An ancient Roman marble bust of the Emperor Hadrian that had been in the same private collection for over half a century was the runaway highlight in a recent sale held by Tessier Sarrou & Associés at Drouot in Paris.
The bearded portrait bust, shown here, stands 23in (59cm) high
and its Imperial status is indicated by a crown of laurel centred
by a medallion. It was dated on a stylistic basis to the first half
of the 2nd century AD, favouring an attribution to Hadrian, who
ruled from 117-138AD.
The carving had a provenance to the collection of the Baronne
Yvonne Clément de Givry (née Grémaud), was acquired in 1947 and had
passed down by descent until its appearance in this 235-lot,
mixed-discipline auction of paintings, furniture and works of art
on April 30.
Entered with an estimate of €150,000-200,000, it was pursued to
five times that level to sell for €900,000 (£775,860).
The buyer's premium was 20%.
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