Doyle to auction important Roman Aphrodite sculpture, Oct. 13

Aphrodite of the Gardens, a Roman marble figure after Alkamenes, est. $200,000-$300,000

Aphrodite of the Gardens, a Roman marble figure after Alkamenes, est. $200,000-$300,000

NEW YORK – Doyle will auction an important Roman marble figure of Aphrodite on Wednesday, October 13 at 10 am Eastern time. Part of a selection of property from the estate of fashion designer Herbert Kasper, the figure will be offered as Lot 320 within the auction of English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Estimated at $200,000-$300,000, the marble sculpture represents one of the great archetypes of Classical antiquity: Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. One of the goddess’s best known depictions in the ancient world was Aphrodite of the Gardens, a marble figure created in the 5th century BCE by the sculptor Alkamenes for the goddess’s temple at Athens. Measuring 42.25in (107 cm) in height, the sculpture presented here is a Roman copy of that famous work dating to the 1st century.

Aphrodite of the Gardens is a splendid example of the refined stage of Greek classicism known as the “rich style,” which is noted for the elegance and visual drama of its sensuous curves and profuse linear detail. It offers serious collectors of antiquities an opportunity to consider a work of exquisite quality and rarity.

The English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts sale will also showcase a broad selection of elegant furniture, porcelain, mirrors, clocks, chandeliers, tapestries and rugs from prominent estates and collections. In addition to the special section devoted to property from the Kasper estate (lots 308-320), it will also feature property from the estate of photographer and antiquarian Roger Prigent (lots 1-112).


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