Roman marble statues to fascinate at auction

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 12th November, 2018

Followers of early Roman times will be fascinated by Christian McCann Auctions forthcoming on site sale of a Brighton collector’s important selection of five Roman marble statues which once belonged to French barrister Alexandre Nicolai (1865-1952).

The auction will take place from noon Sunday November 18 at 24 Grosvenor Streeet, Brighton.

A collector and enthusiastic archaeologist, Nicolai was a barrister at the Bordeaux Bar while actively participating in many excavations and publishing books on the Gallo-Roman period.

Nicolai also corresponded with French architect Albert Tournaire and Theodore Reinach – editors of the Revue Des Etudes Grecques, in which he published several papers.

One of the statues is a late 2nd to early 3rd century Roman white marble of the Dancing Satyr type.

Another is a white marble torso of the Apollo Belvedere type from the same period, while a third is an heroic male standing in a relaxed pose. The final two are renditions of a bearded Hercules and possibly Apollo.

The auction features 19th century English furniture with superb mahogany dining room furniture including a banquet room table, dining chairs and chiffonier.
Nineteenth century French ormolu mounted salon furniture is another drawcard with Boulle cabinets, vitrines and gilt salon suites on offer.

Quality 19th century French timepieces feature bracket clocks, and ormolu and bronze clocks and clock sets while various 19th century signed bronzes are another attraction.

There is a rare collection of Chinese antique snuff bottles and works by Australian artists such as Tim Storrier, Albert Sherman, David Boyd, Pro Hart, Robert Dickerson, Louis Kahan and Hans Heysen.

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