Ancient Art, Antiquities & Ancient Coins

Roman Bronze Eros Cradling Goose Applique Late 1st-Early 2nd Century AD

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Start price: £900

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Formed as the bust of Eros looking upwards, stub wings to his shoulders, holding a goose to his chest; conical socket above each wing; eyes with silver inserts; old collector’s label ‘1994 51.75’ to the reverse; mounted on a custom-made stand; likely a socket base. Cf. Barr-Sharrar, B., The Hellenistic and Early Imperial Decorative Bust, Mainz am Rhein, 1987, items C117, C127, for type.517 grams total, 11.9 cm wide (744 grams total, 14 cm high including stand) (4 3/4 in. (5 1/2 in.)). with Sotheby’s, London, May 1988, lot 234. Ex Malter galleries, XLV, 28 May 1991, lot 902. Ex Bruce A. Kamerling collection. Acquired from Royal Athena Galleries, New York, 26 June 1994. The Haggin Museum, Stockton, California. with Bonhams, Antiquities, 23 May 2012, lot 121.