ANCIENT ROMAN MARBLE RIGHT FOOT
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY AD
From a life sized statue, preserving the front portion of the foot, the weight originally on the toes, the now-missing heel raised, wearing a trochas, the wide tasseled lingula covering the criss-crossed straps, the toes naturalistically rendered. 6 ¼ (15.9 cm) long.
Picture attached of item when it was part of the Bill Jamieson collection .
Provenance: Collected by Gustave Jéquier (1868-1946)
Exhibited at Christies Auction House, USA, 2007
Ex. Billy Jamieson Collection, 2009 (1954-2011)
Authentication: Gayle Gibson of the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.
Similar item sold at Bonhams for USD 7200 - Sale 18817: 13 Apr 2011. Lot No: 121 "A Roman marble right foot" Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.
Wearing a sandal knotted on the top with a strap across the foot.
Galleria Delvecchio .… “is pleased to present a collection of Egyptian antiquities assembled by the celebrated Swiss Egyptologist Gustave Jéquier. Jéquier was born in 1868 in Neuchatel. He first studied in Paris under Gaston Maspero (1846-1916) and later went to Berlin before joining the de Morgan expedition to Persia, during which time he contributed to the discovery and decipherment of the code of Hammurabi. Gustave Jéquier was a giant in the field of Egyptology whose contributions are far too numerous to list here. He is best know for his association with the French Institute in Cairo which enabled him to engage in seminal research at the pyramid site of the Old Kingdom. He also completed the work begun at Abydos by his Swiss compatriot, [Henri] Eduard Naville (1844-1926). The two are considered to be Switzerland’s most preeminent Egyptologists. One of Jéquier’s most important discoveries was the 13th Dynasty pyramid of Khendjer. He wrote extensively on his history of Egyptian architecture, and published on philology and religion as well. Gustave Jéquier died in 1946 in the city in which he was born, and most of his collection was acquired by the University of Basel. The works of art presented here were given to a sibling who emigrated to the US in the late 1940’s; the collection later passed to their daughter, Jéquier’s niece.”