats. Hands held in the position of holding reins, probably originally leather reins now missing. Painted white slip horses, with red-orange blankets, highlighted in brown, black, red-orange and flesh colors. Both are repaired from a few large pieces with some areas of restoration especially to the hands. Very scarce and nice examples.
Ancient Roman Gold Heraklese Knot & Green Glass Bead Necklace, 1st to 3rd Century AD
Necklace of green oblong glass beads alternating with thick gold wire links in the form of Herakles knots. Hook-eye closure. Dimensions: Size 16 inches 40 cm. L. Provenance: Ex German collection acquired before 2000

 

Huastec Decorated Conch Shell Trumpet, c. 1200-1500 A.D.
Highly decorated large conch shell having overall carved, incised and openwork decoration including an upper row of trophy heads having long hair intertwined, connecting them together. Wide lower register depicting an elaborate and complicated scene of deities and zoomorphs. Some remaining original red pigment highlighting the decoration.
Diego Maldonado - Garnet mounted in silver pendant
This magnificent Garnet was discovered in 2013 in the State of Minais Gerais, Brazil. The clean transparency of this specimen allows the viewer to clearly see the complex crystal patterns that virtually covers the entire stone with razor sharp lines. The growth of the crystals created a v shape of sharp crystals that was never seen before by the Brazilian miner. This specimen was mounted in a sterling silver pendant by the renowned artist Diego Maldonado.

 

Beechey, Captain F.W. Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering... ; 1831
London, Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831. Two volumes bound in one, quarto, with 19 engraved plates, four lithographed plates, and three engraved maps (two folding); with the rare errata slip called for by Forbes and Hill (at start of vol. II) but without the final leaf of publisher's advertisements not present in all copies; in contemporary polished pale calf, later ornately gilt-panelled spine; engraved bookplate of Sir William Curtis.
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