A Nicolo circular chalcedony ringstone with a centaur, Roman Republic, c. 1st Century BC. The centaur is engraved in profile in a translucent blue-gray chalcedony, one arm extended. Dia: 11mm. Some wear, rare and attractive.
An attractive Roman limestone head of a youth, eastern Mediterranean, c. 1st 2nd Century AD, with close cropped hair and handsome features. Traces of original paint in the recesses and carved with the back of head unfinished, meaning the sculpture was meant to be viewed from the front. H: 5 3/4 (14.4 cm). Old collection numbers inked on back of head and under neck. Nicely mounted on custom base.
A red-ware Roman lamp with she-wolf and twins, 2nd 3rd Century AD. Mouldmade and of cruder construction, disk deeply set with raised fill hole below wolf and twins. Handle adorned with a central flower. On base, makers mark OCTAVI set within 3 circles. L; 3 3/4 (9.5 cm). Some minor chipping and earthen encrustation.
A North African lamp with crouching lion, Roman, c.2nd Century AD. Mouldmade with concave disc featuring a crouching lion above filling hole. Shoulder decorated with radiating eggs around molding grooves, small loop handle at back. Short round-tipped nozzle with large wick hole/ Slightly raised flat base with uninscribed planta pedis. L: 3 3/4 (9.5 cm). Intact, cream-yellow clay with remains of brown slip.
A pair of Roman glass two-compartment cosmetic containers, Eastern Mediterranean, 4th Century AD. The first with folded in rims and two small applied handles, the body decorated with threading. Dark encrustation with nice patches of brilliant iridescence over the green glass. Intact. H: 4 5/8 (11.8 cm). The second of pale blue glass and missing handles and parts of the rim. H: 4 3/4 (12.2 cm). Both ex 19th Century French collection.
A free-blown transparent yellow glass ovoid bottle, c.1st Century AD, with white spiral thread. H: 4 3/4 (12 cm). Intact with dark encrustation. Cf. Yale, p. 28, no. 74 for type; Ex 19th century French collection, found in France in the 1880s.
A life-size marble head of Hermes, Roman, c. 2nd Century AD. His hair is closely cropped and he wears a petasos. Handsome facials features with rounded cheeks and full lips, eyes nicely detailed. Some chipping to nose and chin as well as areas of the petasos. H: 9 (22.9 cm). Nice quality marble with much of the original polished surface remaining. Nicely mounted on custom granite base.
A very interesting iron sword inscribed with the name and titles of Roman emperor Nero, Renaissance or "Grand Tour". The front of the blade is decorated with scenes in relief inspired from monuments in Rome and elsewhere, such as a standing soldier with spear and shield, soldiers on horseback and even a Near Eastern scene involving two supplicants before a standing god. A small circular medallion with horseman is inspired by a very similar device on the Arch of Constantine (AD 312) in R ...click for details
A lot of three Roman glass fused mosaic glass gaming counters, Egypt, c. 2nd - 4th Century AD. Each piece is a hemispherical dome and in yellow-green or blue-green with 'eyes' throughout. Diam: 13 - 15mm, one with minor chipping on base. Ex Royal Athena Galleries, New York.