logo
Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
Log In
lots of lots
placeholder

Important Greek Geometric Bronze Horse

Discover Similar Items

placeholder
Est. $6,000Oct 08
Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A finely cast leaded bronze statuette of a nude Neptune (Greek Poseidon) - the Olympian god of the sea, rivers, drought, earthquakes, horses, and flo
Artemis GalleryLouisville, CO, US
placeholder
Est. $500Oct 25
A VERY RARE & IMPORTANT ANCIENT BACTRIAN GREEK BRONZE SEAL STAMP, CIRCA PROBABLY 3RD-1ST BC.
placeholder
Est. £1,5006 days Left
This beautiful cast bronze dagger has a tapering, bevelled blade adorned with two fuller or "blood grooves" and a recessed integral handle that would have been inset with stone, bone or ivory inlay. B
placeholder
Est. £3,0006 days Left
ca. 1200 - 800 BC; Greek Archaic period. A bronze sword with a gently tapering, bevelled blade, wide raised midrib, a raised, crecent-shaped decoration on the blade's base, a cylindrical grip, an inta
placeholder
Est. £2006 days Left
ca. 1200-800 BC, Greek Archaic Period.A bronze spearhead with an elongated trianglular, lentoid sectioned blade, raised midrib and a very short tang. Bronze weaponry production flourished in western A
placeholder
Est. £9006 days Left
1200-800 BC, Greek Archaic Period. Bronze Age. A bronze spearhead with a leaf-shaped, lentoid sectioned blade, a wide raised midrib and a short, neck decorated with incised lines that transitions into
placeholder
Est. £3,0006 days Left
1200-800 BC, Greek Archaic Period. This beautiful cast bronze sword has a tapering, bevelled blade with raised midrib, an integral handle with incised striped decoration and a heavy, crescentic “sku
placeholder
Est. £9006 days Left
ca. 2nd millenium BC; Bronze axe with short, vertical blade to the front and a series of four spikes at the rear. The circular socket extends downwards and bears two curvillinear raised decorations ex
placeholder
Est. £2,0006 days Left
ca. 1200-800 BC, Greek Archaic Period.This beautiful bronze spear has a leaf shaped blade with a central raised midrib, two fuller or "blood grooves" to either side and then two, smaller raised ribs.
placeholder
Est. £1,5006 days Left
ca. 1200-800 BC, Greek Archaic Period.This beautiful cast bronze sword has a tapering, bevelled blade adornned with two fuller or "blood grooves" and a raised cresentric design decorationg the blade's
placeholder
Est. £2,0006 days Left
ca. 1200-800 BC, Greek Archaic Period.This beautiful cast bronze sword has a tapering, bevelled blade and a recessed integral handle that would have been inset with stone, bone or ivory inlay. Bronze
placeholder
Est. £6006 days Left
ca. 1200-800 BC, Greek Archaic Period.This beautiful bronze sword has a tapering, bevelled blade with an ornate, decorated raised midrib adorned with two fullers or “blood groves”, short tang with

Lot 0019B Details

Description
Ancient Greece, possibly Laconian Type, Geometric Period, ca. 8th century BCE. A petite bronze horse presenting the characteristic abstract stylings of the Geometric period. The equine form stands with an elongated body upon a pair of slender legs, with a sinuous tail and an angular posterior comprising the back end. The minimalist head exhibits a stylized integral crested mane, a drawn-out face with cylindrical muzzle, and singular perky ear on top, with a smooth layer of sage-hued patina and areas of deeper forest green patina covering the surface. Zoomorphic representations of this period are generally small in scale, and the figures have simplified schematic shapes as we see in this example. A wonderful piece indicative of the beginning of Greek figural art when the Hellenistic penchant for naturalism was in its embryonic stages. Size: 3.75" L x 3.75" H (9.5 cm x 9.5 cm); 4.25" H (10.8 cm) on included custom stand.

The Geometric Period was when many of the trends that would define Classical Greece began: there was an explosion in population leading to the development of proto-urban centers and the construction of monumental temples and sanctuaries; writing, lost after the Mycenaean period, returned to Greece, and along with it came the writing down of The Iliad and The Odyssey for the first time; finally, much of the artwork of the period depicts scenes of gods that would later become codified as the official Greek state religion. As would be expected in a time period that in retrospect seems obsessed with epic themes, horses, chariots, and warriors were the most commonly depicted things in Geometric Period art.

A similar Greek Geometric Period bronze horse sold for $842,500 at Sotheby's New York, 07 December 2010, Lot 3. (http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2010/antiquities-from-the-collection-of-the-late-clarence-day-n08723/lot.3.html)

Cf: J.L. Zimmermann, Les Chevaux de Bronze Dans l'Art Geometrique Grec (1989) 33.114. For a similar example in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. no. 21.88.24) see Zimmermann, op. cit., p. 180, no. 27, pl. 42. See another similar "Laconian" example in "Glories of the Past: Ancient Art from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Collection", Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1990, no. 72.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection acquired at Gorny & Mosch, Munich, Germany, Auction 252, December 12, 2017, Lot 282; ex-Sammlung O.S., Nordrhein-Westfalen, 1979

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#141436
Condition
Missing one ear. Losses from tip of other ear, lower sections of legs and tail. Incredible patina of sage green and aqua hues.
Buyer's Premium
  • 24.5%

Important Greek Geometric Bronze Horse

Estimate $25,000 - $35,000Feb 21, 2019
Starting Price $20,000
Shipping, Payment & Auction Policies
See Policy for Shipping
Ships fromLouisville, CO, United States
placeholder

Artemis Gallery

badge TOP RATED
Louisville, CO, USA
4,862 Followers
placeholderplaceholder
Get notifications from your favorite auctioneers.
placeholderplaceholder
As Seen On
placeholder
placeholder
placeholder
placeholder
placeholder
Shop With Confidence
Since 2002, LiveAuctioneers has made exceptional items available for safe purchase in secure online auctions.
placeholder