Bid­ders to go head-to-head for Bac­chus and his lover

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

THIS DOU­BLE-HEADED Ro­man sculp­ture of Bac­chus and his lover Ari­adne dates from the 2nd or 3rd cen­tury CE.

It was found in a Jerusalem an­tiques shop op­po­site the King David Ho­tel by a young Bri­tish army of­fi­cer, Som­er­set de Chair, in 1941.

He paid a de­posit for the bust and gave his ex­ecu­tors 18 months to pay the bal­ance and col­lect it if he did not re­turn from the bat­tle­field. It was fi­nally shipped­home­toChil­hamCastleinKent as “Wounded Of­fi­cer’s Kit”, and then went to the fam­ily home in St Osyth’s Pri­ory in Colch­ester.

Som­er­set de Chair died in 1995 and now his eldest son, Rod­ney de Chair, is sell­ing the bust at Bon­ham’s on May 1, where it is ex­pected to fetch be­tween £60,000 and £90,000.

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