Aphrodite, Tiffany lamps and more can be yours for the taking
those on the Empire State Building. Created in glazed plaster, it’s in remarkable condition and was designed by Shreve Lam & Harmon Architects. It sold for $60,000.
“I mean, that is what I got into the business for,” he said. “To rescue art, and to come with this to the show ... well, it was amazing.”
But for size, a seven-tonne, three-metrehigh, solid marble urn designed by Paul Manship, the sculptor who created Rockefeller Center’s “Prometheus,” was hard to beat. The urn was a private commission by a wealthy industrialist who installed it in his estate in a Cleveland suburb.
It was made by Manship’s crew in the Bronx, and looks as if it should be from ancient Greece, except the images on the urn are those of Native Americans chasing bison. And it rotates on its pedestal.
“Made in the South Bronx, you couldn’t have more American if you tried,” said Alice Duncan, director of Manhattan’s Gerald Peters Gallery, offering the urn for $6 million.
A statue of Aphrodite, though, really was ancient: from the first century, in fact. The statue, being sold by Rupert Wace Ancient Art Limited of London, depicts the goddess of love standing on her right leg, left bent at the knee, with her drapery falling in elegant folds around her hips. Her arms and head are missing. The asking price is $650,000.
“ We’ve seen fragments before, but nothing this complete,” said Wace, who travels the world looking for ancient works of art. “ You won’t find another one like it on the market.”
Among the first photographs ever made are also on sale. When Jacques Daguerre was creating his daguerreotypes in France, William Henry Fox Talbot was doing the same in England. And Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographers has several Talbots, including one of the first negatives, known as the “Roofline of Lacock Abbey,” from 1839. It’s $400,000 for the image, which measures 9.3by-11.6 centimetres.
Talbot worked with paper, while Daguerre worked on a metal plate. The result is a similarly eerie-looking image of intense clarity. The Lacock Abbey negative has a creepy sort of horror-film look to it, like something out of The Exorcist.
“These are in the finest condition for sale,” Kraus said. “And it’s the largest assemblage I’ve ever displayed.”